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Dropbox

Publisher:

Dropbox

Category:

Productivity

Devices:

iPhone, iPod, iPad

Cost:

Free (for 2Gb space)
To get 250MB extra space, sign up for your Dropbox account through this link: http://db.tt/PEIn9Eo

Link to iTunes:

 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

Courses:

Any

Ideas for Application:

  • Transferring documents from own computer to iPad
  • Using a shared dropbox (i.e. a class dropbox) for students to submit assignments or notes from the iPad
  • Using a shared dropbox to share documents with the students

Summary:

(from iTunes)
Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers.
App features:

  • View photos, videos, documents, and presentations in your Dropbox on the go.
  • Save photos and videos taken with your iPhone's camera to your Dropbox, including HD videos on your iPhone 4!
  • Share and send files via email, or copy and paste links to share with another app.
  • Export Dropbox files to other iPhone and iPad apps.
  • "Favorite" files to download them for fast, offline viewing.
  • Swipe your way through photo galleries

Strengths:

  • Available on many platforms: iPod, iPad, Android, Mac, PC
  • Easy to learn/use
  • Faster way to get docs to iPad than e-mail sharing or iTunes file transfer
  • Ability to search documents by name or recently uploaded, so even if you are disorganized in your file placement, it is still fast to find what you are looking for.

Weaknesses:

  • If you are sharing lots of pictures or videos, 2GB might not be enough sharing space
  • Seems stable, but there was an extended outage of the service a few weeks ago
  • Takes a while to get students used to using it

Helpful Tips:

If you have administrator privileges on your PC or Mac destop/laptop, install the Dropbox client. It makes it so that you don't even have to go to the Dropbox website to upload a document from your computer - just drag & drop it into the Dropbox folder and Dropbox does the rest. However, this many not work for school computers as most teachers & students do not have the ability to install programs.

Additional Comments:


Bottom line:

As Wired Magazine has written, Dropbox is "the iPad's de-facto file system." I've not found a more efficient or simpler way to get documents to my iPad. Highly recommended.

Reviewer:

Mattie Germer