Overall, a well-meaning and feature-rich program which really needs some serious refinements. Endless little bugs and oddities prevent this ambitious project from being the really useful tool it is trying to be.
When I first got FileZilla and started poking around I was very happy with what I saw. Extensive settings options arranged quite sensibly, a very flexible interface and the ability to use multiple settings files are all very impressive features. However, some of them do not work and there are some obvious options which are missing. An example of a setting which doesn't work is the height of the file queue at the bottom of the window. I set this to just a few lines (first image) but every time I load the program, it has grown to dominate the window (second image). An example of a missing setting would be the option of removing the clumsy "Local Site" pane since Windows Explorer is a far more convieniant way of browsing the HDD of your computer.
There are lots of other bugs and ommissions, such as the "Remote Site" listing does not show an icon for most filetypes, even ones like "*.html" and "*.png" which are essential to a website. The various dialogue windows which it has for setting up FTP accounts, changing file attributes and customising the settings cannot be resized. So, if you have a small screen they take loads of space and if you have a large screen they cannot be opened out at all. Most of the dialogue window interfaces are badly squashed up in some places and waste space in others.
There is no facility to scan a local folder and its subfolders for files of a certain type and upload all of them to the server, retaining the subfolder structure. You cannot drag-drop files onto the folder you want; you have to double-click the folder, wait for it to open and then drop them. When you double-click a folder, the cursor does not change so there is no obvious indication that the program is doing anything. With FireFox, when you click a link it shows a small hourglass next to the cursor and this is very helpful since you do not need to look over to another part of the interface to see if your click was acknowledged by the program. The toolbar buttons look very shabby and on my 1600×1200 screen they are so tiny it is difficult to click on them. The toolbar has a drag handle on the left...but you cannot drag it anywhere. In fact, you cannot customise it at all.
At least it doesn't cover the screen in message boxes and progress windows, though.
FileZilla with the queue height I want, missing icons and showing the useless toolbar handle::large image
FileZilla forgetting the queue height:large image
(EDIT) Delfi has suggested SmartFTP to me, so that is what I am trying out now. First impressions are that it is a bewilderingly flexible but this is because it is aimed at advanced users. After several minutes reading through the excellent online help I figured out how to create and save a queue of files which could be read from the location saved in the queue file and uploaded to the destination saved in that file. Took a little while to set up all 168 files for my site but being able to highlight files in the queue setup list and apply properties to them in batches sped things up a lot.
It seems like a really serious piece of kit. So far the only niggle is that you cannot drag-drop from any files Windows Explorer directly onto a remote folder. It doesn't suffer from some of the bugs and ommissions in FileZilla as it is pretty good at getting the right icon for files in the remote view. Oh, the different ways to sort the remote files list don't seem to work. When I choose to sort them by "Type" it sorts them by type but within each type they are sorted by "Name" in reverse order. Lol.
The lack of tooltips on toolbar buttons is infuriating, as is the lack of large versions of the toolbar images. Grr. We'll see how it goes.
Edited by Cerbera, 22 April 2005 - 06:56 PM.