For this week’s Freeware Frenzy, I will be taking a look at Core FTP Lite 1.3c. This handy little FTP program lets you connect to any remote server and upload files. I do not own a website, so when I recently had to transfer some files, I needed a way to upload my data to the web, where my friends could download it at their leisure. Rather then setup an account with the various free hosting sites on the Net, with bandwidth and transfer limits, I asked a friend of mine to let me access his server. So when I had some space, I needed to be able to upload my files. And CoreFTP was just the thing I needed.
CoreFTP is a 2.5MB download and a quick installation. The program values function over form, as it’s not much to look at. But who cares about looks when it works like a charm. No matter where you have your server setup, you’ll no doubt have an address with a name and password to login. When you first open CoreFTP, the connection wizard box opens, ready for a connection. You’ll only need to enter the info once, as CoreFTP will remember for later in your ‘Site Manager’. Your Site Manager box will also save the information and settings for as many sites as you’d like, in case you have a whole farm of servers.
Assuming you entered your information correctly, and selected the correct options, such as using SSH, SSL or connecting through a proxy; you should connect in no time. Now you’re ready to send your files. You’ll see two sets of file trees in the middle of the program. On the left is your computer; on the right is your server. Simply navigate to your files, highlight want you want to upload and click on the right facing arrow to upload. The stats on the download are shown in your log, the topmost panel. You can also send over multiple files by queuing them at the bottom of the program, and then uploading them all at once.
CoreFTP supports every major connection protocol in use today, including Secured Socket Layer (SSL), Secure Shell (SSH), Transport Layer Security (TLS), and Internal Data Network (IDN). CoreFTP features dragging and dropping; so that anyone familiar with a Windows environment will feel at home using it. You have the option of creating customized commands, so repetitive tasks run more smoothly. CoreFTP allows you to pause and resume transfers, assuming the server supports that, so that you’ll never have to waste a half complete transfer because you have to reboot.
CoreFTP is also easily customizable, so you can resize windows, move them around to however you like, change file associations, connection options, right down to the order of the month, day and year in dates. My only critique of CoreFTP comes in the Help files. I appreciate freeware that is easy to use, but when I run into a snag, I like to have thorough help files to educate me on how to solve a problem. CoreFTP has a basic help file, with just enough to understand the bare essentials. The program is simple enough to work with, but I would have appreciated a bit more in this area.
So in the end, not only is CoreFTP completely free, but it will never bother you with upgrading to the Professional version, which is available. It has everything you need for everyday FTP work for an unbeatable price. If you’re in need of an FTP program, give CoreFTP a look at www.coreftp.com , you’ll be glad you did.