Hey, I’m glad you’re interested in learning about Dropbox! However, before you check it out I figured I’d share some thoughts on why I think Dropbox is such a great product. Of course, if you’re just dying to see what it’s all about, you can head on over to their site just by clicking the button below:
If you’re not familiar with Dropbox it’s an incredibly easy to use and smart piece of software that you install on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. Once installed, you simply drag files from your computer to a Dropbox folder and within seconds it syncs to all of your devices (and stores a local copy on each machine), so that you can easily access those files everywhere. It works seamlessly and best of all it’s free!
My First Time Using It
I first started using Dropbox a few years ago at work, when a coworker had suggested it for simple file sharing. There were about 5 of us that needed access to the same set of files (particularly design files), but it was a major pain in the butt to share them with each other. We could have setup an internal network or used something more robust, but at the time we were in need of something super simple that just worked and it fit the bill.
How I Use It Today
Almost immediately I fell in love with the product and have been using it ever since. At work I have my office PC, but I also have my personal laptop that I carry everywhere for taking notes and bringing up docs during meetings. I’m not a big fan of having a million papers everywhere and I can barely read my writing when I’m in a rush, so this works particularly well for me.
The only problem is that when I’m at my desk I work on my desktop. However, the moment I get up and walk away I’ll grab my laptop and I frequently need access to the same set of files I was working on at my desk. Dropbox solves this need perfectly for me by automatically syncing files from computer to computer so I have access to everything no matter where I go.
Why I Love It
Often times, when I share my affinity for Dropbox I’ll typically get asked the following question, “why don’t you just use Google Docs?” The simple answer is I’ve been using Dropbox for years, so at this point it’s mostly a habit. However, there are some specific reasons why I continue to use Dropbox over other tools with similar capabilities – here’s a few:
- It’s simple, no frills – they do one thing and they do it well
- It’s fun to use… there’s something gratifying about syncing files with Dropbox
- It’s seamless and reliable, I’ve never lost a single file
- It stores local copies on every machine, so I can access files offline during my commute
- I use it for syncing everything – photos, images, docs, etc… not just files like Google docs
Now don’t get me wrong, programs like Google Docs are amazing especially when you’re talking collaboration. However, for my own personal use and file storage Dropbox gets the job done. It also helps ensure if anything happens to my laptop I’ll always have copies of all my files on another machine or at Dropbox.com.
So, there you have it. Dropbox is a killer product, which I heartily recommend to just about anyone. If you’re ready to give it a shot, go ahead and sign up to get your 2GB free storage right now.