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I know I've previously used an FTP program that let me browse my FTP server and double-click any file. The file would get opened in my default editor for that file type, and the file would get uploaded by the FTP software once it changed.

FileZilla sort of supports this, as it lets me right click a file and click view/edit. The downside is that I have to switch back to FileZilla and confirm the upload EVERY time I save.

Can anyone name an FTP program that does this sort of FTP/local abstraction?

Let me point out that I need this software for specific reasons and I'm not interested in alternatives such as an IDE with integrated FTP support.

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what's your OS of choice? –  lunixbochs Jun 29 '11 at 14:57
Winscp allows this. I have used it like this for years. It detects changes and uploads (you don't have to confirm anything). –  cnicutar Jun 29 '11 at 14:57
May I ask why this question already has 4 close votes? @lunixbochs: I edited my question to include Windows in the tags –  Hubro Jun 29 '11 at 15:00

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cyberduck wil let you handle FTP, SCP and god knows what else - you can rightclick on a file, select edit with, and edit it directly with a text editor of your choice. Runs on windows (and OS X)

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I tried out Cyberduck and was so impressed I changed my accepted answer to that –  Hubro Jun 29 '11 at 15:28
Its quite kickass. I used to use winscp, but this is much more flexible and polished. –  Journeyman Geek Jun 29 '11 at 15:33
It was the polish that got me –  Hubro Jun 29 '11 at 15:36

WinSCP is a great alternative to Filezilla for the Windows platform, is available as a portable app and works the way you described.

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