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11 Dropbox Tricks You Didn’t Know About

11 Dropbox Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Unfamiliar with Dropbox? It’s basically a free file hosting service, but it’s also much more. Did you know that you can even host your own websites on Dropbox, for example? Dropbox has numerous benefits: for productivity, peace of mind, and good old convenience. Since standard Dropbox is free, go ahead and sign up. You won’t regret it.

Dropbox is powerful, and most users don’t make full use of its services, so let’s look at some Dropbox tricks you didn’t know about.

1. Easily get more space on Dropbox, for free.

Dropbox tricks: get more space on Dropbox
    Dropbox tricks: get more space on Dropbox

     

    To know Dropbox is to love it, so let’s look at how you can get more space, completely for free. Dropbox has its own “get more space” page, and the easiest way to get more space is (duh!) to pay for it.

    Free ways to get more space include referring friends (one gigabyte per friend, up to 32 gigabytes),  following Dropbox on Twitter, and connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts to the service.

    2. Share BIG files and folders with ease.

    If you’ve ever tried to send a huge file via email, you know that there are many challenges. End the frustration. Use Dropbox. You can share any file and folder you add to your public Dropbox folder using its link.

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    Right-click on a file in your public folder in Dropbox, and choose Copy Public Link. Send the link to anyone with whom you want to share the file, or post the link online.

    If you want to collaborate with others, it’s easy. Create a folder, and invite others to share it. When you work on a file in a shared folder, files are updated across every participants’ folder.

    3. Use Dropbox as a download delivery system for sales.

    If you’re starting a business selling downloads like MP3s, images, or ebooks, you can use Dropbox to deliver the files.

    Let’s say you’re a keen photographer. A family friend sees your portfolio, and wants to buy an image. You sell the image. It occurs to you that others might be interested in your images, so you decide to offer them for sale. You create a small website, and you make sales. Just send your buyers the links to their purchased images in your public Dropbox folder so that they can download them.

    Obviously this system isn’t ideal for the long term, but it’s a simple, hassle-free way to sell downloads.

    4. Use Dropbox to access needed files, wherever you are.

    Dropbox trick: use Dropbox on any device
      Mobile Dropbox

       

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      Think of Dropbox as your digital suitcase. You can take needed files with you, so that you can access them on any device. Check out Mobile Dropbox now. When you install Mobile Dropbox on your iOS, Android, Blackberry or Kindle Fire, you have access to everything in Dropbox, no matter where you are.

      You can use Mobile Dropbox to work on business documents at home; just copy the files to Dropbox. If you create files on your home computer, and save them to Dropbox, you can access them at work.

      Wish you could use Dropbox on third-part computers? You can. Send to Dropbox is a great free third-party service combining email and Dropbox. You receive a unique email address to send your files to Dropbox. Your files are placed in Dropbox/Apps/Attachments.

      5. Use Dropbox for security: back up your most important files to Dropbox.

      No matter how careful you are, and how often you back up your computer, things can go wrong. If you have files which you can’t afford to lose, copy them to Dropbox. Some apps will back up to Dropbox automatically, so check your favorite app to see whether there’s a Back Up to Dropbox option.

      6. Use Dropbox as a photo archive.

      You can use Dropbox to manage your photos. Any images you’ve saved to Dropbox now appear in an image archive, sorted by date. You can create photo albums, so that you can easily share important photos with friends.

      Want to use your images on the Web? Just drag the image into your public folder and grab the link.

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      Here’s a tip: create sub-folders to manage images in your public folder. Otherwise your public folder will become chaotic.

      7. Publish a website on Dropbox.

      Pancake.io: create a website on Dropbox
        Pancake.io

         

        Want to create a website in Dropbox? You can, with Pancake.io. Get as fancy as you like, or just publish plain text. You don’t need to worry about domain names and hosting to create a super-quick website. Pancake.io supports popular files types too, such as MS Office documents, PDFs, and images.

        Want to get fancy with Pancake.io? You can. Check out the Help files here.

        8. Digital nomad? Use Dropbox for all your documents.

        What if you want access to all your files, everywhere? You can do that if you wish. Create a documents folder in Dropbox, and make that your default documents folder across all your computers. Of course, if you have a huge documents folder, you’ll want to get extra storage from Dropbox to make sure that you have sufficient space for all your files.

        Check out our tip #10, Selective Sync. This is useful when you’re using computers with small hard drives.

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        9. Rock on: sync your iTunes library between your home and work computers.

        If you want to play your music and videos everywhere, you can sync your iTunes library to Dropbox.

        Just move your iTunes library to a folder in Dropbox. Then hold down the Shift key on a PC, or the Option key on a Mac, when you start iTunes. iTunes will ask for the new location of your library: browse to your Dropbox folder.

        10. Save space on small computers with Selective Sync.

        If you’re using a computer with a small hard drive, turn on Selective Sync. This option lets you choose which folders you want to be synced to a computer. Access this option via Preferences/Advanced/ Change Settings, and you can choose which folders will be synced to the computer you’re using.

        11. Back up apps to Dropbox.

        Many apps, especially those which work across multiple devices, will back themselves up to Dropbox if you choose Dropbox as your backup location. Check out the backup locations in the preferences and settings of your favorite apps to see whether they offer this option.

        Two of my own favorite apps, Scrivener and 1Password, back up seamlessly to Dropbox.

        So there you have it: 11 Dropbox tricks to make your life easier.

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        Last Updated on August 29, 2018

        5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

        5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

        Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

        Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

        Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

        1. 750words

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        750 words

          750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

          750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

          750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

          2. Ohlife

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          ohlife

            Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

            Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

            3. Oneword

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              OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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              Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

              4. Penzu

                Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                5. Evernote

                Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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