After having Cache-Control issues with S3Fox I started to look for more S3 Browsers that supports custom headers and specially Cache-Control. Specifying Cache-Control is very important because it not only lowers your Amazon S3 bill but also improves website loading time. I read many reviews and found quite a few of them out of which one is BucketExplorer which did exactly what I was looking for.
- It Supports Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) with one click checkbox settings.
- Supports Custom headers especially Cache-Control headers.
- Supports Batch processing and default settings for buckets. This is one of the best features I like about Bucket Explorer. As I have lot of files to upload I can make default settings like RRS / Cache-Control for a bucket and then each time I upload files they all have the same property and I do not need to worry about it anymore.
- This is built on Java Platform and so is very slow. At times just right click on some menu items can take noticeable amount of time for menu to show up.
- This is not free to use and you can only get Trial Version for free for one month. After that time it costs $69.99.
- As it is built on Java Platform the setup files are huge. The download size is currently in range from 20-60+ MB.
It is one of those few software which is good buy for managing your S3 but there are other faster alternatives as well.
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