DropBox beta...it's been here...General


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  1. smacky

    smacky Banned This Topic's Starter

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    A little late on this because I actually forgot I had it installed but the official beta for DropBox was closed after the first 1000 people or so.

    This is their site: https://www.dropbox.com/

    Their awesome wiki: FrontPage - Dropbox Wiki

    The apk. Download Dropbox.apk from Sendspace.com - send big files the easy way

    2 GB of space, perfect for having access to your documents, movies, etc. while on the go. Invaluable.

    Works flawlessly. Has worked for about a month now without force close (dunno why it would happen here, but browser betas suck and do force close...) and downloads complete with no issues.
     

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    16 gb sd card makes this a bit redundant for me :D

    Thanks for posting though. Ran across it one before and it looked really cool



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  3. smacky

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    Well, the thing is, you can access it from different computers. Unless you carry your miniUSB cable around or an SD adapter for your microSD around, you won't be able to even take documents and stuff off your phone.
     
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    Gmail and bluetooth baby. plus an sd card reader on my key chain xD



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    Don't mean to steal your thunder. It's an awesome app, thanks for posting it



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    I never got Bluetooth to work with my MBP. It finds it, but it won't connect to it. :( Otherwise I'd do that.
     
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    I think you are missing the point, andrizoid.

    The best feature of the service, for me anyway, is to share files not just for my own personal use across computers, but to share with others as well, on the go.
    Your SD card is irrelevant.
     
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    Andrizoid, if this is your first time hearing of this app, I presented only one of the many uses for it. It's really just the way I use it.

    Others use it differently. It's essentially like having a 2GB hard drive everywhere you go. If someone wants to download your file from a distance, they can.

    Plus, who gives you 2 GB of storage free these days? Unless you feel comfortable with people snooping around your GMail stuff.
     
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    This is cool for someone who doesn't know much about computers. But if you have server space at a host site or perhaps your own home server, you can essentially do this yourself. Though the idea of a mobile app is pretty cool. But as far as doing something like this with a PC and a laptop, a mounted server drive works just fine. And that way you're not editing multiple copies that may or may not sync properly, you're editing just one file on the server and you can get to it anywhere.
     
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    Will this work on 1.5? Or is it just for those on 2.1?



    I think it's out of Beta. Its on the Android Market now.
     
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    You're right. It is. The day I finally remember and share it :(

    But clearly it is for everyone, not just 2.1.
     
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    Pretty cool app. I have just now finished uploading some family pics/videos. Anyone know of a way to search apk's or other files on Dropbox, or is this a user upload/share only?
     
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    People who question it's usefulness or mention what they think are shortcomings clearly haven't used the tool. We use it at work to share just under 1gb of "standard" documents (spreadsheets, PDFs, presentations, etc, etc) amongst multiple users. As long as they have an internet connection, they'll have up-to-date copies of everything, no matter where they are.

    Just two days ago, I shared almost (200) pictures that my daughter off-loaded from her camera onto our laptop. How would I have gotten her those pics otherwise ? E-mail ? In less than 10 minutes, she installed the app, accepted the invitation to the shared folder, and had the pics on her PC.
     
  14. redpeanut

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    Thanks for the heads up on the dropbox app. I use it everyday for various things and have been waiting for an android version.

    Here's a list of clever things to do w/ dropbox.

    If you're new to it, please use my referral link :) for bonus storage.

    OBTW, if anyone needs a google voice invite, i have 3.
     
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    Dropbox (and Sugarsync, also a great app, and actually I think better on Android right now) also have versioning for files. If you change a file and then realize that you made a mistake, you can go back to a prior version. If you have a paid account, you can go back further.

    Also, because files are stored locally as well as on their server, you can work disconnected and have things resync (without thinking about it) when you reconnect.

    I have not connected my phone by cable to my computer for months now. Not only in mail and PIM info synced over the air, Sugarsync allows me to get any photos that I want onto my computer without connecting. It's worth it for a free app.
     
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    Use this program all the time and now it finally has an android app. Works great on 1.5. Here is my referral link also.
     
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    I've used dropbox for a while, but only sporatically. I'm glad that the android app is available now. I like the idea of not having to plug in my phone to my laptop to transfer pictures. I don't have bluetooth on my laptop so this method is probably the second best way to go.
     
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    I just got the app on my phone. I wish there were more settings. For example, it might be nice to tell it not to sync up stuff if you are on 3G, etc. If that is there, I didn't see it.
     
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    Disappointed that you can only upload files ONE AT A TIME. :(
     
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    From your phone? Maybe, but on your computer you just load em up and watch em go. Actually, on your desktop, there should be a folder where you just drag and drop the files in there and it uploads them, no log in or anything.
     
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    Yeah, you can only upload pictures one at a time from the phone. I wish we could check off the pictures that we want to upload...like when you send a picture through email. Another thing that kind of sucks is that right now, you can only upload pictures, videos, music, and text files. I wanted to be able to upload a .torrent file so that I can browse files when I'm away from my computer, but have bittorrent automatically start downloading on the computer.
     
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    Yes, from my phone. I've got hundreds of pictures on my SD card and wanted to send them to my Dropbox ... from my phone. I know I can transfer them via USB to my PC and drop them in my Dropbox folder but what about when I'm away from my PC ?
     
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    I would invest in an SD adapter. It's what I have and I just pull the microSD out of my phone, put it in the adapter and put it in the SD slot. It's a lot faster too.

    What you do, if you don't have the adapter, is simply plug your phone in, mount it, and drag and drop the pictures into the folder on your computer. It will automatically be uploaded to the DropBox account and you can access them on your phone whenever.

    Will you really need the backup procedure to be available while on the go? Do you spend days at a time away from the computer?

    What I used to do, instead of bringing a laptop to class, I brought my phone or Touch and accessed DropBox from there. I had all the powerpoints for all the classes that had them available and just read along that way. I didn't use it for backing anything up, other than essays if I worked on it on campus and needed it back at home.
     
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    Try Sugarsync. When I installed the new version this morning, it offered to upload all of the photos on my SD card.
     

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