iPad for Engineers – Dropbox

DropboxDropbox is the evolution to the process that us old-timers called the floppy swappy. When I first got started with computers, like a lot of us, I had several wallets of different, sometimes labeled floppy disks, containing a collection of utilities and documentation that I occasionally needed to referred to. The next method of keeping your collection of files handy was the Zip Disk, followed by the CDROM and eventually the USB flash drive.

A little over a year ago, I started using a service called Dropbox (I initially became aware of it by the name dropbox.io, which later became dropbox.com). It is a very useful service that allow you to copy your files to the “cloud”. There are several options on how you can use the service. I started out with using it with just the browser interface. Where you really see the advantage is loading the client software on Mac, Windows, Linux and a collection of mobile platforms. The local client creates a directory on the machine it is installed on where any file/directory placed in that directory is periodically sync’d to your storage on the Dropbox could which is then immediately available to all the other machines on your account.

The advantages to Dropbox dont end there. I am involved in several volunteer organizations where I may take pictures at an event that are needed for the monthly newsletter or local newspaper. I can “share” the directory by sending an email to the person who needs the pictures. Where that comes in handy is that I dont have to try to email the individual pictures which depending on the mail server they may be on might reject the pictures because the size of the attachment is larger than what the email administrator has chosen to allow.

For those of you who are using GoodReader or Evernote, you also have a way to import the PDF’s in Dropbox with either of the applications. If you need for that the storage you start out with, you can either send emails when you need to share something with a friend and have them signup for the service or you can purchase larger storage amounts if you need even more. Check out Dropbox.com, the uses for it are only limited to your imagination.

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