Transmit FTP is the premier FTP client for the Mac. Using it in its stock configuration gives you lots of power, but you can ramp up your FTP productivity on the Mac using a few tricks as long as you know where to look in the app.
Bring Your Transmit Favorites to Life
The default icon is a blue globe for each of your Favorites, but you can assign custom icons instead. Just edit your favorite and click on the little blue down arrow near the icon:
Note the “Use Server Favicon” option: this will grab your domain’s favicon automatically for the bookmark icon (it must be of the form favicon.ico on the remote server).
The Transmit Disk Feature
If you ever needed to keep a local folder and remote folder in sync, then Transmit Disk is a great tool to use. First bookmark a remote location as a favorite and then have Transmit Disk create it as a local volume. The two are then kept in continual sync. Any changes made to this volume’s files are mirrored to the server and vice versa.
The beauty of the system is that files are uploaded & downloaded even if the Transmit application isn’t running. This is because Transmit Disk runs as a background process separate from the Transmit FTP client.
Transmit’s Copy Url
You can right click on any file on your server and get the URL for that file in Transmit:
Your url structure will be messed up and include things like “var/www” until you set the “Root URL” in your Favorite’s edit screen (pic below).
Transmit’s Dock Send
Dock Send is a useful feature if you find that you’re continually sending files to some of your favorites regularly. You’ll need to edit the Favorite and enable Dock Send (see pic below). You’ll also need to fill out both the Remote Path (file destination) and the Local Path (the folder on your machine where files are going to be copied from).
Then drag a file from your Local Path to the Transmit dock icon. Transmit will make check if the local path of the file you dragged onto Transmit’s dock icon is the same of any of your favorites. If it finds a match, it sends the file onto the Favorite’s remote destination.
Using Transmit Droplets
One problem with Dock Send is that you might forget which Favorites you’ve enabled the remote path on. By using Droplets, you can see visual icons representing your automatic upload locations. Another benefit is that you don’t have to specify a local folder in your Favorite’s settings: if you’re always uploading files from different local directories, then use a Droplet instead of Dock Send. Just click the Save as Droplet button when editing a Favorite.
Another benefit is that you can embed the password in a droplet and give the droplet to anyone with Transmit installed and allow them to upload files to your server. The password is embedded in the droplet but not revealed to the user.