Classic or Modern?
While still looking for an alternative to FileZilla, WinSCP appeared to be shinier. Of course, you can't have much to improve when the main function is to transfer files, but some small features may go a long way in helping you accomplish this with ease.
WinSCP greets you with the option of running it in two modes. You can choose the rather standard commander type interface with two screens, one focusing on your local drives, the other on the remote storage. Alternatively you can go wild and have WinSCP desguise itself as Windows Explorer window! Ooh! Yeah, it's actually not that sweet. You may then use drag and drop between Explorer and WinSCP. Putting that aside, the fact that Total Commander proved once and for all that double panel file management IS superior, WinSCP's Explorer view is missing some really useful buttons from the handy-dandy toolbar. So in case you're not sure on which interface to use, I suggest you go with Commander first. You can switch between them later.
Some of the nifty features that I was referring to are the selection buttons. You can select and deselect files from a folder based on a simple search criteria. Very useful if you need to copy, cut or delete batches of files.
WinSCP also features folder synchronization and even synchronized navigation. The interface allows you to edit remote files, that of course provided that the FTP server allows it too.
Speaking of synchronization, WinSCP's Sync option enables the transfer of multiple files at once. Instead of a quick sync, you can chose to preview any possible changes (recommended). After you've been presented with any differences, you can chose what happens to specific files from your selection before the operation is carried out. That way you can't blame anybody but yourself if something gets deleted.
- FTP, SFTP, SCP
- Batch file management
- Drag & drop integration with Explorer
- Folder tree synchronization
- Synced navigation
- Text editor
- Supports file passwords and other forms of authentication
Well, WinSCP is an apt software product. The integration with Windows helps a lot with being intuitive. The technical options are there for anyone interested in more than toying with FTP.