File transfers beyond a browser upload or an email attachment can be scary. That’s why not everyone uses or knows how to use an FTP/sFTP app. They’re complicated and fraught with issues and errors and ventures into the unknown.
Yet, here we are in the 21st century with more options than ever to upload and download files to and from our Macs and PCs. Wouldn’t it be great to have an app that does it all? And is easy to use? Well, if you can drag and drop files or folders in the Finder then you can transfer files and folders to remote servers with this Mac app.
Drive In The Finder
If your head is left spinning when you hear all these terms– FTP, sFTP, WebDAV, SSL, SSH, Amazon S3– then you’ll like using this app. Anyone who transfers files to and from a Mac can use WebDrive. It’s a multi-talented, multi-protocal file transfer app that is drag and drop simple, even for Mac noobs and newbies.
First, what WebDrive does is work from within the Mac’s Finder as if it was a CD, DVD, or external Mac disk connected to your Mac. It mounts itself right into the Finder so moving files back and forth is, well, there’s no other way to put this– drag and drop simple and just like moving or copying files in the Finder.
That makes WebDrive good for backing up files to Amazon’s popular S3 service Google Drive, or to any WebDAV or site which uses FTP/sFTP (including WebDAV over SSL for added security). It works much like iCloud’s integration into the Mac’s Finder in the Lefthand Sidebar.
Setting up WebDrive is straightforward, too.
All you’ll need is your login or account information for each remote storage device. Usually that’s a login ID and password, or, as in the case of Amazon S3, your account keys.
Set up each account in WebDrive starting with the New Site button. Then click the Mount button to have that remote site show up in the Mac’s Finder Sidebar (just like an external disk drive).
From there it’s all drag and drop to move files back and forth from Mac and the remote storage site. In my tests WebDrive works much like ExpanDrive for the Mac (both apps have a Windows version) and are priced the same, though ExpanDrive handles more online storage options.