There are two main reasons that users would need an FTP program: to maintain a Web site, and to download files (mainly MP3s). With a built-in MP3 search engine and a simple explorer-like interface, CuteFTP is the ideal tool for both these tasks. Gone are the days of manually setting up a site with daunting Unix commands, as a simple right-click will automatically handle these tasks. A handy bookmarking feature allows quick access to sections on a site.
CuteFTP has a range of tools for managing file transfer, including the ability to resume with auto-connect (even if your ISP drops your connection), scheduled file transfer, and - if needed - a simple right-click that will send a file from your desktop PC to the remote server. Other time-savers include directory synchronisation to keep your desktop files up to date with the server, macros for performing routine tasks, and a handy option to preserve the casing of file names and folders, which is essential for Unix servers. One dangerous feature is the on-the-fly HTML editing - it allows you to modify the HTML on your live server. If your connection is dropped or visitors appear while the page changes are made, then the site may be affected.
Other minor improvements include a better interface, totals for queued files and improved stealth' pinging to keep your connection live. CuteFTP will also check for software updates or patches and download them if required. If you have version 3.x, then 4.0 is available as a free upgrade. While available locally for around $80-90, you can save a few dollars by installing the shareware version from the cover CD and buying a key from www.globalscape.com for about $A60.