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Cyberduck 4.3.1 improves OS X compatibility, but drops support for Dropbox and Google Drive

07 May 2013, Nick Peers

CyberDuck 4.31 Swiss cloud-storage browser tool Cyberduck 4.3.1 has been released for Mac and Windows. This open-source tool provides users with a user-friendly means of browsing FTP/SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files servers.

Version 4.3.1 builds on the recent 4.3 major update – the program’s first in around 18 months – which improved support for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, plus expanded support for various services, including S3 and Google Storage. However, support for Dropbox and Google Drive have been dropped alongside Microsoft’s Azure Blob Storage connections.

The Mac build of Cyberduck 4.3.1 gains significant improvements: it adds OS X Mountain Lion Gatekeeper and Notification Center support, enables Application Sandboxing in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, and extends support to Retina displays.

CyberDuck 4.31

Improved compatibility with OS X is one of the major focus points of CyberDuck 4.3.

Two new Bucket locations have been added for S3 servers, namely Sao Paulo (South America) and Sydney (Asia Pacific). Users also gain the ability to set up Qloudstat analytics with a single click across all supported storage providers.

Interoperability with Openstack’s HP Cloud and S3’s Lunacloud Storage has also been implemented alongside website configuration support for Google Storage and Cloudfiles. S3 users gain multi-object delete capabilities, and Cloudfiles users can now edit container metadata. Those connecting to FTP/TLS connections also gain the ability to reuse the Session key on data connection.

A major disappointment – and one which may limit Cyberduck’s appeal to personal users – is the loss of support for both Dropbox and Google Drive storage, presumably due to changes in how each service is accessed.

Version 4.3 also fixed a number of major bugs, including one that caused Cyberduck to hang while editing files in an external editor in OS X 10.8.2. Moving folders no longer deletes the folder in Cloudfiles, while users can now choose Save on Close knowing the changes will be uploaded. Version 4.3.1 added further bug fixes – primarily for Windows users, including one which saw modification dates all being labelled 01.01.1970.

Cyberduck 4.3.1 is available now as a free, open-source download for Windows and Mac. Users are encouraged to donate to the continued development of the software, or can alternatively purchase it for $23.99 through the Mac App Store.

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