WS FTP Pro 7.5 review: WS FTP Pro 7.5

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good SSL encryption, directory synchronization, and automation scripting; wizards and tutorials for beginners; excellent overall performance.

The Bad Difficult-to-use scripting engine.

The Bottom Line WS FTP Pro 7.5 combines outstanding features, ease of use, and performance to make it the best FTP client around.

CNET Editors' Choice Jun '02

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Over the years, WS FTP Pro has earned a reputation as a powerful but hard-to-use FTP client. Fortunately, version 7.5 sports improvements that make the software easy for beginners to master, yet it still offers impressive tools for advanced users. WS FTP Pro also bests the competition in our performance tests. Although a few of its features require some expertise, WS FTP Pro is now a wise choice for beginners as well as experts. Over the years, WS FTP Pro has earned a reputation as a powerful but hard-to-use FTP client. Fortunately, version 7.5 sports improvements that make the software easy for beginners to master, yet it still offers impressive tools for advanced users. WS FTP Pro also bests the competition in our performance tests. Although a few of its features require some expertise, WS FTP Pro is now a wise choice for beginners as well as experts.

Two views
The installation process for WS FTP Pro places two icons on your desktop: WS FTP Pro and WS FTP Explorer.

Click the WS FTP Pro icon, and the program launches a traditional-looking FTP interface with two parallel windows. The left window displays files and directories on your local machine, and the right shows those on a remote FTP server. To transfer files either direction, just click a file or directory in either pane, then click the arrow in the middle pointing to the other frame.

The WS FTP Explorer icon, on the other hand, launches a more Windows-like interface. This view mimics that of Microsoft's Windows Explorer, with the directory structure of both the local drives and the FTP server on the left. Select a drive or server, and the files and folders within show up on the right. Though the Explorer version offers easier folder navigation, we find the traditional interface more useful because it lets you see the contents of both directories simultaneously; this way you can make sure you're not replacing files.

Help for first-time users; tools for advanced users
With version 7.5, WS FTP Pro introduces an array of features for novices. The Assistance Center, accessed via a button on the remote-host dialog box, offers step-by-step, illustrated help and includes a wizard that guides you through the process of entering an FTP site. The program itself comes preloaded with dozens of interesting anonymous FTP sites.

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WS FTP Pro 7.5

Part Number: BA1000

MSRP: $59.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Category internet & communication applications
  • Compatibility PC