Interarchy 8.2.2

Interarchy makes working with files on your FTP or web server fast and easy. Interarchy 8.2.2 adds several new features, including a major interface change, Universal support, Amazon.com S3 file-sharing support, HTTPS support, and about a dozen other enhancements that make the program more useful.

The program has undergone a major interface overhaul. In previous versions you had to navigate a labyrinth of menus to access all the program’s features. The new Connection window streamlines the process considerably with four individual panes. In the first, you select a protocol. In the second, you choose an action to use with the selected protocol. The third pane allows you to set the parameters for your file transfer, and the fourth pane shows Help information for the features you’ve selected, and how they will affect the files on your FTP server.

Strangely, Interarchy has fewer features in version 8’s NetDisk than were available in version 7’s FTPDisk, which is essentially the same feature with a different name. NetDisk lets you mirror files between your Mac and a remote FTP server. In version 7 you could specify the local folder you wanted mirrored on the remote server but Version 8 assumes you’ll always want a NetDisk icon on your desktop. According to the company, NetDisk is a novice-oriented feature and therefore doesn’t need the added configuration option. But eliminating features is a bad move.

Support for HTTPS, secure FTP, and WebDAV, has been added. HTTPS and SFTP allow for the secure transfer of files from your local system to a server, while WebDAV, which is used by Apple’s iDisk, allows for collaborative editing and managing of files on a server.

One of the potential dangers of mirroring folders between your Mac and a remote server is unintentionally deleting important files. Interarchy’s new Mirror Dry Run function lets you test a mirror without making any changes to the files on your FTP server or hard drive, lessening the likelihood that you’ll accidentally destroy important data.

OUR VERDICT

Interarchy 8.2.2 is a powerful and versatile FTP program. The new interface may at first throw Interarchy 7 users, but it significantly enhances this first-class application.

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