£ Free commercial app, worth £22
Platform: Windows XP
License: Time limited demo
Number of downloads: 6990
FTP clients are essential for serious file transfer tasks, for example when managing your own web site, and picking the right one will save you a considerable amount of time and effort later. Which is why you need a well-established product like WS_FTP, packed with useful features that will get your transfer jobs completed in the fastest possible time.
Take the Site Manager, for instance. This handy tool walks you through the process of entering your FTP login details, then organises them into whatever folder structure you'd like to create. The end result is a Favourites-type list that gets you logged on to a site in a mouse click or two, without having to remember server names, startup directories, or any other potential logon complications.
Use the default FTP session values and you'll have your site details entered within seconds, but WS_FTP also provides plenty of other settings for those who need more control. These range from simple file management options, like converting uploaded file names to lower case, to powerful features like the ability to verify a transfer has completed without errors (if your server supports the required checksum commands).
Once you've logged on to a remote FTP server, the Explorer-like view of your own hard drive makes it easy to locate the files you need to transfer. And then you can copy them with a quick drag and drop.
Better still, WS_FTP saves the remote folder paths you visit for quick access next time, and even lets you browse images on a remote server in thumbnail view. Tricks like this makes it much easier and quicker to navigate around a server, and are exactly why WS_FTP should be your FTP client of choice.
Note, ignore the ‘time limited demo’ reference on this page. This is the full commercial download and does not require a serial code.
This download offer will be taken offline on or around 28th of December 2006.
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