Monday, January 02, 2012

Box.net client for Mac OSX

I own a paid account in Dropbox and I do love it. The extra Rat-Pack allows me to have infinite versions of the file in my Dropbox. I have already accidentally deleted important files more than once and the Dropbox web client allowed me to undelete it. The 50 GBs of the account are great, although if you intend to keep back-ups of old email inboxes and some other old stuff, you can fill it. It has happened to me. Then came box.net with the offer of 50 GBs to iOS users in order to counteract the iCloud offer of 5 GB for free. So I signed up and I checked that there is no native client as there is for Dropbox. I saw people complaining about it and it seemed weird to me that there were Mac OSX users complaining. Why? Mac OSX can use Finder in order to access their box.net files via WebDAV. You just have to bring Finder to the foreground, press cmd+K to connect to server and then write the URI to connect to Box's WebDAV: https://www.box.net/dav/. Then type in your login and password and there you have it. So I have the Dropbox folder which keeps space in my hard disk, some Dropbox folders which are in the cloud (thanks to Dropbox's selective sync feature) and all the files in Box.net remotely accessible thanks to WebDAV and its Mac OSX's finder integration.

4 comments:

CRD1904 said...

I tried this but it kept placing _DS_store files whenever I accessed it and this stopped syncing with other apps.

Brady said...

Tried this a few months ago but gave up. Now that I have Box.net webdav working with iPad/iWork, I'm giving it another go: I can connect and open files, but I could not save changes or write to the share. (it gives a "file could not be copied because it is use" error).

Ideas?

Javi said...

I needed to change the URI to: https://www.box.net/dav/

Nacho Marín said...

True. I forgot the 's' in https. And 443 is the default port for HTTPS so it may be removed. Post amended. Thanks, Javi!