Ipswitchs updated WS_FTP Professional continues to be a stalwart tool in my “handy utilities” kit.
When I received WS_FTP Professional 9.0, which shipped in June, I immediately put it to work downloading files large and small from Red Hats software mirror site at Indiana University.
The $55 WS_FTP Professional 9.0 uses PGPs namesake PGP encryption method for FTP sites that support encryption. Version 9.0 sports a few revisions to the user interface—although the product was already quite simple to use—and has the ability to connect simultaneously to multiple local and remote FTP servers.
Version 9.0s use of tabs to move between sessions is one interface change thats worth noting—I also like this about the Mozilla Web browser. Even when I had several file transfers in process, it was easy to monitor progress and troubleshoot any connection problems simply by clicking between the tabs. (If you havent tried tabbed browsing in Mozilla, I strongly recommend giving it a whirl.)