5 Creative Uses for Dropbox

As we looked at earlier this week, Dropbox is one of the nicer syncing solutions in a long time. And with such tight integration with the operating system and great flexibility, people have come up with some very unique and creative ways to use Dropbox.

Here’s a few for your reading pleasure.

Share Photo Galleries

There are already many tools out there for sharing photos with your family abroad, but Dropbox is another good solution. It’s definitely one of the easiest to use.

Rather than taking a long time to upload files to a remote service, you can simply drag files from your computer or favourite photo management application (iPhoto, Picasa etc.) and drop them in a folder under Dropbox’s Photo folder.

Creating galleries is as easy as creating some folders.

Creating galleries is as easy as creating some folders.

Dropbox automatically creates a gallery that is available for people to see. All you need to do is right click on a folder of images and copy the public gallery link. Email the link to those you want to share with.

The simple, yet elegant galleries are a nice touch.

The simple, yet elegant galleries are a nice touch.

Shown here is a nice example of this usage. It’s the gallery of the folder where I save all my wallpaper files. You can see it in action (and take anything you like) from here: my wallpapers.

Consolidate Your iTunes Library

Keep your music up to date on all your machines.

Keep your music up to date on all your machines.

Rather than sharing your iTunes library all your family’s computers by keeping the files on a server or shared hard drive, simply keep it in your Dropbox folder. Ensure that your Dropbox account is setup on all the desired computers and then access the same library with all the same meta data (ratings, genres, album covers etc.) from everywhere.

Of course, unless your music library is very small, this option would require one of the paid accounts. 2 GBs of storage is not enough to hold most music collections.

Password Synchronization

Do the same with all your passwords.

Do the same with all your passwords.

Similar to the iTunes tip, you can do the same thing with your passwords. If you use a tool like 1Password or RoboForm, you know how nice it is to have all of your passwords in one place.

But when working on your spouse’s machine or your computer at work, suddenly you have to remember all those passwords again.

Use Dropbox to sync the application on multiple computers.

Create Your Own Digital Scrapbook

Because Dropbox sits right within the operating system and has nice web galleries for images, it’s a good solution for a digital scrapbook. Similar to a service like Ember, simply snap images and websites that inspire and copy them to a folder under the Photos in Dropbox.

Due to the nice thumbnails, you’ve got a great digital scrapbook that is available on the web and accessible via mobile devices as well. Click here for a great illustration of this idea.

Keep Your Firefox Profile in Sync

One thing I always disliked doing was trying to keep my Firefox items in sync across multiple computers. I’ve tried other solutions like Xmarks, but the easiest fix is to use Dropbox.

This way everything is synced — bookmarks, themes and extensions. Set up the browser the way you want it on one computer and enjoy that configuration on all your machines.

Flexibility is the Key

There is no end of ways to put Dropbox to work for you. With a little thought, you can improve your setup and gain peace of mind — this tool is flexible enough to fit to your needs. Enjoy!


  • Arania Jain

    Great post!

    Right now I use Dropbox just for keeping sync of my programming work. Will try the Firefox profile sync now. Definitely useful.

    Regards

  • Lukas

    I work in Student information center (for students by students). 1 month ago I convinced others and we installed Dropbox as our primary office-home share center. We have 3 PCs in office and 6 notebooks (everyone has its own). For now we use it in the free version as a test. But I can say, we improwed our workspace much. We put in Dropbox everything, we consider to be usefull for others. E. g. indesign files (we make university newspapper). So everyone can work on that file, there is no duplicity, it is very simple and the best. We can go “back in time” and undo on every computer (mac or pc). It is very powerfull tool for remote work and little backup in one.
    Dropbox is just simple and beautiful.

  • spyesx

    I use dropbox a lot when I travel. It is so usefull to know that I have a copy of my ID card, driver licence, visa… But I’ll never upload my passwords, credit card or unsafe things just because I’m not the owner of this system.

    • Carls

      You say that you save a copy of your ID card, driver licence, visa… But you’ll never upload your passwords. OK – thanks. You really don’t need to upload your passwords. With what you’ve put on Dropbox in unencrypted form, I’ll get everything I need just as quickly.

  • Sergio Alves

    I use dropbox to sync my photoshop presets, photos and programing stuff between home/work and i love it :D

    • Jason A.

      Oh, that’s great idea, to sync up with Photoshop. I use a lot of the same actions for batch processing between work and home.

  • Jason A.

    I have been using DropBoxto keep my Things database synced up between work and home. It works so well. I have both work and home set up so the CulturedCode folder (containing DB) is inside of my local DropBox folder, then point each Things app to that folder. Done! Now I can add a to-do, and it’s almost instantly updated on the other machine!

    I like the idea of the FF profile too. I’ll have to try that.

  • Eric Dunne

    Good ideas… loved Dropbox, now I love it more.

  • Brad

    First thing I thought of was the iTunes library. My wife’s iPhone is synced to her laptop, but wants music we’ve bought on our desktop.

  • http://idsandclasses.com Dusan

    In my Dropbox I keep my Thunderbird profile folder and my ‘work’ folder. Dropbox is a life saver if you use more than one comp

  • Mech

    I host my website via DB.

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  • Jonathan

    For Photo Galleries, you can use My PHP DropBox Gallery.

    It’s a PHP script to generate a photo gallery on the fly on your server, from a directory of your dropbox.

    Demo : http://2boandco.com/demo-php-dropbox-gallery/
    Download : http://2boandco.com
    Forum Support : http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=15885

  • Bowe Frankema

    I’m using Dropbox for:

    1: Music Collaboration.. Using Logic on the Mac you can easily exchange music projects with your friends by saving the project in the dropbox folder, and sharing it with your friends.. awesome!

    2: Quick Previewing of Designs for my Clients.. When I’m working on a logo I can show my client updates with a few clicks by sending them the public link of the file through Skype/IM.

    3: Use it on my WordPress blog:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dropbox-plugin/

    4: Sync Documents, Photoshop Presets and Photos with friends on the road.

    Can’t live without it!

    • http://aspensnowmass.realtmo.com/i/Aspen_Buttermilk_Real_Estate Thomas Morgan CCIM

      Thanks for the tip on the wordpress plugin. Going to try it out!

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  • Jared

    Dropbox is the most user friendly Cloud storage but you have to work for your free space. If anyone wants to sign up via my referral, they will receive a free 250 mb upgrade. (I will too) http://db.tt/E2TftlM … Also, dropbox has a scavenger hunt for the next week that will get you another free gb. http://smugsmog.com/dropbox-scavenger-hunt-walkthrough/

  • Chuck T

    I found dropbox three months ago just in time to send wedding photos to all the family and get extra space when they sign up. worked out great.

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