10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

Dropbox 300x300   10+ Best Apps For Your DropboxIf 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.

JotForm   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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 to be your Dropbox folder.

Otixo   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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 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.

URL Droplet   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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.

Boxcryptor   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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 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.

Writebox   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

7. Play Music From Dropbox

DropTun.es is a way to listen to your music hosted on Dropbox 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.

DropTunes   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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!

Scriptogram   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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.

GimmeBar Dropbox   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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.

IFTTT Dropbox   10+ Best Apps For Your Dropbox

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?

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L.

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

Excellent. Thanks!

Mark Wicker

appreciate the share

Bakari Chavanu

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

skuda

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.

tguhh

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

Jensen bering

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

Thanks for sharing!

Roy

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

Sounds cool – thanks for sharing.

David Ream

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

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

nate

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

That’s a great idea!

RayInLV

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.

Admin Norm

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

corey Richardson

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

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

EricWarnke

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

Ooh, sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

Thomas

Suhaib Butt

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

Gian Singh

definetly gonna try hoisting a site from it.

bryan

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

Angela Alcorn

Awesome – thanks!

vividvilla

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

Linette Marie

Thanks for the info

Suhaib Butt

Great work.. Thanks for the information…

Simon

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

Angela Alcorn

Thanks. Looks useful!

jp

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

jp

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

Linda

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.

i-Toni

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!

Eath Chantrea

Great information. Thank

salim benhouhou

awesome apps Angela i will use therm for sure

silvester

great……………………

Wendell

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