|Original author(s)||John C. Glavin|
|Developer(s)||South River Technologies (originally Riverfront Software)|
|Initial release||December 31, 1997|
|Stable release||11.0 / February 1, 2013|
|Operating system||Windows, OS X, Android and iOS|
WebDrive is a drive mapping utility that uses open FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV protocols to access remote file servers, and proprietary or vendor-specific Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, FrontPage and GroupDrive (also by South River Technologies) protocols to access those types of servers as well. WebDrive's features are:
- Data transfer by drag and drop files in Windows Explorer
- Able to execute .exe files including video and audio files
- Able to run WebDrive as a system service when Windows starts
- Mounts drive automatically on system start
- Supports open FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV protocols and proprietary or vendor-specific Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, FrontPage and GroupDrive
- Native support for Windows, OS X, Android and iOS operating systems (the program was originally Windows-only)
History and Use
Though associated with traditional FTP protocols, WebDrive has had a long history of being considered a unique type of FTP client because it made remote folders look like part of the native operating system's file manager rather than display a "two pane" view (a.k.a. an "orthodox file manager") used by most FTP clients. Its publisher claims over 5 million installations today and it remains a popular utility on college campuses and similar organizations with "casual" file transfer needs, but competing file transfer software with similar drive mapping capabilities has appeared in recent years.
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