When comparing WinSCP vs SmartFTP, the Slant community recommends WinSCP for most people. In the question“What are the best FTP clients for Windows?” WinSCP is ranked 1st while SmartFTP is ranked 4th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Supports FTP and SFTP
Pro Not bundled with Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP)
Does not attempt to install unwanted software on installation.
Pro Free and open-source
It has very good compatibility with the other tools of this segment (e.g. PuTTY)
No Installation required.
Pro Can protect stored passwords by strong AES cipher
Pro Integrated basic text editor
It has a integrated basic function text editor to create/edit/update files directly from client.
Pro Has an integrated editor
SmartFTP has a capable integrated text editor with support for syntax highlighting, folding, auto-complete, brace and indent highlighting, utf-8 characters, etc.
Pro Visual compare
SmartFTP is capable of comparing two folders and display visually the differences between them.
Pro Interface similar to windows explorer
Pro Built-in tty
SmartFTP includes a terminal emulator.
Con Does not support UNC
Does not support UNC.
This makes working with the "Library"-function in WIn 7, 8, 10 not possible when working over a network.