CyberDuck 3 Flaps Wings, But Does it Fly?

CyberDuck IconEarly last year, we compared several well-known Mac FTP clients. Though we established that Transmit was King, CyberDuck always stood out as a cheap, no-frills version.

However, that was version 2. With Leopard now well into it’s third iteration (10.5.2), CyberDuck has also been flapping it’s wings once again, but does it fly? Let’s take a look.

Veteran users will note that the bookmark drawer is now replaced by a panel in the main window. But it’s somewhat of a cosmetic change; the panel now includes your Bookmarks, FTP history as well as Bonjour, an Apple technology used to discover services on a local area network. Previously, your FTP history and Bonjour services were hidden in the menubar, making them hard to monitor. Surprisingly, the log drawer is still there, even though Apple’s own applications seem to be ditching drawers altogether.

CyberDuck Screenshot

Like all Leopard apps, CyberDuck now also comes with Quick Look. Select any file that you want to preview and hit the spacebar; the file is downloaded in the background and presented to you. These files are then cached, so that subsequent previews can take place instantly, without having to request the same file from it’s source again. CyberDuck 3 also adds Amazon S3 and WebDAV support; Amazon S3 is certainly more interesting because it’s not very well supported by many other clients at this stage.

CyberDuck 3 also includes a feature known as Open Web URL, which simply opens the corresponding Web URL of a selected file in your web browser. This might sound mundane at first but it can actually speed up certain workflows. On the whole, it seems like CyberDuck is playing catch-up with the other well-known FTP clients out there. But hey, it’s free and gets the job done, so there isn’t much to complain about.

CyberDuck is a simple, down-to-earth FTP manager that just gets stuff done. If you’re a no-frills person who simply wants to transfer and edit files online, this is it. If you’re looking for all the bells and whistles and a delicious-tasting user interface, keep looking (or try Transmit).

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19 Responses to “CyberDuck 3 Flaps Wings, But Does it Fly?”

  1. dkocher.name » Blog Archive » Open Web URL on April 21st, 2008 10:45 am

    [...] already noted by macapper.com, the just released Beta 2 of Cyberduck 3 adds the feature to open the corresponding web address of [...]

  2. Cyberduck FTP Updates with Quick Look and More Goodies [Featured Mac Download] · TechBlogger on April 21st, 2008 4:50 pm

    [...] Mac OS X only: Free, open source FTP application Cyberduck’s 3.0 beta release adds gobs of impressive new functionality to the already excellent and popular FTP client, including Leopard-only features like Quick Look. Other new features include Amazon S3 and WebDAV support, Web URL support (which opens files in your browser from a corresponding web URL), and the handful of already impressive features like integration with external text editors. Cyberduck continues to add innovative features that make it a viable contender to even the most popular shareware FTP clients, like Transmit. Cyberduck is free, Mac OS X only; Windows users, check out previously mentioned Filezilla. Cyberduck [via MacApper] [...]

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    [...] Mac OS X only: Free, open source FTP application Cyberduck’s 3.0 beta release adds gobs of impressive new functionality to the already excellent and popular FTP client, including Leopard-only features like Quick Look. Other new features include Amazon S3 and WebDAV support, Web URL support (which opens files in your browser from a corresponding web URL), and the handful of already impressive features like integration with external text editors. Cyberduck continues to add innovative features that make it a viable contender to even the most popular shareware FTP clients, like Transmit. Cyberduck is free, Mac OS X only; Windows users, check out previously mentioned Filezilla. Cyberduck [via MacApper] [...]

  4. Life Clerks » Cyberduck FTP Updates with Quick Look and More Goodies [Featured Mac Download] on April 21st, 2008 5:45 pm

    [...] Mac OS X only: Free, open source FTP application Cyberduck’s 3.0 beta release adds gobs of impressive new functionality to the already excellent and popular FTP client, including Leopard-only features like Quick Look. Other new features include Amazon S3 and WebDAV support, Web URL support (which opens files in your browser from a corresponding web URL), and the handful of already impressive features like integration with external text editors. Cyberduck continues to add innovative features that make it a viable contender to even the most popular shareware FTP clients, like Transmit. Cyberduck is free, Mac OS X only; Windows users, check out previously mentioned Filezilla. Cyberduck [via MacApper] [...]

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  7. cyclingplatypus on April 23rd, 2008 11:57 am

    I have to be honest, I’m actually not that impressed with this version, I know it is a beta and you should expect certain “idiosyncrasies” but this seems like a step backwards.

  8. The Pundit: » Cyberduck FTP Updates with Quick Look and More Goodies on April 26th, 2008 1:51 pm

    [...] Mac OS X only: Free FTP application Cyberduck’s 3.0 beta release adds gobs of impressive new functionality to the already excellent client, including Leopard-only features like Quick Look. Other new features include Amazon S3 and WebDAV support, Web URL support (which opens files in your browser from a corresponding URL), and the handful of already impressive features like integration with external text editors. Cyberduck continues to add innovative features that make it a viable contender to even the most popular shareware FTP clients, like Transmit. Cyberduck is free, Mac OS X only; Windows users, check out previously mentioned Filezilla. Cyberduck [via MacApper] [...]

  9. dkocher.name » Blog Archive » Cyberduck 3 News Coverage on May 18th, 2008 10:41 am

    [...] Infinite Loop of ArsTechnica and macapper.com run a more extensive review of Cyberduck [...]

  10. russell on October 18th, 2008 4:44 am

    i miss the bookmarks on the left. it was so easy to switch between sites. if you didn’t want to see it, you could hide it. now it involves an extra step. why would cyberduck get rid of this handy feature?

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