FTP Browser: Make FTP'ing Fun

By: Walter Metcalf
Dateline: 10/07/98

Don't let the name "Browser" fool you! FTP Browser is a superior full-featured Internet FTP client program designed to replace the IBM FTP-PM program included with Warp. However it is far more convenient to use and contains many, many additional features. Some of these features include:

  1. Firewall support
    • Provides support for accessing sites protected by firewalls such as internal sites of corporations or universities.

  2. Parallel and directory tree transfers.
    • This feature allows you to transfer an complete tree in one operation, leaving the directory structure in tact.

  3. Optional automatic conversion of filenames to lower case.
    • If you maintain a website on a UNIX server and run into case problems when uploading from OS/2, you'll appreciate this feature.

  4. "Point and Click" and "Drag 'n Drop" support.
    • Imagine transferring a file or complete directory to or from a far-distant site with a simple drag or double-click!

  5. Total configurability.
    • Almost every conceivable function of this program is configurable.

  6. Automatic restart file transfers. (Tired of restarting long downloads that almost finished?)

  7. Auto-redial busy sites

  8. Log containing all communication with the servers. (If a connection failed, now you'll know why!)

  9. Caching of Directory lists.
    • No more repeatedly waiting for the same high-level directory list to be displayed as you travel down a tree, as is the case all often with FTP-PM.

  10. You can save several configurations on the same or different sites; FTP-Browser saves them safely within files, so they are secure across version or fixpak changes.

  11. Files selected along with their specifications for download are stored in a temporary file, and if something happens to terminate the download, FTP Browser detects the file, notifies you, giving you the option to restart the download without having to reselect any files.

  12. Automatic execution of a program determined by the file extension. This means you can double-click an HTML file at the remote site, and FTP Browser will download it, load the default browser, and display the document--all using a simple double-click! That still amazes me when I do it.

In addition to the technical side, Jason has paid careful attention to the user interface. For example, colours and fonts are all drag 'n drop configurable and window sizes are sizable. Also present are toolbars with optional bubble help and conventional Warp 4 notebooks. Plenty of help is available in the form of an online manual, the help buttons on every window, and the highly context-sensitive F1 key. Basic functions like Delete, Create, and copy are available at a mouse-button click from any of the windows. Features like these make FTP Browser a pleasure to use. The author has done a first-class job which will make a user look forward to using FTP instead of dreading it. Ftp Browser is highly recommended for anyone who downloads files from the Internet regularly. I know that my task as your Guide would be considerably more difficult if I didn't have this inexpensive tool. It is one of the few products on my system that I have put on my very space-limited OD Control Center.


I can find only two things in this product to "gripe" about, and both are really quite minor:

  1. the window positions and sizes cannot be saved between sessions;

  2. Occasionally the transfer rate displayed is obviously wrong.

FTP Browser is fully-functional shareware, but displays a reminder splash screen until you register it; you can download it to try it for 30 days or register it at BMT Micro. The registration fee is $29 US. The author is Jason Rushton. Use this email address instead of the one in the documentation, which is out of date.

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