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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 apps that picture-taking iPhone users will want to have as part of their mobile repertoire.
Dropbox 1.4 Features
One of the newest features in the recent Dropbox 1.4 update (iTunes Store Link) is the ability to upload multiple photos and videos from the Dropbox app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. In previous versions, you could only upload one photo at a time. But now, in version 1.4, you can use a dedicated Uploads tab to export photos in your mobile library to your online Dropbox account.
This bulk upload feature is great for quickly backing up your photos on your mobile device. This can even be done over wireless 3G access. You simply click the Uploads tab in the menu bar of the Dropbox app; navigate to your Photos Album for the camera roll on your iPhone and individually select the photos you want to upload; and finally, click the blue Upload button. Done. Dropbox saves you the trouble of having to connect your Apple mobile device to your iTunes library in order to get photos and videos off your device and onto your computer.
If you need to better manage your Dropbox folders, check out these these two folder action tips for Mac users that will automatically move items from your Dropbox folders to a designated folder on your local computer.
Picbox – Upload Your Camera Roll To Dropbox
If you take lots of photos with your iPhone camera, you’ll know that Apple doesn’t make it easy for you to get those photos out of your Camera Roll and onto your computer. Well, although the latest version of Dropbox now has a bulk upload feature – as described above – another Dropbox related app, PicBox (iTunes Store Link), makes bulk uploading photos twice as fast.
With PicBox, you can upload all the photos on your iPhone to your Dropbox account with the tap of just one button. The images uploaded to your account will be put into a folder entitled “Picbox” and inside that folder will be another one consisting of your uploaded images. PicBox will even keep track of the photos you previously uploaded so you don’t have to spend time figuring out which images you’ve already copied to your Dropbox account.
While it is quite easy to browse image files using the Dropbox app on your iPhone or other iOS device, another free app, the ad-supported DropPics Lite (iTunes Store Link) includes a few added features for browsing images on your Dropbox account.
DropPics is essentially a picture viewer that enables you to get a thumbnail and slideshow view of the images in your Dropbox, as well as move, copy, and delete them in your account. You can also view your images by date taken, name, or by random order.
There are a few restrictions to DropPics Lite (you cannot save pictures or upload them from your camera or photo library), but it’s still a useful app if you regularly keep photos in your Dropbox account.
Let us know what you think of these applications. Are there other Dropbox related apps that you like? Let us know about them.