Posts Tagged ‘WebDAV’

DropDAV – move your files easily

Posted: April 13, 2011 by Kim Flintoff in Productivity
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This isn’t an iPad app; it is a web based application to allow you to save and move files to and from your iPad and wbetween any web enabled devices.

Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is a set of methods based on the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that facilitates collaboration between users in editing and managing documents and files stored on World Wide Web servers.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebDAV

One of the main challenges desktop users encounter when starting to use the cloud and mobile devices is how to get their precious content on and off the device.  Sure, you can use iTunes to add files, but what about working directly from an application?  This is where DropDAV comes into play.  DropDAV effectively lets your application talk directly to DropBox.  Many productivity applications such as Pages, Keynote, etc have webDAV capability.

Price:  Free for upto 2GB if you use the free Dropbox application – upto $6.00 monthly for higher end use.  The website says its free as long as Dropbox remains free.  Desite this assurance DropDAV just notified me today that they are abandoning the free accounts – from here on it costs $5 per month – from my perspective that makes it a premium service not as useful to many users.  Power users will get value – the rest of us just get a new bill…

Enhanced security:  DropDAV uses SSL; providing the same standard of security as your online bank.

It could hardly be simpler to use.

  • Register at DropDAV (simply sign in with your DropBox credentials)
  • Open an appropriate application on your iPad such as Pages and select Copy to WebDAV

Now all you need do is open your iPad application and you can copy to or download from webDAV within the application.  Your files will appear in DropBox and any locations where they are synchronised with DropBox – eg.  between your desktop and your iPad.

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