Dropbox is a file hosting service and application. In essence it is a cloud storage service that offers file synchronization services. Dropbox is a magical little folder on your hard drive where you drop files and they are automatically synced to the cloud.
You can then access them from anywhere and from any device. File synchronization and sharing has never been easier before Dropbox. You probably know what cloud storage is and how important it is to sync and share files quickly.
This is why we will talk about some very useful, yet little-known features of Dropbox. You can share screenshots with ease by enabling the screenshot-sharing feature. With this option enabled, it will automatically saves screenshots to /dropbox/screenshots and copies a share link to your clipboard. You then simply paste the link (Ctrl+P) anywhere you want to share the screenshot.
Did you know that you, or other people who have access to your files (coworkers, project managers, friends, etc.), can write comments? You no longer need emails to keep track of the changes because each file supports commenting. Users are also notified when new comments are posted. You don’t need software such as Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint to preview your files.
Dropbox‘s file preview tool is able to open many types of files without requiring any extra programs. The only thing you really need for the preview is a Web browser. And the service can open PDF files as well. A zoom tools is included for large documents and you can even print from the file viewer. You can pick which files and folders to sync from the cloud to your computer using the Selective Sync feature.
This allows you to have only the most important documents (the ones you’re working on most often) on your PC. Keep in mind that this feature can save a lot of space when you’re dealing with large files like photos and videos.
With the Favorite feature, you don’t need an Internet connection on your mobile device to access your most important files. When you favorite a file on your device, it automatically gets downloaded in Dropbox on that device, where it can be accessed at any time. In conclusion, it is a very reliable cloud storage and file sharing application.
You get 2 GB of space with the free plan. Although you don’t get a lot of free space compared to what OneDrive and iCloud offer, Dropbox is one of the easiest to use apps. It also works on any platform, both mobile and desktop.