How many times have you been using a computer that isn’t yours and wishing that you could have access to all of your files? This seems to be a common complaint amongst many of the students I have worked with on projects, papers, etc. What if all those files could be accessed anywhere, even if you didn’t have a flash drive or your computer?
Enter Dropbox. Dropbox is a tiny application that you install on your computer. When you install it, you are given a single folder aptly named your “Dropbox.” Whatever you put inside that folder will be automatically synced to your online account at dropbox.com and will be able to be downloaded and accessed anywhere there is Internet. However, the real benefit of Dropbox comes when you put most of your files in that one folder. Then, you suddenly have access to every single paper, presentation or photo that you want from any computer.
For me, I dragged my entire documents folder into the new Dropbox one after I installed the app. Since then, having all my documents available anywhere has saved my grade many times over.
The elegance of Dropbox lies in how it handles the syncing between web and computer. Whenever you save a file, Dropbox will immediately sync that version you just saved. However, it will also keep a list of previous revisions you have made to that particular file over time. Mess up your paper and want to go back to the original version? No problem. Log into dropbox.com and restore a previous version.
In short, Dropbox is like having a flash drive with all your files everywhere you go. They even have mobile apps so that you can access your files on-the-go.
Of all the neat uses I’ve found for Dropbox over the years, the most recent one was having a quick and painless way to transfer photos from my iPhone to my computer. Before, I had to email the pictures, one at a time, and then go and download them onto my desktop. Now, I just launch the Dropbox app on my phone and upload the pictures there. Within seconds, the photos appear in my Dropbox folder on my computer.
I highly encourage you to check out Dropbox; the first time you use it to download that presentation you forgot to bring with you will prove how useful and efficient it really is. Check out this link here for an extra 250MB tacked on to the 2GB free plan. Happy syncing!