Unfortunately, mobile devices are the best thing we have when we are away from our personal computers. Even if you can use another computer to work with, most people prefer not to download personal files to their work computer. Especially when they don’t have their USB thumb drive with them.
Just A URL Away
The combination of sideCLOUDload and your private Dropbox account will act as your virtual USB drive. If you always keep your computer on and the Dropbox client running, you can provide sideCLOUDload with the download URL when you are on the go, and have the file ready when you arrive home.
To use sideCLOUDload, have the download link ready and put it in the “Source URL” field. There’s no registration process because the service is intended to be used anonymously. You can save your user information if you want to. This step will save you from the boring repetition of filling out the form, but is not advisable if you are using a public computer.
If you want to send the file to your Dropbox account, choose Dropbox and fill in all the required fields. Please note that you can change the filename and save location if you want to.
The ability to choose your own location to put the downloaded files opens up other possible usages, such as remote triggering torrent downloads.
If you prefer to have the downloaded files in your inbox, you’ll have a slightly different form to fill.
Click the “submit” button to start the cloud download process.
That’s it. You’ve downloaded your first file directly to Dropbox. It can’t be simpler than that.
Add A Bookmarklet To Simplify
Another feature that will enrich the downloading experience is the bookmarklet. Go to the lower part of the screen and you’ll see the “sideCLOUDload BookMarklet” button. Click the information link to read more about the item.
Drag the button to the bookmark area to install it. You’ll be asked to rename the bookmarklet. Choose something short that you can easily remember.
With the bookmarklet installed, you can add any download URL quickly by clicking on the bookmarklet.
According to the information, you can edit the sideCLOUDload bookmarklet to suit your needs. If you want to do that, open the bookmark list.
Select the bookmarklet from the list and choose to edit the address.
From the script, you can see three important things. First the “cloudChoice“. You can choose where to send your files between “dropbox” and “email“.
The second option is the saving location. The default value is “sidecloudload“, but you can change it into the name of other folders inside your Dropbox folders.
The “submitIt” value determines whether to execute the upload directly (“true“), or not (“false“). If you want to change the value to “true“, you have to save your user information on the machine where you have installed the bookmarklet. Again, this is not advisable if you are using a public computer. If you want to, it’s possible to have multiple instances of this bookmarklet installed on your browser, each with different settings.
This is the pop up window that will appear when you click on the bookmarklet.
I personally find sideCLOUDload very useful. But what do you think? Will you need the service? Do you know of other alternatives? If so, share them using the comments below and don’t forget to check out our article about a similar service called URL Droplet.
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