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Is there any way around the read-only access that Finder strictly allows so I can get write access to a FTP server through Finder?

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You can use MacFusion, which allows to connect to a FTP server through a filesystem device. MacFusion requires MacFUSE, or OSXFUSE with the compatibility layer for MacFUSE.

  • Mount files and documents as a "Volume" in the Mac OS X Finder.
  • Work with your files using your favorite Mac OS X applications directly. No manual upload or download needed!
  • Support for SSH (Secure Shell) and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) servers.
  • Uses your machine's native configuration for SSH, including support for private keys and custom settings.
  • Quickly connect to a any server using the Quick Connect dialog, accessible from Macfusion's optional menu item.

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This link works for OSX Mountain Lion downloads.patjack.co.uk/dl/Macfusion.zip –  Mohsen Sep 16 '13 at 18:24

Try Transmit.

With the new Transmit Disk feature, you can now mount any of your favorites in the Finder itself, even if Transmit's not running. These volumes are real: drag files to your SFTP server, save a small graphic to your Amazon S3 bucket directly from Photoshop, or roll your own iDisk-like backup volume. It's all possible in T4.

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Transmit is so full of win and you can try it for free in case you are not sure it's worth the price. I find it much more reliable than installing file system extensions like MacFusion and the various FUSE software. –  bmike Jan 24 '12 at 22:35
    
I'm really interested in the mounting function, but when I use it through parallels, my file's content is lost sometimes. It's weird! –  nXqd Aug 28 '12 at 7:14
    
WingFS is a version app that does exactly the same thing. wingfs.com –  Noldorin Jan 6 at 2:06

No you can't get around the read-only access, but here are some great FTP clients:

Cyberduck

A great free FTP client. This is my go-to application. Anytime I need FTP access, I use Cyberduck. It's not quite as lightweight as Fugu, but it adds a lot more functionality than Fugu. I like the Growl integration with Cyberduck.

Cyberduck, a free FTP client

Fugu

Awesome little free FTP client. As I noted above, this is a lightweight FTP client. It is great for simple FTP transfers and browsing. I do like the dual panel navigation.

Fugu, another free FTP client

Last, but not least, you can use the CLI. Just type ftp username@foo.com at the prompt. If you've used the command line before, you know that ls lists directories, cd changes directories. Example: ls ~/Desktop lists the contents of your Desktop (the "~" is a shortcut for your home folder). cd ~/Desktop changes to current directory to your Desktop. To download files, you can use mget or get. Here's the Apple man page on FTP.

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No, but you can use any one of many third-party FTP clients, some of which are free.

FileZilla. Open-source and cross-platform

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