Amazon S3 is the affordable cloud storage services by Amazon which allows you to host, store and retrieve any amount of data. It can be used as the online backup for hosting the static content like images, videos files, Flash videos, pictures and audio files, etc. The data that you store at Amazon S3 can be retrieved from anywhere at any point of time.
Accessing and management of the S3 account is not simple as its looks to you. Below is the list of Amazon S3 tools mostly from the third-party developers which can assist in managing your S3 account on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs –
The S3 browsers a freeware applications designed for Windows PC users for providing a simple web service interface and help you manage your work very easily. With S3 browser you can upload or download files from Amazon S3, publish content easily, you can browse, create, delete Amazon S3 buckets easily, share your S3 Buckets with other users, set access control on buckets and files, moving files from one S3 account to another. With S3 browser you can access multiple Amazon S3 Accounts. Moreover S3 browser comes in a portable version and the program is free to use for personal purpose.
S3Sync application will directly transfers directories between the local directories and S3 bucket. S3Sync tool can be use in Windows environment as well as the Linux environment too.
Cross FTP is a File Transfer Protocol program just like the other FTP program that we have. Cross FTP is much reliable FTP client supporting FXP, SFTP, WebDav, MobileMe iDisk, and Amazon S3. It runs inside your web browser without installation. Just like the normal FTP you can create buckets, set access control on them, change the CloudFront distribution settings of files, download files, modify multiple or single files, uploads, downloads, backups, metadata modifications, schedules, and synchronize S3, put upload files in que and lot more options.
S3 for Live Writer
For bloggers who have blog at Windows Live Writer then you can use Amazon S3 for hosting your files and it can come handy. When you are in at Windows Live Writer this application will allows you to upload documents and other files to your existing S3 account and insert the link to your blog posts.
With CloudBerry you can connect multiple S3 accounts simultaneously. The multiple accounts connections are shown in separate tabs for each account just like tab browsing in browser. Not only that have a wide variety of options like track bucket login activity, file permissions control and delete temporary files, drag and drop uploading/downloading. The CloudBerry interface is just the like the FTP software. This is a better free alternative to the existing JungleDisk which charges you fee for every upload.
The S3Fox Organizer is a front end tool for Amazon S3 with a GUI interface used to organize your S3 account files. It opens the Amazon S3 files in Firefox browser like tabs and looks much like that of a FTP client with dual pane layout. Just like normal FTP client its displays the files on Computer on left and the files on Amazon S3 on the right pane. It works for Windows, Linux and Mac users and wherever Firefox installs. With it you can synchronize folders with local system and S3, Drag and drop upload of files, access to multiple accounts for each site. With S3Fox you can easily set permissions/Access control to buckets or files and you can easily manage the S3CloudFront.
A known FTP clients which allows S3 users to upload, download and organize your online Amazon S3 storage for Mac users. The latest versions Transmit 4 offers a variety of options like adding custom icons to your favourites, skip files automatically, customize your favourite view, quickly copy a webpage URL, navigate in both side simultaneously, quickly add Zip files and customize keyboard shortcuts. It also adds drag and drop trick so that you can easily add files to the folder.
Amazon S3 can also be used to store the WordPress files in secure way. This plugin allows you to quickly add images, videos, media and attachments that you are uploading to your WordPress blog to automatically upload on to your Amazon S3 bucket. Furthermore it also adds an Amazon S3 interface to WordPress blogs which allows browsing the S3 files for usage whenever required. The plug can set the HTTP expiration header of your blog images to a future date.
Bucket Explorer is a paid application available for Mac, Windows and Linux which allows you to perform S3 operations from the desktop. The Bucket Explorer has a very good options of schedule and automate uploads, downloads and not to forgets it provides you with a backup where your deleted items are stored, so that you can recover it if you want in future. With all the options present Bucket Explorer is best front ends app for users.
S3Anywhere is an Amazon S3 file manager application available for Android users as app at Android market place. With your mobile you can manage most of the things with your Amazon S3 account. The features like downloading, uploading from your mobile, renaming, deleting, and copying of files, ACL file permissions and lot more other which can be performed from your Android mobile. The recent development also includes S3Anywhere app for your manage S3 account from the Android tablet devices.
S3 Bucket Master
S3 Bucket Master is again an Amazon S3 management tool. Its supports creating, deleting buckets, browsing stored keys, uploading and downloading with encryption and compressions and managing Access control lists.
Flickr to S3 Backup Tool
As the title suggest, you can now easily backup your Flickr photo to your Amazon S3 account with small backup application. Nice and easy if you want to take backup of Flickr photos to more secure servers.
Open S3 allows you to synchronize your S3 files on iPhone or iPod Touch and edit your office documents like (Word, Powerpoint and Excel) through Zoho office. You can also view your PDF’s, photos, share files and collaborate using business groups easily.
With this application for Nokia N Series mobile phones, it allows you to upload your files to Amazon S3 account with a list of other features like uploading, downloading, renaming and modify an S3 account settings.
Amazon S34 Image Manager is a free tool which allows you to add files with a simple drag and drop to your S3 account. With the advanced image manager you can modify, delete, add, and remove, bulk edit image files at once.
With this application you can access your S3 drive as a normal hard drive on your computer. It supports Windows operating system and it’s quite useful.