Between this and Transmit, I can't help but feel like Panic is making beautiful, functional apps for a 2002 workflow.
I don't know anyone who uses FTP anymore. I don't know anyone that ssh's into servers more than maybe once a month. And I certainly don't know anyone who does these things on their phone.
I'm sure that there are those that would find this app very useful. But those people are such a minority these days. Panic is a great development house, and I'm sure they could make much more relevant tools if they put the time and energy toward it.
- a git workflow application, such as Tower.
- a modern terminal replacement.
- buying Macaw and turning it into something more dangerous.
- A decent text editor for iOS.
I think there's great value in tools like this today. Believe it or not, we are still in the minority with our Git workflows, our Grunt/Gulp pipelines and everything else in between. The Github culture is still pretty cutting edge. It's easy to forget that, though. I do it all the time.
I'm willing to bet there are still millions of people around the world using SFTP and SSH in their daily work; many of them are part of a large team. For them, convincing their company to change workflows is a pipe dream (and an IT nightmare). Better apps, on the other hand, is a reality they can enjoy.
In addition to this, lots of shared hosting plans don't offer any alternatives to uploading your site besides ftp. For this reason alone I'm very glad Transmit exists.
Another great point! Can't believe I didn't think of that.
"And I certainly don't know anyone who does these things on their phone." This is dangerous thinking. I'm also surprised to hear something like this on a design community.
I do agree on the need for a Panic-level git app for both iOS and Android, and on the decent text editor.
I'm not sure what you mean by "modern terminal replacement", though... Apple would never let us have have a terminal app for iOS.
Being responsible for handful of servers, I was very happy to see that Prompt 2 was released. It is the only decent SSH client in iOS landscape. For some reason Prompt 1 stopped working for me when upgrading to iOS 8.
I do not SSH into the servers on my phone normally for sure but having Prompt gives me a great peace of mind when going somewhere without a laptop. There have been several times i've resolved issues on the server by SSHing into it over the phone while being away from the desk.
It would be great to have these other modern workflow tools as well but the need for old-school tools do not disappear.
I've long claimed that Panic are too far behind the curve for their software to ever be useful. Their development cycles are far too long - Coda 2.5 was 'nearly done' almost a year ago, and is still a week or so from release.
It's a shame because the polish that Panic put into their apps makes them great, but it often means too little too late. Why is Unison even still for sale? DMCA takedowns have destroyed usenet for its only lingering audience.
However, I'm pretty excited to see Transmit iOS turned around so quickly, and an SSH client is still extremely useful when I put on my sysadmin hat.
Very impressive. I never expected someone would make a usable terminal app for a touchscreen device. The ability to save snippets looks like a major improvement over the original Prompt... and Touch ID? this is the kinda stuff the fingerprint API was designed for :)
In response to everyone's comments about "Who uses ssh, lol!!" If you're responsible for maintaining servers.... it comes with the territory. I don't SSH into servers anymore, but I could see it being really useful for SRE / DBA types -- particularly when things break at an inopportune time (as tends to happen).