Fetch 5 Adds SFTP Support, New Interface

Fetch Softworks announced late Monday the release of Fetch 5, the latest version of its file transfer client for the Macintosh.

Version 5 features Secure File Transfer application (SFTP) support. SFTP is similar to File Transfer Protocol (FTP), but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception.

Fetch 5 also has a redesigned user interface as well as automatic support for StuffIt, Zip, Tar, Gzip and other common file formats, Automatic Passive Mode for improved server and firewall compatibility, faster file transfers, Bonjour (previously "Rendezvous") support, Unicode file names, Dock progress, improved AppleScript support, and extensive online help.

Fetch 5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.4 Tiger or later. A 15-day trial is available, while a full license is US$25. Upgrades to Fetch 5 are $15. Customers who purchased Fetch after March 9, 2005 are eligible for a free upgrade.