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Using WebDAV with Mac OS X

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Uploading files to Resources using WebDAV with Mac OS


[edit] Uploading files to Resources

WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that lets users collaboratively edit and manage files on a remote web server. You can use WebDAV to upload and access files in your site's Resources, if you have the required permissions. Consider the following:

Before you set up WebDAV, at least one object (i.e., file or folder) must be in the destination Resources tool. For help, see Resources.

Saving files to your site directly from within an application (e.g., Word or Excel) does not work reliably. For best results, save the file to your computer first, and then upload it to your site.

Note: Filenames that include certain characters cannot be accepted. For a list of unsupported characters, see Unsupported characters.

[edit] Setting up WebDAV on your Mac computer


The first step to setting up WebDAV on any computer is to enter your site's Resources tool and select Upload-Download Multiple Resources. In there you will find the URL to use with your WebDAV client in bold as well as similar instructions.

[edit] Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later

To use WebDAV to upload and access files in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and later:

  1. In the Finder, press

The command key, located beside the space bar on an Apple Inc. keyboard.  Often used as the equivalent to the Window's "ctrl" key.+k . (Alternatively, from the Go menu, choose Connect to Server.)

  1. In the "Server Address:" field, enter a URL that points to the destination Resources tool.
    • Optionally, you may click the +(plus sign) to the right of the server address after you enter it, and the server will be added to your list of favourite servers.
  2. You will be prompted to login with your CAMPUS ID and password. You can choose to have the passphrase remembered in your Keychain. If you do this, you will not be

prompted for a passphrase when you log into your personal Resources this way. Do not do this unless your computer is secured from use by others.

  1. Drag and drop the files to and from your your computer and Isaak/Sakai.

Note: When you use WebDAV to access resources using this method, you may notice that .DS_store files are being created. Apple's knowledge base provides instructions for eliminating this behaviour.

[edit] Advanced Users and Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and earlier:Cyberduck

An open source application named the Cyberduck have proven to be very reliable (more so than OSX itself) and works on earlier versions of OSX.

Here are the steps for using Cyberduck:

  1. Download the Cyberduck WebDAV client
  2. Decompress the file and double-click on the .dmg file. (Depending on the configuration of your decompression software, the disk image may automatically mount.)
  3. A disk image named Cyberduck should now be available. Simply drag and drop the folder from the disk image to your Applications folder.
  4. Open the Cyberduck application in your Applications folder.
  5. Click the Open Connection button.
  6. In the Server dialog box, type (or copy and paste) the entier a URL that points to the destination Resources tool and press the return or enter key.
  7. Type in your CAMPUS ID and password and click OK.
  8. Drag and drop the files to and from your OSX Finder and the Cyberduck window.

[edit] Video Example Using Cyberduck

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

This article is intended to help individuals using Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS. You can search more help articles either by using the "search" box on the left or clicking here. More help articles can also be browsed here.

This article is based on the equivalent Sakai project help article.

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