Dropbox for iPad released

Dropbox has added support for the Apple iPad in an update released this week.

Users can now sync files between PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. The iPad app has options for viewing content within the app, like word docs and PDFs, but you can also open the documents in their native applications. 

Dropbox gives users 2GB of free cloud storage space, with extra space available for a fee. Users can also gain up to 8GB of additional free space by referring other people to the service. When you load Dropbox onto a computer or mobile device, the data you put in it will be synced across all locations, in addition to the Dropbox servers. This makes it an ideal situation for backing up important data, and keeping yourself organized across multiple locations. Should a user accidentally delete or overwrite a file, it can still be retrieved within 30 days via the Dropbox website.

To give Dropbox a try, click here (this referral link gives you an extra 250MB on top of the 2GB).

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Krpano said,
Still no Android love ?

Nah, I'm waiting too =( However, it's bound to appear soon, there was a beta registration on the forums a week ago where the first 1000 people could test it for android.... Just missed out D:

stoshrocket said,

Nah, I'm waiting too =( However, it's bound to appear soon, there was a beta registration on the forums a week ago where the first 1000 people could test it for android.... Just missed out D:

Yes, the android version is available, look on the android market

omnicoder said,
Referral link in a news post... Seems kinda unprofessional.

Unprofessional how? It gives a user who signs up 250MB of extra space.

Personally it's of no use to me. I use an app like DropBox to sync files between laptops but the files are mostly Office files. Considering I cannot install Office on the iPad and therefore cannot read or edit these files on the iPad, I personally don't see the use. I suppose sync'ing eBooks would be useful but that's the only thing I can see applying to an iPad. I think those that use Safari could sync bookmarks but I don't know many people that use Safari (most ppl use FF & Chrome). Personally I'm not seeing many useful DropBox applications here.

heroinsmoker said,
You are misinformed -- you can indeed read Word, PowerPoint and Excel files with Dropbox (and in Mail).

On an iPad? What app does that? I don't have an iPad so I don't personally know.

I wish you could download the actual files and use them outside of the apps like goodreader and dropbox. For instance, if I download an image I wish it would show up in my photos instead having to go into dropbox everytime I want to look at it.

MarenLBC said,
I wish you could download the actual files and use them outside of the apps like goodreader and dropbox. For instance, if I download an image I wish it would show up in my photos instead having to go into dropbox everytime I want to look at it.

It lets you save it, or even copy it so you can post it into an email....

Shadrack said,
Wow. Apple hasn't even updated their iDisk app for iPad yet....
Even worse Keynote, Numbers, and Pages do not support iDisk as a location for file access. Which is a must considering Apple made it ridiculously complicated to copy files into these apps through iTunes.

necrosis said,
Even worse Keynote, Numbers, and Pages do not support iDisk as a location for file access. Which is a must considering Apple made it ridiculously complicated to copy files into these apps through iTunes.

Yup. I wish they would implement some kind of file structure for the iPhone OS. They have been intentionally avoiding it because they don't want to over-complicate things. They should at least have support API for accessing iDisk (across all products). Ridiculous.

stoshrocket said,
Now they just need to get going and release a final Dropbox app for Android already...

No need to rush though. The rush with the iPad was those users with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers documents that wanted to edit on the iPad.

No real point in adding it to Android.

njn007 said,
No real point in adding it to Android.

Except from their business perspective of having more customers.

And why SHOULDN"T they put it on Android before the Android based tablets arrive?

njn007 said,

No need to rush though. The rush with the iPad was those users with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers documents that wanted to edit on the iPad.

No real point in adding it to Android.


Indeed, there's no real drive to use it every day, but I store a lot fo random articles, pdfs and images among other things in my dropbox, and in the past 4 days of having my nexus one there's been about 3 times when I could've done with quick and easy access. It's certainly not a necessity but it'd be a sweet nicety.

cybertimber2008 said,

Except from their business perspective of having more customers.

And why SHOULDN"T they put it on Android before the Android based tablets arrive?

Well you have it now. So the only point in replying is that Android doesn't have anything useful on it for the documents! No editing, no point is what I say. The ONLY reason it's on my iPhone is that it can e-mail and it's good for double-checking to see if a file is in the folder or not.