Panic Inc has released version four of their popular Transmit FTP client. To simply call it an “FTP client,” though, doesn’t do the software justice. Really, it’s a file transfer application. It can interact with FTP and SFTP servers as well as Amazon S3, Apple iDisk, WebDAV servers, and Bonjour locations. Not only can Transmit move files between your computer and a remote server, but it can easily transfer data between servers.
The new version of Transmit boasts a cleaner interface, faster transfer speeds, “tear-off tabs,” syncing, Amazon CloudFront support and the ability to issue SSH commands (among other things).
Panic claims a 25x speed improvement on large uploads, as well as quicker downloads and list/delete queries. I haven’t tried to verify these numbers or anything, but Transmit is certainly fast. Very fast.
One new feature that really caught my attention is “Transmit Disks.” You can mount remote servers as disks on your desktop, and a menu bar item lets you easily mount/unmount them.
Anyway, Transmit 4 is an excellent FTP client. It’s well worth trying the free 7-day trial Panic offers. (The full version is $34.)