Frederic Bottaro
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Macpenguin reviewed on 31 Jan 2014

Maybe I am not the customer targeted by this app. But I must really say that I do not understand it's purpose.
It can be used as a FTP client and it claims to be fast.
Well, that may be, but really : with no dual-pane presentation, it makes it difficult to transfer files.
But why not if it is fast as advertised... But even that it is not. FTP transfer from my computer to the remote server are just the slowest I have compared to EVERY other FTP client I use... but of course maybe that's not the real purpose of Anarchy ?
And there's one nice feature that allows you to transfer files from a remote server to another remote server. But what you ought to know is that this will first transfer the files to your hard drive (what happens if there not enough disk space ?)... and yes, that IS fast. But then it uploads form the hard drive to the remote server. And there we go again : slowest I tried.
So, not for me...
[Version 10.0.4]

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Macpenguin replied on 02 Feb 2014
Hi Don,

Well, the single is a matter of tastes.

About the speed : I really doubt that this is related to the speed of my hard drive. I am simply unable to achieve speeds over 18MB/s with Interarchy. Using the EXACT same hardware and transferring the exact same files, I have no problems achieving 32MB/s average using FileZilla or Transmit.
But I got slow speeds with Forklift...
What I suspect is, maybe, some kind of protocol used by Forklift and Interarchy that doesn't match the protocol implemented into my LaCie 5Big NAS.
Anyways, as I often transfer HUGE files (from 10 to 50GB) as long as Interarchy hasn't solved what is an issue to me (maybe not for others) I am not going to give it another try.
I insist : this might be something related to my hard/soft combination so maybe it cannot be reproduced by others and is strictly personal.
So far I'll stick to my conclusion : Interarchy is not for me... ATM.

Macpenguin reviewed on 31 Jan 2014

There are numerous FTP clients available for Mac and each of them claims to be the best because they have the most features and are the fastest.
CrossFTP is an average FTP client, but after trying a lot of them, not one I can't live with.
First thing is : it's Java based. While this makes sense for the developer who can offer a multi platform product, Java is about the slowest environment you can think of. And to install you need to determine if you're running Java 5, 6 or 7, download the correct version... only to find out that, after the numerous leaks in Java's security, Apple disabled it, so you probably will have to install Java. Thus, CrossFTP is NOT WORKING out of the box in some (most ?) cases.
Second thing is : it's working nice with Dual-Pane interface. But it lacks one feature that other FTP clients offer, even sometimes for free. That is the ability to transfer files from remote site to remote site. Of course, you can always mount a remote FTP server as a disk in MacOs. But doing this will end up with several "invisbible" files dropped in every opened window... Not really nice. Transmit can do "remote to remote", as can Forklift.

So all in all, it works, transfers are rather fast but being Java based it not as responsive as it could be if developed natively for MacOS. I think I'll stick to forklift, Filezilla and Cyberduck.
[Version 1.94.2]


Macpenguin reviewed on 28 Jan 2013

Well, maybe I did something wrong while setting up BlueHarvest.
If I did so, then everything can be explained.

But here is why I tried it. I store music and movies on a Network hard drive connected via USB to my Apple AirPort Extreme which itself is connected to my computer via Ethernet. I want to access to those folders using an Oppo BDP-105 networked universal player that can access networked volumes using SMB/CIFS and so, appreciate if it doesn't show up those annoying files.

The hard drives show up as networked volumes. They are formatted in HFS+ but as they are considered as networked volumes, I assume that the format is irrelevant here.

Well, whatever I move from my computer to the networked harddrive, there are two options :
- 1°) the original folder does not contain any of those .XXX scammed files and thus they do not appear on the networked volume ;
- 2°) the original folder does contain those annoying files and they are copied even though I ask BlueHarvest to clean up networked volume and they are still there after I select the folder an choose "Clean using BlueHarvest" from the contextual menu.

So, good idea... but poor execution as far as I am concerned. But considering the other comments, I must have done something wrong :-(
[Version 5.2.0]


Macpenguin reviewed on 14 Dec 2012

Same as the previous comment. Despite what other say, I use BitTorrent on a regular basis. There has even been a time where it was running 24/7 for about 2 months.
Never experienced a crash or anything else.
And when I added new files, they came at the max. speed.

The only thing that isn't stellar is the bandwidth allocation. Sometimes, even if I limit upload to a specified value, it goes far beyond that. But that happens only once in a while and for a limited time.

So : 5 stars anyways :-)
[Version 7.3.4]

Macpenguin rated on 29 Aug 2012
[Version 5.0.0]


Macpenguin reviewed on 02 Jul 2012
Woah ! This seems reliable :-) To launch it, you have to rewind your system's clock to a date before March 2011 !
I guess this means it has not had a modification since at least 18 months.
Will the developer support this app ?
No way I will get this until I am sure this will work with Mountain Lion... and even after that !
[Version 1.2.1]

Macpenguin rated on 12 Oct 2011
[Version 3.18]

Macpenguin rated on 24 May 2011
[Version 6.0.11994.637263]


Macpenguin reviewed on 21 May 2011
Hi everyone,

I really think this is one of the killer apps all people needing to use Windows software whilst using a Mac should have...
Not too expensive and really full of features.
My advice ? Install this app AND the related disk image on a SSD hard drive. It will run even faster than on a real PC :-)
[Version 6.0.11994.637263]

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