Tuesday, September 18, 2012

CarotDAV: Portable Client for Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Box, FTP and More

A while ago I wrote about three tools that allows users to manage their files on several cloud services all from a single interface. We saw that web based tools were better equipped at supporting multiple services and protocols at once compared to desktop based tools. Out of the three tools reviewed only one was a desktop program and it worked with only three services - Dropbox, Google Docs, and Box, which is too less for many users. Here is a nice alternative.

CarotDAV supports many services including SkyDrive, DropBox, Google Drive, Box and SugarSync, as well as WebDAV, FTP, and IMAP protocols. There are many programs that support Dropbox and Google Drive but you won’t find many that supports SkyDrive, and SugarSync is a nice addition to the package. WebDAV and FTP expands the scope of this little program to many other territories as well.

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CarotDAV allows you to view your files in your different cloud accounts and download them to your computer. You can also upload news files and folders to them. File management functions such as cut, copy, paste, copy to, move to etc. are all supported. You can sort files by name, size, date of creation, and date of modification, or group them by file type, name and size.

Keep in mind that CarotDAV is not a synchronization tool, so you cannot use it to keep your local folders in sync with those in the cloud.

CarotDAV connects to the cloud storage services using OAuth authorization so you don’t have to worry about handing over your login credentials to a third party. In fact, using CarotDAV (and any program that uses OAuth) is one of the safest way to access your online accounts. Being portable means you can easily carry it around with you and thus have access to all your cloud accounts without having to login through web browsers on untrusted computers.

4 comments:

  1. How to find the URI's for the Skydriver/Googledrive and so on?

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  2. No need to find URI. Simply click the Authorize button, login to your cloud account and allow CarotDAV.

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  3. This program is great! But I am unable to get Gmail IMAP working. Anyone know how?

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  4. Pity, people did not get answers to their questions, I have a similar problem for ftps, even folowing the suggestions above the fields, and also following the instructions that can can be read at http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/ftpurl.html

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