While not the most glamorous of applications, WS_FTP comes loaded with professional-minded features for serious file-transfer tasks. New for version 2007 are improved protocols for portable drives and integrated searches with Google, Copernic and Windows.
The more refined XP-style look found in the 9.0 release remains intact, but the sheer number of features makes it confusing and difficult to execute simple tasks. To the app's credit, it does give you several options for customizing the interface to your specific tastes, and drag-and-drop functionality makes file transfers intuitive. We like WS_FTP's exceptional image-handling capabilities. The included thumbnail previews are nice, as is Active Edit, which lets you edit and remote images and other document types in a third-party app. Though the preview tool is convenient, it still stumbles on some formats such as Flash.
In addition to 256-bit encryption, the program also supports HTTP and HTTPS transfers, as well as SOCKS 4.0 and 5.0 proxies. You also get the ability to manage multiple-client SSL certificates. Other notable features include e-mail notifications, and "workspaces", which let you recall specific views of different servers. Overall, WS_FTP Professional is a feature-wealthy application that will indulge power users. Newbies should check out the leaner and cheaper WS_FTP Home edition.
WS_FTP Professional is quick to install and very easy to use. Transfer files over FTP, SSL, SSH, and HTTP/S transfer protocols. Protect files before, during, and after transfer. Unmatched security is provided through 256-bit AES encryption, FIPS 140-2 validated cryptography, OpenPGP file encryption, and file integrity validation up to SHA-512. Enables compliance with regulations and corporate governance requirements. Automated. Simplify tasks and enhance productivity with built-in capabilities such as email notification, backup, synchronization, compression, post-transfer events, and scheduling of transfers. For over 15 years, more than 40 million customers around the globe have transferred billions of files every week using WS_FTP Professional.