tforteaching_logo.pngDropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your files, docs, photos and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and web.

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Getting Started

Feature List
- Sync files
- Share files
- Access your files anywhere
- Automatically keeps backup for 30 days
- Host your own website
- Share media on Facebook
All you need to do to get started, is to go to Dropbox.com and sign up. There is a free plan, where you get 2 gb of storage (with possibility to get up to 16 gb by referring other people to the service), which usually is enough. If you prefer more storage space, you can subscribe to paid plans for 50 gb and 100 gb. If you have an email address @itu.dk, you can link this account to your dropbox account and get double the amount of space from referrals.

Functionality

Access your files anywhere

When installing dropbox on your computer, you get a folder called Dropbox, which functions like any other folder - except, it is synced with the world wide internet. Whenever you put a file or make a folder in this "magical" folder, it is automatically synced and uploaded to the internet. From the web interface at dropbox.com, you can then access your files where ever you are.

If you are using two or more computers, you can link these computers, so all the files you have in your dropbox folder is always the same, across all of your computers.

Share files with others

For collaboration with others, it is very easy to share files of any kind with whoever you want. Just right click a folder within your dropbox folder you wish to share, and click the "Share This Folder...". You are then taken to the Dropbox website and asked with whom you want to share it. Type the email address of this person or people and you are done.

Email large files

If you need to share one or more files with others, and your size limit for attachments on your mail account is too small for those files, you can put them into your "Public" dropbox folder and copy the public link to this file and send that with an email. This will allow the recipient to click the unique link and download the file directly from your public folder.

Share photos

Dropbox also has a default folder called "Photos". Whenever you create a folder within this folder and puts photos in it, it automatically creates a web gallery for you. Then you can copy the public link to this gallery and give your contacts access to the files instantly. Dropbox will make smaller versions and thumbnails of your pictures, so loading the site will be snappy, while still allowing people to view and download the bigger source files.

Public File Access

When you install Dropbox, one of the folders you get on your computer is called "Public". This folder works as a public share to the world, where you can share files directly with others by copying public links to any given file.

A neat trick is to put your own personally created web page in a folder in this "Public"-folder. Then copy the public link to the "index.html" file and share it with others. Now your public dropbox-folder works as your own personal web hotel - completely free.

To add better accessibility to your site, you can use an URL-shortening service such as bit.ly to create a more memorable name.

Media

A Non-technical introduction video for Dropbox:



Information

Requirements
Expense
The Good
The Bad
  • Mac, PC, Linux and/or smartphone
  • Dropbox account
  • Internet connection
2GB = Free
50GB = $9.99/month
100GB = $19.99/month
  • Constant access to your files
  • 30 day included backup
  • Easy way to share files with others
  • Advertise for Dropbox
  • Need to pay for more storage