I work on the internet, I program websites, So I send a good portion of my day connected to either of my or my clients servers via FTP/SFTP. I have for a long time, used Cyberduck for all of my FTP needs. It has been great, Good bookmarking systems, Project/Connection draw, It allows my to work directly on my files with TextMate, supports multiple connection types ( FTP,SFTP, WebDave, Bonjour, .Mac ( MobileMe)) and has done everything I have wanted in a Free FTP Client.
About a month ago, Cyberduck updated to Version 3. It has some new features, a different bookmark system, QuickLook type image/file preview, and I find is a better interface. With this new version it has become increasingly unstable. The application crashes often, too often. Some times 2-3 times in an hour! which is way too often and as a result I have lost files I have been working on. If I have FTP’d files open in TextMate, and Cyberduck crashes, that it, I can’t reopen my connection and continue working on those open files, I have to copy out the changed code, re-open the files, paste in the new code and then continue. This can take minutes just to get back to where I was, and some times losing this time, or break in motion really cause delays in what I was writing.
I am by far not saying Cyberduck is not a good application. It is great and once the guys have released an update or bug fix I am sure I will go right back to using it. It may be my computer system. I am using a 1.42ghz PowerPC G4 iBook running OSX Leopard 10.5.4 So it may be that version 3 has more support for Intel Mac’s which I am looking to upgrade, but still love this ol’ girl, She does well.
A couple of friends have recommended using Transmit From Panic Software. It starts of way different, I am yet to really get in to it and set it up. I have started moving across my bookmarks have have set my default programs for it to use. And will repost once I have with more info once I have used it more in the next few days.
If any one has any hints for using it better, as always, advise is welcomed.