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CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3

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For users of Amazon's S3 service, freeware CloudBerry Explorer is an excellent utility that connects you with your account and makes managing your online file storage as easy as dragging and dropping.

The interface is set up in FTP-style, with a split screen allowing file navigation on your computer and in your S3 account. Modeled as breadcrumbs and not absolute file locations, users can quickly jump between subfolders and their parent directories. A pane on the bottom shows the file transfer progress, but there's a stand-out feature that makes this a serious tool for S3 obsessives. The source drop-down menu is all-powerful here. It lets you decide which location will be displayed on which side of the split-screen. This means that you can have your local hard drive on the right or the left, and the same for any S3 accounts. From that same drop-down menu, you can create a new S3 account, and you can conduct transfers between S3 accounts. One other killer feature is that the interface supports tabs, so you can set up one tab as your computer to your S3 account, and a second or even third tab as S3 to S3. Right-click on a file or folder in a bucket and you can quickly create a download link, encrypt it, view properties, and adjust distribution settings.

Users can initiate registration from within CloudBerry Explorer, and the general layout of the interface in fact mimics Windows Vista's Explorer making for a very gentle learning curve. Buckets can be switched on the fly from the U.S. to the European Union, and there's a proxy pane under Options for those trapped behind firewalls. Whether you use S3 for business or personal use, CloudBerry Explorer streamlines getting your files to where you want them to be.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is one of the best S3 client on the market."

    July 31, 2011  |   By cloudment

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 2.9.0.45

    Pros

    Fast data transfer, multithreading, multipart upload support, they are very fast at supporting new Amazon S3 functionality and even recently added IAM support with the nice designer and the wizard

    Cons

    No Mac version

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best way to manage S3 files"

    January 13, 2011  |   By sany718

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 2.6.0.120

    Pros

    I looked at all other Amazon S3 file managers & this is by far easiest & most powerful

    Cons

    Still a bit tricky to copy files between buckets.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "where are the reviews?"

    October 14, 2010  |   By puteruser2009

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 2.4

    Pros

    SEVEN USER REVIEWS....????

    Cons

    there are suppose to tbe seven of them.

    Summary

    SHOW THE OTHER REVIEWS

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Freeware OK, Don't Pay"

    July 31, 2010  |   By xpnctoc

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 2.2.3.28

    Pros

    Pretty interface -- less utilitarian than competing software. Multithreaded, fast data transfer (paid version).

    Cons

    All the good features are in the paid version, but they don't work very well.

    Summary

    IMHO, this software has a long way to go before it's worth the $40 for the pro version. There's a lot of design flaws that range from annoying to downright unusable.

    Annoying: There are no shortcut keys like F5 to refresh your view. There is also no right-click context menu item for such functionality.

    Really Annoying: You can set encryption, but only at the application-wide level. So if you have one S3 bucket that you want to be publicly accessible and another bucket that contains sensitive data you want encrypted, you have to keep going to the Options menu to toggle the encryption option every time you change the bucket you are working with!

    Unusable: They offer encryption, data "chunking" (splitting large files into smaller segments), and versioning. But there are absurd combination constraints. You can't encrypt unless you enable chunking. You can't use versioning if you have chunking enabled (which actually makes some sense to me). So if you want to encrypt and keep versions, you're out of luck.

    Unusable: They claim to offer folder sync. What they don't tell you is the file comparison algorithm they are using takes a ridiculously long time. It takes a matter of minutes to check 7000 files in one of my directories (unencrypted -- it took 40 minutes encrypted!!!). Competing software can do the same folder comparison in 10-15 seconds!

    DON'T BUY UNLESS YOU DON'T NEED THE ADVANCED FEATURES. But then, if you do that you're essentially paying $40 for faster transfer speeds and nothing else. So I guess the bottom line is that you should look to some competing software

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not a bad start!"

    January 26, 2009  |   By ivanwusurvey

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 1.2

    Pros

    The CB Explorer makes cloud so much easier. Dealing with all the files I have on cloud it does make my life easier, but there still needs work to be done. The ability to access files on cloud on remote computers is very useful.

    Cons

    Cannot rename the objects! Why not? So annoying.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good product, though it could still use work."

    January 25, 2009  |   By JelloExperience

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 1.2

    Pros

    The program makes it easier to manage my S3 accounts, including copying between them. It's got a handy interface, and the ability to automate tasks with PowerShell is great. it makes S3 easier to use and manage.

    Cons

    The interface has a few quirks, and it's missing some good features such as renaming objects in S3.

    Summary

    The program is wonderful, making it easier for me to work with my Amazon S3 accounts. It has an interface that I could use pretty effectively from the first time I launched it, but the interface isn't free of quirks. I like being able to copy between S3 accounts, because I've never had an effective way of doing so - I have a lot of data that I want to mirror between several accounts at several levels of trust. I've been looking for a product like this for a while now, and I'm going to keep using it to manage my S3 accounts in the future.

    It's free, and with the features it has, it just works.

    Updated on Jan 25, 2009

    The website for CloudBerry is really helpful. I couldn't find any links to it on this site, so I figured I'd provide one. They've got a blog, as well as a forum, and the community is _great_. It's totally worth checking out - http://www.cloudberrylab.com/

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Coool! I like the design and how it works!"

    December 24, 2008  |   By san1978

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 1.0.0.39 beta

    Pros

    This is something between Windows explorer and Total Commander. So i like how they implemented the tool. Easy to use!

    Cons

    No encryption, no compression. BTW: i haven't found freeware or trial software with such functionality.

    Summary

    I will use because it is freeware and because i like their GUI .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome client tool for Amazon S3 storage"

    December 18, 2008  |   By wisedev

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 1.0.0.39 beta

    Pros

    This tool is so easy to use and userfriendly as well! Now I can easily copy/move my local files to S3. Also it allows you to manage ACL, it is a way to share S3 files to other users. What attracts me much that it is freeware, it's a real preference.

    Cons

    There is no background processing for copy/move.

    Summary

    Great tool for managing files in Amazon S3: easy to use and free to get.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great tool to manage Amazon S3"

    December 17, 2008  |   By CNET_User10

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 1.0.0.39 beta

    Pros

    It made me feel like S3 is part of my local storage. I could easy do most of the tasks I usually do in my Windows Explorer such as: Create, rename, remove and copy files. It also supports command line capabilities which is an extension of PowerShell.

    Cons

    It only works with S3. There are other Online storage, it would have been better if I had the choice.

    Summary

    This tool is a great way to get you started with S3 and understanding storage in the cloud.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very cool client for Amazon S3!"

    December 17, 2008  |   By barny2008

    Version: CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3 1.0.0.39 beta

    Pros

    It is just great and it is the only freeware Amazon S3 client that I know of! Others are commercial and open source with the quality left to be desired. I would strongly recommend anyone working with Amazon S3 on Window to give it a try

    Cons

    Doesn't work on MAC, it is Windows only.

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