More and more I have needed a Mac OSX SFTP client for moving web content to various servers- we have knocked off open FTP on all of our web servers, and I need it now for loading content to SourceForge. Pity that my long friend Fetch, used since the early 1990s, has yet to jump up to SFTP.
It has been a road of trying a bunch of different apps, none of which was reliable (many do odd things with file permissions). On the scrap heap is:
- The Truck: Transmit it worked ok (I recall) but was funly with permissions, and you had to pay for it.
- The Captain: Captain FTP yes shareware, not much– my programmer Colen uses it but claims it has quirks.
- The Dud: MacSFTP– could never use the demo, the download was already expired
- The Duck: CyberDuck – Free and a cool icon… I had gotten use out of the Duck last few months, but it overwrites file permissions, you cannot upload a multiple selection of files, and it takes a minutes to register the first transsfer. Worse, every transfer seemed to want me to click to allow a transmission. It never would connect to sourceForge’s server.
And today I think I found the winner– Fugu from the University of Michigan. It is free, has a clean interface, and works well without mucking up permissions. I am still not crazy about two-paned transfer interfaces (I like dragging and dropping from the desktop to.from Fetch)… but that is just a matter of adjustment.