so special about Selkie? Basically, it's the "secure" part
of the file transfer that makes this utility unique. Once
you launch Selkie Quick File Transfer in boot mode or desktop
mode, it essentially locks a pair of PCs together in a secure
connection which prevents anyone from snooping on the activity.
Perhaps more important, Selkie Quick File Transfer is able
to resume interrupted file transfers thereby preventing network
instabilities from corrupting or otherwise destabilizing
the file transfer.
We tried Selkie
Quick File Transfer on three different networks and on
one PC-to-PC file transfer using our own crossover cable.
We also used Selkie Quick File Transfer to copy all of
the user files (Outlook email personal folders, My Documents
and so on) from an older workstation to a new replacement
PC. Selkie Quick File Transfer worked smoothly and
cleanly every time and there's not much more to say about
the testing and active business and home use trials. File
transfer speed is limited only by the inherent speed of
the network, hard drives, RAM and interfaces — in
other words, limited only by the hardware. The product
is Windows-only at this time, so we could hope for future
versions to address U3 SmartDrive, Mac OS X and Linux
operating systems and file system compatibility, as well
as automatic access to USB keys and drives attached to
networked Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
Cons: Even in relatively simple utilities it's possible for
the developers to miss some basic issues. The installation
dialog is slightly confusing at the boot CD burning stage,
leaving you to wonder if you're supposed to click a mode
button or click the "Next" button. The actual instruction
text is unclear and somebody at Tugboat has to run this thing
past a UI designer in order to do some minor tweaks which
will make usage even more intuitive. Although Selkie Quick
File Transfer is currently marketed as v3, it's actually
a brand new product spun off Tugboat's Selkie Rescue Data
Recovery software, so the v3 designation seems to have more
to do with the underlying Selkie engine. We encountered a
range of incompatibilities with off-brand CD burners on Windows
Vista systems, which meant that we had to manually burn the
boot CD — irritating, but not the end of the world.
The main 'gotcha' seems to be a problem with some antivirus
software, especially Norton 360 and McAfee Suite 2008, so
we strongly recommend that you reduce the potential for
crashes and messed up installations by turning off all antivirus
software before installation and before using the installed
software. For the record, background antivirus and antispyware
monitoring processes are frequently accused of being the
source of a wide range of productivity and utility program
problems and we really wish there was a better way.
Pros: Selkie Quick
File Transfer works well, which is more important than anything else.
Secure file transfers across comparatively non-secure networks are
quick and easy. Adding some sort of scheduling routine
using Microsoft Scheduler (which is built into all versions
of Windows) turns Selkie Quick File Transfer into a handy,
secure file and data backup tool. Emergency backups of
sensitive data in a wide range of circumstances across
mixed networks, nodes and segments are quick and easy.
Securely transferring files across suspect networks or
across busy networks with sketchy permissions security
is a breeze. Purchasing a utility of this kind doesn't
really depend on how often you actually need to perform
secure file transfers — it's just good insurance.
Because file backup through Selkie Quick File Transfer and
scheduling (via Windows Scheduler) can be quickly combined,
the utility remains versatile beyond its original design.
You need it when you need it and it's better to have it
on hand, collecting dust, than it is to run around trying
to buy it in the midst of an emergency. Facing emergencies
or even recurring needs without the right tools is a needlessly
frustrating effort that can easily be remedied with Selkie
Quick File Transfer. The excellent Selkie Quick File Transfer Trial Version is available to try free for 30 days. Recommended.