Worth It Mac App of The Week
Cloud storage is a wonderful thing, especially in light of the relatively limited capacity of the SSD drives in most modern Mac laptops. What’s perhaps less than wonderful is the bunch of individual apps you need be running at all times to access that cloud storage. These apps (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) tax system resources like available RAM, battery life, storage space, and that’s often less than ideal. Fortunately there’s Expandrive, the new go-to app when it comes to accessing cloud storage services.
Expandrive allows you to mount all your cloud storage services as virtual drives right on your desktop. This way, they’re incredibly easy to access – even allowing apps to open and save documents directly to the cloud service of your choice. As handy as that is, what’s fantastic if storage space is at a premium and you have an Internet connection, is that none of the cloud services sync to your Mac, and only pulls down individual files upon your request.
Another truly outstanding feature of Expandrive is the ability to connect to multiple instances of Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. Using the services’ dedicated apps you’d have to log out of one account and log back into another account to access both – with Expandrive that’s no longer an issue because you can simultaneously access multiple cloud drives from the same provider.
So here’s the thing, Expandrive is $49.95. That’s a significant investment to replace a a handful of apps that you’ve likely already been using for free – however, if you offset that expense with the cost of SSD storage, and the very finite availability of internal drive space on Apple’s latest portables, it begins to make perfect sense.