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chatbox for dropboxDropbox is one of the most useful applications out there as far as I am concerned. I have it installed on nearly every device I own and it’s very helpful when it comes to reaching my most important documents. Whether I need to print an important document How To Print Files From Your Mobile Phone Using DropBox How To Print Files From Your Mobile Phone Using DropBox Read More on the fly or just want to share a file with someone who is technically challenged, Dropbox simplifies the process.

One great thing about an application as useful as Dropbox is that other people – like us here at MUO – find interesting ways to utilize it and make it even more useful for others. For instance, you can use Dropbox to share files 2 Tools To Make File Sharing on Dropbox Faster and Easier 2 Tools To Make File Sharing on Dropbox Faster and Easier One of the players in the file sharing game is Dropbox. This popular file backup and sync service allows its users to share files easily via a "Public Folder". With this feature, sharing files is... Read More , manage your photos 3 Tools For Managing Your Photos In Dropbox [Mac] 3 Tools For Managing Your Photos In Dropbox [Mac] For us Apple iOS users, the Dropbox application is one of the best solutions for syncing images between your computer and one or more mobile devices. In addition, there are a couple of other iOS... Read More , sync files 5 Cool Apps That Make Dropbox Even More Useful 5 Cool Apps That Make Dropbox Even More Useful Read More on various platforms, and cut time off your school work 3 Reasons Why Students Should Be Using Dropbox 3 Reasons Why Students Should Be Using Dropbox Read More . You can even recover your lost files How To Recover Lost Files In Dropbox How To Recover Lost Files In Dropbox What happens if you accidentally delete a file in Dropbox? Will it be gone forever once the changes are synced? Yes, the file will disappear but it won't be entirely gone just yet. So is... Read More with it. Now I’m going to show you how to chat with it as well.

What Is Chatbox?

Chatbox is a free application that adds project collaboration features to the already handy Dropbox. You can use it for commenting and annotating files or for simple project collaboration around folders with relevant files inside. Chatbox stores everything inside Dropbox, which makes installing the app extremely simple as it does not even require you to register an account.

“Chatbox makes it easy to discuss or comment on files shared over Dropbox. Install it, right click on any files / folders inside Dropbox, and start conversations with people you shared the Dropbox folder with.”

If you share a folder in your Dropbox with other people, whether it be your family members at home, a group of friends, or your co-workers at the office, you can essentially comment on important files so that the others know what is going on with them and they are kept up-to-date. Or alternatively, you can just have a playful chat around the files in your Dropbox.

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Chats can occur around specific projects with Chatbox, which can be especially helpful if you’re collaborating on a large project that incorporates a lot of different files.


How Do I Use Chatbox?

To get started using Chatbox, head over to their website and download the app for OSX. Right now Chatbox is only available for Mac but you can sign up on the site to be alerted via email once Windows and Linux versions become available.

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Once you install the app, using it is as simple as right-clicking on files in Finder and selecting Show Chatbox. This begins a conversation on any file in your Dropbox instantly. As stated earlier, your comments and conversations are stored inside Dropbox, so you won’t ever lose them, and they barely take up any room, in case you were worried about that.

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If you share your folder with others you can invite them to join the chat as well.


Chatbox (beta) is pretty light on features in its current state, but it gives you a simple way to communicate with others sharing the same Dropbox folder as you, which is pretty useful, and it is poised to get better. From installation to usage, I was impressed with how easy the whole process was. It will be interesting to see what other features the team adds in the coming weeks to make this app even more of a necessity.

What do you think about Chatbox? Do you like the idea of using Dropbox as a chat utility?

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  1. Bakari
    June 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Looks very useful. Thanks for the review. 

    • Steve Campbell
      June 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks, Bakari!

  2. Simen
    June 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Here is a alternative for Windows users:
    (only in Norwegian for now, but will auto-update to English version within a few weeks)

    • Steve Campbell
      June 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Simen!

  3. Bruce Colthart (@bccreative)
    June 8, 2011 at 1:16 am

    I'm a Mac user, but my network of PC users precludes me from using it until its version arrives :(

    • Steve Campbell
      June 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      That's too bad, Bruce, but understandable. Hopefully that will be out soon!