Dropbox is the first application which I’ve installed on any of my devices, be it my desktop, laptop or my smartphone. Dropbox has over 50 million active users worldwide, and is the easiest way to share, or access your files from anywhere, anytime and on any device. All of us use Dropbox mostly as a cloud folder, we put a file here and it is synced there, but did you know that we can use Dropbox for several other things as well?
Here are a few applications for Dropbox which allow you to do things out-of-the-box!
1. Host a website for free with Dropbox
DropPages is an app which lets you publish simple, but rich media websites on Dropbox for free. This is a simple, easy to use and absolutely free app that turns Dropbox into a sort of hosting provider by putting your files in your “Public” folder and then map it automatically.
2. Download Online Files directly to your Dropbox
Imagine that you are in your office and your office computer isn’t linked to your Dropbox, and your boss sends you a presentation at the end of the day. Now you would download the file, then get a pen drive and then copy the presentation, and then after wasting half an hour on this, go back home. How nice would it be if you could just download that file to your Dropbox, go back home and access it from there? but again, your office computer doesn’t have DropBox.
There is an app (a website) called “URL Droplet”, which first asks you to verify by oAuth to your Dropbox account, and then asks the download link. You just need to put the download link there, and then click “Download to Dropbox” and then forget everything. Now if you check your Dropbox folder, you can see the file once it has finished downloading, no matter if you have Dropbox installed on that computer or not. (This is my favorite app!). More on downloading files directly into Dropbox.
3. Request Files in your Dropbox Folder
Dropbox has a built-in feature which allows you to share a folder amongst people, and then you can either request or send files to the people with whom your Dropbox is shared with. What if you want to accept files from other people to your Dropbox without even sharing any folder of your Dropbox?
There is a free app called “JotForm for Dropbox“, which allows you to create a form with an “upload” button on it, and if someone uploads a file there, it gets synced to your Dropbox.
Alternatively, you can use another free service for doing this called “DropItToMe”, but I prefer using JotForm as it has some advanced security features. You can also allow blog readers to upload files to your Dropbox using Dropbox uploader script.
4. Automate Dropbox with other Social Tools
There are a few apps like “IFTTT” and “Dropbox Automator” which can automate and fit in various other social tools like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Evernote. What these apps do is pretty amazing, and you wouldn’t have even thought of anything like that.
For instance, using Dropbox Automator and setting it up, this app will automatically upload any pictures you uploaded to your Dropbox to Facebook or Twitter. Apart from this, you can even sync your ebooks you put into your Dropbox to your Kindle and also your clippings to Evernote. You can also automatically backup Facebook photos to Dropbox.
So these were a few free apps which allow you to do out-of-the-box things with your Dropbox. Do note that all these services use oAuth to verify your Dropbox account. If you have another interesting apps for Dropbox, drop them in the comments below!