Cloudberry Explorer for Amazon S3 Review+ Giveaway

One of the things I like best about Amazon’s Simple Storage Service is that we users aren’t locked into just one way of managing our content.

We can use third-party apps, browser plugins or even write your own. I haven’t had time to do that, and probably never well, so I rely on third-party applications to make my life easier.

Since I spend the majority of my day on a Mac, I use a combination of S3Fox and Transmit.

When I’m on my netbook, I use S3Fox but on both Mac and PC S3Fox struggles for me at times. I’ve spent some time lately trying out Cloudberry’s S3 Explorer product and so far, so good. It makes managing an S3 installation of any size very manageable.

It looks and behaves very much like FTP, which I think is beneficial for users who are used to working with files that way and may be confused by Amazon’s bucket and file terminology.

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I was able to set up my credentials very quickly and within moments was looking at my S3 account.

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I was able to browse through my buckets quickly and upload files easily.

One area that I found really shined with Cloudberry Explorer was the ability to easily update and change the ACL, or permissions, of files much easier than I have in S3Fox. S3Fox is very hit and miss and I feel like I have to click on permission boxes over and over until it finally takes. Explorer is much easier to navigate through this.

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If you are primarily a PC user working with Amazon S3, I highly recommend you check out Cloudberry S3 Explorer. The best part – did I mention its a free product? Go and download it now and try it out. I think you’ll find it will quickly become a go-to tool for working in S3.

We’ve been using the Cloudfront CDN more and more and Cloudberry Explorer supports it, which is great for a free product.

That’s not the only product they offer. They have a pro level version of the product. It lets you have a number of accounts set up in there and better support options, among other features. The cost of the pro version is just $39.99, but I’ve asked Cloudberry if they’ll let me give away 1 free pro license to a reader of this blog.

All you have to do is enter your name and email in this entry form. We won’t spam or sell your email information. I will pick a winner and give your name and email to Cloudberry so they can send you a license.

Enter our giveaway today. I will draw the winner on November 13.