ūü¶Ü Mountain Duck 3 – Public Beta

We are thrilled to release a public beta of upcoming Mountain Duck 3. The new version is a major milestone in our development timeline. Bridging the gap between online only access with no use of local disk space in Mountain Duck 2 and the new smart synchronization feature in Mountain Duck 3 with much improved performance accessing files is the main focus.

Think of it like Dropbox for any server and cloud storage but with the option to choose which files and folders are available for offline use while others do not take up disk space on your computer.

Smart Synchronization for Offline Usage

The smart synchronization feature allows to make files available offline. You can also choose to make explicitly all or only selected files and folders available for offline use. Changes to files are saved in a local cache first and uploaded in the background as soon as a connection is available.

Badge icons in the Finder and Windows Explorer indicate the status of files ‚Äď which indicates if the file is only available when online or is synced to your computer for offline editing. Regardless of the status, you will always see all your files!

Synchronization with the remote storage is paused and resumed automatically depending on your network connection but can also be paused by the user manually. You will see a blinking duck icon in your system tray when a background transfer is currently in progress.

Documentation

Updated documentation for the new smart synchronization feature can be found in our wiki.

Changelog

The full changelog reads

  • Feature Local cache of remote storage to work with when offline
  • Feature¬†Explicitly select files or folders to be available offline using context menu
  • Feature¬†Automatically add files to local cache for offline access when opened
  • Feature¬†Immediate save of files in local cache with upload to remote storage in background
  • Feature¬†Badge icons on files and folders with sync status
  • Feature¬†Pulsating icon in status bar indicates background sync in progress
  • Feature¬†Menu item to manually pause and resume background sync
  • Feature¬†Option to enable background indexer to allow browsing folders when offline
  • Feature¬†Custom disk icons for mounted volumes in Finder (macOS)

Try it today!

We are looking forward to any feedback you may have! Give it a try by choosing Beta in Preferences → Update → Check for Update….

Version 3 will be a paid upgrade to sustain our development efforts. Discounts for existing users between 40% to 100% depending on the date of purchase.

Encrypt your Dropbox

Mountain Duck and Cyberduck allow Cryptomator client-side encryption of your data which is missing in Dropbox and all other popular cloud storage solutions. You will find a description of how to use Cryptomator Vaults in Dropbox and access your documents from your computer and mobile in the following sections.

Encrypt your data with Mountain Duck and Cyberduck

  • Connect to your bookmark and navigate to the location where you¬†want to store your secured data.
  • Right-click on white space and choose¬†New Encrypted Vault in the context menu.

  • As described in the appearing window enter a name for your encrypted folder. Afterward,¬†choose a password and confirm it by retyping it in the last field.

  • Double-click on your newly created Vault and unlock it by typing the password into the corresponding field.

  • The Vault opens. Now you can create or copy the documents you want to secure into the Vault to encrypt them.

Access your encrypted data with the Cryptomator app on your mobile.

  • Install the Cryptomator App on your mobile (IOS, Android).
  • Tab on the plus symbol and choose the option¬†Add existing vault.
  • To open the previously created Cryptomator Vault choose the cloud service Dropbox, log into your account and navigate to the Vault.
  • Open the Vault folder and select the masterkey file which is named¬†masterkey.cryptomator. After that, the app should show automatically the landing page of the Cryptomator app with the previously selected Vault pinned.
  • Tab on the pinned Vault and type the password into the corresponding field. The Vault should open right after you have unlocked it with the password and you have access to your secured data.

This process does not only work with Dropbox but with any other connection supported in Cyberduck and Mountain Duck. You can find more information on Cryptomator support in our wiki.