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98/98SE, ME, NT4, 2000 or XP
(single user, no service agreement), US$39.95 (download only)
must have a special place in the hearts of
the software gods. WS_FTP Pro is nothing special
to look at, has a slightly confusing user interface
and is pretty much average insofar as the purchase
price is concerned. Yet WS_FTP Pro is the most
versatile and popular choice for FTP file transfers
and file transfer management among Web site
managers, file storage and access gurus, IS
managers and occasional users in need of effective
transfers of large files..
hating command line file transfers via FTP a long time ago,
in a computing world where the command line was quickly disappearing.
Give me a set of stored FTP account information any day, inside
a piece of software which automatically detects different
server types, understands all the different file systems (Windows
NTFS, Unix, etc.), automatically detects text and binary file
types and sets the correct transfer method, performs file
searches, synchronizes transfers, resumes interrupted transfers
and queues & schedules automatic transfers.
Pro fits the bill. It beats using HTTP transfers because you
can access entire folders and directories and upload multiple
files. It also beats the heck out of transferring files via
e-mail attachment because there are no file size limitations,
security is much better, you know exactly where a file is
coming from or going to, your mail server doesn't choke and
your desktop doesn't slow to a crawl because of the file transfer
WS_FTP Pro v7.0 on three computers: a PII/350 running Windows
98, a PIII/500 running Windows 2000 Professional, and a PII/366
running Windows 95. Installation was flawless. The modem in
the Windows 95 machine and the LAN connections in the other
two machines were detected and used properly.
consisted of a series of pre-scheduled transfers to a private
FTP site, along with some large Web site maintenance chores
(uploading and replacing HTML and image files). The conclusion
we came to, after making some quick comparisons with CuteFTP,
reliable old eFTP and a few other popular FTP clients is that
WS_FTP Pro rules the roost. It sets up fast and is forgiving
and informative about configuration errors.
Pro v7 features a new File Transfer Manager for monitoring
FTP tasks, tracking current file transfers and logging all
activity. Also new is the Firescript editor for creating custom
scripts for different firewall configurations. The other really
friendly feature is the excellent online help system. Stuck
in the UI somewhere? In need of a clear explanation or tutorial?
WS_FTP Pro is still ugly. Okay, okay, it's just a utility.
But if a company is going to design its own UI, why not improve
on the Windows standard instead of taking a step back? None
of the command and activity buttons are where you expect them
to be. Ipswitch is still using some DOS and Unix command abbreviations
in the UI (e.g.: ChgDir, MkDir and so on). It takes a few
usage sessions to figure everything out.
WS_FTP Pro is still the best FTP software available. Does
not suck up all system resources even when performing several
simultaneous transfers. File transfer scheduling can be adjusted
for time zone differences. The menu bar makes more sense than
previous versions. Whether you're managing several Web sites,
a remote file storage area, or require some secure and direct
means of exchanging confidential data, WS_FTP Pro has all
of the requisite features and functions in a relatively easy
to use package. Now automatically detects FTP file transfers
through your Web browser and takes over the process for you
- very handy. Excellent online help system with clear explanations,
complete configuration advice and tutorials. Highly recommended.
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