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Cloud storage and data syncing is something nearly every PC user is resorting to nowadays. The flexibility and ease of use offered by cloud storage providers is prompting people to turn from physical data storage to web. The question is choosing the most apt service provider. There are both free and paid cloud storage options and most companies offer such packages to suit varying client needs. DropBox is one leading contender for Cloud data storage and syncing. It is very user friendly and offers support for multiple OS and mobile platforms.

DropBox can be used on PCs running Windows XP and later editions. It can be used on Mac OS and Linux too. You can download DropBox from the company website and installing the PC client is a hassle free process. Creating an account with the company is also required at this stage. There is an advanced setup option too.

The entry level free account in DropBox comes with 2GB of data storage. For more storage, you need to pay. This can be frugal for users dealing with plenty of data and media content. Rival Google Drive offers whopping 15 GB of data storage for free. Another irk is that there is no intermediate package between entry level 2GB and paid 100 GB package. The paid plans are costlier than both Google Drive and OneDrive. If you refer friends and they join you get 500MB additional storage.

Post installation a folder named Dropbox will appear on the PC’s hard drive. The default location of the folder can be altered if you want. A shortcut appears in the system tray as well. Any file or folder you keep inside this folder will be uploaded to servers. The users get generous download and upload limits for file sizes. The upload limit is nonexistent when you use desktop app and the web interface imposes a limit of 10 GB per file which is pretty decent. This is much better than what some rivals offer.

While the data upload is automatic you need to remember DropBox use a different file syncing service compared to other contenders. If you delete a file in the PC’s Dropbox folder that will be removed from all other synced devices that have DropBox installed. Accessing any uploaded file can be possible even with the app’s web interface from any computer. The files you save in one device, shows up on the synced devices automatically. The interface is quite simple and beginners will feel comfortable using it. The system tray can be right clicked to access many functions and set the preferences anytime.

Where DropBox lags behind Google Drive is editing uploaded files. To edit an uploaded file, you have to download it and then it needs to be re-uploaded. This is in stark contrast with Google Drive, which lets you edit uploaded files online easily. However, DropBox offers creation of image gallery and file sharing through link. If you have limited internet usage package, throttling upload and download speed is possible in the app. It also offers Selective Sync which lets you select which files will be available for download in specific device.

DropBox is ideal to streamline and speed up collaborative workflow, good for small to midsized offices. You can invite colleagues who use Dropbox to access a folder. It is useful for projects and you get to know when others access the shared folder. The web interface is nearly as good as the PC app UI. It comes with a nice video player and slideshow feature for images. You can also view documents saved in DOC and PDF formats. It saves previous versions of files up to a month. Any change made to a file is updated by the app promptly.

Nowadays, nearly all cloud storage and sync service has mobile apps and DropBox does not lag behind either. Its tablet and mobile apps are available for platforms like Android, BlackBerry and iOS. The omission of Windows Phone OS is somewhat baffling. The mobile apps however act as a shortcut to download data. All the apps can be downloaded and used for free.

When you store important documents and data on Cloud servers, security becomes a big concern, naturally. This is even more applicable for companies using cloud services. DropBox deploys 256-bit AES encryption for data storage. SSL is used for safe data transfer. The data actually gets stored in much touted Amazon’s S3 servers. However, some major security lapses and data theft made headlines a couple of years back. To address the flaws, DropBox now offers two -factor authentication, much in the heels of Google.

Positive Points:
•    Easy to setup and configure.
•    Support for multiple OS and mobile platforms.
•    Seamless data syncing, sharing.
•    Intuitive web UI.

Negative Points:
•    No real-time collaborative syncing.
•    Frugal data limit in free plan.
•    No mobile app for Windows Phone.

Conclusion:
DropBox continues to be an extremely user friendly and flexible cloud data storage and syncing service. It is easy to set up and customization options are aplenty. Data syncing across devices is almost flawless and the option ‘Selective Sync’ is like icing on the cake! Sharing links online and working with other DropBox users through shared data and folder works like breeze. The web UI is excellent and comes with options to slideshow images and play back video files. However, there are some areas where rivals race ahead by a significant margin. Both Google Drive and OneDrive trounce DropBox when it comes to free storage limit. They also offer more affordable paid plans. DropBox lacks any online document editing capability, forcing users to download a file for editing needs. Another glitch is lack of support for Windows Phone platform.

Rating: 4/5







Dropbox Publisher's Description

Allow site visitors to upload files to multiple directories without being able to modify or change those files. Serializes uploaded files so that one never overwrites another.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Allow site visitors to upload files to multiple directories without being able to modify or change those files. Serializes uploaded files so that one never overwrites another.

Publisher: perlservices.net | License: Shareware | Price: 25.00
Version: 1.0 | Platform: CGI and Perl, Scripts
Released Date: 09-01-2011 | Rating: 5 | Title: Dropbox

Author Url: http://www.perlservices.net/en/programs/dropbox/index.shtml
Program Info Url: http://www.perlservices.net/en/programs/dropbox/index.shtml
Download Url: http://www.perlservices.net/en/programs/dropbox/index.shtml

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