Nuxeo enables you to create and edit MS Office documents stored in Nuxeo directly from your OS desktop, without having to go on your Nuxeo application in your browser. This is possible thanks to the support of the WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) and Windows SharePoint Service (WSS) protocols.
For both protocols, you don't need to install an extension or configure Nuxeo. You just need to add Nuxeo as a network drive. You will then be able to do the following actions on Nuxeo MS Office documents, from your OS desktop directly:
Adding Nuxeo as an external drive
Depending on your OS, the steps to follow so Nuxeo is seen by the OS as an external drive are different depending on your OS.
Adding a new network place from Windows XP
- From the Windows Explorer, open My Network Places.
- Click on Add a network place.
The Add Network Place Wizard opens.
- When asked for the Internet or network address, type the address of your Nuxeo application, for instance "http://localhost:8080/nuxeo/".
- When prompted, type your username and password.
- Give the application a name. This is the name that will be displayed in the network places.
- Finish the steps.
The network place is created. You can now browse the content of your Nuxeo application in the Windows Explorer, from the network places.
If you checked the Open this network place when I click Finish box, the workspaces of the application are displayed in the explorer.
Mapping a network drive from Windows 7 Explorer
- Open the Windows Explorer.
- Click Map network drive.
- Choose a Drive letter.
- In Folder, type the address of your Nuxeo application adding the site/dav/ suffix, for instance "http://localhost:8080/nuxeo/site/dav/".
Make sure Connect using different credentials is selected.
- Click on Finish.
A connect window opens.
- Type your login and your password and click on the OK button.
Connecting to Nuxeo from Mac OS Finder
- From the Finder open the Connect to Server popup
- Type the address of your Nuxeo application adding the site/dav/ suffix, for instance "http://localhost:8080/nuxeo/site/dav/".
- A connect window opens.Type your login and your password and click on the OK button.
Connecting to Nuxeo from Linux
The plugin comes with a default configuration which supports only a few clients. On Linux, it supports:
- cadaver, which enables you to browse the content of the Nuxeo application in command line like you would do with a FTP server;
- davfs, which enables your to mount Nuxeo and see it as a file system directory.
It is possible to configure the application to work with other WebDAV clients.
Browsing Nuxeo from your OS
After you added the Nuxeo application as an external drive, you can browse the content of Nuxeo from your OS. You can see:
You can edit office documents available in your Nuxeo workspaces and folders from your OS, like any other local documents.
The document is automatically locked in Nuxeo. When you save your modifications, they are saved in Nuxeo directly. When done, closing the document will unlock the document in Nuxeo.
Creating content in Nuxeo
You can create folders and documents in Nuxeo from your desktop.
To create documents in a Nuxeo folder or workspace, you can:
- drag and drop files from a local folder into the target Nuxeo folder,
- create the document in the native office application and save it in the Nuxeo folder.
You can then create, copy and move documents and folders in Nuxeo via the Windows Explorer or Mac Finder the same way you would do in a local folder.