Friday, October 22, 2010

Azure Storage Explorer 4 Beta Now Available

I'm pleased to announce the public beta of Azure Storage Explorer version 4 is now available. Beta 1 can be downloaded from CodePlex.

Azure Storage Explorer allows you to view and edit all 3 types of cloud storage: blobs, queues, and tables. If you're not already familiar with it, Azure Storage Explorer was one of the first (if not the first) GUI tools for viewing and working with Windows Azure storage. This utility was written in the very early days of Windows Azure, and even after 3 major versions all of that pre-dated the commercial release of Windows Azure in early 2010. Altogether there have been over 13,000 downloads.

It's been a year since version 3 was published, and in that time the Windows Azure platform has moved forward at a rapid pace. Many users have been hungry for an update that supports newer features such as blob root containers and better handles nuances such as blob prefix paths and property editing.

Highlights of version 4

Better Code. Versions 1-3 of Azure Storage Explorer didn't have the .NET Storage Client library to use and were based on an SDK sample that had a voluminous number of classes, leading to code that was vast and complex. In version 4 we are using the .NET StorageClient library and the code is compact and well-organized. The source code is open and is part of the CodePlex project.
Newer storage feature support. Support has been added for newer features such as blob root containers, blob path prefixes, and page blobs.
Copy and rename containers, queues, and tables.
Direct data entry and editing of blobs, messages, and entities.
Improved UI. The new WPF-based UI is cleaner, and supports opening multiple storage acounts at the same in tab views. The Mode-View-ViewModel pattern is used.

Containers & Blobs

• Create, View, Copy, Rename, Delete Containers
• Create, View, Copy, Rename, Delete, Upload, Download Blobs

Blobs can be viewed as images, video, or text. Blob properties can be viewed/editied.

Queues & Messages

• Create, View, Copy, Rename, Delete Queues
• Create, View, Pop, Clear, Upload, Download Messages

Message content and properties can be viewed.

Tables & Entities

• Create, View, Copy, Rename, Delete Tables
• Create, Edit, Copy, Rename, Delete, Upload, Download Entities

Entities can be viewed and edited.

Remember, it's a beta

With any beta software, you should exercise caution. Keep in mind that both people and programs can make mistakes, and it's always a good idea to keep safe backups of your data.

Azure Storage Explorer is a community donation of Neudesic. As with previous versions, Azure Storage Explorer remains free. Full source code is on CodePlex and we invite the community to help us keep it up to date and make improvements.


David Pallmann said...

Beta 1 Refresh 1 ( posted 10/23/10 with bug fixes and additional features including automatic setting of content type on blob upload. Please update to the latest.

David Pallmann said...

Beta 1 Refresh 2 ( posted 10/25/10 with bug fixes. Please update to the latest.

David Pallmann said...

Beta 1 Refresh 3 ( posted 10/25/10 with new features.

• CSV download/upload can now save column types along with column names in the header row
• Download/Upload dialogs for selecting file, format, and options
• Support for additional download/upload formats: Plain XMl and AtomPub XML

David Pallmann said...

Beta 1 Refresh 4 ( posted 10/26/10 with new features.

• Blob Containers folder list now visually indicates public or private access
• Automatically checks for new version on launch (configurable in Tools > Options)
• Improved UI of blob detail with Save/Cancel buttons and item list refresh
• Automatically detects and corrects older blob containers with older permission attributes (no longer supported) and updates to current standard

LF said...


I am trying to work with Azure Storage Explorer in a windows 2003 server but when i click the icon, it just simple dont load the application.

Is there any required runtime i need to install in the server ?, currently it have .net framework 3.5 & 4 installed.


David Pallmann said...

LF, Azure Storage Explorer needs the Windows Azure SDK runtime assemblies--and these require Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008.