Panic Releases Transmit 5 With Major Improvements, but No Mac App Store Version

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Panic today announced the launch of Transmit 5, the newest version of its popular Mac-based file transfer app. Transmit 5 is a massive update, introducing an improved UI, new features, additional servers, and a Panic Sync feature.

    According to Panic, everything from the core file transfer engine to the "Get Info" experience was entirely rethought, overhauled, and improved, for an even better file management experience.


    For those unfamiliar with Transmit, it's designed to allow users to upload, download, and manage files on local and remote servers, turning file management into a simple drag-and-drop affair with a clean easy-to-use interface. Transmit 5 works with FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and S3, and it connects to Backblaze B2, Box, Google Drive, DreamObjects, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace.

    The new version of Transmit also features Panic Sync, designed to offer a quick and safe way to sync sites and keep Panic data up to date across all apps and devices. Panic Sync is part of another major change - Transmit 5's absence from the Mac App Store.

    Panic will not be releasing Transmit 5 in the Mac App Store, which, the company explains, is due to its inability to offer a demo through Apple's storefront. "This allows us to distribute a demo which we think is extremely helpful for people considering Transmit," reads an FAQ on the blog post announcing the release.

    Panic says the company plans to "constantly re-evaluate" the Mac App Store and hopes to return at some point, presumably if Apple introduces a wider range of features for developers, such as free trials and demos.

    Transmit 5 is priced at $35 for the next week, and after that, the price will go up to $45. There is no upgrade discount for customers who have purchased an earlier version of Transmit, but those who purchased Transmit 4 after June 1 can get a free update.

    A free trial is available from the Transmit 5 website for those who would like to try Transmit before making a purchase.

    Article Link: Panic Releases Transmit 5 With Major Improvements, but No Mac App Store Version
  2. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    New UI looks great and faster performance is appreciated.

    I would've liked to see expanded support for "classic" protocols (AFP, NFS, SMB).
  3. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Glad to see things clearing up since the hack.
  4. rodpascoe macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2006
    Truro, Cornwall
  5. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Goes to show that MAS has been a mess for companies like this. Personally, I don't get software through the MAS because you can't do trials, paid upgrades, discount upgrades or the like. Plus I'd rather give my money to the developer AND get a discount since most dev's software I use are cheaper getting it directly from the dev.
  6. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Panic Sync?! Sold!

    To be fair...I'd have upgraded anyway. Fantastic App.
  7. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    I’m kind of annoyed by the lack of upgrade pricing. I just bought Transmit 4 in May smh
  8. KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    Looking forward to the better labels on tabs in the same window. I love Transmit 4, but if I have multiple vhosts on the same server in different tabs, the tab labels are indistinguishable.

    I have no issue with them pulling out of the App Store. The App Store has always felt half-baked to me, and it infuriates me every time I have to use it for software updates. The old Software Update utility was so much nicer, IMHO.
  9. X--X macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2015
    I smell a subscription service coming very soon.
  10. kinless macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2003
    Tustin, California
    From their FAQ:

    Q: What if I just bought Transmit 4?
    A: We’ve got you covered! If you bought from us after June 1st (or maybe even a little earlier), grab your Transmit 4 serial number and go here. If you bought from the Mac App Store in that timeframe, please send us an e-mail and we’ll help you out.

    With that little bit in the parenthesis, I would reach out to them and see if they'll make an exception for you...
  11. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    Cool, thanks a bunch man. I will email them and see if they can help me out.
  12. macintoshmac, Jul 18, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2017

    macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    These guys most likely will. It is a robust app that I have used for over 5 years now. I will gladly upgrade. One of the few non-subscription apps that integrated nicely in a workflow when needed and stayed put when not. No heartaches of constant payment. Even at full price, the software earns its keep far quicker, now with cloud service integration - I am looking at finally using my OneDrive for Business storages for multiple emails as a simple drag drop solution!! Can't be more excited and happy about it!
  13. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    The kind of people who use this sort of app are likely not going to be particularly bothered that it's not in the mac app store.

    Me, I'll just continue to use the command line. While we still have one. :D
  14. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    I'm not surprised it's not on the Mac app store. Apples 30% cut on desktop software is really quite a lot for developers (of which I am one). You can take payments using Stripe easily and they will only take about 1.4%-2.9% of a sale so if you have an hour free to implement Stripe on your website you can keep the other 27.1%-28.5% that Apple would take.

    Their 30% works on the iPhone because there's no way to sideload apps but on the Mac it doesn't work that way.
  15. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2012
    Panic's a pretty awesome company. I have several of their apps for Mac and iOS; no complaints.
  16. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    30% is nothing as they will get way more exposure. My GF never reads random  blogs to get to know news like this, but she always clicks that Store icon in the dock, and quite often buys stuff.

    And Panic should look how the Omni group deals with AppStore. I really like their free download and in-app purchases.
  17. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Honestly you could advertise better yourself with that 30% than what Apple gets you in the Mac App store. You can advertise on Google Adwords which will get you on Google Search, YouTube and various websites. People often search for what they want on a search engine and so being positioned there and on the websites relevant to your product is better.

    The Mac App Store is very broken for developers with fees that just don't make sense. The store isn't a stand out success story like it is on iOS because it has competition, software obtained through the web browser.
  18. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    I wonder if they fixed a sync issue where it deletes passwords. Every time I do a fresh macOS install and reinstall Transmit, the sync process deletes all my passwords.

    I've learned to export all my ftp accounts first and not rely on the sync feature to re download all my FTP accounts.
  19. Belazor macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2013
    This isn't Transmit doing that, that's the Keychain. Transmit 4 stored all passwords in Keychain (no idea if T5 does yet, but I assume so). When you do a fresh macOS install, you lose your existing (local) keychain - this keychain isn't sync'd with iCloud - and all passwords are lost.

    If you back up your existing keychain before reinstalling, this won't happen :)
  20. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    No Mac App Store? Good. Apple doesn't deserve the cut it gets.
  21. lmjabreu macrumors newbie


    Aug 20, 2015
    That’s Transmit, when you save something to the Keychain you can mark it to be synced. Why don’t they use KeyChain/iCloud is unknown, perhaps like 1Password they’re trying to justify their own sync service.
  22. afd macrumors 65816

    Apr 12, 2005
    Sorry can't remember, is this a FTP thing or for Torrents? Also can't remember the last time I used either.
  23. b0rg macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
  24. aliceyoung44 macrumors newbie


    Jul 18, 2017
    I like Transmit. But the thing that gets me is that one of their "features" is that they try to make it look just like Finder. And that's a problem, because it doesn't work exactly like Finder... it's an FTP client after all, not local storage. I have accidentally done things to remote servers that I mistook for the local filesystem. I prefer that it does NOT look like the Finder. Maybe version 5 has something to make it clear that it's not another Finder window.
  25. viizi macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
    Please don't jinx it! lololol

    It's FTP, I think you are getting Transmit confused with Transmission(torrent) which is open source.

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