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Ipswitch, Inc. Announces Next Generation WS_FTP® Professional 9.0

Market-leading FTP client combines dramatic usability innovations with the most
advanced security available

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Laurie Klausner
Ipswitch, Inc.
(781) 676-5794

Lexington, Massachusetts – June 24, 2004 – Ipswitch, Inc., a leading developer of file transfer, messaging and network monitoring solutions, today announced the release of Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional 9.0 to help businesses easily and securely transfer business data and documents in real time. Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0 includes a completely redesigned interface, increased security features and new customization options.

Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0 extends Ipswitch’s tradition of providing exceptional ease-of-use. WS_FTP introduced the two-pane format for simplifying file transfer operations, an innovation that has become standard in file transfer clients. With Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0, this familiar interaction model has been expanded, allowing users to dynamically arrange the classic two-pane interface as they wish. With an updated, Windows® XP look and feel, WS_FTP Professional 9.0 allows users to view their collection of files, folders and servers in any logical order.

Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0’s new security features, based on OpenPGP standards, enable users to encrypt individual files and have greater control over how files are shared and viewed. For example, a product manager at an enterprise company can encrypt specific files so only his or her product group can gain access through matching keys. A physician can do the same for patients’ medical records. Users can easily create multiple bit level encryption and Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0 includes four global cipher settings: Blowfish, 3DES, CAST5 and IDEA.

“Many important business processes start and end with the dissemination of important business data,” said Robert Mahowald, research manager at IDC. “With this major facelift and the enhanced security of OpenPGP, WS_FTP Professional 9.0 from Ipswitch makes secure file transfer ever more attractive for businesses which need to move data quickly, and accomplish important tasks.”

New features in WS_FTP Professional 9.0 include:

  • Enhanced New User Interface
    Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0’s new user interface provides greater ease-of-use and increased productivity. The Menu Bar, Tool Bar, Connection Bar, Connection Pane and Information Window have been updated for more intuitive functionality and a new tabbed interface allows quick view changing from the Transfer Manager, Transfer History and Connection Log Manager.
  • Advanced File/Folder Management
    Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0’s server-to-server connections enable users to interchangeably and simultaneously share and manage data between multiple remote folders and local or home folders simultaneously through a tabbed interface. This flexibility provides users the ability to seamlessly work from the office, home or road, or wherever business takes them.
    Users can also easily apply file name conversions to all files in order to satisfy individual naming and icon preferences regardless of whether they have been uploaded or downloaded. This also can be applied for compliance to internal naming convention restrictions that may be enforced within organizations’ IT departments. Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0 users can also establish unlimited and simultaneous local and remote connections including FTP sites, network drive and mapped drives. Users may also integrate folder views on a per connection basis (local and remote favorites) and activate prompters that make the process easy and seamless.
  • Increased Customization Options
    Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0 includes multiple new customization features to help users better control and manage the flow of information. New features include the ability to hide the transfer pane and create a single pane view to show all current connections. Also new is the ability to view personal preferences on local sites, network drives, network mapped drives and remote FTP sites. Ipswitch WS_FTP 9.0 users can physically place remote and home folders on the same pane for ease of management, and add or remove features through a pull down menu.

In addition, users also continue to benefit from Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional’s utilities such as Scheduler, Synchronize, Scripting, Find and Command Line Interface. Scheduler enables a user to automatically schedule file updates that occur on a regular basis. Synchronize allows a user to “mirror” folders and directories between two locations to support local-remote transfers. Scripting automates transfers and management with common FTP commands such as “open,” “get,” and “put.” Find searches any FTP site for files or folders that match a name or pattern. Command Line Interface allows users to easily integrate Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional into custom application systems and offers return codes for easier programmability.

“More than 40 million users around the world rely on Ipswitch WS_FTP to transfer important data,” said Alex Neihaus, Ipswitch vice president of marketing. “Businesses cannot rely on e-mail to provide the structured, operational transfer of important business information. With Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0, business users have the capability to respond to both episodic and recurring data transfer needs with greater ease and security than ever before. Only Ipswitch offers businesses a complete infrastructure of high-function, secure, proven clients, servers and application development capabilities to allow users to develop and utilize a limitless range of data migration capabilities.”

Price and Availability

Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional 9.0 is available immediately in English for $54.95 on-line by visiting or a U.S. list price of $59.95. Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional will be available shortly in German, French and Italian. Current Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional users can upgrade by purchasing a service agreement for $34.95 that includes one year of live phone and e-mail support and all major upgrades. Current Ipswitch WS_FTP Professional customers not under service agreement can upgrade for a one-time fee of $29.95

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets practical software products worldwide, providing maximum impact for businesses and consumers. More than 100 million people use highly popular Ipswitch software every day, to quickly and easily send e-mail and instant messages (IMail Server), monitor their networks (WhatsUp®), and transfer files over the Internet (WS_FTP). In addition to creating software solutions that address the needs of today’s IT businesses, Ipswitch extends its corporate focus to benefit the community. Five percent of its profit is donated to charitable organizations working to help fight child poverty. For product and sales information, please contact our sales team.


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