Thing 23: Dropbox
Dropbox has changed my life and is the answer to all my woes.
Possibly a slight exaggeration but the 23 Things team have definitely saved the best ‘til last as I discovered today when trying to work out how to get a high res image from my computer to the BBC for use on tonight’s One Show programme without involving a CD and a motorbike. I’d heard of Dropbox before and thought it sounded quite useful but had never really had call to use it myself – I’ve used CDs before if I have a big file to give to someone. Now I have discovered it though, I will definitely be using it when I need to give an archive image to someone and it’s too big for an email attachment. It allows you to put files into your drop box which is then saved into cloud storage and any made available to any other device (PC, Mac, iPhone) that you have the software on. You can then share a file with other people and allow them to download it to their own computer. The only downside on the sharing files side of things is that if you want to share more than one file with someone who doesn’t have their own Dropbox account you have to send the link to them for each individual file but if they have their own you can share whole folders with them – great!
Dropbox is also going to be very useful when I’m wearing my other archival hat – Secretary for ARA South East – which involves me organising meetings and events. It will be so useful to be able to put all the documents into Dropbox so I have the most up to date version at my work and home computers and my mobile too. It will also let me share docs with other members of the committee which will be really useful and avoid me having to email everything to myself.
Dropbox might even be edging out Evernote as my favourite Thing because, although I love the Evernote tick list, I have found it a bit clunky when saving PDFs as notes and I think for Word Docs actually just keeping them in their original form is best for the purposes I want to use them for. Evernote, as the name suggests, is great for notes though so I will definitely still be using it!