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Best FTP Clients for Windows

A FTP client is a software application that runs on your computer and allows you to upload or download files using the file transfer protocol. It is an important tool for webmasters. If you want to publish webpages to your hosting account, a FTP client will be very convenient.

Here are the best FTP clients for Windows:

1) FileZilla

FileZilla Client is a fast and feature-rich cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with an intuitive graphical user interface. It is very easy to use and also comes as a portable application.

Features:

  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  • Tabbed user interface
  • Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmarks
  • Filename filters
  • Directory comparison
  • Remote file editing
  • HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
  • Remote file search

Download link: http://www.filezilla-project.org

2) WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer.  WinSCP is also available as a plugin for other file managers.

Features:

  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Shares site settings with PuTTY
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Optionally stores site information

Download: http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

3) Core FTP

Core FTP is a free FTP client for Windows that provides with a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your website via FTP. It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, FTPS, HTTPS, or SFTP) to upload / download files to and from FTP servers.

Features:

  • Secure SFTP, SSL, TLS, & FTPS
  • Mode Z compression
  • User-friendly interface(s)
  • Site to Site file transfers
  • FULL drag and drop support
  • Start/stop/resume of transfers
  • Transfer bandwidth control
  • File masking (wildcards)
  • Remote file searching
  • File permissions (CHMOD)
  • .htaccess & .htpasswd editing

Download: http://coreftp.com/

4) Free FTP

Free FTP is a free FTP client for Windows from CoffeeCup which is well known for its HTML editor and other website development tools.

Features:

  • Powerful and yet easy to use interface
  • Drag and drop files
  • Easy logs about upload status, errors, etc.
  • Support for FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and their different methods of encryption
  • History feature for browsing sessions
  • Easy file management

Download: http://www.coffeecup.com/free-ftp/

5) Smart FTP

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, SSH, Terminal client. It allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced Features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

Features:

  • FTP and FTPS (Secure FTP), SFTP over SSH
  • Integrated Editor
  • Modern Graphical User Interface (GUI)File/Folder
  • Synchronization
  • Multilingual (more than 20 languages)
  • Thumbnails View and Preview
  • Visual Compare
  • Support for KeePass and LastPass password manager
  • Auto reconnect and resume of broken transfers
  • Remote Edit of files
  • Search for files and folders on the server
  • SOCKS5, SOCKS4, SOCKS4A, HTTP Proxy
  • CHMOD (Properties)

Download: http://www.smartftp.com/

 


Rufus: Utility to create bootable USB pen drive

Rufus: Utility to create bootable USB pen drive

Creating a bootable USB pen drive is a good alternative to burning ISO files into CDs or DVDs. Not only can you save money using a USB pen drive but also it is much more convenient. If something goes wrong you won’t have to buy a new CD or DVD and can simply format the pen drive and start again. Linux ISOs often become corrupt while downloading and so you should always check the MD5 hash before burning the files to a CD or pen drive.

Netbooks don’t come with a CD or DVD drive. The only way to install the OS is via USB drive. If you have a netbook, it is a good idea to keep a pen drive of 4 GB or more handy because it can be very useful if you have to reinstall the OS. You can also use a bootable USB drive as a rescue media if the OS crashes. It can also be used for testing Live Linux distros.

There are many different ways to create bootable pen drives. It is possible to create bootable pen drives by copying the files manually and fiddling with the settings. But this is not a good idea because it is tedious and you have to follow the instructions very carefully. A better option is to use a free utility that automates the entire process. There are several free utilities that are worth checking out. Some of the popular ones include UNetbootin, WinUSB Maker, Win2Flash, Sardu, ISO to USB and Rufus.

rufus

Rufus a small free utility designed for creating bootable USB flash drives. Despite its small size, it is very powerful and does the job well. It is also very fast when compared to other similar utilities. For example, it is twice as fast as UNetbootin. It also supports all major versions of Windows and Linux distros. It also supports FreeDOS.

Another main advantage of Rufus is that it is portable. All you have to do is download the file and run it. No need for installation. The application is also very simple and straight forward to use. You don’t need any technical knowledge to use the application.

To create a bootable USB pen drive using Rufus, just insert a pen drive and launch the application. If you want to create a Windows Vista or 7 bootable drive, ensure that your drive is at least 4 GB or more. For Ubuntu, 1 GB should be sufficient. Choose the inserted drive in Rufus, select the file type and enter the label. Locate the ISO image of the OS and press the Start button. In just a few minutes, the bootable drive will be ready.

Download link for Rufus: http://rufus.akeo.ie


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How to Record Audio/Video Skype Calls

How to Record Audio/Video Skype Calls

Skype is one of the best tools to make calls to friends and family and stay in touch with them. It is very popular because it’s free and at the same time comes with many cool features.

Sometimes it may be necessary to record a conversation (either audio or video) for future reference. Skype doesn’t come with this feature inbuilt. You can use some clever hacks such as using a screenrecorder software or a real world video camera but they are not very convenient. The best option is to use a software application called EVAER. EVAER stands for “Excellent Video and Audio Recorder” and is specifically developed for recording Skype calls.

EVAER is not free and costs $19.95 but there is a free version which allows you to record the first 5 minutes of your calls. If you have to record Skype calls on a regular basis, it is better to purchase the full version as the 5 minute restriction in the free version can be restrictive in a way.

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How to Record Audio/Video Skype Calls Using EVAER:

1. If you don’t have Skype on your computer, download it from www.skype.com. It is free. Also register an account.

2. Visit www.evaer.com and download and install the application.

3. Place the call which you wish to record.

4. When the call starts, start EVAER and click “record” and start talking.

5. Your call will be recorded and listed according to the date and duration.