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Yummy FTP

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Shareware; $25

Current Version: 1.8.2 (February 23, 2010)

From the Yummy FTP web site: "Yummy FTP is an FTP and SFTP client application for the Mac, built as native Mac OS X software from the ground up, with the goal of providing a reliable, powerful, yet easy to use file transfer utility." Yummy FTP touts high transfer speeds as its greatest virtue, but I have not attempted to confirm that it's any faster than the other popular FTP clients for the Mac. However, Yummy FTP has a nice feature set that makes it worth considering, including the following helpful capabilities:

  • Synchronization
  • Remote editing
  • AppleScript support
  • In-client file previews
  • File filtering
  • Desktop-based FTP aliases
  • Scheduling
  • Support for SFTP via public key methods, including (as of version 1.5) support for Mac OS X's built-in SSH configuration capability (as with Transmit). While you can still specify a key for each bookmark within the program itself, this is no longer necessary if you use ssh_config at a system level.

Version 1.8 added the following new features:

  • Open Web URL - select a remote file and open it in your web browser
  • Dutch localization
  • Open In Terminal - open the selected local or remote directory in
  • Support for automatic Bookmark synching between computers, using Dropbox ( or Apple iDisk (with sync enabled)
  • Snow Leopard compatibility
  • Digitally signed using Apple Code Sign technology
  • DualBrowse sync scrolling is now optional
  • Added AppleScript command to fetch transcript
  • View passwords while editing Bookmarks by unlocking with authentication
  • Bookmarks viewer window now remembers open folders and scroll position
  • Recent Commands menu added to Send Raw Shell Command option
  • Added ability to specify default editor for files in the Get Info window
  • Added ability to set both user & group, and permissions simultaneously from the Get Info window
  • Added Open WebURL double click action
  • Edit New Empty File context menu option available at all times
  • Copy Name option added to Edit menu
  • Set Default Toolbar option added to View menu
  • Tabbed remote editing support with Projects in TextMate
  • Added menu option to Diff local & remote files using your favorite tool
  • Added option to only consider matching files during synchronization
  • Diff option available from transfer clash warning message windows
  • Preferred Diff tool can now be selected
  • Filters can now specify age
  • Global Filter can now be specified from the Bookmarks window
  • Server-based duplicate and delete capability added to Remote Shell Commands menu, and as ctrl-alt-cmd optional equivalents of the Duplicate and Delete items in the File menu
  • Improved QuickLook support
  • Context menu options added to Sync Preview window
  • Preference added to treat symlinks/aliases as if they were normal items
  • Added info icon to Sync Preview info display to switch between local and server info
  • Added preference to switch the intelligent target selection feature on or off
  • Suffix mapping settings control extended for items without suffixes
  • In List view, left arrow now takes you to the selected item's parent folder
  • Open folders in List view show an opened folder icon
  • Added a Reset To Default Toolbar menu item
  • Added a 'Skip remaining errors' checkbox to error alerts, allowing the remainder of the job to be completed
  • Added 'Lost Info' button to registration windows
  • Dragged server items now drag text of their URLs too
  • Faster broken connection recovery time
  • More robust resume upload position calculation
  • Synchronization speed improvement

Version 1.8.2 makes the following additional changes:

  • Import Transmit favorites - One of the most asked-for features is finally available, making it possible to migrate from Transmit hassle free
  • Create Symlinks / Aliases - Create an alias on the Mac side, or a symlink on the server side, using the familiar Finder-like drag and drop action, or by the new Make Alias menu item
  • Multi-Site Upload Capability - The Auto-Route feature has been extended to allow any number of sites to accept your drag and drop upload
  • Synchronization Speedup - Halves the time it takes to gather and analyze directory listing data prior to synchronization
  • Many Enhancements And Bug Fixes - Over 30 enhancements and bug fixes

User Reviews

"I've found Yummy FTP totally solid and reliable. It's straightforward to set up and use. It has synchronization and scheduling, so mirroring/backups can be completely automated. Supports MDTM as an option, so file dates are preserved if you backup to an MDTM-capable server. Great on-line help. Only slight criticism is that Yummy doesn't support SSL; but it does support SSH (SFTP), which is probably preferable anyway."
—TC Hayes

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