TechSpot: Five Clever Ways To Make Dropbox More Useful

Dropbox has become an essential application on my system ever since I first tried it more than two years ago. If you're unfamiliar with it, it's a cross-platform tool that acts like a regular folder on your machine and runs quietly in the background. You can manage files within this folder just like elsewhere on your machine (add, edit, copy, and delete) and changes will be synced in real time between all other computers on which you are running the software.

That alone makes it invaluable for my daily computing needs, but with a little ingenuity you can use Dropbox to do much more like autostarting torrent downloads from any location or device, sending and receiving files, or synchronizing application data on applications that don't even have that functionality.

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Sorry but 2GB just ain't going to cut it lol

And I'm not paying 9.95/month for online storage.....when my webhost already gives my unlimited space lol

Google Chrome already sync's all my website passwords, extensions, bookmarks etc and whatever pc I log onto its there ready to rock n roll!

Baked said,
Sorry but 2GB just ain't going to cut it lol

And I'm not paying 9.95/month for online storage.....when my webhost already gives my unlimited space lol

Google Chrome already sync's all my website passwords, extensions, bookmarks etc and whatever pc I log onto its there ready to rock n roll!


Complete tour, get 850mb or something. Make a bunch of virtual machines and fake emails and get 8GB of space. Take a moment to consider information before coming to a conclusion.

NyaR said,

Complete tour, get 850mb or something. Make a bunch of virtual machines and fake emails and get 8GB of space. Take a moment to consider information before coming to a conclusion.

5Gb straight up with SugarSync. Get signups and bump to 10. No need to fake it with fake anything. Take a moment to consider information before coming to a conclusion.

I find live sync to be so much more usefull, while still getting the 5GB of cloud storage.

Docs, desktop, music, favourites, IE settings, Office settings and signatures - all synced over 5 PC's plus another folder synced on all 5 plus skydrive. Flawless!

Makes syncing invisible - just have to remember not to store large downloads on my desktop, kinda kills your internet connection both ends

testman said,
I find SugarSync a much better tool, as it also lets you sync any folder you like.

so does dropbox 'selective sync'

-Dave- said,

so does dropbox 'selective sync'

Sugarsync is better... I have the free account and get 5GB of storage, vs. Dropbox's measly 2GB. Sugarsync's implementation is better, and access to file via the web is fully featured and intuitive.

Dropbox just has better marketing.

dewaaz said,

Sugarsync is better... I have the free account and get 5GB of storage, vs. Dropbox's measly 2GB. Sugarsync's implementation is better, and access to file via the web is fully featured and intuitive.

Dropbox just has better marketing.

How can it be better when it doesn't have Linux support? Heh, that's a turn off right there.

testman said,
I find SugarSync a much better tool, as it also lets you sync any folder you like.

thanks you. Installing...

briangw said,

How can it be better when it doesn't have Linux support? Heh, that's a turn off right there.


Mind you that Dropbox is the No1 tool supported by applications to synch when it comes to 3rd party solutions!
IMHO that is key to its use and advantages.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Mind you that Dropbox is the No1 tool supported by applications to synch when it comes to 3rd party solutions!
IMHO that is key to its use and advantages.

GS:mac

Dude, I was talking about Sugarsync.

dewaaz said,

Sugarsync is better... I have the free account and get 5GB of storage, vs. Dropbox's measly 2GB. Sugarsync's implementation is better, and access to file via the web is fully featured and intuitive.

Dropbox just has better marketing.


Well I have 5.5 gigs on dropbox free, and whenever I decide I can up it to somewhere around 10 with referrals. I can also access my files via web with a fully featured and intuitive interface. Moreover Dropbox is implemented very well in my system tray.

What I'm getting at here is that now that you've taken the time to post Sugarsync is better in a dropbox thread take a moment to explain why. What is better? The 5 gigs of free space? It's nice if you are a first timer but if you've been with dropbox for some time you have 5 gigs as well. Now what about expandability, can I grow my account with referrals? The end cap of free accounts is higher in Dropbox.
I went to sugarsync to How We Compare and, other than a Chinese/German translations and "selective sync" it does not show them as having any superior features to dropbox.

My conclusion without having tried Sugarsync? Doesn't matter. It's the same. How can you claim it is better?

NyaR said,

Well I have 5.5 gigs on dropbox free, and whenever I decide I can up it to somewhere around 10 with referrals. I can also access my files via web with a fully featured and intuitive interface. Moreover Dropbox is implemented very well in my system tray.

What I'm getting at here is that now that you've taken the time to post Sugarsync is better in a dropbox thread take a moment to explain why. What is better? The 5 gigs of free space? It's nice if you are a first timer but if you've been with dropbox for some time you have 5 gigs as well. Now what about expandability, can I grow my account with referrals? The end cap of free accounts is higher in Dropbox.
I went to sugarsync to How We Compare and, other than a Chinese/German translations and "selective sync" it does not show them as having any superior features to dropbox.

My conclusion without having tried Sugarsync? Doesn't matter. It's the same. How can you claim it is better?


Cos their terms and conditions aren't a bait-and-switch?

http://www.betanews.com/joewil...fservice-changes/1305304136

Unlimited device syncing?

dewaaz said,

Sugarsync is better... I have the free account and get 5GB of storage, vs. Dropbox's measly 2GB. Sugarsync's implementation is better, and access to file via the web is fully featured and intuitive.

Dropbox just has better marketing.

The initial allocation is 2GB but through promotions that also apply to existing customers you can increase that free allocation.

-Dave- said,

so does dropbox 'selective sync'

As in he can pick any folder no matter where they are on his drive. Selective sync in Dropbox is different, that and Dropbox can decrypt everything if they're asked to, as per their terms of service.

Dropbox is popular because it's 'cool' with the Lemmings, because there are better options out there, it's just marketed the best.

Useful article. I find Dropbox invaluable, having it working flawlessly across Windows, Mac, Android and my iPod - a great help for work and home stuff. Another great free cross-platform tool is Google Tasks (via Fluid on Mac and Prism on Windows).

artnada said,
Love Dropbox Dropbox FTW

I hate Dropbox. They are way over price... $20 for 100gigs. A month. Seriously? They are not very secure. You don't have control over the encryption.

azure.sapphire said,

I hate Dropbox. They are way over price... $20 for 100gigs. A month. Seriously? They are not very secure. You don't have control over the encryption.

Wow... They are not over priced for what the App does.. there are alternatives, but none that do exactly what dropbox does as well as it does. Dropbox is totally secure, especially since the latest updates that encrypt your local database files...