It is possible to connect to FTP servers using the Finder. Try the following -
- In the Finder go to the Go menu and select Connect to Server...
- In the resulting dialog type ftp://yourusername@yourftpserver and click Connect.
- A typical ftp server will ask for a password, enter it.
- You should end up with a finder window showing the contents of the ftp server. You may then get files or put files by dragging.
There are other options of course. I like Fetch because of the easy to use graphical interface. If you prefer a text interface more or less like the old DOS (or UNIX) prompt you can go to the Terminal application (located in /Applications/Utilities) and type ftp (or sftp for secure transmission) at the prompt.
Best of luck.
FTP + SSL (ftps) is also supported (though apparently still read-only), and should be no means be excluded as a viable secure transfer protocol. This is not to be confused with SFTP, a sub-protocol of SSH (Secure SHell). Both use the same underlying encryption methodology, presented in different protocol stacks. Still, not sure why ftps://.../ is read-only.
Most ridiculous. I cannot imagine it is for any other reason than to promote a free market. If I continue typing it will result in nothing more than a verbose rant which will ultimately conclude with the response I have already read. http://support.apple.com/kb/ta21175.