A new FTP client for Mac OS X is now in “prerelease testing” with a finished version due at the July Macworld Expo in New York.
Gideon Softworks, the folks behind the client, call it “FTP for the OS X Generation.” iFTP is a Cocoa-based graphical FTP client that will offer the following features:
A modular architecture;
The ability to auto resume iFTP resumes files that are partially downloaded;
A Shelf for storing your favorite items or for use as a temporary holding place for items to be moved;
A Directory Listing Cache from which you can browse the remote file system;
The ability to queue files from more than one site for download or upload;
Local & Remote file viewing with rename/delete/make/change permissions for folders and files;
Item Viewing that lets you view both local and remote files;
A File Editor for remote file editing (changes are uploaded when you save the file locally);
Multiple queue support, allowing you to create more than one queue for organizing your file transfers;
Queue “interrogation” that lets you view the progress of queues and queued items.
iFTP also allows scheduling of downloads, a file-listing filter, and synchronization support.
The folks at Gideon claim that the FTP client will offer features not available in any current Mac FTP client. You can download a pre-release version at the
company’s Web site. This version will expire10 days after installation. At that time you can return to the site to grab a new copy or you can register. You only have to purchase iFTP once and it is yours “for life,” including upgrades, the Gideon gang says. You can also preorder the final version for US$24. The price will be $30 in July. (Thanks to MacCentral reader, David Clark, for the heads-up on this item.)