I love DropBox but it has been a love / hate thing, the hate was when they had their little security snafu (which has since been more than fixed) and now we are back to love.
Dropbox and I are like some dysfunctional Lifetime movie romance.
Because I am back to having a really big crush on DropBox, I thought that I would share seven awesome DropBox addons / services that we are using with regularity.
One thing that has always bothered me about all of the sync services has been the fact that you have to put the information that you want shared in the cloud into a specific folder on your computer. For DropBox, that folder is of course DropBox (go figure).
I guess that it is easy enough to just treat this folder like MyDocuments but then you have to go into all of your programs and change where their default save location is, etc. This seems like a really big pain in the ass.
Enter a little add-on to DropBox called appropriatly – Dropbox Folder Sync Addon.
This addon allows you to to connect and sync a folder that is not the Dropbox folder. All you have to do is just right-click the file and select ‘Sync with Dropbox’.
Once this is done, just like the DropBox folder, files added or deleted from this folder will be synced in Dropbox.
Bam – Easy Peasy.
IFTTT is short for ‘If This Then That’ – CLEVER. Although this sevice has a stupid (although perfect) name, it is probably one of the most amazing and useful services ever created for the modern web. In a nutshelf, if something happens, it triggers something else.
For example, if I post a new article to PlannerWire, the service automatially posts it to Facebook and Twitter. Simple.
In the case of DropBox, you can create triggers that will send things to your DropBox folder. Say you upload a conference picture to Twitter or Facebook… Bam, it goes to DropBox.
Work with Sponsors or Speakers that need to send you stuff? How often do these folks have a DropBox account?
If they don’t ave a Dropbox account, enter DropItToMe. This website / service allows anyone to upload files directly to your Dropbox account by using a secure link and password. They simply click the link, enter the password and upload the file.
Writebox is an online text editor that syncs with DropBox. Good for note taking I guess. Some have a use for it, not so much me because I already have a solution for this.
This is one that I do not personally use but only because I have my own solution for the issue that this addon solves.
Basically, Gimme BarGimme Bar lets you grab and save images, videos and text directly to your Dropbox folder from almost any web page.
You install a bookmarklet which places a bar at the bottom of your browser and then you drag images or videos into from a website into the bar and it saves it to your dropbox. Pretty nifty actually but again, I already have a solution that I use for this. Others in the office swear by this one though.
Get Email attachements? Want to save the attachment to DropBox? Easy enough. Just forward the email to this service and the attachment will end up in your Dropbox folder.
If you are like me, you use more cloud services than DropBox. I use Google Drive, DropBox and SkyDrive and Otixo allows you to manage them all from one place. This is especially handy if you are like me and hate Google Drives functionality. This service also allows you to simply drag and drop the files between services which is handy.
There you have it! Some of my favorite DropBox addons and some others that were recommended to me. I hope that you find some of them useful because when it comes to files, DropBox is an amazing thing for meeting and event planners.