GTK alternative to konqueror and kate for remote file management
As you may guess I frequently use FTP/SSH for remote file management, from uploading files for upgrades and installations to editing files already online. I have been using konqueror and kate for this work for a long time now for these tasks. Konqueror has a superior remote file management capabilities (network folders) and kate, being a KDE application, has a close tie to konqueror and hence keeps the connection alive and allows direct updates to the remote file every time I do ctrl-s (save), which is extremely useful.
So far I haven't found anything else that behaves like this, at least outside the KDE realm. But I mostly use and prefer GTK based applications and pretty much have one for every task I need. Hence I dislike having to launch konqueror and kate every time I want to do remote work (which no doubt loads some KDE libraries and contributes to the slow down of the system). I'd rather use something GTK based for that too.
Does anyone know of a way? Are there any GTK remote file management applications and a text editor with code highlighting that allows realtime updates to the remote files? I already tried gFTP multiple times before and I never liked it, and couldn't get used to it. Just doesn't feel powerful enough compared to konqueror.
I would ideally like to use geany for file editing and an FTP program which would keep a live connection with a file being edited through geany.