Similar to FolderShare, which I wrote about yesterday, Dropbox also allows you to sync files in a folder between computers and access them online. Unlike FolderShare, though, Dropbox has some cool added features:
- Public link sharing to share any file with anyone
- 2 GB of free online storage space for public shares
- Photo album sharing & viewing
- Copy (or move) the file from my computer into my Dropbox -> Public folder (on my Vista machine, the path is C:\Users\gabe\Documents\My Dropbox\Public).
- Once I drop the file in my public Dropbox, I’ll see a blue icon indicating that it’s syncing to the Dropbox servers:
- When the icon changes to a green checkbox, I’ll know the file is on the server and ready for sharing:
- Next, I right-click the file and select Dropbox -> Copy public link to copy the link to my clipboard:
- Finally, I give you the link (here on my blog, via email, or in an IM). The link looks like this:
And there you have it: An easy way to share big files — that might be too big for email — with friends or colleagues!
The revision feature of Dropbox is great, too — so that if you accidentally overwrite a file on your computer or decide you want to rollback changes, you can restore an older revision via Dropbox.
(Thanks, Tom, for the Dropbox heads-up and invitation!)[ Subscribe to gabeanderson.com via email or RSS feed. ]