Dropbox and You

Sep 19, 2011 by Brian Yuen


If you haven't already, go ahead and download and install Dropbox. Use the link down below to get yourself a free 250mb of storage, on top of your free 2gb!!

This demonstration is done using OSX, but I'm sure things are very similar, if not identical to the other platforms Dropbox supports.

The basic concept behind Dropbox is that it will sync, and version your files which you can access across computers, phones, and any web browser. That feature set is already pretty impressive, but they don't stop there.

Dropbox integrates with your operating system so you can easily share files with anyone with an internet connection.

Here's how:

  • Drag a file that you want to share into your "Public" Dropbox folder. This folder should be present after you installed Dropbox. For me, this folder lives in ~/Dropbox/Public
  • Once you dropped in your file and the blue sync icon turns into a green checkmark next to your file icon, you're ready to share!
  • Right click (or control + click) the file you just moved, and from the dropdown menu select Dropbox > Copy Public Link
  • Once you've selected that option, the public link to the file has been copied.
  • Go ahead and paste (command +v) that link into an email, text program, chat message, etc., etc
  • The link should look something like this:

Collaboration with Dropbox

Need to work on an Word doc or Photoshop mockup with someone? You can easily collaborate any file with someone with Dropbox. If the other person has Dropbox installed as well, you can share folders by simply logging into the Dropbox web interface, and clicking on the "Share a folder" button. Enter in the person's email address to send him/her a note that you would like to share a Dropbox folder on your machine. Once the email has been received and confirmed, the other person will be able to see the folder you selected to share on their machine. Be careful to not work on the same file at the same time, otherwise you might overwrite the other person's changes, or vise versa. If this ever happens, you can revert back to an earlier version by right clicking the file and viewing the past revisions.

All in all, Dropbox is a great, free service that has been indispensable in my workflow.

Download Dropbox using this link to get your extra 250mb of storage on top of your 2gb of free storage.