Dropbox is a powerful cloud service but it is more than just a website for online storage. Dropbox has many apps that work together with it to enhance your Dropbox experience. Besides automatically backing up your website to Dropbox, some of these apps or third party services will allow you to create a simple website with Dropbox, help you automatically organize your Dropbox files, and even let you email file attachments directly to your Dropbox account.
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Here are 20+ tools to help you make Dropbox even more useful to your everyday routine.
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Backup Box is a service that lets you transfer files between two different cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. It also lets you transfer files from your File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) and MySQL servers. A free account will allow you to do basic transfers between services; a paid account will enable you more features such as scheduling, and simultaneous file transfers.
Dropbox Automator lets you create your own ‘rules’ that help you automatically process files on your Dropbox. For example you can convert text files to PDF format or even upload pictures to Facebook automatically. A free account allows you 10 automations (rules) and can process up to 100 files or 100 MB. A premium account lets you work with more files.
BoxCryptor allows you to encrypt files before it is uploaded. This makes the files on your Dropbox encrypted allowing it only to be accessed through the program on your computer or the app (available for both iOS and Android).
[Windows] Traditionally, Dropbox only syncs files in your Dropbox folder. This addon (download link) allows you to sync folders outside of your Dropbox folder by just right-clicking the file and selecting ‘Sync with Dropbox’. Syncing a folder that is on your desktop means that files added or deleted from that folder will be synced in Dropbox as well.
[Mac] This is the Mac version of Dropbox Folder Sync Addon and works the same – folders outside of Dropbox can be synced. You can use it by right clicking on a folder and select ‘Sync with Dropbox (via MacDropAny)’ or dragging the folder to the MacDropAny icon.
JotForm is a form builder for your website that allows you to have the data from the filled form sent straight to your Dropbox. You can build the form and post the link for people to fill it in. Having JotForm linked to your Dropbox account, the information (that comes from that form you built) will be sent straight to your Dropbox.
You’re normally not allowed to change the location of important location files, but Dropboxifier allows you to ‘trick’ application files to read and write to Dropbox. You can then install Dropboxifier on another computer to access and edit the application data simultaneously which means you will have all your settings or data from your primary computer on the secondary one.
Most public computers do not allow you to install applications, but if you heavily rely on Dropbox for your work, then you should get DropboxPortableAHK. Like portable apps, this small application lets you run Dropbox from your flash drive which means you can sync and have all your files with you on the go.
This website allows anyone to upload files directly to your Dropbox account. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be provided with a password protected link unique to your Dropbox account. Whoever wants to send you a file (< 75 MB) can open the link in a browser, and key in the password to upload the file into your Dropbox account.
[Mac] DropLink is an app that sits on your Mac desktop. Whenever you drag a file to the app icon it will instantly be copied to the main directory of your Dropbox folder. If you prefer that it copies to another location, you can run the app and then drag it to the app window where you can select the folder you want it to be copied to.
Dropbox does not allow you to stream music files through their website; Droptunes on the other hand lets you do this. Once the app is linked to your account, you can view all the music files on your Dropbox with this simple online music player that has basic playback controls. They also have a paid iPhone app ($0.99) that does the same.
DropVox is an iOS audio recording app ($1.99) for the iPhone that instantly uploads the audio files directly to your Dropbox account. It records to a M4A audio format. The recording files are automatically named with the current date and time of the recording to make it easier for you to find in your Dropbox folder.
Gimme Bar lets you save images, text and even most videos to your Dropbox directly from a web browser. Just sign up at the site and get their bookmarklet. A bar will stick to the bottom of your screen. You can then drag anything (text, tweets, images, even screenshots) off your browser to the bar and it will be saved to your Dropbox.
DropPages lets you host a website with your Dropbox account. First, share a Dropbox folder named yourusername.droppages.com. Once that is done you will get a confirmation letter saying that your site has been se tup and you can begin using and editing content on the shared Dropbox folder to customize your website.
With this Visual Basic Script you can print from any computer that has a printer connected to it and has Dropbox running. The script will create a folder called ‘PrintQueue’ inside your main Dropbox folder. Files that are added into this folder will be printed. You can even add files from your mobile to instantly print while you’re on the go. Follow these detailed instructions to get it running.
IFTTT is short for ‘If This Then That’. It connects with a wide variety of ‘Channels’ such as Facebook, Twitter and WordPress – a total of 52 channels, including Dropbox. With this channel you can create ‘Triggers’ and ‘Actions’. As an example, you can set that every time you are tagged in a photo on Facebook, it’ll ‘Trigger’ a download of that picture into your Dropbox.
KISSr is another free web hosting service that uses Dropbox to locate all the files needed for the website. Your domain name will look something like yourusername.kissr.com. It then accesses one folder on your Dropbox; the files in that folder are used to manage your entire website.
Otixo brings all your cloud services together and allows you to manage all of it in one place. Once you’ve connected your services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box, or Google Drive, you can view all the files that are stored in them and move files from one service to the other by dragging and dropping.
Scriptogr.am is another simple web hosting service that uses Dropbox to manage your webpage. Your domain name will be scriptogr.am/username. It does not use conventional HTML but uses ‘Markdown’ which is simpler. It guides you on how to use this to get your simple weblog up and running.
This is a free service that allows you to save your email attachments directly to your Dropbox. You do this by sending (or forwarding) the email with attachments to a unique email address provided by the website. The attachments are then automatically saved to your Dropbox in a matter of minutes.
You can use this service when you’re on the move and want to download something straight to your Dropbox. You can paste the download link (to the file) on this website and it’ll be downloaded to your Dropbox. A handy way to get your work files ready on your computer from your mobile device.
Yet another web-hosting service, Site44 will give you the domain name username.site44.com. This service also uses a folder in Dropbox where you modify the HTML files which will update and control the look of your site. You can create a maximum of 5 websites with one Dropbox account and limited to 100 MB of bandwidth across all sites.
SortMyBox does exactly that, it sorts out your Dropbox for you with ‘Rules’ created by you. It creates a folder that moves files that are added into it to other folders automatically. For example ‘Rules’ with the extension jpg or png (image files) will be moved to the ‘Pictures’ folder in your Dropbox. Once it is set up, it’ll do all the work for you.
Writebox is a simple online text editor that links to your Dropbox folder. Once you log in, you can search for, create, edit and choose text files to edit on your Dropbox. It works great as a lightweight note-taker to use on the move.