To start the week I’m going to go a bit geeky and discuss a problem many Mac users run into. Transferring files from a Mac to remote storage or servers parked somewhere in the cloud. Since the dawn of internet time FTP– file transfer protocol– has been the de facto standard to transfer files from here to there.
Not the most secure of protocols, SFTP, FTPS, and many others arrived on the scene, but instead of making life easier to move a file, made it more cumbersome except for the geekiest members of the Mac and PC community.
As the file transfer and storage protocols have grown in number and complexity, file transfer apps haven’t bothered to keep up. Here’s one that does, and in true Mac fashion, thinks totally different.
It’s called ExpanDrive. Yes, it’s an app that connects your Mac to all those remote services and their arcane protocols but it does the deed from within the Finder, and that makes it the easiest app to use. All you need to do is setup the user ID and password for each remote account, and ExpanDrive shows up as connected in the Mac’s Finder.
After that, it’s drag and drop to move files.
Connecting to remote servers has never been easier. ExpanDrive shows up in the Finder much the same way an external USB disk would, or a USB flash storage stick. Moving files is really just drag and drop– both ways.
Even better, ExpanDrive isn’t limited to the typical FTP, SFTP, or FTPS protocols. It’s modern and does Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Amazon S3, as well as more esoteric and geekier systems including OpenStack, Rackspace, HP Helion, Copy, OwnCloud, and others.
If you know your user ID and password, and know your way around the Mac’s Finder, you can use ExpanDrive. Interestingly, there’s no SMB or AFP support, but that’s a minor nit as every Windows PC or Mac should be able to connect easily to other devices.