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).
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 !
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.