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FTPing & Mac
tigger




msg:4631073
 9:37 am on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've just switched over to Mac and upgraded to DW CS6

In the past I used Cute to FTP but it seems with the new operating system on Mac its not compatible ...annoyed!

I don't like the FTP that DW offers so I was wondering what do other Mac users use to FTP?

 

graeme_p




msg:4631080
 10:03 am on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Not answering your question, but one big advantage Mac has over Windows is that rsync works easily (I think it may even be pre-installed). Makes backup/sync over SFTP fast and easy (especially with a GUI front end).

tigger




msg:4631085
 10:09 am on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

not got the far yet, only just got DW installed and now trying to find better ftp ....really disappointed that cute didn't work

lucy24




msg:4631164
 4:55 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've always used Fetch. But it's mainly because I got it eons ago at the academic price. A few years ago when I had SFTP problems I also got Fugu.

Disclaimer: I'm on 10.6. Don't know about .8/.9 compatibility.

tigger




msg:4631165
 5:10 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

thanks for the feedback Lucy I was beginning to wonder if there was any Mac users here !- I'll have a look at that, so far tried Yummy FTP, not too impressed just doesn't offer the easy interface Cute offers, or should that be offered !

diddlydazz




msg:4631183
 6:20 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

have you looked at filezilla?

<added> it has a similar feel to cute</added>

tigger




msg:4631185
 6:27 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

that looks interesting ...cheers, I'm just out for a meeting so I'll get back to you on this - thanks

Samizdata




msg:4631186
 6:30 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Transmit is another choice, and Filezilla is a freebie.

But FTP is (as suggested above) built in on Macs.

In Finder, press Command+K for the client.

Use the ftps protocol for an SSL connection.

Alternatively, you can use an SSH connection from Terminal.

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buckworks




msg:4631284
 9:07 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I use Transmit, and Coda.

lucy24




msg:4631303
 10:11 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

In Finder, press Command+K for the client.

... and that's why he named it The Missing Manual.

Samizdata




msg:4631336
 11:33 pm on Dec 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

and that's why he named it The Missing Manual

I don't know who "he" might be, and there is nothing missing about it.

It is in the Finder menu under Go > Connect to Server (with key combination shown).

Standard method to create a network connection.

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swa66




msg:4631380
 2:10 am on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Guess I'm old: I just use command line ftp on my mac if I need it - like on any unix box.

But ftp - still ? really ? I run no more ftp service on any of my servers (expect for a proxy on my firewalls that protect the office.)

graeme_p




msg:4631403
 8:28 am on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Good point swa66 - everyone should be using SFTP not FTP.

Last time I used a Mac Cyberduck seemed to work OK.

If Finder now supports SFTP (if not out of the box, it definitely does with additional software)), its probably the best way to go. Its what I have been doing with Linux file managers for years, and its a lot more intuitive and comfortable.

tigger




msg:4631445
 11:31 am on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

have you looked at filezilla?

<added> it has a similar feel to cute</added>


Thanks diddlydazz ...does just what I want

thanks for other responses

travelin cat




msg:4631483
 2:51 pm on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Been using Fetch for many years. It's simple and works perfectly every time. FTP is still an absolute necessity in my line of work.

Samizdata




msg:4631578
 6:57 pm on Dec 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Oh dear.

It seems that the Finder drag'n'drop FTP method - unlike WebDAV - is read only. For a webmaster this is only marginally more useful than a chocolate teapot, apologies for the bum steer.

But the command line method (Terminal) works as expected, so technically OSX does have built-in FTP support and a third-party client is not necessary.

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