CuteFTP is a simple and efficient FTP program that uses a drag-and-drop
interface to let you upload and download files to and from your server. A wizard
guides you through the setup by asking for your server's address, your user
name, and password. You then have the option to use that site as a default.
Once CuteFTP is open, you will see three windows. The top window has a running
dialog that contains notes on your session. You probably won't need this information,
though glancing at it will tell you whether the prior command went through.
The window on the left is your local system. You will see a bar at the top
of this window that lets you choose the folder you seek. The files will appear
below in the larger window. On the right, you will see the files that are
housed at your ISP. Transferring files is as simple as dragging them from
one side to the other. A window will pop up asking whether you wish to download
or upload the file. You will then see the top window scroll a bunch of info
and-- provided nothing went wrong-- you will see a message with the word "successful."
For the most part, this is all you need to know. However, if you find yourself
swapping files left and right you might want to take a look at all the features
The Macro feature is helpful if you want to update a particular file every
day. Go to Macro, Start Recording, then choose your folders and upload your
file. When you are done, go to Macro, Stop Recording, and choose a name. Then
every time you want to upload the file, choose Macro, Execute Macro and choose
the one you want. Your file will automatically be uploaded to the place earlier
The Compare Directories feature lets you compare your local files and the
files on the server. This is useful if you are trying to decipher which files
you may be missing.
The Help Menu is helpful, unlike those on a lot of programs. You can search
the index to find all sorts of swanky tips and features.
You can download CuteFTP from the ZDNet
Software Library. It is free to try, $39.95 to buy.