Share and store files using Dropbox

Dropbox is an incredibly useful file sharing application that can be added to your Mac or PC (and even a Linux operating system). If you are looking for a way to share or store files on the web, and are averse to using Google Docs, this may be the application for you. It is incredibly easy to use and your files can be accessed from any computer via your Dropbox account. Here is a quick overview on the basics:

  • No complicated interfaces to learn. Dropbox runs in the background on your desktop.
  • Sync your files automatically to your computers and the web.
  • Sign in and access your files from any browser or mobile device.
  • Sharing files with your friends and family is just two clicks away.
  • View your photos in a gallery and share them easily with anyone.

This is what Apple’s iDisk should be, but isn’t. Dropbox offers a superior product that is easy to use and runs in the background. For a video tour of the application in action go to Dropbox and watch the informative presentation.

17 Comments for “Share and store files using Dropbox”

  1. posted by AG on

    I tried dropbox a month ago at the beginning of the semester to share files with a collaborator.

    It really slowed both our computers down, A LOT, and we were waiting for something like 15 minutes for files to show up where the other could see them. We actually gave up before the files were shared. I’m on a mac, he’s on a PC, so it’s not OS related.

    I do not recommend dropbox at all.

  2. posted by Krisha on

    DropBox is my favorite filesharing app. I support a dual-platform office and dropbox allows me to sync relevant files between machines without having to worry about email or flash drives.
    i also love the ability to share files with other people. you can add them or kick them out of the folder as you see fit.

  3. posted by Peter James on

    Wow…talk about differing views. Does it depend on the size of the files you are transferring maybe?

  4. posted by milam command on

    Another big positive vote in favor of dropbox here. It has drastically changed for the better the way I work with documents on computers. Save a document on your laptop away on the road; it changes almost instantly on your home desktop.

    Google docs is great, but nothing beats being able to work with your real excel/word documents on your desktop, then have them synced instantly in the cloud for use on other computers.

    Time-lag has NOT been a problem with me on the two computers I’ve used it with.

    Their customer support has been great, too.

  5. posted by Katie Alender on

    Just curious as to what makes it superior to iDisk?

  6. posted by Alex Payne on

    Another vote in favor of Dropbox. I don’t use it for syncing, but I love using it as a quick way to share photos and files. On the Mac it’s beautifully integrated into the Finder.

  7. posted by Karen on

    @Katie Alender 2GB accounts are free.

    I’ve been using Dropbox on my Mac for several weeks with no problems. My son has been using the Linux version at home for a couple of weeks and is also problem free. He can access his files from the web interface at school and doesn’t need to use a memory stick anymore.

  8. posted by Cary on

    Big thumbs up for dropbox! As a student, I’m always updating my files, I love not having to carry around a thumbdrive everywhere and its great having the ability to go back and get an older version of a document. It’s phenomenal when using to collaborate on projects–no emails, no multiple copies floating around. Like most people say about it–it just works.

  9. posted by Chris in Pa. on

    Simple and elegant. I’m using it to sync my home and office machines. It gives me instant sync _and backup_ in _three_ places. Some don’t like the fact that it only monitors one directory per machine, but for me that’s part of the simple beauty of the program.

    A great way to sync encrypted password files. I use it with Keepass files, and it works flawlessly. Add or change a password on one machine and, within seconds, the updated file is on all your other machines.

  10. posted by Chris in Pa. on

    P.S. – I haven’t noticed any slowness on any machines. Keep in mind that, when you initially set it up, it may have to sync a lot of data at once. From then on, file updates are incremental and, in my experience, very fast.

  11. posted by Kathleen on

    I like the idea, but I’m a little confused. Any files I want on Dropbox have to be moved to the dropbox folder? I can’t keep them in the old location?

  12. posted by James E. Lee on

    I tried the free Dropbox for a while, then became a paying customer. This service really makes it easy to use both a Mac and PC, since I can have the same data always available on both, whether at work, home, or anywhere there’s a web browser. It’s been excellent so far, and performance has been impressive.

  13. posted by Joel Strellner on

    A really good alternative to DropBox is SugarSync, which I use very heavily to sync two computers. Changes are automatically uploaded and are reflected within seconds on the other computer.

    I am not affiliated with them, just a happy customer.

  14. posted by Tom Dupon on

    Hi Matt,
    Interesting post… Have you considered trying NomaDesk (
    – yes, I am affiliated, just looking forward to your feedback.

  15. posted by Arrack Osama on – the last word in syncing files

  16. posted by Alan on

    Another vote in favor of Dropbox. I don’t use it for syncing, but I love using it as a quick way to share photos and files. On the Mac it’s beautifully integrated into the Finder.

  17. posted by jaime on

    why not use googledocs?

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