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Flow is an award-winning, beautiful, fast, and reliable FTP + SFTP client. With URL Copying, Droplets, a built-in editor, and QuickLook, it's no wonder why Flow is the go-to choice for those who want the best.
★ UNPARALLELED SPEED. REALLY. ★
A file-transfer client is only capable of being as good as its connections are. That's why we left nothing to chance: Flow is powered by ConnectionEngine, providing the most modern, efficient, and fast connections in the world. Engineered to take full advantage of multi-connection concurrency, nothing comes close to Flow's resilience, reliability, or speed.
★ COPY AND VIEW URLs ★
Copy or open the URLs to your remote files in a single click. Automatically copy URLs to the clipboard after uploading. Flow pioneered such URL-awareness, so no other app comes close to Flow's deep URL integration.
★ DROPLETS ★
A droplet is a mini-application that lets you upload files insanely fast — in literally zero clicks. Drop a file on a droplet, and boom. The file is uploaded without even opening Flow. A window showing the progress of the upload appears. When the upload is finished, the window disappears. The URL to the uploaded file can even be copied to your clipboard. Droplets in Flow are unmatched by any other app on the planet.
★ EDITING ★
Flow is the backbone for the daily work of thousands of web developers. Flow can edit files on your server in your favorite text editor, like TextMate, or with the built-in editor, replete with a web-preview of your code, tabs, syntax coloring, and even code completion. No matter what editor you use, when you hit "save", the updated file is instantly uploaded to the server.
★ QUICKLOOK ★
Designed exclusively for OS X, Flow has QuickLook just like the Finder. Whether you've got an image, HTML file, PDF, or Keynote presentation — anything — a tap on the spacebar is all it takes to preview your files without opening them.
★ DESIGN ★
You might have noticed that Flow doesn't look like other file transfer clients. When you start to use it, you'll also notice it doesn't feel like other file transfer clients, either. This is no accident.
Flow was designed for simplicity. But like OS X itself, its simplicity belies the power hidden within. The result is an intuitive, elegant, and incredibly functional experience. It's like no other. We're not the only ones who think so, either: Flow took home runner-up for the prestigious Apple Design Awards in 2008.
What's New in Version 1.7.2
✔ Fixed issue where droplets could potentially fail to authenticate properly.
✔ Fixed issue where the remote view selection could fail to be preserved when new items are added to the view.
✔ Fixed issue where the generic shared Mac icon failed to render on Lion.
Software is in Maintenance, Still Pretty Good
This was the first client I used after using primarily "sftp." Older versions where pretty buggy, but I've not had any issues with the newer releases since the author rewrote his transfer system in 1.5 and finally re-added SFTP support. That said, the author has basically abandoned this. I will keep using it until it stops working for me and I hope that is a long time because this has one of the simplest interfaces in transfer clients I've seen. Yes, the sidebar is a little weird, but dragging and dropping from finder works just as well.
Before Flow, I was using Cyberduck. Comparing the features to other FTP clients, I never really felt anyone offered anything remarkably different enough worth paying for. When I saw Flow, it was everything that I wanted to see in an FTP client. After purchasing this great app, and using it just to log in and quickly transfer a few files, I feel like I should have paid more. Incredible, you definately get your money's worth… and then some!
Cool icon, but that's about it. The layout of this app just feels akward to me. I still haven't figured out how to save a connection configuration (aka favorites). Flow has no option to pause downloads (it just keeps on flowing amirite!?). There are no features in the transfers window; nothing is clickable, right clickable, etc. The icon badge in my dock doesn't even show progress it just tells me whether or not a transfer is happening. The button to toggle the transfers window is in a very illogical place and I often forget how it functions. The local file browser is for bollocks too. There needs to be more buttons, more features. I'm a total barebones FTP user and I'm completely amazed this app is not even sufficient for me.