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best dropbox appsIf you’ve been using Dropbox for a while, you may not have noticed that a whole ecosystem of applications have been built up to use the service. Over time, these apps have sprung up to fill all of the little holes Dropbox left unfilled. There are apps now for just about everything.

It’s possible to sync Google Docs to Dropbox, automatically send Gmail attachments to Dropbox, play music in a browser from your Dropbox music files, encrypt your Dropbox, easily host a website or blog in Dropbox, collect URLs and web clippings to Dropbox and to automate file syncs between all of your social networks and Dropbox. You can even view all of your Dropbox files alongside your Google Docs, Box files and FTP files in the one web interface. If you want to know the best apps to do all of these things, then read on.

1. Let People Drop Stuff In Your Dropbox

DropItToMe is a service which allows you to set up a URL specifically for your friends and clients to use for uploading things to your Dropbox. You can set a password which allows them uploading access via the URL.

JotForm lets you create an online form for people to fill out, which then gets saved to your Dropbox. The JotForm forms can be hosted anywhere and you don’t need to know much about web design to use the service.

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2. Connect Dropbox With Other Cloud Documents

Many people use services like InSync to perform a Dropbox-like sync for Google Docs to their home computer. But most don’t realise how easy it is to sync those files back to your Dropbox. All you have to do is change the local folder for InSync Sync Your Google Docs To Multiple Machines With Insync Sync Your Google Docs To Multiple Machines With Insync Read More to be your Dropbox folder.

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Another great tool is Otixo, which allows you to use one web interface to access all of your cloud documents, such as Dropbox, Box, Google Docs and FTP servers. We’ve written an article about Otixo before Otixo: Access All Of Your Cloud Accounts & Files From One Place Otixo: Access All Of Your Cloud Accounts & Files From One Place One of the biggest problems of using cloud servers to save your files is that you have to manage them one by one. If you have ten different cloud accounts, you have to log into... Read More if you want to know more.

3. Add URLs to Dropbox

There is one neat little app called URL Droplet which allows you to save a URL to your Dropbox for later. It could be useful for saving all those links you don’t have time to view at work.

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4. Email Attachments To Dropbox

To get email attachments into Dropbox easily, there are two really good methods. One is to set up SendToDropbox and get a unique email address for your Dropbox which you can forward emails to if you want the attachment saved. The other option is the attachments.me browser extension and website, which lets you save Gmail attachments to Dropbox from within Gmail easily, including the ability to set rules for incoming attachments.

5. Encrypt Your Dropbox

Those of us who are using the cloud heavily realise the importance of encrypting that information, as a security breach could otherwise be a disaster. There are several great tools to encrypt your Dropbox, such as BoxCryptor, DataLocker and SafeBox. MakeUseOf has a great article on how to use BoxCryptor here Encrypt Your Dropbox Files With BoxCryptor Encrypt Your Dropbox Files With BoxCryptor Dropbox is a great service, but its security track record is nothing to be proud of. We’ve previously written about encrypted alternatives to Dropbox, but let’s be honest -- Dropbox stands out among cloud storage... Read More .

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6. Edit Files From Within Dropbox

There are many reasons you might want to edit a document from within Dropbox. Using an app like TextDropApp Edit Text Files In Your Dropbox From Your Browser With TextDropApp Edit Text Files In Your Dropbox From Your Browser With TextDropApp Edit any text file in your Dropbox from your browser. It's easy to with TextDropApp, a web-based text editor that uses Dropbox for storage. Whether you want to edit text documents from Chrome OS or... Read More might be a great way for you to keep notes in sync across devices and edit via a browser. WriteBox does much the same thing, although it’s designed to be a minimalist interface for writers to use.

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7. Play Music From Dropbox

DropTun.es is a way to listen to your music hosted on Dropbox Five Streaming Alternatives To Google Music, Amazon Cloud Drive & Apple's iCloud Five Streaming Alternatives To Google Music, Amazon Cloud Drive & Apple's iCloud Steam your music from the cloud right now, without waiting for invitations or paying for the privilege. The headlines may currently be dominated by Google Music, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive, but cloud-based music is... Read More via a web browser. The music is streamed using either flash or HTML5 and makes for a simple, private alternative to other cloud music streaming.

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8. Host A Website From Dropbox

There are a number of great apps designed to make it easy to host a website from within Dropbox. Obviously, you could do this yourself with public files and your own domain mapping. To do it more easily, there are services like DropPages, Pancake.io and ScriptoGr.am to help you. Scriptogr.am even makes it easy to create a blog using Dropbox!

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9. Collect Web Clippings In Dropbox

GimmeBar is an app which lets you collect various web clippings for later use. You save them directly to your Dropbox, where they can be accessed from all of your devices. You could use it to create all sorts of things, like a private wishlist or a public story board.

10. Automate Everything Dropbox

Here at MakeUseOf, we love ITFFF because it can do some awesome syncing between your favourite social networks and online data (see our previous IFTTT articles here). It allows you to do some great automation with Dropbox, without needing to know anything about coding.

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Dropbox Automator by Wappwolf is another way to automate with IFTTT-style rules, but specifically for your online storage. It supports Dropbox and Google Drive (with Skydrive and Box coming). They recommend using attachments.me with Wappwolf to sync your Gmail attachments.

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Of course, there are many more Dropbox applications out there, including a number of apps specifically for use on mobile devices. Where there were a number of great apps to choose from we’ve listed the applications with the best free service, but that’s not to say there aren’t other great options out there. What are your favourite Dropbox apps?

  1. Ronnald
    May 1, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Files Board is possibly the best Dropbox client available. It is like managing Dropbox with a Pinterest-like interface. Very Cool! http://www.filesboard.com

  2. Wendell
    October 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    There is an app or web service that sends video from Dropbox to Youtube and from youtube to dropbox?

  3. silvester
    October 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    great........................

  4. salim benhouhou
    October 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    awesome apps Angela i will use therm for sure

  5. Eath Chantrea
    October 12, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Great information. Thank

  6. i-Toni
    October 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Very informative post. I'm not sure if anyone can put me in the right direction but after reading this post is it possible to make templates available for download using Dropbox and my WordPress site. I was looking for a downloads plugin but this may be a better option!

  7. Linda
    September 11, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I write and edit tv and movie reviews so one of the best apps I've used with my Dropbox is CloudOn. It allows me to write and/or edit documents using Microsoft Word and its track changes feature. I can then email the revised version to the person who sent it to me in the first place.

  8. jp
    August 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    •Any wireless/portable scanner suggestions best to suit scanning directly to Drop Box??

  9. jp
    August 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Any wireless/portable scanner suggestions best to suit scanning directly to Drop Box??

  10. Simon
    August 31, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Have a look at CloudCrypt (Mac), which transparently encrypts a chosen dropbox folder (works with other services as well): http://cloudcrypt.info/

    • Angela Alcorn
      September 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Thanks. Looks useful!

  11. Suhaib Butt
    August 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Great work.. Thanks for the information...

  12. Linette Marie
    July 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for the info

  13. vividvilla
    July 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    In above List...URL Droplet makes it count...I love this combo Dropbox+URL droplet

  14. bryan
    July 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Hi i have other app its same urldropelt its sendcloudload.com

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Awesome - thanks!

  15. Gian Singh
    July 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    definetly gonna try hoisting a site from it.

  16. Suhaib Butt
    July 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    ITFFF is a great tool , I like it alot , Thanks.... Also check this link it Got Great Info about DropBox

    http://www.creativepaki.com/5-most-useful-addons-for-dropbox.html

  17. Thomas
    July 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm
  18. EricWarnke
    May 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Here's hoping that next time Backup Box makes the list! We're the only Dropbox app that has no file limits. Everything else on this list will limit your transfers to Dropbox to about 150 MB :)

    https://mybackupbox.com

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 31, 2012 at 5:05 am

      Ooh, sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

  19. corey Richardson
    May 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Another tip from m, CloudDav from SMEStorage.com. It adds WebDav to DropBox & best of all it is free if you purchase the iSMEstorage App in the AppStore.

    The same company offer CloudFTP which adds FTP to DropBox. I use it to back up to DropBox using Plex.

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 31, 2012 at 5:06 am

      Wow. That's pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Admin Norm
    May 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Angela, You're right, I never knew. A wealth of info, thanks. Norm in TX.

  21. RayInLV
    May 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    What i'd really like to do is be able to Share any folder on my system to DropBox with a link. It is tedious to have to copy files into the DropBox Directory or alternatively to have to restructure things so they automatically are stored there.

  22. nate
    May 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I use part of my dropbox to host my ebooks library... Calibre + calibre2opds automates making your epubs available in catalog format for programs such as Aldiko (for Android) to use.

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      That's a great idea!

  23. David Ream
    May 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Re item 6. Edit Files From Within Dropbox, neither of the suggested apps appears to be available at Apple's App Store. Are there equivalent apps for the iPhone?

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      They're both web-based only at this stage, sorry. Maybe one day!

  24. Roy
    May 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I use a Google Chrome extension called 'Cloud Save' to capture anything from any webpage and save it to Dropbox or any of the other popular Cloud Storage Services. It is an amazing little extension which works a treat

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Sounds cool - thanks for sharing.

  25. Jensen bering
    May 23, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Here is a good page on encryption in Dropbox and all other cloud services, for free using free tools:

    http://raymii.org/cms/p_Encryption_on_every_cloud_service

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 23, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thanks for sharing!

  26. tguhh
    May 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Thank you, been using Ifttt for a while, and loved it :)

  27. Bakari Chavanu
    May 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Hey Angela, thanks. Didn't know about most of these.

    • skuda
      May 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Ditto. Dropbox is awesome. Next, we need a virtual runtime IDE to integrate with scripts saved in a folder in your Dropbox... hmm, that gives me an idea.

  28. L.
    May 23, 2012 at 1:41 am

    You should try zscreen/zuploader from http://code.google.com/p/zscreen/. It ist a screenshot Program wich also ca upload the clipboard and files up to dropbox and box.net.
    Screenshot programs which can upload graphic files to dropbox and several other:
    screenpresso from http://www.screenpresso.com/
    jshot from http://jshot.info/

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 23, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Excellent. Thanks!

    • Mark Wicker
      June 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

      appreciate the share

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