Tech Tip: Five Clever Ways To Make Dropbox More Useful

By on May 13, 2011, 4:09 AM

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

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

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Arris Arris said:

Great article, might have some use for at least a couple of these tweaks to the use of DropBox.

dunebeetle said:

The ultimate use of dropbox is this:

Dropbox + Liberkey + (any sort of decent launcher) = syncable and self updating programs.

Captain828 Captain828 said:

Excellent article!

This should help new DB users a lot.

Guest said:

"you can use Dropbox to do much more like autostarting torrent downloads from any location or device"

Don't forget Dropbox has said they will be freely sharing information on all your documents/files with the authorities. So be very careful about WHAT torrents you download!

Cueto_99 said:

Nice article! The bittorrent tip is quite useful and very clever... Wouldn't have thought about it!

Guest said:

For gamesaves it's probably worth mentioning that GameSave Manager has built in dropbox support.

All my savegames are there, my WoW addons and settings too.

gunste24 said:

Indeed, Dropbox is a great way to distribute large files.Comcast limits you to 10KB and gmail to 25 KB. I placed sections of my family history book into Dropbox, so interested persons could see the parts pertaining to them - 50-100MB with graphics.

A really excellent service.

Squuiid said:

Just DON'T store anything important on Dropbox:

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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Funny how the internet finds out Dropbox is not as, let's say, "transparent", as we thought, and immediately the next day Techspot makes an article about how to take advantage of Dropbox itself. I'm not blaming Techspot or anything, I'm just finding the (seemingly accidental) irony, quite amusing at the moment.

Guest said:

well, to say don't use dropbox for anything important is a little misleading. I use it for work, and the files I store are extremely important to me. I would hope that they are safe from disappearing from the cloud. However, non of these files have any SENSITIVE or CONFIDENTIAL information, so the government can look at them to their hearts' content.

Guest said:

Lawfer, your message has a point. I don't like these tactics at all. Anyway, last time here on TechSpot. I delete the site from my bookmarks. See you.

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