April 29, 2010

Panic’s new Transmit 4 rocks

Hats off to the guys at Panic on releasing the great new Transmit 4! Transmit has been my workhorse FTP app for years, and I’ve been beta testing the new release for several months. (I find it refreshing to help debug someone else’s app for a change!) I think you’ll love the big & small improvements, including the ability to mount servers as disks (enabling things like editing files directly using Photoshop).
As it happens, earlier this year our UI designer Matthew Bice and I went to Portland to spend a day with Cabel, Neven, and their team. (As you’d imagine, Photoshop and Illustrator get a workout in their design and production work.) As John Gruber notes, “their office is like a movie set of a cool software office.” Maybe now that Transmit 4 has been released, they’ll have time to show some of the recent awesomeness they’ve added. Just two quick tastes: They’ve got a Lego version of the famous Panic truck, and they’ve created custom pixel-art bathroom signage. Too bad I can’t find my picture of the burger-with-glazed-donut-as-bun+milkshake lunch with which they tried to explode my heart.
Anyway, congrats on the great release, guys!

Posted by John Nack at 5:46 PM on April 29, 2010

Comments

  • JW — 5:53 PM on April 29, 2010

    I’ve used Transmit for years and like the upgrade a lot but I don’t think the Places grid is a good substitute for the sidebar. It’s almost like they tried too hard there.

  • AX — 7:15 PM on April 29, 2010

    Transmit 4 is so freaking amazing. Working for Panic must be the dream job for any software developer.

  • Ferg — 12:06 AM on April 30, 2010

    Agreed… Transmit 4 is just awesome.
    I’ve also had one of those burgers-with-glazed-donut-as-bun. It’s something else…

  • Thomas Maier — 7:27 AM on April 30, 2010

    A great release. :)
    It would be 100% great if Adobe would stop believing that “looking forward” doesn’t mean “shift Flash to other devices than Apple mobile devices” and would start to think about HTML5 development and dropping Flash once and for all. Like the whole other world – except some Flash developers. hat makes me a little sad. Flash would have never been “awesome on the iPad”. It’s even crappy and slow on Macs. Why on the iPad?? And why start using old technology when new standard technologies are just millimeters away. Something like this is just pathetic: http://bit.ly/cWgJpZ It shows the inability of preparing for the future.

  • Neven Mrgan — 8:29 AM on April 30, 2010

    Thanks, John, and congrats back on CS5.
    You may be happy to hear that our last big office cook-off featured *vegan* food, in fact. That’ll give the ol’ arteries a break.
    Feel free to stop by again!

  • Bill — 8:43 AM on April 30, 2010

    Agreed. Transmit 4 is first-rate. As with all Panic Software products, the UI design is a thing of beauty. I wish they’d publish a book on UI design, or at least recommend to us the ones that they’ve read! :)

  • Craig Clifford — 3:47 PM on November 01, 2010

    Hmm, not sure I like it but I could get used to it.

    I’ve used it for years and could not help noticing that there is no longer a “Disconnect” button. Really? Ordinarily, I would use this so that I would be presented with the Favorites or generic “connect” screen again to not only *disconnect* but to recycle the window for another session. I looked in the “Customize Toolbar…” settings but could not find it. I thought “Places” would be a cool place to jump to another connection but that is another feature that is actually pretty nice. I see there are tabs – only if you turn them on! – that help keep your connections tidy. This helps keep thing in one window but I’d STILL like to be able to kill my connection while leaving the window open.

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