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ForkLift is an FTP client for Mac. While many FTP programs look like they were designed by people who are only concerned with functionality and not form, ForkLift presents a more familiar, accessible design. Someone who is not comfortable with advanced computer operations such as FTP transfers should still have no problem sending or receiving files with this program.
Modern design: Many FTP programs look as technical and complicated now as they did 10 years ago. ForkLift looks much more modern by contrast. It has a navigation structure built into the program that mirrors the Finder in OS X so that it is more or less familiar and comfortable to search through for files.
Easy connection: A single button on the top toolbar opens a connection setup box, where everything is clearly labeled and straightforward. Confusion is sometimes an issue with FTP programs, especially when there are many more text boxes and menu options that are strictly necessary for a basic file transfer. ForkLift keeps it to the essentials, which is great for first-time attempts at file transfer.
Smooth, quick operations: ForkLift completed a smooth and quick file transfer in the background without slowing other operations.
Lack of help: Despite its relative ease of use, FTP programs still have huge potential to be complicated or confusing. There is no help feature to speak of in this app, which is an unfortunate omission.
ForkLift is a great FTP app for Mac. If you need to a do a lot of file transfers, especially if you're inexperienced in the area, this program should make learning the ropes and transferring files easy for you. Ultimately, it is quick and painless, which is what you want from this type of program.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of ForkLift for Mac 2.6.2.
ForkLift is a powerful file transfer solution. It allows you to transfer files using FTP, SFTP, FXP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 and even Bluetooth. Its dual pane view maximizes productivity, a Cocoa based interface with smart preview and spring-loaded folders lets you browse your local and remote folders and use Favorites just like in Finder. Use it to edit files or preview images stored in a remote folder, even within archives. ForkLift integrates a full featured batch rename tool, an application deleter and a small code called droplet, which enables you to create automated upload shortcuts for your most used remote folders, and place them anywhere in your file system.
Great interface Easy to use Accurate "time remaining" clock.
Not as solid as Yummy FTP.
Forklift has become my go-to FTP client for almost everything. It's fast, easy, and beautiful. The shortcuts in the sidebar are a lifesaver. The only reason why I hang on to Yummy FTP is for syncing the server to a local folder (for Time Machine backup-ability), as Forklift is more prone to have errors which pause the entire transfer. This can be problematic when it's running at 3:00 am!
However, as I said, Forklift has become my default client for all my FTP needs! Great job developers!
May 18, 2010
Version: ForkLift 2.0 Beta 1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Once you're accustomed to the dual-pane approach it's very intuitive and works flawlessly, even this beta version. Fantastic for using it with iPhones/touches.
November 28, 2008
Version: ForkLift 1.6b3
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. My task for the day(s) was to transfer about 6 GB of websites from one host to a new host. I dreaded the thought since my cable is slow uploading. I've actually owned ForkLift for a while, but had not used it until this task remembering it could be logged into two ftp sites at the same time within the split window. It is unfortunate that neither host supports the FXP protocol...
I did have some problems and was unable to tell if it was one of the hosts or my cable, which throttles uploads. Somewhere along the line FL did start crashing pretty far into a large transfer and I was having a dickens of a time managing which folders got updated and which didn't (the Sync Browsing really helped). I sent in a bug report and included the crash log file.
I was really surprised when someone wanted to iChat with me - someone I didn't know. Within a few lines I found it was Mudi from BinaryNights! Mudi provided a lot of suggestions and got me going - I was using a G4 and they had not fully tested the new version with one. The next day, Mudi contacted me again and said they found the bug after they setup a G4 and tested it themselves.
I'm an old Fetch guy, but I've switched to ForkLift as my primary ftp application, not only the unique features (today and for the future), but for the support.
October 31, 2008
Version: ForkLift 1.6b2
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. This new beta is fantastic. The UI changed radically, is more streamlined, with a new tab implementation and added keyboard controls I've been hoping for. It just puts all my workflow together into a nice package.
The only thing that I'm missing from it is folder synchronization, though the developers have been promising that for a while. It would be great if I didn't have to start Transmit for synching anymore.
It might not be the cheapest software, but it's a sturdy peace of programming well worth its price.
Ah yes, and it beats every other FTP client I've tried in terms of speed.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Although this works great on my MacBook Pro I am still having problems with it
on my iMac G5. Specifically getting it to log into my iDisk. I have had to revert
back to 1.2 to use this on my iMac.
It keeps giving me a challenge and response error even though I am 100 percent
positive I am using the correct password. Yes this is the problem, version
1.5 works fine on the MBP, never connects to iDisk on the iMac.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Very fast and realy MAC like (you can choose commander like keyboard layout).
I don't need a file manager but I use it as an FTP/SCP client.
I'm looking forward to the final release.