Manage a website? I do. Use an FTP client? I have. Hate your FTP client? YES! Let’s face it, the Macintosh has never really had a good FTP client that is both fast and easy to use–that is, until Transmit (formerly Transit) came along. Transmit is totally Mac OS 8.x UI (user interface) savvy, featuring drag and drop, standard progress bars, list views, and contextual menus.
Transmit is a full featured FTP client that builds on the Mac OS user interface. It’s divided into “your stuff” and “their stuff.” “Their stuff” is the FTP server you are logged into, and you can easily drag and drop between the two sites. Moreover, Transmit also supports a bookmark system much like Mac OS 8.5′s “favorites,” and includes busy-server redialing and synchronization so your website and the copy on your hard disk will never be out of sync.
If the features mentioned above weren’t enough, Transmit also features logging, and is very customizable, allowing you to use Internet Config file mappings, and even work with proxy servers!
There’s not too much to say about Transmit that’s not good. Actually, there’s nothing to say that isn’t good! The level of high quality development is obvious in every aspect of Transmit. And Transmit doesn’t just look good; it performs. Transmit will cut your download and upload times in half. Transmit is the best thing that has ever happened to Mac OS FTP! Is your FTP client a dog (pun very much intended)? Then you really have to check this program out. It gives me great pleasure to give Transmit my Highest Recommendation.
Download Transmit 1.2
Dock Manager 1.6 is a wonderful little utility that monitors and allows you to customize all of Mac OS 8.5.x’s features, including the application switcher, keyboard switching, proportional scroll thumbs, and most importantly, Sherlock.
Dock Manager allows you to create plugin sets for Sherlock, eliminating the need to turn plugins on and off constantly. Dock Manager works very much like the Extensions Manager, whereas you can activate sets with the click of the mouse, and they will be active the next time you launch Sherlock.
Unfortunately, Dock Manager’s interface to create these sets is less than perfect: it makes you use the shift and command keys to select more than one object in a list. While this is obvious to advanced users, even intermediate users might quickly become frustrated. Perhaps a “select” button is in order.
Dock Manager is a wonderful utility that I will definitely keep on my hard disk. It’s free, and does everything I want it to do. However, future improvements to this useful program could make it more useful for intermediate and beginning users. Recommended for users of Mac OS 8.5.x who want advanced control.
Download Dock Manager 1.6
Mac OS 8.5.x introduced live scrolling and proportional scroll bars to the majority of the Mac OS, including windows, dialog boxes, and even some applications. Unfortunately, most applications need to be updated to take advantage of these new, enhanced features. Until then, there’s Smart Scroll.
Smart Scroll provides live scrolling and proportional scroll bars to the applications that don’t take advantage of these new built-in features. These applications include Netscape, Photoshop, ClarisWorks, and more. With Smart Scroll installed, proportional scroll bars and live scrolling will appear in these applications’ windows!
This is my third review of Smart Scroll, and my opinion hasn’t changed one bit. The Mac OS was in desperate need of these features, and I commend Apple for integrating them into Mac OS 8.5.x. However, users of pre-8.5.x System versions and users of applications that don’t take advantage of these features need only install Smart Scroll. It’s very compatible, and functions perfectly on my PowerBook G3. Highly Recommended.
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Requirements/Availability: No requirements for Transmit are given. Dock Manager requires Mac OS 8.5.x and Sherlock. Smart Scroll requires Mac OS/System 7.x and a 256 colors monitor. All three of these utilities can be downloaded at their respective URLs.