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Coding FTP Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Coding FTP

Powerful software to help you automate FTP operations by using a script.
$49.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 237 94 comments

Coding FTP was available as a giveaway on May 1, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
free today
Inpaint reconstructs the selected image area and deletes unwanted objects.

CodingFTP does is very simple: Help you to perform FTP operations automatically and flexibly. Drag & drop is a useful function, but it's really tedious if you need to do this hundreds of times a day. With Coding FTP, you can easily repeat all the operations you want, e.g. upload/download files, change file dates, change file permissions, delete file/folders, etc. And you can easily do all this by creating a simple script. Then, all you need to do is a simple button click.

Maybe you don't want to click a button? No problem! You can use any scheduler, e.g. Windows Task Scheduler, to automate the script. Now, you can focus on your work and let Coding FTP upload/download/delete files for you automatically.

Besides, Coding FTP also has an easy and powerful script languages, you can easily control the script to do what you wanted.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/NT/2000/xp/2003/Vista





File Size:

2.24 MB



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For anyone that shows up later, (should this be given away again in the future) this is actually a pretty cool little tool. Obviously it requires a need, but only days after installing it I found a need, and with a few minutes of figuring out the scripting language, (I've never even seen Pascal) I was able to automate some backups that need to be moved to remote storage on a regular basis.

As listed above, there are other programs available, but if you need to do what this does, it does it well, in my opinion. Actually, it does it well, even if you don't need it. :)

Reply   |   Comment by scooter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Folks,

Here is a list of FTP programs with schedule and automation capabilities.

There are many ways to implement such capabilities, and since you often would end up with FTP on multiple puters you really would prefer inexpensive licensing (free, or $25 per puter or $50 per licensee multi-puters). If you are spending more for a client it should be very competent and have super-special capabilities.

Sherrod FTP is a new one in the mix that I find quite nice. The folks are astute and helpful.

Here is a small discussion of the scheduling FTP question.

I'll pass on getting involved in a proprietary, limited scripting language on costly software (today's GAOTD). However the idea of a couple of good FTP programs on GAOTD is kewl, and the comments here were largely fun.


Reply   |   Comment by Steven Avery  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

program crashing here at every program start

Reply   |   Comment by fruns  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Personally, I figure that whether the software being offered is something I can use or not, or try and don't like, etc, I haven't lost anything. Two programs, Image compressor and Titan Backup, kept being unable to recognize that they were licensed after they were installed, so I finally had to uninstall them. At least I didn't pay for a program that turned out unusable, or refused to run because they didn't recognize their license after the first day.

Sometimes I've downloaded something I wasn't familiar with, and I've learned more about the process by experimenting with the software. I haven't messed with FTP much, this program looks like it will help me learn more about FTP.

Sometimes I've downloaded programs that turned out so good I wouldn't want to be without them!

Sometimes I've read comments and found recommendations for freeware alternatives to a program, that I didn't know about before, but that I investigated, tried, and liked. Reading comments about a GAOTD was what led me to some very good freeware alternatives.

As for branded software, sometimes its great, sometimes it has big drawbacks... I have read a number of articles that pointed out the fact that virus programmers, etc, target the brand software antivirus, antimalware, etc, becacuse they know that's what most people have. Run a good but lesser known security/antivirus program, and your security may be stronger simply because the lesser known less used program is also less of a target.

So far, even the very worst giveaway I downloaded, didn't cause any harm to anything...so I've never lost anything, I've only gained.

Reply   |   Comment by Spiritwolf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

oh and for everyone recommending FTP clients, this is NOT and FTP client. Filezilla and others are not the same thing. This is an FTP automation client. Very different.

Reply   |   Comment by brad  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

One thing I haven't seen noted (or not noted strongly enough): FTP sends everything in plain text, making it easy to interecept. This is particularly dangerous because it sends your account and username in plain text. Someone who intercepts them can get in and do anything you can, including copy, change, or delete.

SFTP is better.

Please push for lots less FTP software and lots more SFTP software. If it says "FTP (oh, and by the way we support SFTP too)" it should be ignored. Wait for something that says "this is an SFTP program (and we support FTP for those that don't care about security, privacy, or confidentiality).

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i took some more time and played with this. It's actually a fairly neat program. The language being used to script is a subset of Pascal.

Previously people mentioned conditionals and loops being unavailable, they are available, but very poorly documented (ie not at all for loops).

So as far as the comment in #25 goes, you certainly can do what you want. The loop structure is basically:
i := i + 1;
until i = 10;

using conditionals to set the i value it would be very easy to test a connection, so it can be a quite good program.

Now for the bad....the subset of Pascal is quite poorly implemented. As far as I can tell there is no coerceon for variables (the reason i didn't say WriteLog(i) in the example), and no true string variables. In fact there are only three variable types, but the documentation only tells you what two of them are.

Some of the looping does not work at all, and I would suspect many of the other useful parts of Pascal were stripped from the released version as the company also offers custom versions. It probably helps sell their script services.

Bottom line is that it is a decent program, and being free puts it in the price range of many users. If you have access to a VB compiler though, you can do the same thing already with the proper ocx. So not bad, but the learning curve due to implementation and crippled functions makes it rather useless to anyone that has access to other languages/technologies. Although it is a neat idea, unless you want to buy the scripting service or fight the learning curve, it is probably a pass.

Reply   |   Comment by brad  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi, I need an FTP application that allows you to set "ignore" options.

I want it to ignore my SVN and CSV folders in every folder on my development system... maybe someone out there knows of such an FTP application. Thanks, ChrisD

Reply   |   Comment by Chris De David  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My company just switched servers. Now I have to set permissions for all files folders and directories. The ftp program I use, and like, makes me do each folder with contents manually. This should make it easier. I'll try it. Thanks GAOTD for providing a nice diversion for the end of a busy day...checking out a free program, no matter who thinks it isn't worth it!

Reply   |   Comment by Nick  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank You !!! I have been looking for a good ftp client Yeah!! Something I can use and to think I all most didn't come here today.

Reply   |   Comment by Christopher  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh god...

Though I think this software would be useful to some people who have huge sites to manage, it would really be nice if you give something... I don't know, better away? I'd really rather use the freeware/GPL software people recommend instead of using this, erm, stuff that is supposedly worth $50.

Reply   |   Comment by theuber43  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@#48: I hope you realize the comment you made broke what is written above the comment box as well...

As for this product, I have not tried it, but from it's description I have learned a few things:

1. It is not a replacement for manual FTP.
2. Its sole feature is to perform scripted file transfers.

Some people might want to use this software, although I would warn the developer that many (perhaps most) computer savvy individuals would realize that the program is simply a program for running scripts in some specific scripting language, that can easily be duplicated by batch files using command line FTP commands. In fact, if one of the comments was true, the scripting language used does not include loops, while one can create loops in batch files with goto statements. Thus, simple batch scripting (which can be run on startup with a simple registry entry might I add) is much more versatile than this program. I'm afraid I'll have to pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Rexozord  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Free speech rules! And so does GAOTD.

Wingers and whiners should just not bother visiting this amazing site. If you don't like the show, change the channel, don't complain.

Thank you GAOTD for bring us interesting, diverse, and practical software solutions each and every day.


Edward C

Oh, BTW, Coding FTP is a cool and useful tool to add to your Windows software collection.

Reply   |   Comment by edwardc  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #79 CharPauld and others you posted (BTW - if I find one of the GAOTD programs a must have and I lose the program due to computer or drive failure… I BUY IT!! What a concept!)

What I do is install all the Gaotd programs first on another drive like an external or internal drive. So you'll never loose it if you have to wipe out your C drive. Most programs I've gotten here don't need to be installed on the C drive. About 3 months ago Gaotd gave us a recovery program that I installed on a flash stick. Being some one who likes debugging software and rebuilding computers I thought this might come in use. Just a few days ago a friend of mine complained about having to format and reinstall his XP and lost all his family and vacation pics and some videos he wished he didn't loose. I went to his house with flash stick in hand and WOW 4 years of deleated files game up. Took hours to go through it all to figure which files he wanted back but the flash stick idea works.

Now as far as todays giveaway ....looks good. Don't seem to need it for the moment but maybe trying it soon down the road and will compare it with the other ftp programs I have then. Thumps up to gaotd and thanks. .......... Messenger


Reply   |   Comment by Messenger  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have absolutely no use for this software, But, I do Appreciate it being free today. Im sure there are many that can use it. Maybe tomorrow will have something useful to me. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Ray  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love this site.........am a average pc user and I find alot of use for programs from here...........GOTD keep up the good work...This is the first site I check every morning ...........once again Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by elfmajic  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program is not for me but thank you GOTD for offering to GIVE ME SOMETHING FOR FREE to try out. I have downloaded and used many of your other offers and appreciate the opportunity to try them.

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#54 - I too use Filezilla but am looking forward to using this. With the ability to do scripting I can set up many FTP jobs to run unattended. I'm moving to a new webhost next week... this program couldnt have come at a better time.

BTW - if I find one of the GAOTD programs a must have and I lose the program due to computer or drive failure... I BUY IT!! What a concept!

Reply   |   Comment by CharPaula  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The results are in for the first 40 comments at 14:46 h central time:

Ten commented on the product.
Five complained about the product and/or GOTD
Twenty-five complained about the complainers.

Enough said.

Statistician (complained about the complainers and the complainers about the complainers)

Reply   |   Comment by Statistician  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Am I missing something, where is the registration key for this software.

Reply   |   Comment by shawel  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am totally sick and tired of programs that are totally useless to me. This one is an example of that. I want to see programs like paint shop pro, word pad programs things that are useful to the average person.

Reply   |   Comment by Sharon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I really wonder what kind of ungrateful people are guys like # 1, 2, and 4? You ****! If you want Symantec go buy it!

Or maybe do you want GAOTD to call you every day and ask you:
What Your Majesty Would Like To Have For Free Today?
GAOTD is really doing something grate here! Do you know how hard is to find EVERY DAY companies that will offer their software for free? Of course you don't because people like you are used sit home and to get everything for free doing nothing!

If you don't like what GAOTD has to offer go away and never come back!

Reply   |   Comment by Money Ideas  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#9 I disagree with your aol cd comment. my grandpa has actually made wind chimes out of them and fishing string. they don't really chime but it makes a neat little display when the sunlight hits a bunch of them.
there seem to be a lot of haters today. if your don't like GOTD just leave,we don't need your negative feed back. I'm playing around with webpage design and have been looking for a good ftp program. I'll give this a try. Thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

well i checked it out and couldn't even find where to enter my username and password to connect to my site, I think i'll just stick with FlashFXP for now. program is not easy to set up and use.

Reply   |   Comment by thomasalan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#63 Hope you're not making that comment while using a Windows PC.

Anyway re the Giveaway I haven't downloaded it as I use FileZilla and FireFTP and I'm happy with them. I don't think that I would pay for this software as I cannot, from the description, see any advantage over the free ones I use which will make it worthwhile.

Reply   |   Comment by cryptq1  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Hahahahahahahahaha Is that the best AOL can do!? McAfee has a virus called McAfee that piggy backs onto updates, How do you feel safe using that!!!?

This site again as said by many here, is for new companies to make a debut and a name for themself's,

This is a great piece of software :)

Thanks again GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Placehold  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#33 - Rather than NO comments, why not just implement a system so that any comments that reached a certain negative point value were removed, or at least hidden from view, (like Digg). Obviously #1 would have been hidden a long time ago.

For those of you who think GOTD should be giving away better software, more expensive software, branded software, or whatever... Try getting the big brands to "give" a license to anyone for anything. While you're at it, try getting the little guys to just give away their software. I'm guessing, (although I could be wrong) that there isn't a huge lineup of companies waiting to hand out free copies of their software. My guess is that it takes some work.

As for what kind of software they should "give away" Personally, I don't use screen savers, I wish they'd stop giving them away, cause they're useless to me. The FTP software, however, is something I can use for a couple of different purposes.

Many of you might be too young for this.. but waaaaaay back, my mom used to say:

"If you can't say something nice..."

Maybe before your Slam the comment button, and start moaning about how much you can't use something, remember what your mom said, (and if she didn't say it, remember what MY mom said).

Not that any of you actually come back and read this stuff after you've vented. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Scooter  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@Timothy Ritchie (63):
"Man, I don’t want to sound paranoid but I personally won’t use anything from a Chinese software manufacturer.I just don’t trust them."

Don't know if you're trolling or not, so I won't bother anybody with the obvious rebuttals... Instead, I'll simply say that programming, writing software is getting to be like making shoes or clothes in the US -- it's getting harder and harder to make a living creating programs for *sale* (IF it's even possible), especially if you're starting out and don't have huge banks of code & a large, installed base to rely on. In a very real sense, there is no alternative, & you Are Not going to get Adobe to give away Photoshop.

That said, there is no race or nation with a monopoly on intellect. And there is no monopoly on ill intent. If some folks are working hard, trying to make a buck, can't fault them, regardless where they live.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

What a great offer. I'm currently not using ftp software so I will pass on this steal of a deal. After all, its no lie, tomorrow it will cost $49.95. kepp up the good work gotd, I like where this is headed.

Reply   |   Comment by dewayne  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

FTP is a method of transferring files to & from a server via the internet. When a web site or page is hosted on a remote server, whomever’s running that server may have it set up so that you create web pages on-line, or you might transfer files (web pages etc) from your PC - if you transfer (upload) them from your PC, often you will use some sort of FTP program. Usually a hosting service will provide you with at least a minimal ftp uploading program, and many services also bundle web site creation software in their hosting contracts. Software for creating web pages &/or sites can have site or file transfer (ftp uploading) built in.

There are several free-ware ftp programs that will let you upload files, though the most powerful ones can seem a bit cryptic to set-up & use. I think CodingFTP falls somewhere in between. It’s claim to fame is the ability to write scripts internally, for the same reason you might write macros in an office program like Word or Excel - if there’s some task you perform all the time, and especially if whatever is particularly tedious, it makes sense to automate it.

If all you want to do is get your web site up on your host’s servers, you might be better off using their recommended software, because chances are they’ve got plenty of documentation showing you just how to fill in the blanks for any settings. If for example everyday you’ve got to update a site to show new products, then it makes sense to put all your changes in one folder, then have CodingFTP handle the uploading during the middle of the night while your sleeping. That’s just one example.

It is a bit harder to quickly evaluate a program like CodingFTP, because it’s intended use is more involved than say, simply converting a video or audio file. I don’t know how many people are going to be in a position to, or willing to experiment with, an established work-flow or web site. It strikes me as more the sort of program you’d install today (for obvious reasons), then try out & test when the opportunity or need arises.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Symantec and McAfee are horrible.
Get Avira or NOD32.

Reply   |   Comment by Ross  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't have a use for this software but I downloaded it anyway because it's free!! Now I have the good feeling that I am "getting back at the man!!".

Thanks GA...of...O...um...the...T...day...D yea got it!!

Ease up people...gees

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#33 Continued ...All I want to know from everyones comments, Does It work on XP?
Too much nonsence comments cant see what I wanna know!

Giveaway of the Day THANKYOU, Some of us DO appreciate what you guys do for us. My first download from you was a STARBURN, $500 software I got for FREE thanx to GAOTD. A great Example. Today I would have over approx. $12,000 worth of software from GAOTD, from over 6 months, and I am Unemployed.
If everyone paid for what GAOTD gives us, than no-one would have software...except millionaires!

Too much B@tching and nonsense complaining, 1 day, might ruin it for everyone. I want to be able to come back here for the next fifty years.

Use it! Dont Abuse it!

Reply   |   Comment by Woodsie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Man, I don't want to sound paranoid but I personally won't use anything from a Chinese software manufacturer.I just don't trust them.

Reply   |   Comment by Timothy Ritchie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

In lieu of a forum dedicated to commenting on the overall "usefulness" of software offered on this website, I think it is valid to comment in a thread for a particular software. Doing so may provide helpful feedback to the website owners.

And let's be clear, the website is a business proposition: you are not getting something for free; you are trading your time, your eyeballs (in viral marketting parlance), and your consideration. In this way, the website can get ad revenue. (It is not clear whether the website gets other compensation like commissions, etc. from the software company.)

But, most importantly, the presence of a business relationship between visitor and website does not give the visitor the right to make arrogant comments ("I can't use it, therefore the average person can't use it"), ultimatums ("if it doesn't get better I'm leaving"), or waste other visitors time with inane comments ("I just downloaded it and will let you know later what I think", "I'm never coming back again", Twitter's a better place for these :P ). In the same way, buying a ticket to a football match doesn't give you the right to burn down the stadium.

The business relationship between visitor and website can only grow when communication is clear and effective.

For those who want a free, easy to use FTP client: try the open-source Filezilla.

An Off-topic response to #37: John, allow me to impeach your "far better and statistically [un-?]impeachable" statement with a simple example with test scores of 75 50 50 50 25. The average is 50, yet only 1 score (20%) is below average. You could say 50% of scores are below *median* intelligence, or you could say 50% of scores are *below or equal to* average intelligence, but you can't say 50% is below average intelligence.

Finally, using the term "brand" or "branding" or "branded" is meaningless these days, much like using the term "political correct". The term is used in too many different ways that have drifted too far from origin. You really need to define what you mean. So #2, if you mean that you'd like to see software from bigger companies with large user bases, then say that. Of course, once you do, the question is raised: "Why would very large companies NEED to put their software on GAOTD?" They already have established distribution channels, trial versions and the like. I, for one, enjoy the opportunity to try out software from lesser knowns who may have a new slant on how to achieve what I need to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Elmo Baggins  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To # 31 Matt B: Yes, I believe - in fact I know - that well-known companies give out free software. Google, for instance. And even Microsoft gives out some programs for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Dlira  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@21 & 57; FTP actually means File Transfer Protocol (while HTTP means HyperText Transfer Protocol)

I don't agree with some people saying that GOTD should offer only software for average users, there are a lot of diverse public visiting giveawayoftheday.com - from kids to professionals & developers.
GOTD should stay as it is, thus *all* of the visitors can find something useful and interesting for themselves.

Reply   |   Comment by User32  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks to Fevosoft and GotD, because this program looks really useful. I'm a developer and a web designer, and although I don't have time to evaluate this program fully today, I anticipate plenty of uses for it in future.

It's got a nice clean no-nonsense user interface and a clear, well written, well structured help file which inspires confidence and optimism. It all looks pretty straightforward really.

To those who are annoyed by specialist software giveaways, I would say this: if there weren't a few people around doing geeky things like FTPing stuff to remote servers, there wouldn't be anything on offer on GotD. So chill out folks. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Steph  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've come to find that if you give most people something for free. it ONLY leads to a feeling of be in titled to the freebie in question. these people put a web-site together when their was none, and helping two sides in dong so . which is rare, and forces no compensation.......yet there still are people who have NERVE to complain REALLY......WOW who are you to knock FREE???? i suggestion you find a site who claim to be free and is not and put your expert bitching skills to use there and or just not come to the "terrible GOTD" site flaming their posting's.... how ungrateful you jerks are. maybe if you gave your criticism to some who's is actually doing wrong...tools have great day =D

Reply   |   Comment by Have a life?  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@21, dont know if your just being a dumbass or not but it means 'File Transfer Program'

@everyone how complains, HOW THE HELL CAN YOU COMPLAIN WHEN ITS FREE?!

now from me to you :)

although it may not be ment for your 'average user' i know at least 1/2 a dozen people that would love a program like this as we do alot of webwork, so this would be perfect!, thanks GOTD for another great program!

Reply   |   Comment by SeanC  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Two comments.

1. I love GOTD and have the RSS feed on my reader. I don't always download the daily selection, and sometimes I delete the ones I do. But GOTD has offered a lot of very useful Software that I otherwise wouldn't have known I needed.

2. I miss Bladed Thoth's reviews. What's up with that?

Reply   |   Comment by Mr270  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I needed sothing like this for a long time!

Reply   |   Comment by programmer-in-training  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Filezilla is a free FTP client with a good GUI. Can anyone tell me if any additional features with this today GOTD(codeFTP)?

Reply   |   Comment by Ravi  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Boy some people would complain if you hung them with a brand new rope. This is a very good program for those of us that are "not average users" I work with programs every day and have a need to FTP files etc to other computers. A script that simplifys this process is welcome. I installed and tested this program and found it to be very ussful and easy to use. Those of you that are whining about "another program I'll never use", blow it out your ear. There are a lot of of us geeks out here that love this kind of stuff. So keep it up GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim R Patterson  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I haven't downloaded anything off here for nearly two weeks YET I AM VERY GRATEFUL to GAOTD for all their effort. I come back each day, as even if I cannot use the program, there is a lot to be learned from even the programs I cannot use. There is also plenty to be learned from some of the comments as well - Software often turns up on here that does things I did not know about, so thank you GAOTD and tose who take the time to make helpful comments on the days' offering and how the alternativies compare.

Reply   |   Comment by TK_M  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you GAOTD for not only this. Whatever you provided in a way or other useful to someone. Peaple those who need symantec, nero, and other branded items do not want to shell out a single penny. All they want everything free ! Whatever they get, never satisfied

Hello, what is the problem with chinese website, they are providing almost equally capable, but less known programs. Why you all think that AMERICAN websites are only useful, but a full of crap

Reply   |   Comment by phoenix_abhi  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Unlike many of the commenters so far, I do have a real-world use for this program, and I was excited to find it for free here. My applications include upload of datalogger-captured data to make it available remotely.

The software has a lot of promise, but it looks like it is not quite ready for prime time - it looks like this is a 'pre-beta' release (or, at least the quality is what you would expect to find in a pre-beta release). If I had paid real money for this (any amount), I would have been disappointed. For free, though, I'm a (mostly) happy camper.

The help has sections that are placeholders containing gibberish (such as "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..."). Where help is provided, it is not very complete - you will have to run lots of experiments to find out how the commands really work (or, as in my case, how they don't work).

For example, I could not find a help file entry describing the difference between "Running Mode" and "Preview Mode".

Documentation of some command parameters is sparse. For example, I expected the /subdirs parameter to the UploadFile command to give me recursive upload of subdirectories on my PC, but it did not seem to work for me. In fact, so far (after only ten minutes of playing with it) I have not gotten UploadFile to work for me at all, and when I tried to use ErrorText to get an error code to help me figure out what I was doing incorrectly, I got no error code or text (and the help entry for ErrorText is gibberish, so I'm not even sure if I am using it correctly or if UploadFile is supposed to generate ErrorText).

They do have a support forum (which I might try using later on) which is almost empty, so any question that you might put there will not get lost in the clutter.

The scripting language can be a bit tedious in places - specifically, using the if - then - else syntax you quickly get tired of writing begin and end (I'd be OK with open and close brackets, though). I have not explored all of the commands, but I can see already that some of the options will come in handy for my application.

My verdict:

If you understand the need and uses of scriptable FTP, go ahead and get it - it's easy enough to play with, it may solve some real-world problems, and it's free. If you don't need it, don't bother downloading it or complaining about it (what a concept!).

Reply   |   Comment by radiator  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"Please comment only on the software here. If you have technical problems or suggestions on our project, please leave us a note in our forums."
That is the the start of "Leave a comment" box which far too many people seem to have overlooked...

How many of you out there would like the administrator of this site to impose the following rules to minimise useless comments?

1. For the first hour after release of a new GOTD only DOWNLOAD and INSTALL problems (stating which version of Windows you are using) are published. The only exception is VIRUS/SPYWARE problems.

2. In order to comment on the GOTD you must have tested it yourself on your own computer (again - Windows version please). Only then are the results valuable to the rest of us sitting out there trying to decide to download the GOTD or not.

3. If you yourself have tested the the program and think there are better alternatives please let us know.

4. If you have not yourself tested the GOTD but think you know better alternative BE HONEST - start your comment with "I have not tested the GOTD program but..."

If you agree these principles please let the administrator know by klicking Yes in the box "Did you find this comment useful? after this comment.(I know it is not useful to this GOTD but I am building for a better Future ! )

Reply   |   Comment by Jeson XP Home  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Unfortunately, I have to vote against that software.

After a first very good impression, I have tried to actually USE Coding FTP. And I am very disappointed. The documentation is infect. (Look at Script Commands -> Miscellaneous -> Error Text for example.) And I have been unable to upload a single file. I constantly get an access violation error. But the log says that the script has been completed successfully! So, if you trust the program, you might think that your job has been done, wrongly! Of course, that's unacceptable.

However, I have been able to download files successfully.

Requesting $50 for this crap is ridiculous. They should pay me to use it!

Reply   |   Comment by r0lZ  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

another alternative: http://www.ftpshell.com/client/index.htm

Reply   |   Comment by mr. alternative  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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