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jaye b 4th August 2005 02:58 PM

File transfer over the net
I'm getting more and more work from remote locations, are there any IM/FTP programs that are easy, lean and provide fast file transfer?
i used msn and/or ftp clients.
what are you using?

Zarathustra 4th August 2005 03:29 PM

WS_FTP is rock solid.


TheReal7 4th August 2005 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by Zarathustra

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Albert 4th August 2005 04:04 PM

On my Mac I use a program called "Transmit". Great program.

Another big one on the Mac is "Fetch".

There are also some good freeware FTP programs for the Mac.

One is called "Cyberduck" believe it or not:

Cyberduck is really a pretty good FTP program, despite it's rather whimsical name.

Another is called "RBrowser" and you can find it here:

severe 4th August 2005 08:14 PM

I've used "Cyberduck" with good results.

If you ever find yourself in a bind and need some quick results w/o using an FTP program and/or IM client, you may find this useful...

TAVD 4th August 2005 08:48 PM

WS-FTP doesn't look as pretty as CuteFTP. Download both and see which you like best. WS-FTP is perfectly stable and free.

ZEUSS 4th August 2005 08:49 PM

Mac- Transmit

jdunn 4th August 2005 10:24 PM

Here's an alternative solution, a file transfer service. Someone else suggested this recently on this or another audio forum. I'm pretty sure there are a few other services like this around.


theblue1 4th August 2005 10:43 PM

I've used the upload/download file transfer service with some not-too-computer-savvy clients and it works great. It appears to be quite secure -- but if you're really concerned you can always encrypt your files, first.

It can take files up to 1 GB. And it's free.

(The only problem I've had was sending a big file from a client's G5. I used another Safari window to browse somewhere else -- against my client's expressed warning hittt -- and we never got the 'upload completed' message -- just an 'eternal' progress bar. We sent it again, this time walking away from the computer completely for the duration, and everything was groovy. When I got home, both copies of the file were available to download, so it was just the 'mission accomplished' message that got skranked. I've had no problems using Firefox or IE on, you know, that other platform [not linux]. heh )

severe 4th August 2005 11:23 PM

Then there's theblue1 with the obligatory Mac dissings. Anywhere platform is of question...and I mean ANYWHERE. Care to talk about the new Mac mouse?...anyone?

Still gotta love the guy, very knowledgeable and helpful.

jaye b 5th August 2005 12:13 AM

thanks all, i'm gonna look into the dropload thing.

theblue1 5th August 2005 12:43 AM


Originally Posted by severe
Then there's theblue1 with the obligatory Mac dissings. Anywhere platform is of question...and I mean ANYWHERE. Care to talk about the new Mac mouse?...anyone?

Still gotta love the guy, very knowledgeable and helpful.

Yah yah. I think I said my sorries over there. This is a whole new thread to defile. heh

Hey. No one's gotta love me. And I don't expect or particularly want anyone to.

You know, I just reported my experiences. I didn't draw any conclusions in my post. I even went out of my way to avoid mentioning another, competing OS. And, really, it's never been my notion that there's anything particularly wrong with Safari. If it was available for other OS's, I would certainly install it. And my friend did warn me, which I ignored with a haughty laugh. But you can bet I was appropriately contrite for ignoring his imprecations.

If I were to draw conclusions from this single experience, however imprudent that might seem, it would be that there might be an issue using multiple Safari windows while uploading in one of them to (the site warns you against browsing away or clicking links in that window, of course).

What the story does, however, help confirm is that he who thinks, for sure, he knows someone else's computer better than its owner (platform notwithstanding) is asking for trouble.

BTW, severe, I hope you followed the link to the post I removed from the Mac mouse thread (where, yeah, virtually nothing I said belonged). It didn't belong -- but I didn't want to look like I was copping out when the factuality of my off-topic and thoroughly impertinent comments was questionned.

Coffee. I must have more coffee...

PS... I hope no one lets my endorsement keep them from checking out (free) -- which really is a very useful sight. Cheerio. jkthtyrt

jdunn 5th August 2005 03:36 AM


Originally Posted by Jaye B
thanks all, i'm gonna look into the dropload thing.

Here's another one. For $18/month you get unlimited transfer I think. A single transfer can be up to 2GB.


cultureofgreed 5th August 2005 05:09 AM

All the above mentioned will do the trick.

jdunn 5th August 2005 06:37 AM

Yeah, I've transferred some files over 500 MB using AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). It worked. Once you find something that works it's great. Always a bummer when you're 99% done with the file and it stalls or something.

I think using one of these services that doesn't require additional software is a lot easier than having clients configure ftp, etc... But whatever works.

jdunn 10th August 2005 11:23 AM

Well, I'm finding that none of these online file transfer services have a Mac compatible progress window. Also, they charge a lot for small amounts of bandwidth. I did find one called that lets you transfer 250 MB free.

Another one that lets you transfer 60 MB for free is . I can see that the file is uploading from my Mac because I downloaded Menu Meters, a network monitoring app. We'll see if it works.

After trying these out, I think FTP can be better. If you'll be doing a fair amount of transferring, it's worth $10/month. You get a lot more storage space and bandwidth, and FTP really is pretty simple.

I'm liking Yummy FTP client for Mac OS X.

jaye b 10th August 2005 02:22 PM

thanks, i heard AIM is fast and reliable, i installed it just for this purpose..
any opinions on that, compared to, lets say, MSN messenger?

jdunn 10th August 2005 08:58 PM

AIM works. File sending doesn't work with some of the third party AIM client software though.

On that subject, check this link out.

Teleporter X link

jaye b 10th August 2005 09:18 PM

@jdunn, no mac here, so this won't work..
Pc alternative?

jdunn 10th August 2005 10:56 PM

I think this person only writes software for the Mac. I haven't looked into PC file transfer solutions much. I mostly use the mac for internet duties.

FTP may still be king. These online file transfer services are funky! I say get your own space on an FTP server and be done with it!

These guys seem to have good prices.

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hociman 11th August 2005 01:54 AM

OS X Server
I set our studio up with a Mac OS X Panther Server. It acts as our FTP server and streams QuickTime movies of our reels. jkthtyrt I support Transmit for Macintosh and WS_FTP for Windows.