There’s a myriad of reasons why you should re-discover the service if you don’t use it already as updates are constantly pushed and it would be a great alternative to sites like Drop.io. For those that appreciate WebDAV access or at least, an easier way to upload files from your desktop’s file manager, here are the simple steps to view your Box.net files in Windows Explorer.
Easily Upload Files Via Windows Explorer
Note: Tested in several Windows Vista machines. WinXP users can see Techie Buzz’s handy post.
1. Press the Win key + E or go to the Start menu, right-click on Computer and select Open.
2. Right-click on Computer again and select Add A Network Location, which will prompt the respective wizard.
3. Click Next on the welcoming screen.
4. Then select the second option, Choose a custom network location.
Type the following:
If for some reason, you have trouble, try the unsecured
5. If everything goes well, you’ll get a popup window asking you for your credentials. Type your username, which is the email you use to log in to Box.net, as well as your password.
6. Now you can type a name for you to easily identify this location, before clicking Next.
7. You can choose whether to or not to check the box to launch the network location on Windows Explorer after exiting the wizard.
Click on Finish.
On Ubuntu, make sure you log onto Box.net in your web browser before following the instructions on the How-To Geek blog. This might break at times because support for WebDav has stopped after similar posts were written but at this time, it looks like it works. You might also find Gladinet interesting if you are still having problems connecting, since it’s designed to help you map network drives for web apps.
Why Use Box.Net?
- You can preview the more popular file types, such as FLV flash, MP3 and PDF files inside your browser.
- There’s integration with other web services that provide you with file-editing capabilities while you don’t even have to download desktop software to handle them. For pictures, there’s Picnik, for signing documents, there’s DocuSign, etc.
- There’s a built-in word processor, with collaboration features.
- You can embed your Box.net files (or the ones in a specific folder) in your website with a widget.
- Your readers can then subscribe to a feed to update them when you modify the contents of the shared files or folders.
Depending on what services from the OpenBox you add, you can have other office suites, like Zoho, at your disposal and still use Box.net for storage.
The only downside to Box.net is that you can only upload files of up to 25MB for the free account, but most files I own are within the limits.
Online storage services abound these days. You’ll find many Dropbox fans, as well as people that swear by Mozy, and Windows Live Skydrive. I’ve personally always used Skydrive to upload pictures by email when Flickr and Facebook just don’t cut it.
What do you use to store files?
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