Beta Test Coming for Expanded Lock/Edit of Documents

We are currently developing a new application that will replace and extend the features currently available with a combination of Web Folder / WebDAV and Microsoft Office. The new application will be able to “lock, download and edit” virtually any type of application file, including Office files, Quickbook files, and more.

The application will work for both PCs and Macs, and will not need Web Folders / WebDAV.

If  you are interested in participating in the beta test of this upcoming application drop us a line at Beta At MyDocsOnline Dot Com to get on the list to be notified when it is available.

Microsoft Live Support Pages referring users to My Docs Online for Web Folder help

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We’ve been getting a lot of non-customer type support calls and emails from people with Web Folders questions.  Since we’re naturally curious  we did a bit of research on the source of these calls and found that Microsoft is actually referring Web Folder WebDAV questions to us through certain pages on their support website.

This page for example is a Microsoft Office Live support page titled “Use your own design software to create your Web site”.  If you go to the page and scroll about half way down you’ll see a special message to Mac users:

“If you use the Mac OS X operating system, you can also create a Web folder as a network connection. The location associated with this connection is your domain (for example, For more information about how to create a network connection, see Web Folders/WebDAV Support.”

Just in case you didn’t click on the link, it takes you directly to the My Docs Online Web Folders / WebDAV page.  Wow – So basically if you’re trying to use a Mac the help they have for you is to go to My Docs Online.

Well, we’re glad they’re referring people to our site and hope those people find the instructions for setting up and using Web Folders and WebDAV useful.  Thanks to Microsoft for this vote of confidence.

Webfolders Instructions for Vista

As you may have noticed Microsoft’s WebFolders works somewhat differently for Vista. We have specific Vista related configuration instructions in the My Docs Online FAQ.

As always if you have any problems at all please let us know and we are happy to help with Webfolders configuration.

If you have a Mac or an XP machine the Webfolders implementation is unchanged.

Problems Opening PDF Files using WebFolders

We’ve had reports from a few users who are unable to open PDF files from within their accounts through the Web Folders interface.  After some research we’ve found that this is a known problem with Web Folders for XP users who are also running Office 2007.  (Note- some users have reported that the problem effects Office 2003 as well and that this fix solves the problem.)

Microsoft has released hot fix KB943337 that should resolves the problem for most users with webfolders (also known as webdav) and PDFs. You must request this hot fix as it is not part of their automatic update process.

The link to the fix on the Microsoft site can be found here:
When reading the directions for the hot fix please note the section requiring that a previous webfolders update, released May 18, 2007 (907306) be installed prior to installing this current hot fix.
Thanks to our friends on the Adobe forum for finding a solution to this problem, which seems to only effect XP users.

Using a My Docs Online WebDAV server to synchronize OmniFocus with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

OmniFocus provides professional grade task management software for Mac users. With the introduction of the new iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch versions of OmniFocus it is now possible to synchronize your OmniFocus tasks through either MobileMe or through the use of a WebDAV server. If you have an existing My Docs Online account you can use it to process your synchronizations. If you don’t yet have a My Docs Online account you can click here for a free seven day trial of the service which will allow you to test the synchronization process. Should you decide to purchase the fee for the account would be $9.95 per month.

Once you have your My Docs Online account set up it is fairly simple to configure OmniFocus to work with our WebDAV servers. On the desktop side just launch OmniFocus and from the menu bar click OmniFocus, Preferences. From the preference window click the sync button at the top. Then select the advanced button and enter the following location address: Please refer to the graphic below for an example.

Once you have the address entered click the sync button and you’ll be asked for your My Docs Online login ID and password, following which the synchronization will be initiated.
Step two is to configure the OmniFocus app on your device. You’ll first need to purchase and install the app from the iTunes store. Once the application has been installed go ahead and launch it and then tap the “Settings” icon. On the ensuing Settings page scroll down to the Syncronization section and enter the same URL, Please see the image below as an example.

Once again you’ll need to enter your My Docs Online login ID and password here after you’ve entered the WebDAV server address.

Please review the instructions from OmniFocus for complete details on how the synchronization works.