15 Awesome Dropbox Tips and Tricks with $100 Credit Giveaway

Not long ago we ran a giveaway including four very popular web apps with the entry requirement of letting us know what apps you would like to see in future giveaways. Of the many apps requested, Dropbox was, by far, the most requested. When inquiring about people’s favorite internet integrated apps, not surprisingly Dropbox is a huge leader.

Dropbox seems to be one of the most popular apps among our readers and many others around the web, so we contacted the Dropbox team and they’ve generously offered $100 in credit to be given away to one lucky reader. In addition to a $100 in Dropbox credit, we bring you 15 tips and tricks for making the most of this killer web app!

Read on for giveaway details and great Dropbox tips and tricks.

Dropbox?

If you’re not familiar with Dropbox, let me first start out by saying you’ve been missing out. There is a large number of web professionals and every day computer users that use Dropbox as a staple in their daily app consumption. Although there are other apps out there that do the same thing, Dropbox keeps the bar high for other apps to strive for — the point being that Dropbox set the bar.

Dropbox Tour

Dropbox Tour

So, if you’re not familiar with Dropbox, do yourself a favor and read our review, Extend the Web with Dropbox. Keep in mind that Dropbox has made several upgrades since that review, so the app is even better!

Tips and Tricks

iTunes

iTunes

There are a multitude of ways to use Dropbox and a plethora of tricks to make your daily computing easier. Not long ago we brought you 5 Creative Uses for Dropbox; a fantastic place to start. The article shows the following.

  1. How to share photo galleries.
  2. How to consolidate your iTunes library.
  3. How to synchronize your password apps.
  4. How to create your own digital scrapbook.
  5. How to keep your Firefox profile in sync.

Those tips are a great place to start but Dropbox has so much more under its hood, so let’s take a look!

Use Dropbox As Your Documents Folder

A simple “trick” but a great one for sure. Many people use their documents folder to store and access some of their most frequently used files, often times the most important too. Many friends and family seem to miss this directory during backups — somehow. Setting your Documents directory to be located in your Dropbox directory will keep all your files safe and secure, not to mention synchronized with other computers you may use frequently.

Mac

To do this in OS X, open Terminal and navigate to your Dropbox directory (Type: cd Dropbox ). You’ll now need to create a symbolic link to your Documents directory (Type: ln -s ~/Documents/ Documents ). That’s it! You’re done! You can see in the screenshot below, a new “directory” appears with a black arrow on the icon. This is to indicate that it is a symbolic link, which we’ve set to point to your Documents directory. Dropbox will now begin synchronizing the files within that directory.

Create OS X Symbolic Link to Documents Directory

Create OS X Symbolic Link to Documents Directory

Windows

In Windows Vista or Windows 7, right click on your “My Documents” folder and select the Location tab. Next, click Move… and proceed to selecting the location of your Dropbox directory. Simple!

Changing the location of the My Documents directory.

Changing the location of the My Documents directory.

Sync Your iTunes Library Across Multiple Computers

As both an iTunes user and someone who uses multiple computers, it’s frustrating to keep multiple systems (such as a laptop and desktop) with the same iTunes library. Dropbox makes easy work of that though. Start by moving your iTunes library to a folder within your Dropbox directory.

Next, start iTunes holding shift (Win) or option (Mac), which will force iTunes to let you create or choose a library. Select Choose Library… and proceed to selecting the location of your library (now located within your Dropbox directory).

Choose Library

Choose Library

If you have a large iTunes library you’ll likely need a larger Dropbox subscription plan.

Theft Recovery

If you’re worried about your computer being stolen, you can easily use Dropbox to perform silent reconnaissance in the even it is stolen. You’ll then have a greater chance of retrieving your stolen computer.

To do this you’ll need to install a keylogger and/or screenshot applications and set the applications to log the data they collect to your Dropbox directory. If your computer is stolen then you’ll be able to monitor every key they push and even collect screenshots of whatever they might be doing. This would greatly increase the chances of recovering your computer.

You could alternately setup a security application that would use the computer’s web camera to intermittently capture pictures, storing them in your Dropbox directory. You would then get a mugshot of your computer’s thief!

Home/Office Security

Taking the last tip a step further, you could install web cameras around your home or office and have them set to capture images at your desired intervals. Set those images to be stored in your Dropbox directory so you can quickly see if anything is happening.

I have an app setup that uses my computer’s web camera to detect motion; once it does it will begin taking snapshots which are stored in my Dropbox directory. My phone is notified that my computer has detected motion and I can quickly view the new snapshots and notify the police if necessary.

It’s certainly a cheaper alternative than expensive security systems that do the same thing!

Website/File Hosting and Sharing

If you’re a web designer, you might really appreciate this one. Using Dropbox, you can easily share images and other files with its public URL feature. But, you can also share full websites (in flat HTML/CSS) for purposes such as client proofing or maybe just showing of your new project.

Public URL

Public URL

PHP Dropbox Uploader

So, you store your files on your Dropbox but many other people you know might not be using Dropbox yet still want to send you files somehow. With the PHP Dropbox Uploader you can add a file upload form to your website to allow your visitors to upload files directly to your Dropbox account.

Multiple Dropbox Instances

You might already be using Dropbox for personal use but maybe you need another instance of Dropbox to access another account for some reason. Maybe one for work and one for personal?

Making Dropbox Portable

If you’re not always on the same computer while you’re at school, work or elsewhere (maybe a coffee shop?), you could access Dropbox’s web interface — or you could just install DropboxPortable on your USB flash drive. Once you pop your flash drive into a computer your files will be synced. Access your files as necessary and the changes will be synced for access again elsewhere. Just be sure your files have finished syncing before unplugging the flash drive.

Sync Your iCal Calendar

You could pay $99 per year for a MobileMe account, or you could just use Dropbox to sync your iCal Calendar just as easily.

From your primary computer you’ll need to open Terminal and enter the following, which will move your iCal Calendars folder into your Dropbox folder.

mv ~/Library/Calendars ~/Dropbox/

Next you’ll need to tell iCal where to look for the calendars using the following, which creates a symbolic link to your calendars (on Dropbox) for iCal to access.

ln -s ~/Dropbox/Calendars/ ~/Library/Calendars

All that’s left to do is setup any additional computers to access the calendars now stored on Dropbox. To do so, simply enter the above line on your other Macs, again creating symbolic links for iCal to access your calendars.

Dropbox needs to be running on all the computers you want to sync iCal with.

Using Dropbox & Eye-Fi for Instant Image Viewing

You might’ve heard of Eye-Fi memory cards with built in Wi-Fi that allow you to snap pictures and have them automatically uploaded to your computer — directly from your camera. You can set your Eye-Fi upload directory on your computer to be located within your Dropbox directory, which would then allow you to snap pictures with your camera and immediately view them on your mobile phone or computer.

$100 Dropbox Credit Giveaway

The Dropbox team is being generous enough to give away $100 of credit to one lucky Web.AppStorm reader! To enter, simply leave a comment with your favorite tip, trick or hack you use with Dropbox (doesn’t have to be listed here). This coming Friday, June 18th, we will randomly select the winner. The winner will be notified shortly after publishing the giveaway winner announcement.

Please Note: Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for Web.AppStorm.net are ineligible to enter.

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  • http://re.member4.me Bill Xiong

    I love using DropBox as a method to facilitate synching one iTunes library across multiple computers.

  • Tyler Lane

    I use dropbox to sync my .torrent files from my macbook to my windows machine which actually downloads the torrent.

    I have uTorrent set to monitor a folder inside my dropbox folder and i save the .torrent file on my macbook and presto, my desktop automagically starts downloading it for me. So handy

    • Stephen Sauceda

      I do the exact same thing. Simply the best trick with Dropbox.

      • http://www.25thingsdesign.com Devin

        That is now my new favorite trick! Thanks man.

    • http://simonmacdonald.com Simon MacDonald

      Yup, dropping a torrent file into my DropBox account fires up a download on my home computer.

      • Dilip

        I thought i was the only one doing this trick.. I was wrong :)

    • http://twitter.com/jhixson Jesse

      This is my favorite use of Dropbox too.

  • http://www.joseairosa.com José P. Airosa

    I love the sync iTunes across macs! Simply great the possibilities of DropBox. I personally use it for syncing 1Password.

    • Phil

      Remote starting of torrents is easily one of my favorites!

    • adrian

      I do that too, but since i didn’t want to install 1password on other computers, I have prettymuch stopped using 1password entirely

  • http://pablolarah.cl/ Pablo Lara H

    I do prefer Dropbox for: Keep Your Firefox Profile in Sync, Digital Scrapbook and Share photogalleries. ;)

  • Alejandro

    I use Dropbox as a download folder for my utilities and apps

  • http://twitter.com/mattle Matthew Callier

    Not terribly tricky, but I store all my app licenses in dropbox.

    Using public links you could also create one avatar image that you use across all your accounts online. Then when you want to change it, you only have to change it in one spot.

  • http://ricardogiesta.net Ricardo Giesta

    I love Dropbox!

    As a web designer the feature/trick I use the most is the Website/File Hosting and Sharing.

  • http://www.amr-gawish.com Amr Gawish

    I loved the idea of Theft Recovery, It may require additional apps but its really worth a shot.

    Thanks

  • http://www.mikhailkozlov.com Mikhail

    Love downloading torrents with drop box while I’m at work. Set you torrent to monitor folder in Dropbox and drop torrents to download into folder from any synced device. Great serves.

    Unfortunately can not make it work on Cent OS. I would use it as implied – to back up my web server instantly into the cloud.

  • http://www.amr-gawish.com Amr Gawish

    I loved the idea of Theft Recovery, however it may requires alot of additional software but its worth a shot

  • Millca

    Dropbox is the best thing since my inception! Currently I use it to sync 1Password and will soon also be syncing Things. I’ve used it numerous times to share files as well. I love the tip about setting up a file upload form on a website — can’t wait to try that one out too!

  • Stephen Sauceda

    I like they’re referral program. If anyone signs up (for a free account or otherwise) using a referral link, the referrer and the one referred get 250mb of free space up to 8gb. It’s win-win. If anyone wants some free space, you can use my referral link. https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQzMTQwNzk I hope it’s not against the rules to share it here. If it is, I apologize.

  • Matt

    A nice tip is to get some friends invited trough your account, it will expand your account size up to 3 GB!

  • Sam

    Great tips and tricks… I too use DropBox to sync my 1Password prefs across multiple machines. I also use a shared folder to keep backups of all my Abode prefs and settings and brushes etc… so if one of my designers machines go down or we need to set up a new machine from scratch, we can reinstall and be up and running in no time.

  • http://davidturner.name/ David Turner

    I use Dropbox as a way to keep all of my work handy, regardless of where I am. But what I find it really useful for is for keeping certain apps in sync across multiple machines, in particular Things for my mac and 1Password on my Macs and, with the Windows Beta, on my Windows Machines.

  • http://johnathanbarrett.me Johnathan Barrett

    I use Dropbox for keeping my XAMPP htdocs folder synced between my Mac and PC. Saves me having to carry my files around on a USB drive.

  • Tim

    The best feature is to sync multiple files. No other tool can do this “easy” task so perfect!

  • Nina Morena

    I use my dropbox as my virtual network. Each computer I use whether in the office at home or my iphone, the dropbox app stores all my important data and I access it as if it is it’s own network drive.

  • http://www.ardissone.com/ Leandro

    I use dropbox specially for storing most used files, databases for applications (like Snippets, Notational Velocity), my art collection (not me as an artist, but I collect artists I like). And specially like to use it to quick take notes and share on my iPhone.
    For example the cinema reservations or things like that.
    Dropbox rules! I hope to win :)

  • Misael Gaytan

    I like the File hosting featured because you can share to others.

  • http://www.heymonkeydesign.com Lenny Terenzi

    I store all my graphic resources (fonts, textures etc.) so no matter where I am I have my resources handy

  • http://ashrafali.net Ashraf Ali

    Dropbox is awesome for its SVN-like capabilities and its amazing pack-rat feature!. It really helps out in those crazy times where you just don’t know where you put a file or what not.

  • WilhelmR

    Multiple Dropbox Instances = I didn’t know that one. I’ll definitely put that in practice :)

  • http://oneofthesedaysblog.com Sam Dalton

    Great tip about theft recovery! What is the app you use that takes webcam shots like that?

    I use a dropbox shared folder for my company. We all have access to it and so everyone can instantly see what changes are made to any document. The 30 days of version history means we never lose anything important. Couldn’t live without it!

  • http://www.maxbreakwell.com Max

    I use Dropbox for backing up my website. Not terribly complicated but essential nonetheless.

  • Natan Moraes

    Two accounts on the same computer: Awesome! =]

  • Pete

    Dropbox is great but my iTunes Library is way too big to sync it. I am using Fruux right now for syncing Calendar and Adressbook. I saw you described a method of syncing Calendar with Dropbox, is there a possibility to do the same for Adressbook.

    I could try and so on but right now I am in my exam period and a little bit lazy.

    Thanks in advance.

  • http://lewayotte.com/ Lew Ayotte

    My favorite tip/trick has been syncing my Pidgin chat logs and account settings across multiple computers.

  • Vitor Caneco

    I really use Dropbox for do collaborative work, better way to work on a Java Project?

    Bye bye Tortoise… Or other Subversion tools :P

    • adrian

      Git is much better

  • Lee

    Having Dropbox at home and work means less unnecessary office time plus the ability to roll back to prior file versions if (when) I botch something. One of my very favorite things!

  • johnny araujo

    “Wow, i had no idea you about the PHP uploader. Probably the best one, and a feature I’ll be definitely using.

    Thanks”

  • Veronica

    Favorite use of DropBox:
    I use DropBox as both a central repository and project management tool for my company.

    My partner and I work remotely most of the time, and instead of a costly physical office with file cabinets and web servers and what nots, we’ve opted to have *ALL* our company’s files stored and shared from within DropBox. Even hard copies are scanned and digitally archived. This way, both of us always have the latest files (and even a common version history!)

    We also create project folders that are individually shared with clients, team members and subcontractors (depending on who’s involved in that project). This has thus far eliminated the need for any project management software. There is hardly any learning curve involved for our clients to liaise and keep up with us. Just dump the files into appropriate folders within DropBox, and send over an e-mail to everyone involved. And if the client prefers not to sign up for a new account and install DropBox? There’s still the web interface and public links! Brilliant. ;)

  • http://loneplacebo.com Tony

    I really like the tip on putting the Documents folder in Dropbox!

  • http://andrewburgess.ca Andrew Burgess

    I love Dropbox! I use it to easily transfer photos to my iPod Touch; it’s also a great way to backup files, since you have versioning available from the site.

    I heard of one guy who used Dropbox with Hazel and an AppleScript: when he changed a file name in Dropbox (any file), it would trigger a Hazel rule that would run an AppleScript; the script would take several pictures with the MacBook camera and upload them to Dropbox; this was all for just in case his MacBook was stolen: he’d easily get pics of the thief. Pretty ingenious!

  • http://twitter.com/michalkozak Michal Kozak

    I sync my 1Password data between my computer using Dropbox.

    Very easy, yet so useful: on your main computer go to 1Password’s preferences and there on the “General” tab under the “Data file” choose “Move” and move it to your Dropbox folder.

    Then on your other computers do the same, but instead of moving data file click “Choose another” and then choose the data file you just moved to your Dropbox folder.

    That’s it, now you have all your 1Password data in sync between your computers.

    • Erika

      I love the idea of using Dropbox as a theft recovery tool. I use it together with SneakyBastard, which takes snapshots of people using your laptop.

  • http://jacobdubail.com Jacob

    Dropbox has saved me on more than one occasion. When I need to get a large file to a friend or family member, I add the file to my Dropbox. Then, I either make a public url and send it over, or recommend that they sign up for DB themselves (I like the extra space that referrals give me!).

    Thanks Dropbox!

  • Daniel Golden

    I recovered my stolen, brand new, $2100 MacBook Pro using drop box. I installed drop box on my computer when I first got it, and about to weeks later it was stolen out of my car. Dropbox has a feature that allows you to recover the IP address of the last wifi location your computers have connected from. I gave the IP address to the police who got the theifs address from comcast, and voila! I nearly hit the floor when the police told me they found my computer. Thanks Dropbox!

  • http://bradysewall.com Brady Sewall

    My favorite tip, is using the new Dropbox beta feature where you can select which folders you want to sync. This helps when I only want to sync certain files on my work computer, but want to keep multiple computers at home in-sync.

    Now if they would only build an app for the BlackBerry Storm. :-)

  • http://www.sparked.biz Geoffry

    I was just shopping for a file sharing and back-up service and this article clinches it!

  • http://passthepen.com Jose Henriquez

    I love using Dropbox to sync my Things libraries between my personal and work computers. Keeps me organized.

  • Rolando

    I love how Dropbox enables me to sync my files between multiple computers. No more emailing myself documents all over the place! Yay!

  • Ethan Wright

    I love using it to sync 1password across multiple computers..

  • Grr

    Hi Jarel, many thanks for this opportunity.

    I have been using dropbox from a long time. It is a great service, which has been reliable and stable.

    The tip/hack I’m using dropbox is for torrents, where using the “Automatically load .torrents from” feature in utorent, I can automatically start the torrents remotely by uploading .torrent files via web interface, when I’m away from my home-PC.

    Apart from this I also use it as a share folder and even attempted Website/File Hosting unsuccessully. Not sure what was the reason for my website to not to load..lol

    After reading ur tips above I would be going to use the trick of Multiple Dropbox Instances and Making Dropbox Portable. Both are very useful as one would fetch me additional storage space, and other would make life easier having my dropbox with me on the go & everywhere.

    Please count me in this giveaway. I’m already following you on twitter.
    http://twitter.com/GrrGrrr

    Thanks, Grr

  • David Wang

    I love to use Dropbox to sync my application support files across multiple computers. I also use it to backup things that I carry around in my flash drives in case I lose them.

  • Fábio Morbec

    I like the idea of using Dropbox for iTunes sync but my library is so huge so I gave up but I use Dropbox to sync the Safari bookmark across macs.

  • http://www.cdmuench.com Christopher Muench

    well i just learned my new fav…the iTunes sync. that is great!!! i have been wondering how i was going to do that.

  • JPomfret

    I use dropbox for school projects, every class I’m in has a group project so I get my group members to sign up and create a shared folder…much easier than emailing multiple versions all around :) I love dropbox, makes life much simpler!

  • http://www.casabona.org/blog/ Joe Casabona

    I love the idea of Syncing you iTunes Library! I’ve been looking for a good way to do that – especially now that lala is gone :(

    And I use Dropbox regularly- I love it!

  • David

    create a shared folder to collaborate on web design projects…

  • Andrew Dilger

    I’ve recently gotten into designing websites. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars per month on a web server, I can just upload my html files to the pubic folder in Dropbox. Copy the public link, and everyone can see my awesome design in no time! Thanks @Dropbox for saving my life for… I think it’s up the the millionth time!

  • http://dan-sweet.com Dan Sweet

    Just got a new machine and am only selectively moving files. Dropbox is great for moving files as needed.

  • Rehan Butt

    i love the ical tip

    just great and dropbox it like free version of mobileme

  • Robert in Sf

    I use it with a clipboard utility to sync my clipboard history across computers! Yay Dropbox!

  • Andy Crofford

    My favorite one that I have used and you have listed is “How to keep your Firefox profile in sync”.

  • Brett

    I LOVE DROPBOX! I use it on a daily basis to temp store files for my website until I’m ready to upload them to the webserver. That way no matter where I an I have access to my files if/when I want to post a new article or review on the site. I’m not sure what i’d do without it, it’s become such an integral part of my daily workflow.

  • Phsyckr

    I love synching my KeePass files and it’s awesome for synching all my information in my account at my school and my home documents ;D

  • http://www.ilhamsk.com ilham

    I am new in dropbox. So far it’s good. I enjoy it with my friends to share files each other.

  • Matt B.

    I can put an application’s package contents onto Dropbox in order to get it on to another computer around the house. Sometimes for getting Google Chrome onto a school computer in order to do things faster (because our school computers have XP SP2 with bad Internet connection and are extremely slow). I also keep all my word documents and school stuff on Dropbox.

  • Matt

    The public folder gets a huge amount of use when it comes to emailing large attachments to people who don’t have dropbox. Adding ?dl=1 to the end of the a public url link forces a download of the file in question as opposed to just opening it. Incredibly handy.

  • http://bradjohansen.com Brad Johansen

    I mainly use Dropbox to sync all of my e-books across devices, including my windows box, my linux box, and my iPhone.

  • jacob Graf

    I love using Dropbox to sync Quix! (http://www.syncapp.com)

  • shrly

    The “Documents folder hack” though I use it for my schoolwork folder not the Documents folder. I love that I can access past revisions of a report or something if I screw up on the current iteration.

  • http://www.trifunk.com Ariel

    use dropbox file link for my wordpress blog instead of adding the pdf to the site.

  • http://wedesignapps.com/register Christopher Chance

    Dropbox is really cool and very useful tool. As a web designer, I use it primarily to move large file sizes that don’t fit email quota. It is very secure and now they have an app for Android platform too. You can directly upload files from your Android phone.

    Visit http://wedesignapps.com/register for Android topics and register in the forum

  • http://www.whereiputstuff.com Bill B.

    I store my fonts on my Dropbox. Allows for quick use on all my machines.

  • http://www.merriamcreative.com Mosh

    I use it to store all my freelance work so I can jump betwixt Macs and know I’ve got the same files to work on. Also great for passing along large files to clients in the public folder.

  • http://www.bloggerplus.net Pavel

    Our company has 10 computers in LAN. It’s difficult to me when find out a secure method to sync data between PCs but Dropbox helped me with LAN sync feature. That’s wonderful.
    Thanks dropbox.

  • John

    I use it to keep my /var/www (linux) folder sync’d with my xampp/htdocs (windows) folder. Works sweet.

  • http://robtarr.net Rob Tarr

    I use it for sharing folders with my wife and friends. And for easy access to important files when I’m at work, away from my personal computer.

  • Steve Robillard

    I love being able to sync my passwords and code snippets across machines. It has saved me more than once.

  • Arturo Linares

    The PHP uploader is a great tool. I’m a developer I can think in a lot of cases I could use it. I think I’ll use it soon. Thanks!

  • http://lendamico.com Len

    As a freelancer who often works on-site, it’s handy to keep some template files, Zip archives of favorite fonts (don’t bother syncing unzipped fonts; it takes forever and can corrupt them), your own identity stuff, etc… it’s like having your own assets server wherever you go.

  • Marc Sexton

    I host git repositories in a shared folder. Super fast and easy way to privately share a project with collaborators.

  • Tim

    Syncing 1Password!

  • Arturo Linares

    I didn’t know the PHP Upload tool. I think it is a great idea, I’ll give it a try. Thanks!

  • Ian F

    I like to sync portable apps on my Dropbox to keep a usable and personalized copy on all machines I use at college or at home.

  • TwItCh

    Hmmm, my favorite tip would have to be using dropbox for version control (at least over the short term with a free account) of my html/css etc files as i work on them as I also have winSCP syncing the files to the webserver. I then just keep a tab open to the file list on the dropbox site to rever to any version beyond my undo limit in whatever app I am in.

  • http://kswizz.com Kenneth Ballenegger

    Auto-syncing of 1Password, iPhoto, Documents folder & more = awesome!

  • Jack

    I love using DropBox it sync for all my devices, PC, Mac and etc…. when i want to transfer some small files and without a flash drive, i upload from my mac and it syncs. and then i download it from PC. nice

  • Corey A

    I use it to share odd and funny photos I come across with friends. We all just drag them to our shared folder and whenever one of us needs a good laugh, there’s always something new to amuse.

  • fmontes

    I use dropbox to sync my doc folders and websites projects between home and office!

  • http://www.michelbosma.nl Michel

    I love this app, use it t sync my Things database between multiple computers!

  • Aman

    The best use of dropbox is to sync multiple onenote notebooks. Dropbox gives onenote a mobility which is hard to achieve by other means.

  • Abner

    I’m a very avid dropbox user and I design websites. I loved the “Website/File Hosting and Sharing” tip. I thought to myself “duh!” cuz it’s quite straightforward and simple, but at the same time, super useful.

  • Abner

    Oh, and btw, I thought I’d share a tip of one way I use Dropbox to share OneNote notebooks. I think OneNote is my most used application, and using Dropbox to keep my notes synced across multiple computers is super important to me. If you use OneNote, just move your “OneNote Notebooks” folder from “My Documents” to your Dropbox folder.

  • Francisco C

    My favorite trick is having any file instantly appear in my Mac, Windows, and Linux boxes… not to mention iPhone and iPad!

  • Rohit

    I mainly use Dropbox to sync important documents. Over the past few months, I’ve been using Dropbox for group-work. We’ve made a common account for our group so that group-members can access/edit our group documents. No fuss, only productivity! Thanks Dropbox!

  • http://growlybeast.deviantart.com/ Ange

    I love using Dropbox to keep all of my stuff secure if my computer dies! And it’s been a lifesaver if i accidentally delete or modify something incorrectly and need to get an older version restored.

  • Randy

    My favorite feature of DropBox is being able to sync iTunes from multiple computers (helps me listen to my itunes on any of my 4 computers) and being able to store my “www” folder from wamp on it, making it 10x easier to edit/upload code across my computers.

  • http://antoniu.me Antoniu

    I use Dropbox to sync my 1Password keychain across multiple computers.

  • Joseph Kristoffer

    I love using Dropbox to sync my 1Password archive across my Macs. Works like a charm.

  • Alex C.

    I use Dropbox to sync my work files and version control. I’d love to see some native desktop UI for those features, but for now, login through the web interface.

    My best tip… send out invites to all your friends. You get an extra 250 mb of space for every person that signs up using your link!

  • peter

    I use dropbox to synchronize my mileage log as well as other business related information between my cellphone and my mac. As a business owner, this is an absolute blessing for backup as well as convenience of having important information available anywhere.

  • Pascal Hos

    I use drop box to sync both 1password and things. Just perfect. Once set you never have to think about it again.

  • Justin

    I use it as backup and also for starting torrents remotely

  • http://www.mindcircus.biz Andrei Barburas

    I use Dropbox to backup 1password, BitLocker key, and to be honest, pretty much everything that I might use when I don’t have access to my own PC/Lappie and so on.

  • Chris

    I use a bunch of different computers and operating systems and I found it to be very useful to not only sync my documents but also applications for those documents with dropbox. I wrote a bunch of different cross platform tools that run right from inside dropbox without needing to install anything. And for the couple more exotic operating systems I use that don’t have a dropbox client, I use HTML5 web apps in the Public folder since those run pretty much everywhere. No need to install anything anymore, just install dropbox and it does the rest.

  • http://transports.tumblr.com josh

    Sim linking other folders into dropbox Rocks!

  • http://www.smashbit.com Chris W

    I use Dropbox sync my “projects” folder, and to read PDFs on my iPhone.

  • Chris

    Great app! I use dropbox to collaborate with friends with shared folders, share files with the public folder and have my thesis files copied to my dropbox folder for an instant incremental online backup.
    Even my dad gets how it works and all my friends stopped sending those 5mb emails with their vacation pictures ;)
    Thank you dropbox!

  • Patrick

    This is my best trick Use Dropbox As Your Documents Folder. i do it right away

  • Bob DeGrande

    Use 1Password with Dropbox to sync your passwords, logins, autofill information, etc. across multiple Macs (also iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, and 1Password now has a Windows beta out). With both programs running on multiple platforms, this is a very powerful combination.

  • http://www.sayzlim.net Sayz

    I like to use dropbox for uploading font for cufon use and css. And also for syncing between Windows and Mac machine.

  • Luke

    It’s great for syncing the 1Password database (and others) between computers – simply move it across into the folder (or use a symlink) and then all the passwords are consistently kept the same. As long as you don’t change two sets in quick succession this works fine, otherwise the ‘official’ sync engine resolves conflicts better (via iPhone though).

  • http://www.stevendobbelaere.be Steven Dobbelaere

    I use dropbox to sync my files, the hit list and now my ical. Really useful article.

  • http://www.dtp2.nl DTP2

    Loooove the php Dropbox uploader for my websites. Works great and don’t have to worry about chmod and vulnerabilities anymore.

  • Gerry Weißbach

    I’m using DropBox to sync my Xcode projects across different Macs, so that I can start over seamlessly where I left off when changing from office to mobile to home. I can even sit on two computers and have them sync so fast, that I could code on one and test on the other.

  • fellowweb

    Dropbox is great to have an instant copy of each file of my research project. It’s been of great help to have a copy in the cloud as soon as one saves the file.

  • Oliver

    Dropbox is one of my favorite apps on my mac!

  • Schellman

    Syncing my Things and 1Password databases to my Dropbox folder is a killer feature. I couldn’t live without it.

    BTW, DevonThink and Together work this way, too. And having easy and fast backups is a breeze. Great service!

  • LoShu

    Use Dropbox for filesharing/collaboration with clients. Instead of bothersome FTP.

  • http://3141.eu Max

    Use dropbox with git for private projects with some collaborators!

  • Piotr

    Hey, I use DropBox to automaticly backup my current works – I make a directory link to my current working folder and everythink backups automaticly.

    great one.

  • Wai Wong

    Best and easiest alternative to subversion :D

  • Argiris

    I quite like the app preferences sync ability with symlinks.

  • Clint

    By far my favorite use for drop box is to point uTorrent at a shared folder so I can begin downloads while I’m away from my house without having to SSH in.

    Really Handy!

  • oykun yilmaz

    As a web designer, I love the “Website/File Hosting and Sharing” part :) ps thanks for sharing cool tips I didn’t know :) you guys are great!

  • http://nixgrafix.com Nic

    Using DropBox to store your 1Password log-in details is great across multiple computers !

  • http://writeforyourlife.net Iain Broome

    Dropbox really is essential. I’m a writer and tend to work on my iMac at home, my office computer and occasionally a laptop too! It used to be a nightmare with version control, but Dropbox has made it extremely simple to work on multiple machines.

    I can also recommend the 1password trick mentioned a few times above. I only started using it this week and already I’ve noticed the benefits!

  • http://www.kam88.com darkwark

    I’m using dropbox to sync my databases for Money and LittleSnapper, also i’m using it for uploading photos from my ipod touch and sync work files from notebook

  • Sealdriver

    I use it for 1Password making an indispensable app even more so

  • http://www.martinherweg.de Martin

    I use Dropbox to sync 1password and my Things Database.

  • Karthik

    I’ve setup Dropbox with iWeb to host a small website for sharing documents, photos, etc. It’s simply the best tool for sharing…I could never really imagine what it would be like without Dropbox — The best thing is that its really good, despite it being free…

  • Colin Stark

    I use dropbox mainly as license backup web usb stick, but it is also very useful for syncing ableton live projects between the main studio pc and my macbook.

  • Pier Luigi

    The best two tips for me are: “Sync Your iCal Calendar” and “PHP Dropbox Uploader”!!

  • Mike

    I use my Drop Box with MacRabbits Espresso. Putting the projects folders in one DropBox folder allows me to work locally on all of my web projects from any of my computers, awesome!

  • markustinner

    I use it for syncing everything: iCal, Addressbook, 1password… great

  • http://www.thelongrun.de Stefan

    I use Dropbox to share my Winamp playlists over many computers. Thats very easy if you add all files with their corresponding network paths.

  • daba

    Dropbox together with Hazel – OMG!

    - Use it to add todo items remotely into things
    - Get my home mac to download torrent files while i’m on the road
    - Got my “add to itunes” folder in there

  • k19s

    Hi i use the free version of Dropbox most of the time, either when I’m at work or at home. I think my best trick/use of Dropbox is the ability to syncing stuff and distribute new apps between several macs as this is really handy when i need to share family videos/pictures to friends and family members. Also i found that you can use DropBox to network share for an virtual office. The ability to do this is really useful as in my line of work i need to constantly share document to other offices, and the ability to do this using Dropbox saves me time and money.
    Not only this but i found other cool and useful trick you can use with Dropbox such as the ability to sync up with Yojimbo as this is one of the best information organizer application for macs. I don’t use Dropbox only on my mac but also on my windows as i can sync my saved games across different computers. I have more tips and tricks to say but i don’t think i’ll have time to write these down.
    So i hope you will count me in this giveaway as using Dropbox made my life so much easier.

    Many Thanks

  • http://csabapalfi.com Csaba Palfi

    I store my git source code repositories in my dropbox folder. Syncs my work directories accross computers and provides an extra backup (even if it’s also on github)

  • Ben

    I use dropbox to add files to iTunes from any computer in the world. I set upva folder in my dropbox with a folder action that will move any file added to it to iTunes’ “automatically add” folder.

  • http://toastr.co.nz Jacob

    I love using Dropbox to backup important application data, and keep it synced across computers (using syslinks).

    It’s also great as a way to backup and keep versions of documents and projects I’m working on.

    And being able to access my Dropbox anywhere from the web or iPhone app just makes it so much more convenient.

  • http://www.msdevstudio.com Mário Santos

    Yep, that’s it! Dropbox is for sure one of the best applications for everyone, but for me, as a developper, i really love to use the dropbox as my workspace for every kind of projects, but the most remarkable use is to use it as my Flash Builder Workspace.

    Can work on the office, home or even in my android. Lovelly!

  • http://www.photowalkingmunich.de stean

    Dropbox just rockz! Great inspiring article by the way…

  • Karan Bulbule

    Symbolic Links! I use them to sync any file/folder even if it’s outside the DropBox folder.
    This way, I can keep my data synced without disturbing the way it is organized on my drive, as opposed to stuffing everything into DropBox folder.

    HowTo:
    Just make a symbolic link in DropBox pointing to the file/folder you wish to sync.
    Windows Command: MKLINK /J
    It won’t take any space on hard drive, but still will get synced to your DropBox account.

  • http://delicon.mk Daniel

    I like the PHP Dropbox Uploader.

  • Verp

    I use dropbox for a ton of different things. I actually have one account meant just for image hosting. On some online forums, I have some guides for games/etc that require a ton of different images. There are sometimes thousands who load hundreds of images at once and my bandwidth limit just doesn’t seem to end.

    Also for my school work, I use dropbox to distribute and save all my files. There isn’t much to it.

    My desktop is also synced upped to my dropbox. I have several computers that I use almost daily. At school and home. I just use a junction to link my desktop and dropbox together and it all just works.

    Because on the iphone there is an awesome dropbox app, I sync over and save some pdfs. Like comics and maybe a book and some important files as well. It reads pdfs very well.

  • http://www.alessandrocuttin.blogspot.com Alessandro

    The PHP Dropbox Uploader is what I was looking for! Great! Now I need some time to make it working for me…

  • webbografico

    I use dropbox to sync the agile keychain of my 1password app between my desktop and my laptop. I’m in love with dropbox, it’s a great app!!

  • http://blog.aditu.de Tobi

    A tipp for dropbox users, who are worried about their privacy: I use dropbox in combination with http://www.truecrypt.org/. This program allows the encryption of files in a container. Dropbox will not sync the whole container (which can be really big) but only the changed data.

  • diskostu

    I use Dropbox for about a year, and I can’t live without it.
    I’m a coder, and Dropbox helps keeping my coding environment in sync across all computers I use. I’m on a Mac, so I simply put Apps within Dropbox (Eclipse, Textmate, …) and of course all my source code. It rocks!

  • http://www.alessandrocuttin.blogspot.com Alessandro

    As far as I’m a db user, I have come up with these three tricks:

    1) Name the folders you share with others properly, so you know immediately in which folder you have to put the file, without wasting time searching for the right folder. Personally, I use a name like “SharedWithNameSurname”

    2) Keep in sync the (encripted) password database of KeePass. It’s a very useful and (most important) multi-platform tool to manage the bunch of passwords we must deal with every day.

    3) Use DB as a large-file delivery service. Every file put in the public dropbox folder has a public address that can be easily pasted in every email: a great way to send attachments without attaching them (and save space in your mailbox). Advantages: no registration to file-delivery-websites required, and the size of the file you’d like to send is only limited to your DB size. An improvement: I wrote down a simple script for cleaning from the public folder those files older than a week (or whatever); a simple send-and-forget trick that prevents my DB from filling up quickly.

  • Alex L.

    Symbolic links + Dropbox = Awesome!

  • Marco St.

    Dropbox is my favourite choice when it comes to show photographic (art)work to my clients. In addition, it has never been easier to keep Lightroom presets and databases in sync.

  • TmiY

    Sharing files with friends.
    Syncing 1Password and making it available within the browser.

    iTunes sync note: Only keep one instance of iTunes open at the same time. I wanted to sync my mac mini (media center) with my laptop keeping both instances of iTunes running. No can do. So no go for me unfortunatly as my media center iTunes needs to be running at all times. If any solution available, please share :p

  • http://www.donmarco.org/ MadMoi

    Great tips!

    I use it for Application shared files (GTD tool for example, or Mnemosyne). I’d like to use it for iTunes sharing but, for now I’m not on a paid plan…

    I use it a lot for Photo sharing with friends after Week-ends/holidays. I converted a lot of my friends to DropBox for that purpose!

    Marco

  • Ana

    My favorite tip is to sync my iTunes Library across multiple computers!

  • http://www.hito.fr hito.fr

    My favorite use of Dropbox is to backup and share some document with my client or friends.
    But a nice trick that i have see in this post is “PHP Dropbox Uploader” ! I will definitely try it :)

  • http://www.nomad-one.com nomadone

    One of the main purposes I use dropbox for is to quickly backup my localhost files while developing WordPress websites locally.

    I also use it to sync iCals.

    I haven’t tried showing HTML proofs to clients through dropbox though, good idea!

  • http://seetreedesign.com seetree

    At our office we use DropBox to sync TextExpander.
    (Growl notifies us whenever someone makes any changes or adds anything.)

  • Arcank

    I use it to develop a web site from two different computers.

  • http://muviad.com Florian Taltavull

    As I’m a lot away I really like the possibility to share Dropbox as my Documents Folder! It’s also nice to share documents with friends or coworkers. I really thought about using Dropbox a lot of times, but now I’m maybe going to use it now because of the nice features I just read about.

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Suleiman Leadbitter

    Superb list of Tips and Tricks. May favorite is the multiple accounts trick as I set up a ‘Family’ dropbox that we all use. So we all stay in the loop :)

    I would love an efficient way to keep Fonts, Photoshop brushes and other presets synced across computers too. I personally think Adobe should have done a ‘cloud’ feature for this in the new CS5 but anywho if there is a Dropbox method, please do tell :)

    Thanks

  • Joost

    I love DropBox, and I keep all my small yet important files in there – all of my Envato work, for example, is stored right in my dropbox so that I can access it for reference or customizations at any given time, anywhere. I’m loving it!

  • Bernardo

    I forced my team to use it. Now we dont use flash drives or even Mail to share files& folders. Everybody has The last versión of The File!!! Images. Vídeos. Budgets. Scripts. Calendars. No more useless meetings. Work on The road or at home! Great valué.

  • http://julianschrader.de Julian Schrader

    I love Dropbox and use it to sync my Things library (among many other uses!).

    I have a 50GB subscription and earned 9.2GB “referral space” up to today — it’d be great to have iTunes and iPhoto libraries in there as well, but that’d require ~500GB or 1TB and faster broadband everywhere :-)

  • Jami

    Dropbox is a LIFESAVER when it comes to transferring files between me and my clients. Life would be a little bit harder without you guys! :)

  • Jared

    Sync my notes and reminders to my iphone. of course.

  • Rasmus

    The PHP uploader for Dropbox must be my favorite tip. So useful!

  • Uncleserb

    I generally use Dropbox to share files with colleagues… extremely easy and straightforward! As someone says above, no fuss involved; I mean even my mom could use it!!

    ;)

  • http://Jkudish.com Joachim kudish

    As a freelancer, I use it to backup all of my clients’ files and sync them to my laptop. Very very useful app!

  • http://dazpix.co.uk DazPix

    I use dropbox for keeping my current After Effects project file, so I can work on it at home or office just as easily. I’d keep the media on a portable drive if it’s too big to upload and sync easily of course. Another great thing about dropbox is being able to recover older versions if I accidentally save over my file instead of incrementing.

  • Riccardo

    I’ll use Dropbox Uploader for my site!!!

    Thanks for the tip :-)

  • Tyago Neres

    Website/File Hosting and Sharing

    I like to use this feature to send website mock-up’s to clients.

  • Brendon Go

    I Use Dropbox to backup my most important files. Also as a student it helps as a backup USB and as a means to share files with my colleagues.

  • http://dmartinng.com/ Dodie

    I use my Dropbox to sync my 1Password keychain, as well as a place to put all my backups which was so helpful when my MacBook crashed two months ago.

  • http://www.seanpalladino.com Sean Palladino

    Dropbox has always been a great way to share photos. I mean, the slideshow function for photos is simple, elegant, and can be seen by my family and friends online. It’s brilliant, that’s all I have to say. :-)

  • Jasper Rijkeboer

    I love the tip on using Multiple Dropbox Instances.
    Great idea to separate a work account from a private account but still be able to use both simultaneously.

    Great tip!

  • Pedro Lobo

    I’ve been a DropBoxer since it’s early begginigs (Beta Tester :D )

    Personally, apart from the usual like keeping all my documents there (minus photos and music, way to much info), sharing files and photos, working on shared folders with friends and colleagues, I also use it ot backup / sync my preferences and settings for all my PCs.

    I just have a prefs folder with my .bashrc, .vimrc. app settings, remotes profiles etc and then symlink it on the various PCs I work with.

    That way I can change the settings in one place and all are updated, format, symlink and I’m up and running in no time.

    Cheers,
    PL

  • http://divingclown.com Seán McCormack

    i love & use it to Sync my iTunes libraries!

  • Magnus

    I use dropbox to sync my 1password keychain and Things database. I also use it to back up important documents, and the sensitive ones inside a TrueCrypt vault!

  • http://www.Twitter.com/TylorSkory Tylor Skory

    I use drop box to store websites I am creating for clients. Once I am ready for them to review, I simply send them the public link! Easy!

  • Simon Marti

    Before I used CloudApp I saved all my screenshots (automatically) in the public folder of my Dropbox, so I could share them with others.

  • Robert W

    Using Combo of Macbook Pro + DropBox + 1Password + Google Docs + Remember the milk. You can get yourself started for business wherever you are. The way the new freelancer work. Along the beach? In the lake fishing? No worries!

  • http://flickr.com/fiz FiZ

    This one’s kinda über-nerdy but I use it at work with a linux virtual machine. I put my VM’s server files in Dropbox so I can edit them in realtime with TextMate on my Mac.

  • Roland

    Did you know that you can recover files even after you’ve deleted them in your local Dropbox Folder? And that you can restore older file versions? You can find this functions in their web interface. So it’s really cool to use Dropbox as your Documents Folder. Dropbox rocks!

  • Jean Waucomont

    My favourite use for DropBox is web development.
    (Testing websites online).

    Further, reciprocal sharing of folders with friends and collegues greatly enhances the experience of working together on projects.

    Cheers DropBox! Keep up the good work ;)

  • http://maddon.net/ Madeline Ong

    I use Dropbox mostly to collaborate with people. We share Word documents, spreadsheets, images, code, and other things. Since Dropbox saves old versions of files, anyone can edit a document without having to worry about making mistakes. Dropbox is awesome. :)

  • http://pixolomew.com Lee Bartholomew

    PHP Uploader opens up a whole new world of possibilities for me. Thanks for that!

  • http://Www.Colinharman.com Colin Harman

    I use drop box to synch my suitcase fusion 2 font libraries between my laptop and my desktop. It was so much effort to try to keep the same libraries on both computers and nothin was more frustrating than thinking I had a mobile office only to discover I didn’t have the right fonts with me. I love it. It has saved me hours and hours of time.

    • http://www.gregkida.com Greg

      I would love to find out how you went about synching your SF2 font libraries. I think that’s a great idea.

    • http://www.gregkida.com Greg

      This does not work. Suitcase spits out an error about the font vault being used by another user.

      • http://colinharman.com Colin Harman

        It does work, if you are trying to use two at once it doesn’t get happy, but they do that to protect themselves from piracy liability. Close suitcase when you leave one computer and go to use the other in a mobile situation. Problem solved.

  • leesuiip

    I use dropbox to store my lots of share files and sync between Mac and pc

  • aifonit

    I use it to sync 1password between my 3 computers

  • Jorge Leandro

    I am a Dropbox beginner and just love it. The idea of placing a folder at your user directory and let the Dropbox app seamlessly sync everything that you put in it is just fantastic. Simple and efficient.

    By the way, the symbolic link for the Documents folder is my favorite tip!

  • Ales

    I used to live in fear of loosing my address book, but now that I have Dropbox i created a symlink on address book folder and now I can live in peace.

  • davidkolbi

    I just use Dropbox to backup my important files. It is the easiest way.

  • http://rusiecki.me Kamil Rusiecki

    I love tip to sync iTunes! It’s Great!
    Cheers from Poland

  • http://benjamincharity.com Benjamin Charity

    This one might seem uber basic, but it doesn’t get any better than using dropbox and growl together. When working on a team project where several people are working from the sane shared dropbox folder, growl notifies you each time a file has been updated. When working in separate locations this can be a big productivity boost as you see others are hard at work too.

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  • BizarreRod

    I find absolutely useful the iTunes syncing trick, and also the website hosting one!

  • http://thecre8ive.blogspot.com Holly Marie Gibbs

    I use DropBox when collaborating with a creative team for the freelance agency I work for. My favorite feature, by far, is the file recovery. If someone accidentally deletes a file, all I have to do is hop online to the Web site and recover it. It’s prevented many panic attacks.

  • Quinten

    I use it to sync my documents so that I can print them anywhere.

  • http://www.valdecircarvalho.com.br Valdecir Carvalho

    I’ve been using Dropbox to share files with my 3rd parties colleagues. As a wedding photographer, I upload the photos to a single Dropbox account and the album designer use then to layout the album and upload back the pdf preview to the client approval. In that way I can work with designers all over the country – I’m in Brazil.

  • http://facebook.com/deadlandchronicles Tadd Mencer

    I actually use DropBox for a lot of stuff. As a writer, I save all my stories and ideas to the DropBox. If I have an idea I can use my phone and quickly punch it to the DropBox so I can go to my laptop or desktop later and flesh it out.

    I also use it to store my password files, documents, etc that I would need in multiple places at any given time. It’s probably one of the most useful services I use on a daily basis.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Swiftman Swiftman

    Great giveaway!

    My Favorite: Multiple Dropbox Instances

    Why? I don’t have enough space in one- this giveaway would fix that!

  • http://guitarline.ru sMiles

    Just upload my books to Public folder in Dropbox, and dowload them from dropbox to iphone reader

  • Anthony L

    I like it simply for keeping track of where everything is whether I’m on my mac at home, windows pc at work or iphone on the go.

  • http://spoon5.com Joe

    I use Dropbox for backing up my websites and syncing 1Password.

  • http://www.jeffstyle.com jeffstyle

    I use dropbox amongst my team at work using shared folders to keep our collaborative files in sync and organized. it works wonders!

    I need space! :)

  • Leonardo Wyskiel

    I love dropbox! I used every day and my favorite use is put files from office to home and vice-versa!

  • http://designingwitheve.com/blog/ Eve

    I use dropbox to sync my email between my three home computers, I have the folders set up to in dropbox and I never have to worry about what computer each email account is on. Lets me take advantage of email software that is not online!

  • http://adrianherritt.com Adrian

    Dropbox is essential and installed on all my computers. A unique way I use it is to share screenshots. I have configured Jing to have a custom button that will place my screenshots in a folder in my Dropbox and copy a sharable link to my clipboard. This way I have all my screenshots locally as well as in the cloud. Dropbox rocks.

  • Rhett

    Multiple Dropboxes feels like cheating. I think the most realistic use is as an anywhere Documents folder.

    Not sure about Theft recovery since it seems to me the thief would likely wipe the hard drive as one of his first acts.

  • Joey Hasty

    As a designer, I use it to upload mobile pics of things I find inspiring.

  • http://www.walkingtaco.com Simon R.

    I like how Dropbox eliminates the need to worry about FAT32/NTFS/HFS+ formatting of USB drives. I use it to share files with my coworkers without ever trading a single USB drive or ever thinking about drive formats or compatibility. I used to carry a USB drive with me everywhere…now I just tell people about Dropbox.

  • http://www.unc.edu/~steverog/ Steve

    I perform research at a public university. I have been using Dropbox as a repository for my on-line lab notebook (not publicly shared). I have modified a version of TiddlyWiki to enter data and log procedures. This way it is searchable, easy to backup, and accessible from anywhere.

  • Joseph

    Share church files for the past 2 years with 5 members. It’s been a lifesaver!

  • Melissa Batalin

    We actually use it for syncing Quickbooks across multiple PCS (running different versions of Windows) with the added bonus of the off-site backup.

    But I’m definitely going to look into the uploader!

  • http://www.andreapalermo.tk Paletta

    I use Dropbox to sync (too many) files between different computers with my mates at university. It’s so useful..but always full =(

  • http://www.marktastic.com Mark

    Dropbox is great for everything.

    Syncing Firefox Profiles, passwords and OneNote notebooks are my top uses.

  • Aaron White

    I’m a web designer/developer so it is great for keeping all my projects that I work on in sync when I move from my laptop and my desktop. Love it! Great iPhone app too.

  • http://www.dmp-webdesign.com Dustin

    I love using Dropbox. I use it for all my web design clients as a source of backup and being able to edit files when I am away from my design computer!

  • Matt M.

    I am a big fan of using dropbox to sync Microsoft OneNote notebooks. Works very well and keeps me organized over multiple computers.

  • http://painteddigital.com Matt

    I thought the PHP Uploader and Web Hosting ideas were brilliant! Definitely will have to try those out.

  • http://henrymaxm.com/ henrymaxm

    A tip of mine is to throw you’re dropbox into a external or other hardrive, so it can sink and later you could pull out the files.

  • iFurnas

    Coop with my my University group mates, sharing large attachments and backup. Dropbox is awesome for this.

  • http://www.matthewatkins.net Matthew Atkins

    I love Dropbox and my favorite trick is to use it to sync my 1Password keychain between macs. It works flawlessly!

  • fab

    I use both MobileMe and Dropbox for iCal sync. Dropbox is quick, easy, inexpensive online tool. MobileMe has a sync solution but it is expensive.

  • http://www.arteriaplastica.com monfa

    WOW Sync Your iCal Calendar it’s a great solution, I will try!

  • http://www.evardsson.com/blog/ Sjan Evardsson

    I mostly use Dropbox to store works-in-progress: code, images, documents, whatever. That way I have access to them on my laptop, my desktop, my phone or even from someone else’s computer if need be through the web interface.

    It especially makes it easy to test code or site designs on multiple platforms at once.

  • jack

    i love the trick for setting up multiple dropbox accounts. i’d imagine most people use this because they want the extra space, but it appealed to me for a different reason. the account that i originally set up was for sharing music with my friend. both of our computers are connected to the same account. eventually, i realized that dropbox would also be great for backing up personal documents like papers and emails. since this 1st account was 100% shared, i seemed to be out of luck. it was a great setup for sharing music, but it would have been very difficult to simultaneously use it for personal stuff. this trick let me keep everything separate without having to reconfigure the original account. hooray simplicity!

  • Jason Andreoni

    Well, like others, I sync up my 1Password and Things profiles between my home and work computers. Very very handy.

  • sgkovan

    I use Dropbox to sync files, test out websites and collaborate with my friends.

  • Morten Rosenlund

    Realy love to sync my school work between my Mac and my school PC :)

  • http://www.hellopanos.co.uk hellopanos

    Sync Your iTunes Library Across Multiple Computers :)
    This is great, thanks for sharing!

    :)

  • Adam A

    My favorite use of Dropbox is to put my Adium saved transcripts folder in my dropbox folder and then I have access to all previous chat transcripts no matter what machine I happen to be on (work, home, laptop)…

  • http://www.codesignweb.com Mike Gensel

    I mostly use dropbox as an easy way to keep my home and work computers in sync with the development work I do. I have folders for all of my projects and I edit them right from the dropbox folder making them almost instantly accessible from and computer I have access to. But I think I’m going to give the torrent idea a try, I like the idea of browsing and sending to a machine to download….

  • http://kory.gorsky.ca Kory Gorsky

    When I’m working with Photoshop documents, it’s awesome to be able to seemlessly switch between my desktop and laptop and have the most up to date version of the PSD.

    It takes away so many headaches.

  • Jonathan Griffiths

    I love DropBox. I have been using it as my main documents folder on my MacBook and other PCs, so that’s an obvious one. And the built in sharing functionality makes it easy to securely share files with my family in England.

    I love the security/theft detection tips – might be investigating those options!

  • S Ach

    I keep my CV / professional bio hosted in Dropbox, and I have a URL shortener (host my own YoURLs service) pointing to the CV / bio. I then include the shortened URL in my email signature, and in any important documents that go out.

    Then I can open these items, make any modifications then save them, and anyone that has access to the shortened URL (or the dropbox URL) has access to the most recent version.

  • Chris Olson

    I like to use the symbolic links to sync a number of different programs, The Hit List, Yojimbo & Socialite between my desktop and laptop. Works better than trying to sync programs using MobileMe – more reliable too.

  • http://www.antoniopratas.com Antonio Pratas

    I use dropbox to instantaneously share files with my girlfriend when we’re, and I also use it to view files on the go on my iPhone.

  • http://www.antoniopratas.com Antonio Pratas

    I use dropbox to instantaneously share files with my girlfriend when we’re not together, and I also use it to view files on the go on my iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/cinciwebdesign Chris

    My favorite Dropbox tip is to set up a folder to save .torrent files to and then have utorrent watch and auto-add the files.

    This way I can start a download from any of my computers.

  • http://www.loumiracolo.com jonatha

    I love dropbox and i use it for itunes library synch

  • http://twitter.com/alacantec Enrique

    I work mostly with .DOC, .PDF, and Excel (in OpenOffice, actually) so even Dropbox
    free-plan allows me to store years of work (besides having a separate hardcopy backup).

    It’s a pleasure to access all that info from the web interface, no matter where I am!

  • http://smileykeith.com Keith

    I love it with 1password and snippets!

  • Nathaniel Fruchter

    Dropbox is a lifesaver for school. No need to ask myself “did I email that file to the teacher”—I can always have access to it and even show it to people from my phone.

    A bonus: I use Dropbox for basic remote control of my computer. I have a script monitoring the “Control” folder in my Dropbox; if I create a file with the correct name, it’ll execute whatever shell command is inside. Helpful in a pinch.

  • http://mikestaszel.com Mike Staszel

    I like using the Public folder the most. Instead of going to an upload website, browsing for a file, waiting for it to upload, and then copying a link, I just drag and drop, right click it and click “Copy link”. And no worries about deleting the file, renaming, or anything!

  • http://slightlyinsightful.com/ Ammon

    Not only do I use Dropbox to sync 1Password across my Macs, but I use to access the 1Password.html file remotely on my Windows boxes, from work, or anywhere else I have web connectivity, but not 1Password installed.

  • Makoto

    I also really like the simple Use Dropbox As Your Documents Folder tip. Thanks!

  • http://blog.tribak.org Tribak

    I use it as a peer to peer sharing tool using folders for my coworkers

  • Deshi Li

    I really like using Dropbox to host website files and sharing them with friends.

  • http://tcelestino.com.br Tiago Celestino

    I use dropbox with my backup project websites and WordPress plugins.

  • mrdata

    I like the way you can share files with many users through invitations.

    Many friends sync automatically music files that I select carefully to keep them updated with latest album releases.

    • mrdata

      automatically sync*

  • http://www.se7enize.com Nice from Thailand

    I like PHP Uploader and multiple instances :)

  • http://thomasmoffett.com Thomas Moffett

    You Know What I Don’t Use Anymore? a thumb drive. I used to carry one all the time on my keychain. I never use it now ever thanks to dropbox.

  • http://www.adelieland.eu/ Diti

    (Entering for the giveaway)

    I use symbolic links (as above) to sync my Adium logs, located in ~/Library/Application Support/Adium 2.0/Users/Default/Logs.

  • Ben

    My favorite dropbox trick is to map it as a drive. I did it on all my computers:

    1 – Open notepad

    2 – Type:
    @echo off
    subst S: “C:\data\My Dropbox”
    (replace the path for your dropbox path – usually in C:\documents and settings\)

    3 – Save the file as dropbox.bat on your desktop

    4 – Double click this .bat file everytime you boot (or even better : put it in the startup items)

    Voila ! Drop box is mapped as your S drive (and not shared on a network).

  • http://sigswitch.com/2009/04/host-personal-svn-projects-for-free-using-dropbox/ Matt

    I often use dropbox for just sharing files between groups of people when a full-blown VCS isn’t needed.
    If later on something like git is needed then I can just setup a repo in a folder and people can pull / push to it – Awesome git hosting for free!

    The above model also works with subversion, though it only really “works” if you’re the only person committing to the repo, else merge conflicts occur.

  • Jose

    I love being able to use the mobile app to take pictures and have them automatically pop up in a public folder. It’s a great way for my family to see cool things I see and know how my trip is doing.

    Also, being able to send someone a link to a file in Dropbox from the phone. Saved me having to pull out the laptop while in a hurry.

  • http://mamjed.com mamjed

    The itunes trick is a life saver!

  • http://dixoncrews.com Dixon Crews

    I use Dropbox to keep my school work in one place as opposed to having to email it to myself for another computer to print, etc.

  • Daniel Lange

    I use my Dropbox to keep my projects, htdocs directory, mysql database, iPhoto, iTunes & Things Library in sync.

    Another trick which might help you guys is to set a symbolic link to the settings folders of your applications. With help of that Dropbox will even sync those folders across several computers :)

  • http://www.bjornseigers.be Bjorn Seigers

    I use Dropbox to synchronise all my files (like the My Documents folder) with 3 computers/laptops.
    It’s really easy!

    Also for school purposes I use Dropbox in stead of memory sticks.

  • Martin

    I use dropbox to sync my passwords. I use keepass to keep my passwords encrypted, and store the keypass safe file in my dropbox. Secure passwords accessed from anywhere.

  • http://pixeld.posterous.com Jakob Lange

    My dropbox tip is: Create a folder on your harddrive (I created one for all my school work) and then create a symbolic link to that folder and put in your Dropbox. Now everytime something is put in to that folder it will automatically be synced to your Dropbox and vice versa. So now you always have a offline and online copy.

  • http://brewerjwebdesign.com Jamie

    I would have to say my favoriate hack is the: Multiple Dropbox Instances on UNIX Systems (Linux or OS X)!

    Thanks for the post

  • TobiasB

    Dropbox rocks cuz’ you can use it as a website host server!

  • http://blog.martindoersch.at MartinDoersch

    These are great tips. There are a lot which are totally new to me! Thanks for sharing!
    Best regards from Austria!
    Martin

  • Pablo

    My favourite is the new selective sync to havo lots of things but only downloads those really needed

  • Chris Andrikanich

    I love using DropBox as a documents folder for all my freelance projects. Now I can access all my web docs via Coda, and the files are always up to date.

    Also, a shout-out to using DropBox to sync Things across multiple computer.

    Web files and to-dos all up-to-date.

  • http://www.yankovic.org/ Happy Steve

    Theft Recovery for me.

  • Michael C.

    Honestly, using Dropbox as my documents folder is beyond great. At some point I will use it to back up pictures — but that requires a little cash infusion. Otherwise, it is a world-class service.

  • Benno

    i think none of the tricks is really made for me … but iTunes would be great, if there weren’t those tons of tv-shows in HD in my library.

    i’d love to win those $100 (:

  • http://sparktoignite.com Bradley Herman

    I use mine for a few awesome purposes… First, we use Dropbox and KeePassX (and KeePass on my home machine) to sync passwords for all of our clients stuff using Dropbox shared folders. If a team member here gets a new FTP password, they add it to KeePassX and we immediately all have the new password. This is amazing for us.

    I also use it to store all of my chat logs in one place. This way, regardless of whether I’m talking to a friend at home or at work, I can view all of our chats seamlessly.

    Lastly I use it for torrents. I have my PC at home looking for torrents in my Dropbox folder. Whenever I find something new I want to torrent, I can download the torrent at work, stick in my Dropbox folder, and by the time I get home, it’s downloaded.

    DROPBOX FTW!

  • http://twitter.com/jamy015 Jamy Mahabier

    Absolutely love Theft Recovery.

  • http://andymai.com Andy Mai

    I use Dropbox to store my e-book collection so I can read them on my iPad and iPhone using the Dropbox app.

  • http://drewillis.edublogs.org/ Elaine Willis

    I am a school librarian and can use Dropbox to access needed files without logging into the network. That way the students do not need to log out to allow me to access to necessary information.

  • http://twitter.com/revolution1210 Ian

    The PHP uploader is nice. Works a treat.

  • http://www.StreamlinePlanning.com Tim Meisenheimer

    I used DropBox to sync Things for Mac across three different Macs. As long as you close Things on the other Macs before making any updates, it worked great! We also use DropBox at work to present clients with valuable pdfs on our iPad.

    Great App.

  • Kelley Giffen

    I’m using dropbox to store those files I install immediately upon reinstalling windows on a computer… ;)

    And to share texture files with my fellow SecondLife Partners

  • Celso Hernandez

    I use dropbox to share my artwork and be able to show my portfolio in the go If necessary, I will definetely love to use it to sync my iTunes music library.

  • Knobi

    Using Dropbox as my Dokumentfolder is great idea.

  • Håvard Anda Estensen

    I use it to backup my files over multiple computers and important projects in After Effects.

  • Matt B

    I used DropBox at my wedding to share music and slideshows to the laptop hooked up to the projector. I also use it to always have important documents (like trip itineraries) on my iPod Touch.

  • donnieg

    I use Dropbox to sync things and 1pass across all my mac. Not to mention, it’s pretty much the newage thumb drive.

  • Murph

    Dropbox facilitates file sharing and cooperative projects and using it with the ipad truly creates the mobile office! What an excellent web app/service!

  • http://worp.pixlers.at/ WORP

    We (@pixlers.at) share our whole iPhone projects folders via Dropbox. So everyone has the latest stuff.

  • KevinL

    Use it for syncing 1Password and transferring files between work and home computers.

  • JC

    I use it to share folders with my wife. We both have Dropbox installed and she has a “Debi” folder. Great for going back and forth editing documents.

  • http://www.Twitter.com/MikeCase Mikey

    I love using Dropbox Portable. It makes things easy for me as a student because I can be working on files in class and when I get home, my work is already waiting for me.

  • Bogdan

    I use Dropbox as a backup folder for my website files

  • http://newlevelgraphics.com Heather St. Marie

    I am excited to try the PHP Dropbox Uploader in this article. I’m already using Dropbox for file sharing with my clients; this will make it even easier!

  • Mat Dauzat

    Dropbox makes it easy to share music sessions with mix engineers when recording albums. It’s fast, reliable… and global.

  • Gio

    I use Dropbox with my iPhone. I sync small files from my computer or off the web to the app so I can view them on the go. Pretty basic but works for me. :)

  • Lola

    Dropbox is a neat tool to sync a myriad of application settings among Macs. It’s really making life easier.

  • Erika

    I love the idea of using Dropbox as a theft recovery tool. I use it together with SneakyBastard, which takes snapshots of people using your laptop..

  • Marcin

    I didn’t know about the PHP Dropbox Uploader, thx for the tip :)

  • http://www.nunocarvalho.org Nuno Carvalho

    I use dropbox together with genie timeline (backup software) to backup my main work folders.

    basically genie timeline backs up (every hour automatically) directly to my dropbox folder (located on my 2nd non-os partition), which then get’s “backed-up” to my dropbox account.

  • http://Www.wwebandgraphic.com Chase Adams

    Dropbox saved my wedding. Thanks DB!

  • Ed

    I use Automator to backup my project work to dropbox automatically every night based on a tip from Matt Dunn

    http://matthewlyle.com/mac/how-to-use-dropbox-and-automator-for-automatic-backup-of-multiple-folders/

    Works great!

  • Jeremy Duncan

    I’ve never thought about syncing iTunes through dropbox, that’s a great idea. Might be a bit expensive though.

  • Evan

    I use it for my wedding biz. Keeping all my files for brides synced with my mac and iphone.

  • http://www.designtoday.info Mustafa Kurtuldu

    I like to sync my ftp & app password settings for work and home :)

  • http://yagua-piru.posterous.com/ robnilas

    Dropbox make life easier!! I loved

  • Don Woods

    I use dropbox for everything and spread the work.

  • http://david.am David Symons

    I use Dropbox to store my websites, which I work on in Dreamweaver. When publishing a site, it will then sync with my web server and become live.

    It successfully eliminates the need for FTP, you have the redundancy of Dropbox’s versioning method and backup system and it makes life much easier to publish new code!

  • http://knowledgecity.com Jae Xavier

    omg…
    this app is soo awesome…
    like fer totally shuurrreeee…

    I like using Dropbox for sharing music between my 5 computers and my android g1 cell phone.

  • Tyler Pinegar

    I mostly use dropbox to collaborate with design partners.

    I also use dropbox to keep all my android roms, themes, scripts, etc up to date between mac and pc.
    Additionally, it’s a great way for me to backup my 1password database.

    Dropbox is essential, I don’t know what I’d do without it.

  • Miso Zmiric

    Love it, and personally use it for file sharing between my home and office pcs and macs because it’s so simple.

  • anth

    I’ve used it when I blogged for someone else’s site to share high quality photos that they could grab and post.

  • Jfen

    Building upon the HTML/CSS idea, I keep a homepage for my iPhone located in my public folder for quick access to my most used mobile links (and thereby saving my home screen from having a bunch of webclip bookmarks cluttering my phone).

  • http://www.therandymancan.com Randy Schumann

    I use the iPhone app a lot to make quick backups of my photos & videos made with the iPhone as it may be days or weeks until I hook it up directly to a PC to do a backup within iTunes. Very handy!

    I was also recently at a software training seminar in Atlanta where we were given all of the presentation files (PDF & PowerPoint) on a thumbdrive. I dumped the files to my dropbox on my notebook and within a couple minutes all of the files were synced back to our server in Florida for all of my co-workers to have access to immediately. Much easier & more efficient than email would have been!

  • Khanh Le

    I use Dropbox to sync my Skype & Adium history :)

  • Nicolas

    No doubt about this : Sync Your iCal Calendar is thé best advic of all !!

  • Maya

    I use Dropbox (iPhone app) like the Amazon Kindle. Save .pdfs / ebooks on Dropbox to read later via the iPhone… Nifty.

  • http://hector-lee.com Hector Lee

    I love having a dropbox for my clients to drop project files to me. It makes me seem always available for them and they love it too.

  • Remco

    I love the “Using Dropbox & Eye-Fi for Instant Image Viewing” It will be an awesome way to keep family up to date with photographs without alot of hassle. (Same for clients in some cases.)

  • http://johndturner.com John Turner

    I use Dropbox to sync 1password db and my Textmate bundles. :)

  • Jui-You Tang

    My trick for dropbox:

    I have a symbolic link point to one of the network drive in my company where we store experimental product specification.

    I always can pull out specs with latest modification with no sweat at any time and anywhere.

  • goeker

    I use Dropbox to sync my documents folder.

  • Paulo Simões

    I love Dropbox. I use to syncronize my personal files between home & office.
    I also use Dropbox synchronized with Mendeley. Works great…

  • addogaudium

    Syncing my itunes across multiple computers sounds like a serious winner!

  • Frank

    I created a dropbox folder shortcut on my dads desktop, he does not know much about computers and is amazed on how I put files there for him to see, pictures, video, mps3.

    I also use it with my VPS computer to share files.

  • http://hd-webdesign.com Lukas

    Our little company loves DROPBOX ! we use it for file syncing and backup also to pass public links to our clients or friends – thank you so much DROPBOX Team :-D

  • Jack Franklin

    I have a local SVN Repo sitting in my Dropbox folder so I can keep track of all my changes locally and know they are backed up safely and obviously I can then sync that across computers.

  • http://www.celtic7.com Luke McDonald

    For business use, syncing web development files. For personal, a huge music library for me and my friends to share, anywhere, anytime, mobile, or computer.

  • http://franciscans.tv Matto

    I use it to sync 1Password, Typinator, DataGuardian database and the projects folder when working with the PB.

  • MiniNaim

    I use Dropbox since the begging; I love it and can’t live without it
    I use it for evrything and specialy to as a svn for my (css, xhtml; js) files + share my works with clients

    Thanks Dropbox

  • http://www.addtodesign.com Matthew Craig

    I use Dropbox for… well.. everything. But my most recent amazing use of it is to sync Safari 5 extensions across all my macs (I have 3). It’s actually very easy to do as well.

    Taken from (http://bit.ly/9Enb5P)…

    1. Move your Extensions folder (from /Library/Safari) to your Dropbox folder (/Dropbox by default)
    2. Open up the Terminal application (/Applications/Utilities)
    3. Type the line below

    ln -s ~/Dropbox/Extensions/ ~/Library/Safari/Extensions

    The third step creates a symbolic link (like an alias as MariusTH86 notes) so that when Safari looks for the Extensions folder, it is redirected to the shared folder on Dropbox, which will sync automatically.

    On other computers, first move any extensions not on the first machine from the Extensions folder in Library/Safari/Extensions to the Extensions folder in Dropbox, then delete the folder in Library/Safari/Extensions (if you copy the whole folder as in step 1, you will overwrite the first lot of extensions. Then, type the line from step 3 this second Mac.

  • http://www.ponjoh.com Pontus

    Dropbox is awesome. I use it sync my notes using Notational Velocity. I’ve chosen to save all notes in textfiles in my Dropbox, so I can always find them if need to check something I’ve written down.

  • Jennifer

    I’m excited about the dropbox/eyefi tip – I can’t wait to try that out!

  • Spreng

    I love Dropbox for it’s simple and easy file transferring and syncing. And I also use it to backup files.

  • Ryan

    Favorite tip of mine must be the ability to use it as Website/File Hosting and Sharing. For design and development, this feature….it’s a godsend. <3 DropBox

  • Greg

    U can move your 1password agile key hain to dropbox using the move button within the 1password app. This keeps 1pass synced between multiple computers
    cheers happy weekend

  • http://www.mariusstuparu.com Marius

    Best trick for me is the SVN repository on my Dropbox. My repo is available on every PC I need it, and I have full version control over my files.

    Second best is the Public folder, so I can send large files to my clients.

  • http://seven-brights.blogspot.com Bri

    I use Dropbox for work (I can start out working on a report from my desk and finish at home) and to share design inspiration with friends.

  • Karin

    1. Having present working files available on all my computers + be able to reach them at Dropbox website from all other computers. (This can take some space)

    2. Keep 1Password, MacJournal, Notational, (nice clipboard app), adressbook, synced between my computers

    3. Collaboration by using shared folder with friends, colleges, some clients

    Now I’m trying to sync Apple Mail between computers. Still don’t get it to work perfect but I’m on my way (It was easier with MS Entourage)

  • zilch

    dropbox syncs my work files regardless of whether i work at home or in the office.

  • Shishant Todi

    I use dropbox to always have a latest version of documents on all the machines and my phone

  • http://www.johnathoncorbin.com Johnathon

    My best for dropbox in the past has always been to use it to sync my itunes between my mac, and two pcs. However, with this great tip on multiple instances, I may reconsider. ;)

  • http://www.vectelligence.com Ilie Ciorba

    I like multiple accounts on the same computer, that’s very important for me since I’m not the only one using it. :)

  • Rua

    I love being able to access design projects from multiple computers. It’s saved me more times than I’d like to admit!

  • http://trishussey.com/ Tris Hussey

    If you use a password manager like 1Password, you can use DropBox as the backup location (good), but better is using it to store the datafile itself. For 1Password, their datafile format also includes a HTML file that will let you get into your passwords. So, load your DropBox files anywhere, navigate to your 1Password password store, and ta-da! all your passwords wherever you are.

  • Gasport

    Just a great way to sync my Quicken data files between my PC and MAC running Windows 7 in a VM.

  • http://www.seosheffield.org Ed Baxter

    I think that Dropbox is amazing, I love how you can use dropbox with your website (the dropbox uploader for example).

    But my favourite has to be having access to all my important data from anywhere and being able to sync on any pc!

  • http://twitter.com/taverneiro Michael M Kuhinica

    I like using dropbox as my GIT repository!
    This way I can keep my code synced in many computers privatly! ;D

  • http://www.thedesigngnome.com Max Luzuriaga

    I personally like to use Dropbox to sync my family’s iPhoto Library across computers.

  • http://designmovesme.com Roy Vergara

    I use drop box to sync my project files across multiple computers. The days of emailing yourself project files are over!

  • Francico Javier Lopez

    My itunes library is synced to dropbox. So while away @ my work computer when I purchase an album or come across tracks i simply drop the album or song into the dropbox itunes folder.
    i then go to “automatically add to itunes” folder dump my files there.

    When i get home and I OPEN MY itunes all the music files I dropped there
    are automatically added to itunes library for instant play.

  • Patty

    I sync 1Password using Dropbox and I’m looking forward to trying the iTunes library sync.

  • http://xyrer.wordpress.com Gustavo Parrado

    I use it as my own svn repository, and that way my boss can access the source code anytime he wants

  • http://www.scottcorgan.com Scott Corgan

    I love Dropbox! I use it to backup and access all my design and development work ( along with phpanywhere.net). Development in the cloud, design in the cloud. So awesome!!

  • http://twitter.com/isaacholmgren Isaac Holmgren

    When I’m at work, I may run across an image, document or other file that I want to keep personally. I just upload it to my Dropbox account and have instant access to it on my personal computer. No more time spent trying to find it online again after work.

  • http://xaviesteve.com/ Xavi Esteve

    I keep my portable apps in Dropbox so I don’t need to carry any USB drive.

    Also use Dropbox to sync my local web server among different computers. Even the MySQL database gets synced! (using Uniform Server).

  • http://www.beatnic.co.uk Nic Price

    Working with multiple clients, I can set up sharing for each client and project.

    It’s also reassuring to know files are being synchronised – as a kind of soft back-up it’s good peace of mind.

  • http://www.blackstonestudio.com Barbara Holland

    I use dropbox to transfer files with my family… we all have one account installed on our computers and we’ve created our folders inside. It’s awesome for my family members that live in another country to send/receive files in an instant, but it is also useful to send/receive files to my hubby’s computer. Faster than email or saving to a jump drive!

  • Kelicia Samuelson

    My favorite trick is the webcam/security sync. Maybe I can use it to find out which cat keeps puking in my shoe!

  • David

    Using Dropbox to sync iTune library is a great idea. Why didn’t I thought of that?

  • Cricket La Chica

    I love using DropBox to sync my Skype archives. Whenever I transfer computers, my Skype archives always gets cleared – but with DropBox, I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

  • mary

    I have lots of code snippets for my text editor Vim. With Dropbox, I can point my text editor to the snippets there so I’ll always have access to my latest additions whether at work or home.

  • Naveen

    Dropbox makes my life easy. the Itunes setup is awesome.

  • http://www.hellomynameisjuan.com/ kilinkis

    i really like to use to host some portable appz, they are always with me!

  • Eric Crissman

    I run multiple Dropboxes for work and personal use. I couldn’t live without it. Love it esp. for keeping my LittleSnapper library in sync between work and home and for website hosting mentioned here.

  • Fabio

    Dropbox? simply amazing
    I use it to keep sync my rapidweaver folder and project; my 1password keychain and now I use it with iDocuments.
    Above all because it supports symlink (mobileme doesn’t)

  • http://twitter.com/Digital_Misfit Digital_Misfit

    The two things that I use DropBox for the most are to sync my iCal/Anxiety events with my other mac at home, and to have a repository for all of my graduate school work. The great thing about the latter is I can share coding projects with teammates and not have to worry about tracking down files in emails. Definitely a life saver – I don’t even carry a thumbdrive anymore!

  • Liang

    I use Dropbox to sync the comics with my friends and my iphone on the go.

  • http://od3n.net od3n

    multiply dropbox on single pc tips quite useful for me.

  • Dominic

    I use Dropbox for SVN and Dev server files, torrents, and so much more… My favorite tip has to be the iCal syncing.

  • Ed Reeves

    My favourite feature has to be for a fast way to share files with friends.

  • namk

    I use dropbox for version control on programming projects with my friends, and as a root directory for web development so that our team’s files stay organized when developing.

  • Harish

    The public folder’s the best option to send those pesky large files n’ to host a small/large personal portfolio page….

  • Pat Bazinet

    Dropbox is part of my daily routine.
    I use it to sync 1Password and Things.
    I have converted many clients to use it instead of FTP.

  • http://twitter.com/paulohenriquesg Paulo Garcia

    I love Dropbox… It made my life much more EASY…

  • http://www.neilknauth.com Neil Knauth

    A somewhat well-known trick: using Dropbox as a simple web server for small projects. Just save your HTML files in your public directory and just use Copy Public Link to get their URLs.

    A possibly less-well-known trick: I use Dropbox for holding all the web fonts I’m using in my designs so I don’t have to worry about redownloading them on each computer I’m working with.

  • http://osmondinteractive.com/ Jon Osmond

    I love to use Dropbox as my documents folder.

  • http://danielwaldron.com daniel w

    I use the iCal trick, it’s a savior!

  • http://www.mykungfuisstrong.com Neil

    I love DropBox! It’s so useful. I use it to share files I’m working on with friends, keep some notes or files handy on the go with the iPhone app, and I also use it to keep my Git directory for super version control!

  • Ocar A. Mata T.

    Hi,

    I use dropbox for get my application preferences and databases synced between my computers. I use symbolic links, (not ones used by Finder), to get every pref file inside DropBox folder and sync it with my other Macs, so I do the same with any database that is neede for each application that I use for get my things done, and project management systems.

  • Matthew

    Favorite a file (pdf) on the iPad application and read it without wifi or 3g.

  • Dan Esparza

    I sync my Keepass password database between machines, and even share passwords with my wife using this mechanism.

  • http://plan-zero.org Cristopher

    I use dropbox to keep my development environment sync among my other machines, each machine have a localhost setup and the dropbox folder is there and sync my wordpress installation, i love it makes everything easier

  • http://flavors.me/andrewvolk Andrew Volk

    I use Dropbox to host my Coda Books with friends!

  • http://brucedene.net Bruce Fleming

    Dropbox is where I store media which I then link to from my blog. Quick, graceful, always available.

  • http://www.godpl.us Erico Rovayo

    I use Dropbox to sync a folder with multiple users working with the ProPresenter app. Very …. very useful.

  • http://www.twitter.com/iDannyR9 Danny Reyes

    I use Dropbox for keeping my folders synced between my Mac, PC and iPhone. Saves me having to carry my files around on a USB drive. Also I love To Sync my Calendars and Music From One Computer To Another. Inviting Friends can give you more space… up to 3GB! I LOVE DROPBOX :)

  • LaptopHeaven

    You can use it to trigger remote utorrent downloads.

    You can download the into a dropbox folder on one machine. uTorrent on the remote machine is configured to look for new files in the dropbox folder, so once the torrent sync, it’s loaded automatically by the remote computer.

  • LaptopHeaven

    I also created an apps folder and installed a slew of portable apps I use regularly (putty, keypass, etc).

  • http://www.oneighturbo.com oneighturbo

    We recently used dropbox with one of our motorsport photographers in Belgium. Perfect way to proof and transfer shots from the race track in Belgium to us in the U.S.

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  • Adam

    Great tips. I use Dropbox all the time and now I’ll add a few more uses

  • http://twitter.com/arneleiblein Arne

    Hey Guys!

    My Favourite Hack/Trick is the DropboxPortable. I like to have all Apps with me when I’m not at home. :)

    -Arne

  • anibalin

    Wicked tips. I use to store my .nk2 outlook file / outlook contacts / and many files that I embed in mails. Instead of inserting images I drop in my dropbox, copy the link and quickly edit the html in the new email.

  • http://semmu.info Semmu

    my very own trick is to store your avatar in your dropbox public folder, and link that image from the forums/sites/etc, so you can easily change your avatar on every site :D i love this solution :D

  • Tim

    I use Dropbox everyday, already forgot there was something like USB-Sticks…

  • AJ Webb

    I use Dropbox’s public folder all the time, I upload screenshots, zipfiles, html and etc for clients or colleges to proof or help me with. Dropbox has saved my life more than a few times. Also its easy to share files with co-workers by using shared folders, we do this a lot as well.

  • http://www.luminouscanvas.com Otto

    Dropbox, ah yes, It’s coming back to me now! Document storage for using across different computers, yes.
    Most are photo files I take with my iPhone, I can edit them right on the phone with PS Mobile and save on Dropbox ready for upload wherever I want. Or just save on Dropbox and use the full blown PS on any of my PCs.

    Sharing other files via public folders has been great as well. Once someone turned me on to this I shared with everyone in the office. That’s my best tip. Share it others, the more users, the more likely it is that Dropbox will be around for all of us!

  • Assis Haubert

    I’ve used Dropbox to save my CAD designs and if needed, to save the related files too. After Dropbox It’s possible without use of an USB stick or dvd copy to continue a drawing in my notebook for example.

  • http://www.webdesignwarehouse.co.za Zane Dickens

    I have clients that travel to numerous countries in Africa where their connectivity can be severely limited, however while travelling they have to present an online product / web app.

    To solve problems of having offline versions, on different machines, in different places, all using the same version of the software we used DropBox.

    We’ve setup DropBox on numerous laptops, to be the Xampp localhost folder and I simple upload the different versions (localized for each country they visit i.e. different databases) of the site and they have updated, accessible, localhost versions of the site without ever having to worry about it. Their machine whenever it has access updates the app automagically. They present with features added that night, without any intermittent connectivity problems.

    We don’t even live in the same city, I did this over the phone with them.

  • http://blog.dirkdallas.com/ Dirka

    I love Dropbox. It has saved my life.

    I use it mainly to keep my 1Passwords databased sync’d across multiple computers, ie my work and home desktops and laptops.

    I have never had any issues with it, as it works perfectly in the background.

    If you want some extra space here is a referral link that will score you extra room upon sign up.

    Check it out:

    https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQwNzMwOQ

  • Jeff Patzer

    The greatest part about Dropbox is the version history. Great way to get back to old versions of things without having to use GIT or SVN as version control programs.

  • http://stevenblack.com Steven Black

    The file version history, which you can upgrade to unlimited when you sign-up for a paid version of Dropbox, is awesome.

    I have Dropbox installed on my web server and some of my websites are synchronized this way. Therefore when I make a change locally, it’s live on the web in moments, automatically.

    The upcoming selective folder synchronization, currently in testing, works great too and I think Dropbox goes viral (well, more viral) when this is officially in the product.

  • ullie

    I use Dropbox work in my XCode projects among all my Macs (Two at work, and my Macbook). I just put all the projects in a shared folder (I have two Dropbox account, one for personal purpose, and another for job issues) so I can keep up programming my Apps just where I left them anytime and anywhere.

  • judith

    I love all these tricks & tips and can’t wait to try the ones I haven’t. But still, there is nothing like the simple elegance of DropBox syncing document files across machines when you are a non-techie workaholic and sometimes road warrior like me. My iMac, MacbookPro, iPhone, Sony laptop are always the same. I even sync important client reports in folders on employees’ pc’s and am staring a test program to use for sharing reports and key info with clients. No more email glut, no “we didn’t get the email attachment” calls and no more FTP upload/download. Management, consulting teams, and clients, all working more efficiently.

    I have a cleaner email inbox, I’m not lugging my laptop around nearly as much, I’m not dealing with FTP, I don’t panic over thumbdrives left on planes, and I’m always working with the right file. I don’t have to be a techie and can solve my own prob;ems. Thank you DROPBOX for being one thing this entrepreneur doesn’t have to think about!

  • http://anone.studiogbkk.com Anone Saetaeo

    Try this one, My PHP DropBox Gallery (Link: http://2boandco.com/) to share your Dropbox Photos with your own domain name…

    Cheer…

    *My example: http://studiogbkk.com/dropbox-gallery/

  • Veronica

    Both my friends that accepted my request and my boyfriend share a folder with me, just dropping files in it makes it so easy and interesting, we leave gifts for each other in it.

  • Mike Birch

    As a web developer, I like to use Dropbox as a temporary backup for my work in between daily or weekly backups. I simply make a tarball of all the stuff I’ve been working on and pop in in my Dropbox.

  • http://tweetreports.com Kristof

    I like using DropBox to sync application preference folders. Not all apps allow you to specify the default location for store preferences or databases, but for those that do, it’s a really simple and effective method to keep two (or more) computers synced. I can move fro one computer to the next and not miss a beat.

    Examples of Storing/Syncing;
    - Photoshop plugins
    - DevonThink Pro Database
    - iGTD database
    - WordPress Development using MAMP
    - 1Password
    - Little Snapper
    - Task Paper
    - YouNote
    - Quicken Databases
    - Client Project Files
    I no longer need to worry about transferring files to another computer or flash drive for meetings. I simply drop the files in DropBox. When I arrive at the client’s office, I fire up my laptop and the files are there for me.

  • Cheri Russell

    I just did a demo of Dropbox to students heading to University next year as part of their annual “Wish I Would Have Known” session. Smiles all around!

    In my job I use Dropbox to share large files that won’t “fit” on the network or in an email. It’s a life saver!

  • http://anthonycook.me [email protected]

    I backup the contents of my smartphone to dropbox, contacts, messages and ringtones all safely backed up for when i need them! :)

  • http://littleHandyTips.com Edwin

    I use dropbox to coordinate freelancing work with my colleague. I do website development and I normally focus on the technical aspects and my colleague on the creative graphical stuff. rathering than emailing designs back and forth, we put them in our shared dropbox.

  • Jordan

    I have a lot of e-books (PDF) and love being able to read them on my PC at work, Mac at home, or iPad on the go!

  • http://www.juliushaertl.de Julius

    I really love to use Dropbox As Document Folder

    Thanks

  • Christian Nilsson

    It has been mentioned before but its worth saying again.
    * Link to torrent downloader
    * Version control your recent work
    * Workspace for shared projects

  • http://www.elezea.com Rian

    My favorite integration is using it with Notational Velocity (Mac note taking app) and Simplenote. You can set it up so your notes sync across all 3 apps so that it is always accessible in web form and as .txt files.

  • http://www.video81.com Ahrensa

    This is a very good post for me. I think you should add more video and pictures because it helps visitors :)

  • http://aking.ca Adam King

    As a designer, I keep all my live design files in Dropbox. Having backups of the various states of PSD’s and AI files, for instance, can be a lifesaver if I happen to accidentally save over a particular design version, or neglect to save a copy and then later on decide I want to backtrack.

    Sure, better manual versioning habits are best, but for those of us who haven’t fully developed that discipline (most of us, I’d wager), Dropbox definitely helps fill that gap and accommodate for human fault + lack of foresight! (This is the best reason to get a Pro Dropbox license as well — unlimited history for the file versions!)

  • Karl Bowden

    Besides being a great business tool, from my android I can throw pdf’s doc’s etc into my ToPrint folder, and the folder watcher on my pc prints anything new that appears. Simple printing from an android!
    We also use it at work for emailing links for files that are too big to be received as email attachments. Handy indeed.

  • http://www.thinkproductive.co.uk Jiten Patel

    Awesome post, thank you for sharing.

    I work for a time management company called Think Productive and we swear by Dropbox. It is such an amazing concept esp for small companies which can’t afford to pay for alternative methods of storing and sharing files.

  • http://www.netzinspektoren.de Martin

    Thanks for this great ideas!

    I really like the Website/File Hosting part, since that’s a good way to test online.

    Personally I use dropbox as a central point to collect and share all relevant information with a friend regarding the coming holiday trip which we are planning together.

  • http://zaiza-farell.blogspot.com/ zaiza

    I love Dropbox, I work for all Application web or blogger, download, scrip, picture, my css web, music end other file for my job to sharing to another computer.

  • Robert

    I only use laptops these days. Syncing is hard and theft is always a concern.

    I created multiple Dropbox accounts: a main one and a temporary one for each laptop. In my main one, I created a “common” folder and share it with my temp accounts. That’s all I do with the main account. This folder is shared with all of the temp accounts and all Dropbox use is done in here. If a laptop is ever lost or stolen (or in the case of my work laptop: if I get unexpectedly let go) then I can get to any computer, log into dropbox.com and kick out the temp account and have it delete my personal files from that computer.

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  • http://www.sjokola.nl Bob van Vliet

    I have only the one computer, but I use dropbox as the most care-free back-up solution I can think of!

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  • Hunter Modisett

    I use my dropbox to sync all my school documents across my laptop, desktop, and school computers.My friends and I also share a folder which we put things we want to share in like songs and cd cracks.

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  • http://www.der-prinz.com Michael Oeser

    Tried to use Dropbox as my documents folder but I get this message from the terminal when I enter:

    -s ~/Documents/ Documents

    The response is:

    -bash: -s: command not found

    Unfortunately I´m not very familiar with the terminal.

    Any Ideas?

    • Aron Cedercrantz

      The command is “ln” which is called with the flag “-s” and the input “~/Documents/ Documents”. Also you need to be in your Dropbox directory for the command to work.

      If your Dropbox directory is located in the default location (your home directory), else you need to substitute “~/Dropbox” with the path to your Dropbox directory:
      “cd ~/Dropbox”
      Then link your Documents directory to Dropbox
      “ln -s ~/Documents/ Documents”

      Don’t type the ” (quotes) in the terminal.
      Hope it helps

      • http://www.der-prinz.com Michael Oeser

        Yeah…it works…thanks a lot for these great tipps. Dropbox rocks

      • http://www.der-prinz.com Michael Oeser

        hi there,

        how do I “undo” this command? What do I need to do if I no longer want my Dropbox folder as my Documents folder?

  • http://www.sullysrants.com Sully

    Why didn’t I think of the “Sync XAMPP/MAMP Directories for Testing and Development” idea. AWESOME – thanks for that great tip!

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  • fabricio

    syncing iCal is now my fav tip!

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  • http://www.racecar.no MrOuiOui

    I use it for general syncing! (home office and especially my picture databases)
    At the office, using symbolic linker, I am going to try using it to easily have all our 3D render slaves in sync regarding software updates, plugins and fonts.
    Cool! Only one installation from now on! Not on each individual computer!
    Lovely :D :D :D

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  • Tabris

    I use Dropbox for syncing files among Mac and PC, people in different projects, archiving my files and sharing files with public links. These tricks are amazing!

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  • http://comingsoon... Alan Hall

    …what can I say? I primarily use Dropbox as a music storage when I switch between Mac & PC’s at work, school & home. Also use it for my web files just in case things go PSYCHO! One of the best apps I’ve ever used on my Mac”Pack” Pro!

  • Hardik

    I use dropbox primarily to share photos with friends.

  • http://vieremedia.com/ Delilah Hinman

    Absolutely love being able to share Dropbox files with clients through the Copy Public Link ability!

  • http://www.webplussupport.com.au Rajbir

    I use Dropbox along with Portable apps. That allows me to keep not just files but programs and their settings in sync between multiple computers as well.

    I also keep Keepass password files in sync using Dropbox which I found most usable.

    Gotta Love Dropbox :)

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  • Vanderson Arruda

    The sync speed is excellent. I use like a “svn” for my files. I have used quite the backup feature.

  • http://inviadesign.com InviaDesign

    im already use dropbox to share web designs with my clients and some friends… :D other creative things is that you can use this to save some space in your web server, or if you use blogger you can storage your js files

  • http://saidur.com Saidur

    Favorite use is as a way to send very large file attachments on emails.

  • http://www.sankethkatta.com Sanketh

    I use it for syncing 5 different computers together, and to share big files.

  • Martin Jones

    I use keepass to keep my passwords synchronised. Storing the keepass archive in dropbox means that my passwords are in sync from all of my computers.

  • http://www.fotodepp.de Patrick

    I like the feature to share complete Photogalleries, included the lightbox and so on. Its a very easy way so show friends photos from the last party. ;)

  • http://www.michaelpalmer.co.uk Michael Palmer

    Collaborating on projects using the ‘Shared’ folder makes life very easy

  • Felipe Rijo

    Since my design studio works in separate offices across town, we use dropbox as a sharing device, to make all the current active files available to everyone at the same time. Awesome!

    I’ll test the website hosting tip, if it really works, I’ll be gratefully surprised!

  • Kelley

    I like using it for a webserver.

  • Markus

    I sync my iPhoto Library between my iMac an Macbook! Works fine!

  • http://www.antoineguedes.com Antoine Guédès

    Great post!
    I suggest Dropbox to everybody. It really changed my life, and the way I share files with my family, friends & customers.

  • http://karimbenhmida.com Karim

    I actually use Dropbox to sync some documents and 1Password between my Macbook Pro and my iMac

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  • js

    does anyone use it to keep mail synced across different computers?

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  • http://www.colinjreed.com colin

    I use dropbox for a number of things. the main thing is to be able to start torrents from any computer, or even my phone by having utorrent watch a folder. i also use it in conjunction with belvedere to automatically move new music and videos to the proper folders. I do the same for pictures so I can throw pictures in to it when I am traveling and have them moved to my backup drive at home. One other way I use it is to install third party apps on my android phone through the android app. It makes life so much easier!

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  • Trish

    We used to store all of our files on an external hard drive until it stopped working and had to have it professionally opened. Now we use dropbox. It won’t download a lot of pics from my iphoto library though and when I select a few it takes forever. i must be doing something wrong as no one else is complaining about it.

  • Gjergji Kokushta

    I use Dropbox as my Online Office – where I can find all my form, price-list, offer templates, issued invoices, letter templates – so wherever I am I can access my documents.
    I used Dropbox as a backup for our conference presentations. And from there after the conference we made the public – so everyone could download the presentations.

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  • simon

    Sync your files online and across computers with @Dropbox. 2GB account is free! http://db.tt/dw2gacy

  • Tradaonline

    I use Dropbox on all my mobile device:iPhone, iPad, all computer desktop, laptop to sync my important documents.

    I LOVE Dropbox :)

  • http://arganolie.favos.nl/ arganolie

    U know i see a lot of good comment, i’v bought an ipad and i love it, but i will love it more with this application. Thanks for helping me out. By the way nice blog.

  • Jen

    love Dropbox – but was looking to put it to better use. Your tips and tricks were really helpful AND easy to understand. Thank YOU!

  • Suraj

    I use dropbox as a student to save all my files. I never carry my computer around and study my notes on my phone on the bus going to class.

    I use it with AnkiDroid as well for flash cards. It’s awesome :)

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  • Margaret

    Love it to sync files and websites with people I work with!!!

  • http://hepihost.com hepihost

    I use Dropbox to help me for Download faster and especially for big file from Internet to My Dropbox and then to my PC. If I use Direct Download with my connection, it will take longer time to download it.

  • http://www.dashhyphen.com/ hyphen

    Now the Google drive has arrived, will Dropbox be able to compete? The Google privacy settings are a bit iffy, but it integrates so well with the rst of the Google account set up.

  • Alex Nesbitt

    I use dropbox to keep my ‘DJ-ing’ laptop up-to-date with music i find out and about.

    Whether i’m on my phone, computer or laptop they’re all synced together and up-to-date.

    NO MORE DUPLICATES!!!!!!!!!!!

    The best thing about dropbox is i can share my music with others and also having the files stored locally helps when there is no internet connection.

    Recently buying a android phone gave me an additional 50GB. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ME!!

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