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  • Beyond & WebDav

    After FTP/SFTP do you plan to implement WebDav protocol (https servers) ?

  • #2
    WebDAV support is on our wish list for a future release of Beyond Compare. We don't have a release date set for the feature right now.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    • #3
      webdav, like a portable device i suppose....

      i ran into this at a client today, it seems to be much like the non-support of portable devices (cameras) that present themselves in windows as a (non-drive lettered) sibling of a drive letter.

      this would be massively useful functionality (along with the ability to see digcams and ipods without drive letters too :-)...

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      • #4
        I'd find WebDAV extremely useful as well. Sharepoint has a huge footprint here and it exposes its libraries as WebDAV folders. It'd be great to be able to run comparisons against content in Sharepoint without having to download a local copy of the file. (Even read-only access would be helpful at this point.)

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        • #5
          This product allows you to map drive letters to WebDav resources. Then Beyond Compare works fine.

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          • #6
            In both Vista and Windows 7 you don't need any special software to map to WebDav shares. Just map a network drive to the SharePoint folder the way you would any other resource (e.g. https://sharepoint/sites/mysite/documents).

            Beyond Compare works perfectly well on drives mapped to SharePoint document libraries mapped to drives like this.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Chris View Post
              WebDAV support is on our wish list for a future release of Beyond Compare. We don't have a release date set for the feature right now.
              Chris,

              I run into more and more cases where I need BC sync but FTP is not an option and HTTP based protocols are required.

              In searching the forum, WebDAV has been on the "wish list" since 2004. That is 7 years. Is it _that_ difficult? Are any developers actually working on it?

              Thanks!

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              • #8
                Hello,

                We have limited resources at Scooter Software for assigning various tasks to work on. Did you get a chance to try one of the above, user recommended products, or are you using Win Vista or Win 7? If you can bind the WebDAV to a drive letter, then BC3 should be able to interact with it.
                Aaron P Scooter Software

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                  Hello,

                  We have limited resources at Scooter Software for assigning various tasks to work on. Did you get a chance to try one of the above, user recommended products, or are you using Win Vista or Win 7? If you can bind the WebDAV to a drive letter, then BC3 should be able to interact with it.
                  The cost of the WebDrive software is more than double the cost of Beyond Compare, which is unappealing for a "point" solution. The system in question is XP, and can't be upgraded currently for several reasons.
                  I'm sure I can come up with some other way to address the issues, but I like BC in general, and would prefer to not have to migrate to another tool.
                  The lack of protocols other than drives (e.g. HTTPS, WEBDAV, SSH, camera and media devices, etc) is the greatest weakness. If resources are a problem, maybe you could open up the file interface with a plug-in architecture and allow the user community to help?

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                  • #10
                    SFTP is supported in Beyond Compare 3 Pro.

                    WebDAV is high on our wish list of major features, but as Aaron said, we're a small company so we don't have the resources to implement all features as fast as we'd like.

                    We don't have plans in the short term to work on a file system plug-in architecture for BC.
                    Chris K Scooter Software

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                    • #11
                      I haven't tried them myself, but here are two other WebDAV products you might try:

                      BitKinex WebDav (freeware): http://www.bitkinex.com/webdavclient

                      NetDrive (free for home users, $29 for business): http://www.netdrive.net/
                      Chris K Scooter Software

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                      • #12
                        Symbolic Link is the solution

                        I would recommend you to use Link Shell Extension to access your Webdav-share from Beyond Compare:

                        http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinks...lumemountpoint

                        After installation of this product you pick up your web-drive and drop it as a symbolic link at drive that is accessible from Beyond Compare.

                        Good luck! It works!

                        PAA

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aasheim68 View Post
                          I would recommend you to use Link Shell Extension to access your Webdav-share from Beyond Compare:
                          Thanks for the suggestion, but this is not possible in "portable" mode.

                          Native WebDAV support would be really great since many online storage offers are based on it.

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                          • #14
                            Hello,

                            It looks like aasheim68's link would add a program to the Windows Shell Extension. This is accessible from within BC3 (normal or portable) from the right-click menu -> Explorer menu.

                            Or you could set up links or folders in Windows Explorer, and then open the link in BC3 as if it were a normal, local folder.
                            Aaron P Scooter Software

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                              It looks like aasheim68's link would add a program to the Windows Shell Extension. This is accessible from within BC3 (normal or portable)
                              the extension has to be installed, that's not "portable".

                              Oliver

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