comparing the two major free ftp-clients for mac osx.
in the last years cyberduck started to get buggy. for this reason i tested filezilla today.
cyberduck always worked perfectly well for my needs. but todays versions are crashing quite often, eg. when opening a connection that fails, i need to kill and restart the app. workflow also starts to suffer. the quick-connect drop-menu shows only one server. so i need to close this window and open a new one, where the drop-menu works. additionally the program needs ages to start. in the past it opened quickly and was absolutely reliable.
filezilla seems to be much more stable but less stylish. the icon in the dock is ugly. the gui looks like from the last century. most settings working out of the box in cyberduck, have to be changed in filezilla to work like expected. eg. if i double click a file it will download it to the folder that is opened on the left part of the gui. who needs this behavior? after changing all settings, the workflow is still frustrating. if i double click a file, a dialog pops up, asking what to do. after confirming, that i want to edit this file and not the last local copy of it, it will finally open in the editor. after editing and saving the file in the editor, i would expect the changed file to be online already. but filezilla asks again, if i really want to upload the changed file. this behaviour cannot be changed and makes the workflow completely unusable for me.
and there are other issues with filezilla:
– inside of settings-menu, it is not possible to use copy and paste. well: pasting is possible. but copying closes the menu instead of copying text.
– passwords are not saved in system-keychain, but in filezilla’s own keychain.
– uploading several files doesn’t show total progress and there is no sign or comment when or if upload is completed. it just stops doing something.
my conclusion after testing filezilla is, that i will stay with cyberduck but keep filezilla installed for the case, cyberduck breaks completely due to its many bugs.