Almost nobody simply transFERS files between computers in the same building anymoretoday’s users move files over the Internet, between computers that may not even be located in the same country. File Transfer Protocol is a platform-independent method for copying files around the world, but its quirky behavior makes it tedious for such routine chores as uploading Web-site content or updating files. The latest release of Vicomsoft’s FTP Client Pro, which has always had an elegant interface, adds features such as file synchronization to make these chores painless.
FTP Client Pro 3.02 offers a Finder-like view of files on remote systems, with drag-and-drop support for both downloading and uploading. You can customize the view to display the particular attributes that interest youfile name, type, size, date changed, and so onand set up remote and local file-system views side by side for easy comparison. The utility uses suffix mapping and its Smart Translation feature, which examines the contents of files during download, to automate file-transfer conversions; it supports Windows, mainframe, AS/400, and many other proprietary server types. If a transfer gets interrupted midstream, the program can pick up where it left off once it reestablishes a connection.
| Syncing Up Vicomsoft’s FTP Client Pro 3.02 gives you a lot of control over synchronizing files with a remote system. |
New in this release is a sophisticated synchronization feature that lets you copy changed files from a local directory to a remote one and vice versa. The synchronization process properly avoids expanding compressed files, and it copies modification dates from the most current system rather than setting them to the current date, features other file-synchronization utilities lack. It also takes into account time differences with the remote location and can operate in a two-pass mode to propagate changes in one directory to the other.
A Persistent Download option makes the utility keep trying to download a file from a busy server while you do other work in the foreground. The 3.02 release also supports a number of new server types and offers improved compatibility with existing servers. Other enhancements include a streamlined interface, audio alerts for completed and failed downloads, support for MacBinary III, direct URL parsing, and the ability to make FTP Client Pro your browser’s preferred FTP download tool.
August, 2000 page: 56