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Dropbox is among the oldest cloud storage services still active today, and it has its fair share of loyal users. But so many of them only use the default Dropbox app and nothing else. Third-party developers have made some fantastic Dropbox tools that every user should know of.

There are plenty of problems with Dropbox that the company itself hasn’t solved yet. For example, you might be running out of space regularly, or you might need a better way to receive files to your cloud drive. Dropbox’s own tools to address these issues are woefully inept, so we went looking for better solutions.

1. Finesse (Web): Schedule Files to Delete Automatically Later

Dropbox offers only a limited amount of storage space. If you’re running short, you can try to unlock more space for free 3 Effortless Ways to Unlock More Space on Dropbox for Free 3 Effortless Ways to Unlock More Space on Dropbox for Free In less than 5 minutes, you could boost your Dropbox storage limit by up to 30 GB for free! Read More . But a better option is to clean out your drive.

5 Brilliant Dropbox Apps You Didn't Know You Needed best dropbox tools finesse

Chances are, you upload files to Dropbox and then forget to delete them. Finesse takes your memory out of the equation by letting you schedule files to be deleted automatically at a later date and time. Just log in to Dropbox through Finesse, select the files, and choose when you want them to be discarded.

It works flawlessly, but selecting several files can be a bit cumbersome since you can’t “select all” in a folder. And yes, you can’t delete a folder either. But it’s still awesome since automating Dropbox can save you time every day 21 Ways Automating Dropbox Can Save You Time Every Day 21 Ways Automating Dropbox Can Save You Time Every Day Automate your repetitive tasks with Dropbox and save time. These simple Dropbox automation tips can make you more productive in an instant. Read More .

2. Sort My Box (Web): Create IFTTT Rules Inside Dropbox

We’re big fans of IFTTT (If This Then That) to create simple rules to connect two apps. To manage files in Dropbox with rules, Sort My Box is the best equivalent and one of the best tools for the Dropbox power user 5 Tools For The Dropbox Power User 5 Tools For The Dropbox Power User The popularity of Dropbox makes it difficult to start using any other kind of cloud storage. Here are 5 add-on tools for you if Dropbox is an essential part of your web workflow. Read More .

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There are three basic ways you can manage the rules: by extension, by what the name contains, and by file name patterns. Based on this filter, you can specify where to move the file to. It’s simple and easy.

The only caveat to this is that these rules apply to files stored in the Sort My Box folder in your Dropbox, which is auto-created the first time you log in. In a nutshell, you’ll need to start storing all your files in the Sort My Box folder. It’s a small price to pay for complete automation.

3. Drop It To Me (Web): Bringing Back Dropbox Public Folders

In March, Dropbox will be disabling its new “Public Folders” feature on free accounts. That means if you want others to upload files to your Dropbox, you need a Pro account. Or you can just use Drop It To Me.

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Create an account at Drop It To Me with a custom URL like dropittome.com/makeuseof and give that URL to anyone else. Meanwhile, connect your Dropbox to the Drop It To Me (DITM) account. Now, when you share the URL and you want someone to upload files to it, share your DITM password as well.

It can be an excellent Dropbox tool for creative geeks 10 Excellent Dropbox Tools for Creative Geeks Anywhere 10 Excellent Dropbox Tools for Creative Geeks Anywhere You can use different tools and third-party programs to make your geeky work easier. Let's explore a few professions where professionals can benefit creatively by using Dropbox. Read More , since they can collaborate on an open or crowd-sourced project.

4. Boxpx (Web): Create Beautiful Image Galleries From Dropbox

Dropbox automatically backs up photos Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of For many advanced computer users, Dropbox is the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices.... Read More and can serve as an excellent cloud drive for your images. And while you can share a folder of photos, even Carousel leaves a lot to be desired as an image gallery Dropbox Announces Photo Carousel & Project Harmony Office Collaboration Dropbox Announces Photo Carousel & Project Harmony Office Collaboration Dropbox made a few quickfire announcements as its ramps up once again on its seven year journey. Carousel makes photo sharing easier with a standalone app. Also, anticipated is the fruition of Project Harmony soon. Read More . Boxpx fixes everything Dropbox lacks.

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Connect your Dropbox to Boxpx, select photos, and create a blog-like image gallery. You can rearrange the photos as you like, in full resolution. But the best part is that Boxpx lets you add captions to each photo, which is a tremendously useful tool that several photo apps lack. Heck, even our much-loved Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos If you aren't using these hidden Google Photos features, you're really missing out. (Hint: There's free and unlimited photo storage!) Read More doesn’t allow it.

Boxpx is super simple to create a gallery out of, and you can then share the link with anyone you want — no Dropbox permissions needed.

5. Whisp.ly (Web): Encrypt and Upload Without Installations

Dropbox is pretty secure now, but let’s face it, no online account is completely safe. If you really want to protect your data, you should encrypt it first. BoxCryptor encrypts all Dropbox files 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 , but it encrypts everything, and needs you to install a program offline. Whisp.ly is a much better solution.

At Whisp.ly, you can add a file you want to encrypt and then, in one click, upload it to Dropbox. Then choose how you securely you want it sealed. Send the recipient a link, a PIN, or a password to this new file. Importantly, you can send all three through different methods (email, SMS, or by copy-pasting).

It’s a safe and secure way of transferring sensitive files to someone else, and making sure unwanted eyes can’t see it. And since Whisp.ly is made by the same people who developed BoxCryptor, you know the encryption is good.

Are You Still Using Dropbox?

In the past couple of years, it seems like more and more people are switching to Google Drive or OneDrive. They offer more storage for free, and they seamlessly link to other popular services by Google and Microsoft.

Are you still using Dropbox? Will you ever shift or are you happy with it?

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  1. Mark Rosen
    March 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Use it rarely simply because it is hard to look inside files for wildcards which Google Drive and OneDrive offer for free.

  2. jeani b
    February 28, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I have been using the paid version of Dropbox for about 2 years. I tried other solutions for managing my huge amount of photos and videos [no, I'm not a pro photog, just take a ton of pics of my kids, LOL], but this is the best for me. I love that I can upload from my phone and iPad and sort from there on my PC. Easy to share pics with friends and family and to find what I need.

  3. Doc
    February 22, 2017 at 2:02 am

    While I use DropBox at work, at home I'm switching over to Box.com - 10GB free, and I signed up when signing in through Android gave me 50GB free for life.

    • Mark Rosen
      March 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Box.com seems to be so buggy on the Ipad because it keeps on loosing my password and username so I keep on having to type it in every week or so.

      • Doc
        March 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        Don't have any iOS devices, so I wouldn't know about that.
        BTW, it's "losing," not "loosing." :)

  4. Fg
    February 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Onedrive is about 100x slower than dropbox. Hard to fathom why ms is so far off the pace.

    • Mark Rosen
      March 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      I agree.

  5. AM
    February 21, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Public folders is not the same as receiving files from users. On the bottom left of the navigation in your Dropbox account, you should see a link to request files.