CuteFTP Home returns with an update addressing some concerns from version 7, and leaving others to be picked up in the pricier CuteFTP Pro. One of the most interesting new features is a range of post-transfer actions, from virus checking to shutting down the computer. There's also a new connection wizard, a revamped search function, and a backup feature that allows you to back up your PC to a remote server. The right-click shell integration is a nice touch as well, allowing the user to FTP files from any program or file browser.
CuteFTP Home maintains its limitation as a stripped-down version of CuteFTP Pro. For example, it does not support secure connections through SSH2, OTP (S/Key), or PGP, nor can it perform multipart or concurrent transfers from multiple sites. For those and other features, you'll need to dish out an extra $20. Utilitarian users looking for a light, bare-bones client may prefer a free program such as WS_FTP LE. However, if you want a friendlier file-transfer experience with full Windows XP compliance and drag-and-drop support, CuteFTP Home remains an excellent choice.