Although FileZilla is a superior program to WSFTP in many ways, for
the meantime I'm going to stick with WSFTP for a while. However,
FileZilla shows so much merit that I thought I should take the time
to point these issues out to you:
- I wish FileZilla would show me somewhere on the screen what remote
system I'm connected to. For example, WSFTP's top bar says,
"WSFTP95 LE ftp.WhereYouAre.Com" The "ftp.WhereYouAre.Com" is very
useful information for people who sign onto multiple similar systems.
And this is even more critical when multiple systems are logged onto
simultaneously. FileZilla's top bar says "FileZilla version 1.9.4".
I looked high & low, but I don't see anywhere that it tells which
system that I'm currently FTPing to. And so if I'm logged onto 2-3
systems, just to be safe, I have to close all copies of FileZilla &
then reinitiate each window -- else I risk doing the wrong thing on
the wrong system. This would not be necessary if the program would
simply tell me which system that this particular window is connected
to. It doesn't seem that "expensive" to make this change -- at least
to print it on the screen somewhere. And it is critical for people who
use lots of systems, so I thought I'd make it number 1.
- Note that the "top bar" text also appears in the small box of the
"task bar" at the bottom of the screen when FileZilla is minimized.
However, "1.9.4" may never appear in the small block at the bottom
of the screen because the word "version" takes up that space, but is
of less use than the actual version "1.9.4". So at the least, I'd
suggest you remove the word "version" which would move "1.9.4" over
to the left. Note that depending on the resolution of the monitor,
and the size of the fonts, and the number of windows open, the
"1.9.4" may never have a chance to appear at all. That said, it would
be even better (I think) to put the host name or FTP address on the
top bar, such as "FileZilla Ftp.WhereYouAre.Com". Because that way
if you have 2-3 copies of FileZilla opened, you can see on the task
bar which one to click on to open it and/or bring it to the front.
At any rate, as stated in #1 above, I think it would be safer if the
site connected to appeared "somewhere" on the screen.
- I wish the program would save the width of the columns that the user
chose. That way columns wouldn't need to be resized each time FileZilla
is started. Keeping in mind that some people have chosen large fonts,
or they may commonly work with long file names, or files that are
"100,000,000" bytes vs "100" bytes. That way they can size the
columns to the widths of their liking and they won't have to resize
these columns each time they fire up FileZilla.
- A lower priority would be to let the user choose the font displayed
in the "details" window. For directories, I prefer a fixed width
Font, such as Courier. On a similar note, if the "month" and "day"
were zero filled, they would line up like soldiers & be easier to
debug in the "details" window. Because when a variable width font is
used, "I" is narrower than "M" in the file column. And for months,
January "1" takes up less space than December "12" in that column.
- I do miss the ability to click on the left and right arrows of WSFTP,
keeping in mind that I'm converting from that program. In other
words, after highlighting the file(s) to copy, I clicked on the left
arrow when I was copying from a remote system to my local Windows PC.
And I clicked on the right arrow when doing the opposite.
- I also miss the ascii, binary & auto radio buttons which appeared
on the main screen, as opposed to the Settings/Connection/ASCII-Binary
dialog box to do that.
- I also miss WSFTP's ability to "view" an ascii file on the remote
system by double-clicking on it (note this required a config change,
which was dangerous if not done on all PCs I use because simple
double-clicking on it would just copy the file from the Win PC to
the FTP system, or vice-versa. However, with FileZilla, on a "local"
file, I can right-click on it & choose "open".
- However, clicking on right-click, then "open" launches the
application rather than viewing the file. So for example, if you
click on a .html file, it will launch your browser, rather than view
it. So since there is no way to view it, what I do is change the
file name to end with .txt, then view it. Then when I'm all done, I
(dangerously) try to remember to remove the .txt file to change it
back the way it was. When all I really wanted to do was view the file
Thanks for taking the time to listen. I know it sounds like what I want
is WSFTP, but I'm in the process of leaving all "pay" software behind.
And FileZilla looks like it has the most merit by far. It's hard to believe
that it all fits in 1.1mb.
I am using Filezilla 3.1.0. Whenever I either upload files from my PC to my FTP server or download files from my FTP server to my PC, the remote site info "Filename, Filesize, Filetype, etc will disappear and the message <Not connected to any server> appears where the files should be. This message happens when I get about 1/2 of the files transferred. I am transferring about 900+ files at a time. The files transfer OK even though I get the message because I am still connected to the remote FTP server.