If there’s anything that strikes fear into a new Mac user’s heart, it’s connecting to, moving and managing files on a remote server, or transferring files back and forth; from a remote server back to the Mac.
That explains the few dozen FTP/sFTP apps on the market, most of which are anything but user friendly to the masses of new Mac users. Connecting from one Mac to another in a local office environment or home is simple enough, but one of the easiest, simplest ways to access files on a remote server from your Mac comes from an app that fits snuggly into the Finder.
The app is called ExpanDrive and what it does is make file transfers– sending and receiving files from Mac to remote server and back– about as painless as copying or moving a file in the Finder. If you can move files around in the Finder, ExpanDrive is the app that can do the same thing for files that reside in the cloud or stored on some remote server.
ExpanDrive acts much like a USB disk drive or flash drive plugged into your Mac (except that it’s a connection to a remote server). It even shows up in the Devices section of the Finder.
ExpanDrive connects to remote computers using the standard file transfer protocols, including FTP, sFTP, FTPS, and WebDAV, but also connects to Amazon’s popular S3 storage service, Rackspace Cloud Files, Openstack Swift, Dreamhost DreamObjects, Box.com, Microsoft’s OneDrive, and Google Drive.
All you have to do is setup your account for each service and ExpanDrive makes the connection and displays it in the Devices section of the Finder. From then on, files can be moved back and forth via drag and drop just as you would files and folders in the Finder.
If traditional FTP and sFTP apps turn you off with their inherent complexity, ExpanDrive could be what you’re looking for. It’s simple to setup and use. Mac power users may not appreciate the simplicity, and file transfer throughput in ExpanDrive, while improved, won’t match Yummy FTP or Transmit but it works very well, and is simple to setup.