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From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

The Best Award

This came in the mail today.

May 11, 2010

Dear Panic folk,

When Apple announced that only iPhone apps would be eligible for the Apple Design Awards this year, I was pretty shocked. Every so often we wonder if Apple has forgotten about the Mac in favor of its iPhone OS devices. I really don’t think they have, but when they do something like this, it’s… well, a bummer. It does seem like most of the new cool apps coming out are iPhone-based, because while where are a lot of fantastic Mac apps, pretty much all the bases are covered at this point.

Still, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Transmit 4 just came out, so the timing is less than ideal.

I’ve been using Transmit since version 2. Before it came along, I had nothing but neutral feelings towards FTP programs. The best I could find was Fetch, and it, frankly, was terrible. I’m not exaggerating in the least in saying that Transmit has changed the way I work, and every version has just made it better. In addition, I could never live without CandyBar, and I love what you guys and The Iconfactory did when it was merged with Pixadex.

All this praise leads me to why I made this ridiculous box. Transmit 4 was a long time coming, and it was well worth the wait. The UI is possibly the best on the Mac, Transmit Disk has instantly proven invaluable to my work, and even the purchasing page on your website is gorgeous. The progress bar and transitions on the credit card icons were something I’ve never seen, and it proves that no developer pays attention to detail as much as Panic.

So for whatever it’s worth, since Apple cancelled the chance for you to win something that I have little doubt you would have won, I humbly present you with, again, this ridiculous Faux Apple Design Award.

And also some Pretzel M&Ms, because Cabel’s lamenting over the empty store display on Twitter made me sad, and I wanted to make sure he got to try them.

Anyway, thank you for all that you guys do, and I look forward to seeing what you come out with next.

Michael Salbato

We are very lucky to have such nice users.

Posted at 11:29 am 25 Comments


5/24/2010 11:41 AM

Almost better than the real thing.

Lucien Dupont

5/24/2010 11:43 AM

You really can’t ask for much more than that.

That’s awesome. Well deserved, Transmit 4 is *amazing*.

Even better than the real thing.

We ❤ Transmit4

Mr. Diggles

5/24/2010 11:47 AM

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Transmit 4 is undeniably slick.

Ryan Barr

5/24/2010 11:48 AM

Where is the picture of Cabel eating the pretzel M&Ms?!

Yes. This.

Dan Palmer

5/24/2010 11:49 AM

Well I am not surprised this happened. Transmit 4 is the best made/designed app I have and beats many of Apple’s own in terms of usability, design and features. I just hope you are eligible for an award next year because they aren’t running the competition this year.

I think the fact that a user did this shows how great the Mac community is and I am proud to be a part of that.

I hope that I can work for a company as awesome as you when I leave university.


5/24/2010 11:50 AM

Agreed – definitely better than the real thing. While Apple Dseign Awards are hard to come by, this is definitely unique.

Silvio Sousa Cabral

5/24/2010 12:03 PM

What’s important is that you guys don’t need anything to know that your apps are the best on the market. Apple would help in your sales by giving you an ADA, but what it would matter if you don’t continue to do great products for us to buy?

Keep up the great work. It’s all that you guys have to do in order to be successful on the Mac world.

Awesome. Love it.

Fernando Lins

5/24/2010 12:33 PM

Wow this is awesome! Congratulations on the awards, apps, users and fans :D

I have to agree 100% precent with this but i do have to say that he forgot to mention another app that has changed my working environment “CODA” … The Coda – Transmit 4 combo is amazing. Keep up the great work guys.

Madame Lolo

5/24/2010 2:16 PM

Even better than the real one, happy customers award should be next


5/24/2010 3:21 PM

Awesome! I don’t use FTP, but I bought a copy of Transmit 4! Crazy, right? I just love the look and feel of it. It just shows how good Panic is.

I will find a way to make a full use of my lovely copy of Transmit 4, though.

Joshua Hamilton

5/24/2010 3:34 PM

Haha, awesome!

100% agree too. For me it’s about Coda, which really boost my motivation to work (thanks to the really simple but complete user interface).

Thank you. You’re awesome.

Georg J. Lutz

5/25/2010 1:23 AM

But I need my Dashboard Transmit Widget back! Miss it sooooo much in v4.

Yay, Panic! Many of us feel this way. My entire business essentially runs on Coda, guys. Thanks so much.

Leslie Nayibe

5/26/2010 8:29 AM

We ❤ Panic, keep going with your extraordinary work.
Congrats for the award :P hahaha

cute xD

One vote up for the best use of an Apple sticker.


A well deserved award! As a mac / iPhone developer myself I can tell you we all look up to Panic for inspiration. Your dev house’s name comes up in conversation among the devs all the time at my office! Everyone want’s to be half as awesome as Panic!

Jon Brown

6/7/2010 1:29 AM

AND… now you’ve one the ARS Techinca substitute to the Apple awards for Best New Mac OS X App and runner up for best UI (I voted for you for both):