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Fetch

I love Fetch. In fact, that's an understatement. A few years ago I was a Windows fanboy. In retrospect it was sort of embarassing, but that's a different conversation.

When I finally decided to break down and buy a Mac one of the first things I needed to decide on was which FTP client was right for me. I spend a lot of time working on my sites and FTP is my preferred method - I tried a few different programs recommended by my brother, but none of them seemed easy or intuitive enough.

After stumbling upon Fetch I was hooked - my favorite thing about it (which may be common in other FTP clients, I don't know, but it is just so intuitive in Fetch) is how easy it is to live-edit site files. I know that real web programmers think it's crazy that you would want to do this anyway, but I have a lot of sites, not a lot of time and sometimes I just want to make some quick edits.

Fetch isn't free - you can try it out for 15 days, but then it's $29. I have paid this 3 times (you can probably transfer licenses when you get new computers but I figure it doesn't hurt to continue to support them and this let's me get the latest version).

One problem I always had with Windows FTP clients was their inability to edit .htaccess files - it's like if there aren't three letters after a period Windows doesn't know what's going on (although my sister-in-law did show me her editing an .htaccess file fine on Windows 7, maybe they addressed this). You won't have any problems with Fetch.

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