Below you will find a real world comparison
of six different FTP clients. All are shareware with the exception
of Dreamweaver 1.2, a commercial web page authoring/site management
program. Transfer times are in seconds, shorter bars are better.
All tests were run on a Power Mac 9500/200 using
an external 56K US Robotics modem. For the "File/Folder"
tests, 88 files and 5 folders were transferred. Files ranged
from 24-48k in size. A total of 2.5MB was transferred. We
conducted four different test runs over four separate dialup
connections. If a dialup connection was lost during a test
all scores for that run were discarded. For the "264k
download" test, each client downloaded a 264k file three
times using the same dialup connection and scores were averaged.
* Only 3 scores were averaged due to a lost server connection.
** Only 2 scores were averaged due to lost server connections.
Interface and ease of use get high marks in
my book. All clients with the exception of Dreamweaver support
drag and drop from within the finder. Vicom FTP and Transit
win high marks for their side by side Local/Remote file windows.
This makes navigation and file transfers a snap. Transit goes
the extra mile though, providing file synchronization and
site mirror options. It is unfortunate that it scored so poorly
in the "File/Folder" tests. Vicom includes powerful
options that allow you to view only the files/folders
that meet your specified criteria. Dreamweaver offers the
convenient feature of transferring selected files to the appropriate
sub folders without having to navigate there. DreamWeaver
was also the only program that dropped the server connection
(several times in fact) during transfers.
FTP Speed Trials Update -
Transit 1.0 vs 1.1
The folks at Panic
Software asked us to test out their newly released Transit
1.1. The test results below use a different file/folder
setup than our first round of tests and should not be compared
to the results above. As before, shorter times are better.
Version 1.1 contains numerous bug fixes, interface improvements
and optimizations. Click
here for the release notes. We still encountered the "CFTPThread
" error (supposedly fixed) when cancelling downloads.
We encountered no other problems with version 1.1 and appreciated
the additional features offered.
For the Multiple File tests we used a folder
containing 16 HTML files ranging in size from 1-36k. The 247k
tests used a single file. We ran each test 3 times on two
separate dialup connections for a total of six transfers for
each test. These results were then averaged.
Although we didn't note a significant speed
improvement between the two versions, there are enough interface
improvements and bug fixes to make this upgrade well worth
the download time. I would still like to see a separate column
for sorting files/folders by date. Currently you can option
click to sort by date. Although it has not undergone any changes
in version 1.1, I am still a fan of the "Site Mirror"
and "Synchronize" functions and have put them to