Free WISE-FTP 6! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

The following is a description of WISE-FTP 6, as per the developer:

WISE-FTP’s basic features include:

  • Ability to connect to any FTP server.
  • Ability to move or copy files or directories from your local system to the remote server and vice versa.
  • Saving connection settings, so that frequently used FTP servers are accessible with just one mouse click.

In addition to this basic functionality, WISE-FTP provides many powerful functions you need for your everyday work. These are, for example:

  • A task planner for time-controlled, automated transfer operations.
  • Windows Explorer integration enables you to establish connections via Windows Explorer.
  • Secure authentification and file transfer through STFP or the SSL/TLS protocol.
  • Multiple connections to one or more remote servers and transfer of files from one remote server to one or more other remote servers in the background!
  • Macro recorder for recording actions and repeating them as many times as desired.
  • Optional encryption (Rijndael 128, 192, and 256 Bits, BlowFish, TripleDES, as well as PGP) and compression of files before or after transfer for improved security and speed.
  • Synchronizing contents of directories on your local and remote system.
  • Integrated HTML editor allows files to be edited directly on the remote server.
  • Quick view of files using the integrated file viewer or the designated Windows application.
  • User-defined hot keys for various program actions.
  • Ability to move files and directories directly between remote servers – without first downloading them to your local system.
  • Ability to save transfer tasks so that periodic transfers can be re-loaded at a later point in time.
  • Ability to perform a file search on the remote system.
  • Creating and organizing favorites.
  • Upload/download of files using a mask.
  • Configurable sounds for various program actions.
  • Numerous other program functions described in this document.

dotTech Advice

Back when I started building websites (way back in the days when people still used Geocities and Homestead) WS_FTP was my first ever FTP client. I have since then moved on, dabbing with other clients such as CuteFTP and now finally settling on open-source FileZilla. Back in the day WS_FTP was the king of the block, primarily due to the fact there weren’t very many viable FTP client options. Today, however, FTP clients are a dime a dozen. So, then, the question is: Among this large number of software one can pick, why would one want WISE-FTP? I can’t see any glaring reason why.

Don’t get me wrong. WISE-FTP is not bad; it is a good FTP client, as attested by the features list shown above. It has all the features most anyone needs to manage a website/server through FTP. The issue, rather, is in a world of excellent freeware FTP clients, why would one want to shell out $49.95 for WISE-FTP? Of course WISE-FTP is being offered here as a freebie, so my point about price is moot for the time being. However, the question of why-WISE-over-freeware still stands.

If you want WISE-FTP, feel free to grab it. As I said, it is a good FTP client. Personally, however, I am sticking to FileZilla and I recommend you do the same; FileZilla is an excellent and open-source FTP client that is always freely available — even as a portable version.

Update: FileZilla may not be the best option for FTP client. It is an excellent FTP client, yes, but the developers refuse to patch a feature that stores passwords in a plain-text XML file. I am now in the market for another FTP client and will likely pick another freeware, WinSCP. Feel free to suggest ones you have had a good experience with.

Freebie Details

WISE-FTP 6 is being given away in a promotion run by PC-Welt. There is no information on if it is time limited or if you can install/reinstall at a later date if you wish. So grab this while you can, if you want it. The program is in English even though this is a German promotion.

To get WISE-FTP 6 for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v6.1.5

Free updates and technical support: Unknown – probably not

Supported OS: Windows 98 and higher

Download size: 8.9 MB

  • Download and install WISE-FTP 6.
  • After installation, run WISE-FTP 6.
  • When you run WISE-FTP 6 for the first time, you will be prompted to activate it. Activating it is very easy. First you need to enter your e-mail address:

Take note you are welcome to enter more than your e-mail address but are not required to. If you decide to just enter your e-mail address and not your first/last names, you will be prompted, asking to make sure you want to continue without entering your names:

  • After you enter your e-mail address and click Next >> (and get past the name prompts, if applicable), at the next screen you need to click you need to click the Request Activation Key button:

After clicking the button wait a few seconds until you get a confirmation message:

  • Now check the inbox of the e-mail address you entered earlier. Look for an e-mail from AceBIT GmbH webmaster@acebit.com with subject of Activation Key: WISE-FTP. In the e-mail you will find your activation key:

Copy the activation key. Take note to not copy the quotations around the activation key — they aren’t part of it.

  • Go back to WISE-FTP, enter/paste the activation key, and click Next >>:

If done properly you will be shown a success message:

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting WISE-FTP 6 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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  1. smaragdus

    I downloaded and tested the giweavay version of WISE-FTP (6.1.5) and although it is not a bad FTP client I will stay with FTP Rush. It has tabbed interface making multiple connections possible but the application cannot be minimized to system tray, which makes WISE-FTP very unhandy for me (some features might be locked since in the activation e-mail there is a paragraph that reads “-The activation key is not identical with the unlock code. You only get the unlock code after purchasing WISE-FTP.”)

    Another good but not very popular FTP Client is Xftp which is free for personal use:

    http://www.netsarang.com/products/xfp_overview.html – Home Page

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/FTP-Clients/Xftp-Free.shtml – Xftp at Softpedia

    It has a good session manager (Ctrl+O) and a browser favourites style Links Bar for quick connect. It also supports multiple sessions via tabs. But unfortunately, like WISE-FTP it does not have a portable version and cannot be minimized to system tray.

    My favourite commercial FTP client is LeapFTP:

    http://www.leapware.com/leapftp.html – Home Page

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/FTP-Clients/LeapFTP.shtml – LeapFTP at Softpedia

    I was thinking of purchising it and aftera thorough testing I came to the conclusion that FTP Rush is superior to LeapFTP.

  2. jumbi

    @ smaragdus
    Thank you very much for your reply and the review!
    FTP Rush seems so impressive!
    (yes, shell integration is usually available at install versions)

    I will certainly try the portable version from dropbox!

    @ njwood60
    Thank you for your feedback, I will give FireFTP a go too :-)

  3. njwood60

    @jumbi:
    Thanks for the headsup re fireftp and firefox 8 I’ve looked at the addon page and it seems it does work with FF8 and the developer seems quite keen to resolve any issues that may arise.

    To export the settings, click on the “tools” menu (top right) and choose export. You can then import to fireftp on another PC

  4. smaragdus

    I have used and tested more than a dozen FTP Clients (including FileZilla and WinSCP) and finally I found what I have been searching- the now freeware FTP Rush:

    http://www.wftpserver.com/ftprush.htm – FTP Rush Home Page
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/FTP-Clients/FTPRush.shtml – FTP Rush at Softpedia
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Internet/FTP-Clients/Portable-FTPRush.shtml – FTP Rush Portable at Softpedia

    Here I will paste my review of FTP Rush at Softpedia:

    I have used many free FTP clients- FileZilla, WinSCP, BitKinex, Xftp (which is now free for personal non-commercial use), the almost unknown tiny FFFTP- http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~sota/ffftp-e.html – which is lightning fast and even the living fossil LeechFTP which, although discontinued for more than 12 years still can be a viable choice, but when I discovered FTPRush it immediately became my favourite and my first choice FTP client. It offers all I need and a lot more. It is great that the developers of FTPRush made it freeware, in fact it is better than most of the commercial clients (I would not say the best because I have not tested them all). It is very fast, stable and has a nice gui, it is highly flexible and has a portable version too so one can have it on their external flash drives with all its configurations, it has customizable colour themes, it can be minimized to system tray and can auto-keep connections alive, it offers download and upload speed limit, it supports drag and drop, tabs and can monitor clipboard, it has a powerful hotkey manager, it supports UPnP and has a circumstantial help file, it provides a wizard for the beginners and also a detailed logging, it is translated to 23 languages, it offers file synchronization and bookmarks, a built-in search engine, configuration auto-back-up, on-the-fly compression, scripting (built-in Script Designer), commands (built-in Command Designer for some FTP Servers). I have been using it for about a month and I am sure I have had just a glimpse upon its features. The only thing I miss is shell integration, but since I am using the portable version I am not sure whether this feature is available in the installable version or not. Overall, for me this is a great proffesional FTP Client and I hope it won’t be abandoned like BitKinex for example.

  5. jumbi

    as I read on fireftp addon page, there is issue with firefox 8, not resolved yet…
    suppose it will be solved, can the settings be saved externally and imported to another firefox/PC?

    Except filezilla, is there another free PORTABLE ftp suggestion?

    my needs are very basic, but I need necessarily portability.

  6. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @njwood60: I remember reading about that long ago. I figured they would have patched it by now. I can’t believe they haven’t patched that yet… Ugh looks like I may be in the market for another FTP client.

    @grampadave: No problem. That Pogoplug deal is expired, by the way.

  7. njwood60

    @Ashraf:
    I use FireFTP and am very happy with it. I used to use Filezilla which is fine as a program but has a security risk in that it stores your login details (including password) in a plain text .xml file. The developers claim that if you get a trojan, it’ll steal your passwords whether they are encypted or not but I decided to go for a little more security. With FireFTP the passwords are encrypted and you can set a master password in firefox, so that it requires a password to open FireFTP, for extra security. As I have a lot of client logon details, I have to be very careful that I protect their sites.

  8. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @grampadave: Hmm? You lost me bro. What page are you talking about? All that should happen here is download WISE-FTP, install it, enter e-mail address, press activate button, check e-mail, get activation code, enter it, and you are good to go. I just did this like two hours ago and it works. It should still be active.

    Can you please elaborate on the issues you are having?

    @Col. Panek: I’m heard of FireFTP but never used it. How is it?