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ExpanDrive 5 review: Cloud storage, now appearing on your desktop

J.R. Bookwalter | Sept. 18, 2015
Cloud storage services have alleviated many complications for users, but convenient access to those files often comes with an entirely different set of headaches.

Transfers appear to happen within seconds, but are actually uploaded in the background, similar to the behavior of official client applications like Dropbox. While uploading or updating, ExpanDrive displays a small sync indicator in the lower right corner; the current status is also shown in the Drive Manager window. Services like FTP currently transfer in real time, displaying a Finder progress bar throughout the entire process like local drives.

This is the most impressive version of ExpanDrive in the seven years I’ve been using it, and the developers move quickly to stomp out any bugs that may arise—no small feat when dealing with such a diverse variety of services. I did experience an issue where Amazon Cloud Drive would only display the first 200 files, but a fix is already in place with the latest update. One last gripe: I’m really not a fan of the new “starfish” branding—bring back the old icon, please!

Bottom line

ExpanDrive 5 adds Amazon Cloud Drive to its arsenal of popular cloud storage and servers with the fastest and most reliable version to date.


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