I wanted to take a minute and share one of my favorite and most used applications – Dropbox.
I love telecommuting. I try to work out of my home whenever I can. One of my largest problems in the past was synchronizing my files. If I was working at the office and decide to take a project home, I would either have to email it to myself, store it on a USB drive, or copy it to my laptop – all which take time.
No more! Now I just use my Dropbox.
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is an online file storage application that you install on any computers you might use. Through a simple drag-and-drop interface, your files are securely uploaded over a SSL connection, stored to a server and automatically copied to any computers that you have Dropbox installed on with the same ID.
I currently have Dropbox installed on my desktop PC, laptop PC, and my PC at work. This makes it simple to transfer work files as well as keep revisions of projects I work on.
Here’s some other bits of info on Dropbox that I like:
Features of Dropbox
Drag-and-drop interface (I also threw a shortcut in my Send To folder so I can just right-click a file and send it to my Dropbox)
Sync with other computers
Use multiple platforms – currently Dropbox will sync between Windows, Mac, and Linux. (I believe there is also a feature or add-on that will allow iPhone users to access Dropbox as well – nothing for Mobile Windows…yet.)
Access from anywhere. Not at your computer? No problem – just use any computer to log on to your Dropbox account and you can view, retrieve, and add files. When you get back to your computer, your files have already been synchronized and are waiting for you.
Log any file changes. Dropbox will remember changes you made to files and show you a revision history – it will even allow you to restore files you may have deleted.
Share files with other non-Dropbox users - share a folder and add work colleagues, friends, family, etc… They can all have access to your files depending on how you set the users up. You can even drop files in your Public folder – right click the file and it will give you a link you can email to people so they can access your file as well.
Share your photos. Drop photos in your Dropbox and share them with others thru a web gallery. It’s not as advanced as Flickr or SmugMug but it gets the job done.
So how much is it?
Anyone can join for free and receive 2GB of free storage. If you want to add more space, you can pay $99/year or $9.99/month and upgrade to 50GB. I’ve found that the 2GB is enough for me right now but I plan on upgrading in the future depending on my usage. Current file upload size is limited at a 350GB file. That may or may not be changed in the future.
UPDATE: Use my referral code to join and get an extra 250MB of storage for free! Join now!
How do I get my Dropbox?
Visit their website and sign up – download the app and you’re good to go!