There are some apps that 98 percent of the general population would never take a look at, but are critical for the other 2 percent. That's the case with this new FTP client from Panic Software. Transmit for iOS ($9.99 for a limited time) is the mobile version of Panic's classic Transmit app for Mac ($33.99). Why do I call the Mac version "classic"? It's been around for quite a long time, and has been my go-to FTP client since the late 1990s.
So what's an FTP client? FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a time-honored method of transferring files from one device to another. When I say time-honored, the original FTP specification was published in April of 1971, when I was still in junior high. It's primarily used by webmasters, designers, system administrators and the like who need a way to ensure that code and files sent to servers securely.
The app is definitely made for iOS 8. For one, you can set up Touch ID to lock the app - something that system administrators will love, especially if they're prone to leaving their iPhones or iPads out in public. Transmit for iOS also supports another iOS 8-friendly app, 1Password 5.0, so you can retrieve passwords for your websites and servers from that app with a few taps.
Similar to the Mac app and most other FTP clients, Transmit for iOS provides views for both local (on-device) and remote (server) directories. What's great is that Transmit for iOS actually lets you have your own file manager on your iPhone or iPad. You can create both files and folders - I like the ability to create a text file and actually edit it from within Transmit for iOS. If you want to use another text editor, there's a handy "Send to..." button that shoots it to a compatible app. On my iPhone, for example, I could send a text file to Byword or Pages for editing. Once editing was done, Byword supports sending the file back to Transmit for iOS for upload to a server.