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.

Connecting using AssumeRole from AWS Security Token Service (STS)

Instead of providing Access Key ID and Secret Access Key, authenticate using temporary credentials from AWS Security Token Service (STS) with optional Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), making Cyberduck and Mountain Duck more friendly to enterprise deployments. You will need to install the custom connection profile S3 (Credentials from AWS Security Token Service) available from our website.

Our implementation to obtain temporary credentials is interoperable with standard AWS CLI configuration in ~/.aws/credentials. Refer to our wiki for documentation.

Skip writing temporary application files to remote volume

We have taken a big leap forward in performance working on remote volumes with Mountain Duck from applications that read and write temporary files when saving documents. Extended attributes and temporary files from applications are no longer saved on the remote volume but in a local temporary cache only.

This change in version 2.1 significantly speeds up read and write operations from applications.

Joyent Triton Object Storage

Triton Object Storage (previously named Manta Storage) by Joyent is now supported in Cyberduck 6.3 and Mountain Duck 2.2. Make sure to install the connection profile.

Their storage backend implementation is open source.

All the pieces required to deploy and operate your own Manta are open source

Triton Object storage touts itself as

Proven at production scale, Triton Object Storage delivers replication, clustering, failover, and backup and recovery capabilites. Robust security is built in, including object level security and access, deep role based access control, and client SSH and data encryption.

Update: Read more about the Triton Object Storage and Cyberduck on the Joyent Blog.

Google Team Drives

We have added support for Google Team Drives in both Cyberduck 6.3 and and Mountain Duck 2.2.

Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files. Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done. Team Drives is available on G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Business, or G Suite for Education editions.

Use the regular Google Drive connection type to see the Team Drives besides My Drive and Shared with me.

Mountain Duck 2

We are happy to announce Mountain Duck 2 ‚Äď featuring support for client-side encrypted Cryptomator interoperable vaults ‚Äď foolproof client-side encryption for cloud storage mounted on your desktop.

Encryption for data at rest prevents unauthorized access regardless of the server or cloud storage infrastructure. You can create secure vaults on any server or cloud storage available through the broad protocol support in Mountain Duck ‚Äď including Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive or any OpenStack Swift, WebDAV or FTP interoperable hosting solution. Additionally you can also¬†connect to your local harddisk¬†and browse Cryptomator Vaults you want to save on your computer.

Starting to secure your data is as easy as creating a new Cryptomator vault by selecting New Encrypted Vault in the context menu and providing a passphrase. Uploads and downloads are transparently encrypted and decrypted respectively with no change in your usual workflow required. You can have encrypted vaults and non-encrypted folders reside along on your storage location.

Version 2 introduces an Info panel for advanced options on files accessible from the context menu in Finder on macOS and File Explorer on Windows in addition to the context menus to copy URLs.

Please upgrade your license before updating. Existing customers get an upgrade discount between 40% to 100% depending on the date of purchase.

We are hiring!

Help shaping widely used products in an open source development environment!

We are looking for an experienced Java enthusiast to join our team as an employee or long term freelancer (work from anywhere). You help us to drive the integration of cloud storage services into Cyberduck & build the next major features for Mountain Duck.

Please refer to our job advertisement for more information.