ExpanDrive 2.0 for the Mac
Jeff Mancuso, April 22, 2009
31 Comments

We’re excited to release [ExpanDrive 2.0](http://www.expandrive.com/mac) for the Mac [[release notes]](http://www.expandrive.com/mac/release_notes.html)!

It’s EXTREMELY fast.

Over the past year, we’ve put together an entirely new SFTP engine, based on a hybrid of OpenSSH and Python. Expect more than double the performance when transferring large files, and we’ve completely re-written our metadata caching architecture. Browsing around is even faster. Oh – we also now detect edits that have been made on the server. Awesome.

S3 support

In addition, we’re introducing support for [Amazon S3](http://aws.amazon.com/s3/) as a filesystem type in ExpanDrive. You can now mount you buckets and drag and drop files to them from Finder. We’ve even built a contextual menu plugin to the Finder so you can set permissions on those keys. Certain technical limitations make S3 difficult to implement well as a filesystem, notably that you have to upload full files AND know the size beforehand, but we’ve got it working pretty well. Please continue to send great feedback to [email protected]

FTP/FTPS grows up

FTP/FTPS support is no longer in beta and has many important fixes and compatibility updates to help it work with the plethora of buggy FTP servers that are in wide distribution.

GUI refresh

We’ve also spent a lot of effort refreshing the GUI:

ExpanDrive is [available](https://secure.expandrive.com/store) for $39.95, $19.95 upgrade — free upgrade if you’ve purchased in the past 60 days.

  • DDA

    I’m with the others; I bought it through MacZOT and while I doubt the developers intentionally delayed the release, the timing isn’t very good. From a customer point of view, the revamped SFTP layer and a new UI don’t make it a major upgrade; additional features make it a major upgrade and the major features seem to be S3 support and custom drive icons. The SFTP/FTP support was touted as a major feature in the MacZOT promo; I wouldn’t say the bugfixes there should count.

    I understand that the developers are free to price things how they want; they don’t owe me anything. Perhaps I’ll wait for those promised handful of new filesystems or just stick with 1.3.4 until I need S3 support.