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FTP on the Go Pro

iPad App Review

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FTP on the Go Pro screen shot

FTP on the Go Pro screen shot

Screen shot by J Kyrnin courtesy Headlight Software

Bottom Line

FTP on the Go Pro is an excellent FTP client for the iPhone and iPad. It connects to FTP, FTPS, and SFTP servers, lets you edit and view saved files, connects to your photo library and cloud files as well as save and load files from iTunes. Plus, you can email files right from within the app. It offers many of the features I look for in an HTML editor for the iPad, and it's function is as an FTP client. In fact, if you do a lot of FTP transfers to your websites, this may be all the mobile editor you need to do work while “on the go.”

Information About FTP on the Go Pro and This Review

  • Text editor
  • iPad and iPhone
  • $9.99
  • This review is for version 3.0.3
  • Score: 123 36.6%
  • Review written: April 29, 2012

Pros

FTP on the Go Pro has a lot of features I like:

  • Easy-to-use FTP client
  • Connects with both FTP and securely with FTPS and SFTP
  • Edit HTML, PHP, CSS, and other text files right in the app
  • Includes search and replace
  • Resize images right inside the app
  • You can view many types of files, including images, RTF, and even video

Cons

Of course, being an FTP client first and foremost, there are a few things missing that I would like to see in an HTML editor:

  • It was hard to view a file that I'd edited. I had to know what the URL was of the file and then browse to it — there is no direct link, and the “Web View” button just takes you to the last page you viewed.
  • It can be very difficult to tell if a file has been transferred to the server.
  • No syntax highlighting. You edit every file in all black text on white.
  • There are no templates for creating new files. You can create new files, but you start from scratch every time.
  • It creates extra files with a .old suffix, even when I tell it to overwrite and replace the files.
  • It has no Dropbox connectivity, beyond an “Open In…” function in the files. It would be helpful if it had a more direct connection to Dropbox.
Editing a file in FTP on the Go Pro

Editing a file in FTP on the Go Pro

Screen shot by J Kyrnin courtesy Headlight Software

Jennifer Kyrnin’s Review of FTP on the Go Pro

FTP on the Go Pro is one of the first apps I got for review that I decided to keep on my iPad after I was done reviewing it, because it's possibly one of the best FTP clients available for the iPad. If I were reviewing it as an FTP client I would give it 4 stars because it is powerful and has a lot of features. It is missing some features I find important in an HTML editor, which is why it gets only 3 stars in this review, because I'm reviewing it as it works as an HTML editor.

While Not Perfect, It's Still a Good HTML Editor App

In my evaluation of over 20 iPhone and iPad HTML editor apps, I wasn't going to include FTP on the Go Pro because it isn't technically an HTML editor. But as I looked at more and more editors, I realized that even though Headlight Software emphasize it's HTML editor capabilities, it can go head-to-head with some of the existing iPad and iPhone editors available right now and come out near the top. In fact, in my current evaluations, it comes in fourth (see: Five Excellent HTML Editors for iPad).

My biggest frustration with using FTP on the Go Pro for HTML editing was in previewing (or simply viewing) the results of my edits. I found it difficult to view my HTML as anything other than HTML — in other words, I wanted to view the HTML in a web browser once I'd made edits, and that was very difficult to do. I finally had to resort to going to the embedded web browser and simply typing in the URL of the page I was editing. This leads to my second problem: I had a hard time telling if the edits I'd made had been transfered to the server. And without being able to view the files easily, this problem was compounded. In one case, I went to my server on a desktop computer, just to see if the file had changed on the server.

FTP on the Go does have some issues, but it also has some features that other HTML editors for the iPad and iPhone don't have, such as the ability to resize images right from the app when you upload them to the server. This can help you get your huge iPhone images a bit smaller for use on the web.

It has all the features you'd expect from an FTP client, including FTP, FTPS, and SFTP connectivity. Plus, you can set a master password to protect your connections. I love that it will zip and unzip files for you as well. Yet another app you don't need!

The iPad version has a nice extended keyboard. It's not as nice as the Textastic keyboard, but it does include a lot of the keys you use a lot during HTML editing. And if you have the iPad with Retina display, FTP on the Go is optimized for this screen, which makes it look especially crisp.

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