If you’ve even got the least bit of internet savvy, you definitely know of both Dropbox and Evernote. These two, along with Spotify, are amongst my own personal “holy trinity” of software that every user should have installed on their computer. Dropbox and Evernote are useful for anyone and everyone. The purpose they serve to millions of people today are ones that we now can’t imagine ever going without.
Both of these services are 100% free to use and you can immediately get started with them just by registering an account and downloading the software. Both Dropbox and Evernote are set to start with my PC due to how frequently I use them, so they’re always just a few clicks away.
Something that a lot of people don’t take into consideration is the fact that each of these services also offer web interfaces. I think the Dropbox and Evernote web applications are completely underused and I’d like to shed a little light on them in this post.
Dropbox’s web interface can be accessed by simply logging in to your account from their main website.
Upon logging in, you’re immediately shown a list of all files and folders that are currently synced to your Dropbox. Through the web interface, you’re able to do everything that you can do through the container that the Windows or Mac client offers you. The functionality is completely the same, just a little less seamless (as Dropbox has done a great job of creating a desktop client that works fluidly alongside both of these operating systems).
The left-hand menu allows you to view and modify both your shared folders and folder links within Dropbox. Another really great feature about the web interface is that you can see a full log of events that provides a rundown on what has recently been happening within your Dropbox.
To my knowledge, the events log is something completely exclusive to the Dropbox web interface. There are a list of recently changed files in the Dropbox tray icon (for Windows), but the web interface offers a much more extensive view.
Though it goes against the whole functionality and purpose of the Dropbox software, you can easily use the web interface to organize your Dropbox folders and upload new files. It isn’t a service that is completely reliant on Windows Explorer or other file managers.
Uploading files will cause them to immediately be synced to any device that is currently running Dropbox. This is a really great way to access and upload to your Dropbox from remote locations or from devices that you don’t necessarily trust or want the Dropbox application installed on.
Dropbox’s web application does exactly what it should. It offers you every feature available in the standalone application’s version, and it presents everything very neatly and accessibly.
Just the same as Dropbox, getting in to Evernote’s web interface only requires that you go to the main website and log in to your account.
From here, you’re taken straight to a view of all of your notebooks and notes. Evernote Web is just as clean and structured as what I know of the Windows application. The web interface is extremely similar to the standalone application and they’ve done a great job of making them feel like two parts of the same product.
Your notebooks are listed to the far left with a list of tags beneath it. In the bar directly to the right of it is each note that belongs to the notebook that you’re currently browsing. In the largest frame is the note itself.
Full Evernote functionality is all there. Near the top-right corner of the interface are buttons to edit your current note, send it to a social network or through email, delete it, or print it. Clicking the button to add a new note offers a full WYSIWYG editor and access to all of your Evernote notebooks.
If you use Evernote, the Evernote Web Clipper extension is really one of the best ways to immediately take content from the web and add it to your Evernote with ease. However, using the web interface is a completely acceptable way to add notes manually. Like I said in the Dropbox example, if you’re away from home or using a friend’s computer then the web interface is really a great alternative to having to download and temporarily install a piece of software just to get access to your notes.
If you use Evernote’s web interface to browse through notes that include images, you’ll notice an icon in the top-right corner that allows you to access the Image Gallery. This is basically just a way to more cleanly and easily browse through all images in a note. This feature can’t be found in the desktop versions of Evernote.
Another thing that the web interface allows you to do is pop notes out into a separate window. From here, you can use left or right navigation arrows to quickly scroll through all of the notes in any notebook. It’s a really nice and distraction-free way of going through your notes individually.
Evernote’s web interface is really impressive. It’s a bit difficult to emulate Dropbox’s standalone look and feel, because it’s a piece of software that is reliant on your operating system’s file manager. However, Evernote is its own independent software and the web interface feels extremely authentic, and you should be very comfortable with it if you regularly use the Windows or Mac client.
Dropbox and Evernote aren’t anything I’m going to need to preach to MUO readers about. These are two of our favorite and most-covered applications, but let’s all keep in mind that they have web interfaces that really get very little attention. They are great resources and worth checking in to, especially if you’re away from your own personal computer often. If you’re really into these two applications, check out these two posts: Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage and Get Creative With Evernote: 10 Unique Uses You Haven’t Thought Of. Then, we also have in-depth guides on Evernote and Dropbox to help you start off with these two applications. Let me know what you think of these web applications in the comments below!