CuteFTP Version 9 Integrates with TappIn Data Sharing
In a world inundated with FTP client –even my Web browser functions as one these days–what makes a given application stand out from all the others? If Globalscape‘s CuteFTP program is any indication, it’s integration with mobile computing, a major focus of the latest release of the program. Read on for more about this and other updates to one of the world’s most popular cross platform data transfer applications.
CuteFTP has a long history that stretches back to 1996, when the FTP protocol was vital to the growing Web and other parts of the Internet. Nearly two decades later, FTP itself is no longer as widely used, but the client has evolved to support the range of more sophisticated and better secured protocols, such as SFTP, HTTP and HTTPS, which have replaced it. It also offers an integrated HTML editor for modifying files stored on remote servers.
Now, the introduction of version 9 of CuteFTP brought with it a slew of new features that position the client to retain its popularity as data transfer needs continue to change. The updated functionality in the new release includes:
- Integration with TappIn‘s remote file sharing platform for transferring and accessing data via mobile devices.
- Support for UTF-8 character encoding, making it easier to work with file names that do not follow local language conventions.
- Interface and security improvements.
The company has also taken a new approach to the packaging of the client, which was previously available in the distinct versions of Pro, Home and Lite, each offering a different set of features. As of version 9, all CuteFTP functionality is available in a single package–a nice reminder that sometimes corporate visionaries can be in touch with their customers enough to realize that simplicity is better than complicated marketing abstraction when it comes to packaging products.
While all of the major updates in CuteFTP version 9 respond to the new realities of file transfer as Big Data and cloud computing redefine the landscape, the most novel innovation is probably the TappIn integration. That feature moves CuteFTP about as far away from traditional FTP data transfers as it can get, but it also ensures the client’s continued relevance in a world where more and more data is stored in clouds and accessed from mobile devices.
Of course, all of the traditional functionality remains present as well, so the TappIn support does not come at the cost of any other features. You can still use CuteFTP to upload your “Hello World!” index.html file to the website you recently created on godaddy.com, if you want. But you can also use it for much more sophisticated tasks, like managing files with non-Latin characters in their names that live in your TappIn personal cloud.