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Review of:
Software tool for managing an Amazon AWS S3 account easily and securely.:
Cloudberry Lab
v 3.7.2

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On March 11, 2013
Last modified:September 11, 2014


S3 Explorer Pro is software that makes managing your S3 account simple and efficient. Another home run from Cloudberry Lab.

Amazon Web Services builds a nice cloud, but using it takes a geek, unless…

For anyone doing an online business of any sort, from a simple, personal blog that is shared among family and friends to a complicated commercial site, cloud-based storage is highly desirable, if not virtually mandatory. Not only is cloud-based storage a good place to secure your files so that fires, floods, and burglars don’t deprive you of critical data, cloud-based storage is an excellent way to share data… Content, graphics, tutorials, etc.… With your virtual assistants and customers.

If you can ignore all the sales hype for most of the cloud-based backup and storage services, and and want to use a cloud-based storage service that is all about quality of service and not about bling, then Amazon Web Services S3 (Simple Storage Service) can’t be beat and for the first year the price can’t be beat…its FREE!  (Some limitations on storage space apply).

The only problem is, when AWS went bling – less they took it to an extreme. The GUI (graphical user interface) is something only a developer could love… or use.

Enter S3 Explorer Pro by Cloudberry Lab.

If all you want to do is store files securely, Cloudberry Lab has a free version of S3 Explorer that could be called S3 Explorer Lite, but S3 Explorer Pro does so much more than simply make file storage easy, at an extremely affordable price, that it is one of the very, very few computer-related items that has both a free and a paid version, and I bought the paid version.

Beyond simply storing files, Explorer Pro can handle many tasks that someone who is beyond simply a consumer – level computer user will find beneficial.

Features and benefits:

Both the freeware and the Pro version can handle:

  • Amazon S3
    Work with any number of Amazon S3 accounts simultaneously.
  • Amazon Glacier
    Access and manage Amazon Glacier storage.
  • Amazon CloudFront
    Create and manage CloudFront distributions for any of your Amazon S3 buckets.
  • PowerShell
    Automate common tasks with Windows PowerShell.
  • S3 website
    Host static web-sites on S3 by setting bucket as a web-site.

S3 Explorer Pro goes much further (and I find it indespensible):

  •  Encryption
    Protect your data from unauthorized access.
  • Compression
    Reduce the consumption of S3 bandwidth and disk space.
  • IAM manager
    Automate common tasks with Windows PowerShell.
  • Upload Rules
    Optionally enable encryption and compression for selected buckets and also configure the predefined set of HTTP headers for every upload.
  • Compare
    Compare content of S3 buckets and local folders.
  • Search
    Quickly search files on S3 or local hard drive.
  • Multiple Files Edit
    Open and edit multiple files (Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and other) at the same time.
  • Multithreading
    Speed up the transfer of multiple small files.
  • FTP
    Copy files directly from FTP server.

Additional benefits of S3 Explorer Pro

  • S3 Explorer Pro can handle large objects ( THAT is an understatement) of up to 5 TB.
  • Support is via email, with a 48 hour response time or less (being a very non-techie non-geeky type, I need support a lot and it has never come close to taking as long as their 48 hour guarantee).
  • There are no upgrades to pay for on down the road. Amazon S3 Pro is a one time purchase with a lifetime license. Cloudberry Lab is constantly improving it as AWS changes their service, and there is never a charge for updates and upgrades.

There is one last benefit:

I don’t promote anything here at hailstorm interactive that I don’t personally use and believe in, and S3 Explorer Pro is no different. I am sure it will perform as Cloudberry Lab designed it to and says it does.

With that said, Cloudberry S3 Explorer Pro comes with a 15 Day free trial period. Download it, put it through its paces, and when you find it does all you expect and then some, THEN reach in your wallet and buy it.


S3 Explorer Pro is software that makes managing your S3 account simple and efficient. Another home run from Cloudberry Lab.
  • $39.99
  • 5
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Bob Hayles

A Luddite at heart, Bob has adapted to being in a tech world adequately. The King of Cheap, he enjoys sharing his WordPress and inexpensive web video production skills with others. He abhors Geek-lish, but translates it into normal human language quite well. He avoids code as much as possible, and breaks out in hives at the mere sight of php, but he will make minor adjustments to HTML. He also reverts to being a Luddite at and is something of a political junkie/blowhard at

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