Mac users want, need, and deserve a better, easier, faster way to connect a Mac to a remote server. In fact, something built in to the Finder would be just about perfect.
Most of us have been online since the mid-1990s, so why is it we’re still stuck with using applications to transfer files from here to there that were old a decade ago?
Enter the little Mac app called ExpanDrive. It’s like having a gateway to online connections built right into the Finder.
It treats remote storage and file management as if it were a USB drive plugged into your Mac.
Right from the Finder you can connect, open, edit, and save files to remote computers anywhere in the world while using different connection protocols– some you’ve never heard of before.
It’s this easy. ExpanDrive brings the remote connection right to the Finder’s Devices in the Sidebar.
Finding files and managing files on a remote server is pretty much like you do it on the Mac.
From the Finder interface.
Navigating folders looks familiar because it is. If you can manage the Finder you can manage ExpanDrive.
The app is billed as zero configuration, but that’s not quite true.
You’ll still need to enter in login IDs, passwords, and all the basic components of a remote connection.
That said, the list of easy remote connections is extensive and not just limited to FTP or sFTP.
ExpanDrive also connects to WebDAV, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud Files, Openstack Swift, Dreamhost, Amazon S3 and more. And it’s available right from the Mac’s Finder sidebar and without all the rigmarole of dealing with traditional FTP apps.