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Dropbox is finally available for Windows Phone

Windows Phone as we know it is not long for this world, with Windows 10 and a universal app strategy set to replace it soon. But one of the most important gaps in the Windows Phone library has just been filled nevertheless, as Dropbox has finally released an official app for Microsoft’s stuttering smartphone platform. The Windows Store app for tablets has also been updated with a much-improved new interface.

The cloud storage company’s Windows Phone app is the latest fruit borne from its new partnership with Microsoft. Although third-party Dropbox options have been available on Windows Phone for some time, it’s good to see a legitimate release out there considering the critical importance of cloud data to many.

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13 Tools To Supercharge Your Dropbox

In this round up, we are presenting for you 13 excellent and extremely useful tools to supercharge your Dropbox. We have seen that over the past few years, Dropbox has become extremely popular in the masses. It is a powerful cloud service but certainly more than just a website for online storage. There are many apps that can work together in order to enhance your overall Dropbox experience. Keeping this in mind, we thought it will be helpful if we compile a list of some useful tools that can make your Dropbox experience even better.

So without any further ado, here is the complete list for you. In this collection, you will find 13 tools to make Dropbox even more useful. Here is the full collection. Do share your opinions with us via comment section below. Enjoy!


Dropboxifier helps you share saved games and application data between computers by simplifying the process of adding folders to Dropbox and creating symbolic links. If you’ve ever used Chrome/Firefox Sync, or played a game that had Steam Cloud support, then you’ve already experienced what Dropboxifier can do for you!


DropLink is a simple software that allows you to sync any file or folder on your Mac with Dropbox


Access All Your Online Files with a Single Login.

Dropbox Folder Sync Addon

Dropbox Folder Sync is a simple app for Dropbox that allows you to seamlessly sync folders outside the Dropbox folder. Pretty handy for syncing Firefox profiles, saved games, music library, Outlook data files etc., to Dropbox directly from their locations. Sync and Unsync to Dropbox just by using the right click menu on the folder. It actually works by moving the folder into Dropbox and then putting a symlink in its place.


Sync any folder on your Mac with your favourite cloud storage service, using MacDropAny, and unleash the true power of the cloud everywhere in your digital life.


Sync any folder on your Mac with your favourite cloud storage service, using MacDropAny, and unleash the true power of the cloud everywhere in your digital life.




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Microsoft targets Dropbox and Google with unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft is removing its OneDrive storage limits for Office 365 subscribers. If you’re an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber then OneDrive storage will be unlimited in the coming months as Microsoft rolls out its changes to every account. OneDrive for Business customers will also get unlimited storage as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 roadmap. While Microsoft’s unlimited OneDrive storage is rolling out to all Office 365 accounts in the coming months, you can opt-in to be upgraded early over at Microsoft’s OneDrive preview site.

The surprise move comes just months after Microsoft gifted 1TB of OneDrive space to Office 365 subscribers. At the time Microsoft also doubled its free space and aimed to beat competition from…

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Weekly Inspiration – Destiny, Design Beats, Dropbox Guides & more

It’s that time of the week again, a chance for you to sit back and be inspired by some of our favorite web and mobile designs from the past week.

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How to Monitor Download Count in Dropbox

Dropbox has made it easy for us to share files publicly. We can put a file out there to be publicly downloaded via a public link. Users can download or save files into their own Dropbox account. However, as the owner of that file, we don’t get to see how many times our shared file has been downloaded by the masses.

Dropbox is not intended for storing downloadable files. It may terminate the public link once the bandwidth threshold is surpassed. Still, if you want to monitor your shared files download count, here are two viable workarounds you can use.

Method 1: Using Short URL

Short URL services like Bitly and will track how many times the links are clicked, showing you the count of how many times your file has been clicked on.

Bitly remains my favorite URL shortening service to date. Bitly’s statistics report of a link’s performance is more comprehensive compared to other similar services that I’ve tried. Bitly lets us see the click count in a specific range of time: hourly, 7 days, and 30 days. Bitly also shows us geographical reports, recording the places where our links are clicked.

method 2: Using Dropbox Plugin

Although Dropbox doesn’t have a downloaded link count, it does have the Dropbox API which allows developers to build plugins to help you do that. One outcome of that is OrangeDox.

To get started with Orange Dox, connect OrangeDox to your Dropbox account.

Once you’ve allowed OrangeDox to have access to your Dropbox account, OrangeDox will retrieve the list of files stored within. Through OrangeDox, select the file you would like to share.

Then create the public URL and specify the name to describe the URL.

Hit the “chain” icon as shown below to see and get your URL address to share to anyone.

OrangeDox’s statistical report is quite comprehensive as well. We can sort the report by Today, Yesterday, or in a specific date range. To view it, navigate to the file that you have shared, and click the link title. It will pop up a new dialog and display the stats quite nicely, like below. That’s it.


Both methods have some shortcomings. These methods merely redirect the users to the Dropbox page where they have to hit the download button in that page to download the file. This may not represent an accurate depiction of the actual number of downloads as the numbers shown in Bitly as well as in the OrangeDox statistic page only counts how many times the URL page has been clicked. At best, this gives us a ballpark figure of how popular the file is.

It might get weird: why Dropbox employees are goofing around on company time

Out in the San Francisco bay, behind AT&T Park, a giant version of Dropbox’s “open box” logo bobs up and down in the waves. It’s actually a paddle boat, with the giant box built on top; inside, two of Dropbox’s employees are pedaling it around with no idea where they’re headed.

Meanwhile, the company’s nearby offices are humming with a bizarre but infectious energy. In one corner, a scooter retrofitted with two motorized wheels, a webcam, and a MacBook Air navigates between conference rooms…

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15 Tips To Get More Out Of Dropbox

By now, you probably have your favorite cloud storage platform, so if you are reading this, we’re expecting you to be a fan of Dropbox in spite of all the other options out there. And why not? Dropbox is full of surprises, and has a ton of features that allow you to better manage and do a lot more with your files and data.

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In this post we will be sharing with you 15 other things that you can do with Dropbox, including download legal torrents remotely (yes, Dropbox checks the legality aspect for you), restore overwritten documents, change the background wallpaper remotely, and be the default storage for your photos on your mobile devices.

Also included are some tips on how to better secure your Dropbox account, how to speed up the syncing process, or sync selected folders only, and more.

1. Use Selective Sync To Save Storage Space

Whenever you install Dropbox on a new computer, you need to resync all the folders and files that are available in your Dropbox account onto that new computer. That will take up a lot of space (especially if you have a lot of files) and it consumes a lot of time. Instead of doing that, you can choose to use the Selective Sync feature to only sync certain folders.

  1. Right click the Dropbox icon then click the settings icon and choose Preferences.
  2. Go to the Account tab and under Selective Sync, click Change Settings.
  3. Tick the folder that you want to sync and click Update.

Use Selective Sync To Save Storage Space

2. Make Dropbox Your Default Folder For Documents

Sometimes, we forget to sync the documents that we’ve stored in our PC with what we have on Dropbox. Well, now instead of manually transferring your documents to Dropbox individually, you can have the entire Documents folder synced to your Dropbox instead. You can do this both in the Windows and Mac operating system.

For Windows platform:-

  1. Open your Windows Explorer and right click on Documents then choose properties.
  2. Click on include a folder… and select your Dropbox folder.
  3. Click Apply and OK.

For Mac platform:-

  1. Open up Terminal by typing terminal in spotlight (CMD+Spacebar) and press Enter.
  2. Type cd Dropbox (if you have Dropbox installed at the default location) and press Enter.
  3. Copy and paste this command ln -s ~/Documents/ Documents and press Enter.

Make Dropbox Your Default Documents Folder

3. Use The ‘Favorite’ Function To Access Files Offline

In the Dropbox app version for mobile, there’s a way for you to access your files offline. By tagging the file as ‘Favorite’ you will be able to access it, even when you’re not connected to the internet. To do that, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Dropbox app and go to any of your files in your Dropbox account folder.
  2. Tap and hold the file that you want to access offline and choose Favorite.

Use Favorite To Access Files Offline

4. Restore Previous Versions Of A File

If you’ve made a mistake by overwriting your previous saved file, there’s a way for you to obtain the previous version of the file in the Dropbox website. This way, if you happen to edit something but later realize that you still want the original, you can use this handy feature to obtain it. To restore the previous version of a file, here are the steps.

  1. Go to the official Dropbox website here (make sure you’re logged in), and look for the file that you’ve overwritten over your original.
  2. Right click the file and click on Previous versions.
  3. Choose the version that you want and click on Restore to restore the file.

Restore Previous Versions Of File

5. Enable Two-step Authentication For Better Security

On the internet, a single step authentication that only relies on your ID and Password is no longer sufficient. That’s why most services have introduced two-step authentication to provide you with better security, and that includes Dropbox. To enable two-step authentication for Dropbox, here’s how.

  1. Visit this link (make sure you’re logged in) and click on Enable under Two-step verification.
  2. Click on Get started and type in your Dropbox password.
  3. Choose the method for your two-step authentication, be it using text messages or the mobile app.
  4. Enable Two-step Authentication For Better Security

With The Text Messages Option:-

  1. If you choose the text messages option, you will need to enter your mobile phone number , click Next.
  2. Wait until you receive the 6-digit code from Dropbox then insert the code on the blank space and then click Next.
  3. You will be asked to put a second mobile phone number as a backup. You can insert one (if you have any), or just continue by clicking Next.
  4. This time they will provide you with an emergency backup code to disable the two-step verification.Save the code somewhere you won’t forget and then click on Enable two-step verification.

With The Mobile App Option:-

  1. If you choose to use the mobile app, on the next page, they will ask you to download any one of their supported authenticator apps and have it installed on your phone.
  2. Once you’ve installed it, add a new time-based token and use that app to scan the barcode shown on the Dropbox website page you’re currently at.
  3. Or you can choose to do it manually by clicking on entering your secret key manually to show the secret key. Click Next when you’re done.
  4. This time enter the 6-digitally generated code on the mobile app and click Next.

Once you’ve set up your two-step verification process, the next time you need to login to your Dropbox, you will need to add this 6-digit code as well.

6. Download Torrent Remotely

Did you know that with Dropbox you can download your torrent remotely? Most Bitorrent clients are capable of scanning a folder to look for any new .torrent file for them to start a new download task. This means that if you’re outside and want to torrent something back at home (make sure it is legal otherwise Dropbox will warn you, and yes, they can do that), all you need to do is just download the .torrent file on your phone and upload it to the torrent folder on your Dropbox.

  1. Create a new folder on Dropbox and rename it to something like ‘Torrent’.
  2. Open your Bitorrent client go to its settings page and look for something along this line – Auto adds torrent files in "…" folder and have it enabled then link it to your Torrent folder on your Dropbox account.

Download Torrent Remotely

7. Unlink Dropbox From Unused Devices

Sometimes we have linked our Dropbox account to a few computers or devices in the past, that we probably don’t use anymore. So it’s probably a good idea to unlink these unused devices from your Dropbox account, just as a safety measure. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Visit this link (make sure you’re logged in) and scroll down then look under Devices for your linked devices.
  2. Look for the one that you want to unlink and click on the X button then choose Unlink.

Unlink Dropbox From Unused Devices

8. Remove Access Permission Given To Apps

Beside unlinking unused devices, you can also remove access you’ve given to apps to access your Dropbox account. Some people would have given an app permission to access their Dropbox account before, and if they no longer use that app, they have most likely forgotten to revoke it. To remove such permissions, follow these steps.

  1. Visit this link (make sure you’re logged in) and scroll down then look under Apps linked for apps that you’ve given access before.
  2. Locate the apps that you want to revoke its permission, then click on the X button and choose Uninstall.

Remove Access Permission Given To Apps

9. Check your Events Timeline

If your company uses Dropbox for work purposes, you will probably end up sharing a lot work files here and there.It becomes more difficult to keep track of what is actually happening with certain files. Luckily, there’s a feature called Events Timeline, that will list all the events that happened within your shared folders. This way you can easily find out when important changes were made and by whom.

  1. Visit this page (make sure you’re logged in) and you can see all your past events on that page.
  2. You can sort the page by your shared folders or dates by clicking on the Dropbox icon or the dates on the top right. You can search through past events as far back as 6 months ago.

Check your Events Timeline

10. Search For Deleted items

It’s not impossible to lose your file in a cloud, especially in Dropbox where you can easily edit, move and delete files immediately from wtihin your desktop folder. Well, if you did accidentally delete your file, don’t get frustrated just yet because lucky for you, your deleted file is safe with Dropbox for up to 30 days, just in case you’re interested in restoring it. If you want to reclaim your deleted file, follow these steps.

  1. Visit this page (make sure you’re logged in) and search for your file name at the top right search box and press enter. Don’t worry if no results appears. Click on the advanced search on the right side of the search box.
  2. On the advanced search page, make sure you have the option Files, Folders and Deleted Items ticked. Then click on Search to look for your deleted file.
  3. This time you will see your deleted file, but it has been grayed out and you need to right click on it and choose Restore… then click on Restore again to claim your file once more.

Search For Deleted items

11. Add Dropbox As Print To PDF Option (Mac Only)

Maybe you find something interesting on the web and want to save it as a PDF to read later on. Did you know that you can save the PDF straight into your Dropbox folder? That way you can even access a PDF on your mobile, and you won’t forget to transfer it to your phone.

  1. Go to your /Library folder
  2. Look for PDF Services folder, or if it doesn’t already exist, create a new folder and name it PDF Services.
  3. Create an alias of your Dropbox folder and put it in the PDF Services folder.
  4. Go to any website page and press CMD + P, then click on the PDF dropdown on the left and choose your Dropbox folder.

Add Dropbox As Print To PDF Option (Mac Only)

12. Change Desktop Background Remotely

It is painful to lose our desktop wallpaper collection once we’ve switched to a new computer or when we have our PC reformatted. If you don’t like the idea of transferring your wallpapers from your old computer to an external hard drive and to your new computer, why not create a Dropbox folder that caters only for your desktop wallpapers and have the system default wallpaper pointed to your Dropbox path? Besides, with this method you can even remotely change your wallpaper.

For Windows platform:-

  1. Create a wallpaper folder in your Dropbox folder. Next, transfer all your wallpapers to that folder.
  2. Then right click your desktop and choose Personalize.
  3. Click on Desktop Background and click Browse… then choose that wallpaper folder you created on your Dropbox.
  4. Select all your wallpapers and select the timeout for your desktop to switch between wallpapers.
  5. To change the wallpaper remotely, just add a wallpaper into your Dropbox wallpaper folder on your other Dropbox connected devices.

For Mac platform:-

  1. Create a wallpaper folder in your Dropbox folder. Next, transfer all your wallpapers to that folder.
  2. Then right click your desktop and choose Change Desktop Background…
  3. Click on the + sign and choose your Dropbox wallpaper folder.
  4. Tick on Change picture and select the timeout you want your desktop to switch wallpapers to.
  5. To change the wallpaper remotely, just add a wallpaper into your Dropbox wallpaper folder on your other Dropbox connected devices.

Change Desktop Background Remotely

13. Sync Your iTunes Folder Across Multiple Computers

It’s a hassle to transfer your iTunes folder over and over again from one computer to another. If you happen to have the available space on Dropbox, enough to fit your large iTunes library, why not transfer them to Dropbox and have Dropbox sync your iTunes folder across all your computers?

  1. Move your iTunes library (i.e. Music/iTunes) to your Dropbox folder.
  2. Open iTunes by pressing Shift(for Windows) or Option (for Mac) to have a pop up box asking you to choose your library.
  3. Choose the library folder you have just transfered on your Dropbox as your library folder.

Sync Your iTunes Folder Across Multiple Computers

14. Remove Limit On Dropbox Upload Speed

Did you know that by default your upload speed to Dropbox is being limited by the Dropbox application? If you haven’t realized yet, whenever you upload a file onto your Dropbox folder, especially if it’s large, Dropbox will limit the upload speed of that file and it will reduce the time taken to upload your file. Fortunately for us, it can easily be changed from within the settings of the Dropbox software installed on your desktop.

  1. Right click the Dropbox icon on your taskbar, click the settings icon and choose Preferences… to open the settings page.
  2. Go to the Network tab and click on Change Settings… beside Bandwidth.
  3. Choose Don’t Limit under Upload rate and click on Update.

Remove Limit On Dropbox Upload Speed

15. Enable Camera Upload On Android or iOS Devices

So instead of you wasting your time transferring your camera photos from your album manually, why not have it upload to your Dropbox folder automatically? That way you don’t have to worry about losing your photos, if something happens to your phone. If you want to enable camera upload, so that the next time you snap a photo it’ll just save to your Dropbox folder, follow this tip.

  1. Open Dropbox app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap on the navicon icon at the top right and choose Settings from the menu.
  3. Tap on "Turn Off Camera Upload" to switch it to "Turn on Camera Upload".

Enable Camera Upload On Android or iOS Devices

Host Your Static Website in Dropbox With Pancake

Dropbox is the leading platform to store, backup and share files through the cloud storage. You can drop your files in the Dropbox folder and it will be synced in minutes if you have shared it with others. But, apart from file sharing, did you know that you can also host a website in Dropbox?

Hosting your website in a free service like Dropbox is helpful if you have a budget that is too tight for you to find alternatives. And this made possible and easy with a web service called Pancake.

Pancake is a web service that allows you to serve the file with its * subdomain and with your own domain. Sounds cool? Let’s check out how to do this.

Getting Started

First, we need to create a Pancake account. To create one, enter your email address and set your password. Once the sign-up is completed, connect to your Dropbox account. Click the Connect Dropbox link in the menu bar to begin.

It will redirect you to Dropbox. Then, sign-in to your account and allow to create a new folder, Apps >

Create and upload your website

I assume that you have your project prepared by now. Here is my sample website. I have created a very simple web page which only contains a heading, a paragraph, and a button.

Drop your website within the Dropbox folder within the Apps > folder.

Create a Project

Now we need to create a project. So head over to the Project page, and click on that big green button to start.

Fill out the form – the Project Name and the subdomain. Note that the subdomain have to consist at least 5 characters. Then select your website folder from the folder in Dropbox.

After that, click the “Create Dropbox Project” button. Now you can access your website via the subdomain that you have specified.

Using Custom Domain

As mentioned, you can also use your own domain name. To do so, go to the Settings tab of your project and specify your domain name. In this example, I set it to

Then you need to create a CNAME record, pointing the domain that you have set in to the * subdomain, like so.

You have to wait for about 24 – 72 hours for these domains to propagate. Then you should be able to access your website with your own domain name.

Conclusion made publishing your own static website a piece of cake. You can now simply drop your website in the Dropbox folder, and it will be up in seconds. No need for FTP-ing files anymore. In addition, you can create up to three projects with a single account.

Sitedrop – A Visual Way To Share And Collaborate Via Dropbox

There’s no two ways about it: Dropbox has changed the way we work. It’s been especially great for designers, artists, musicians and other creative types, not only for showing off work, but also for collaborating and sharing work with clients, colleagues and fellow artists.

This doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though. Dropbox doesn’t have much of a visual sharing interface, and you still need to use email or messaging to leave comments and suggestions. Which is why Sitedrop is going to be its new best friend.


Sitedrop is a web service that links to your Dropbox and turns the contents of any of your Dropbox folder into a stylish, visual-based website. Basically, it lets you skip over building a site when all you want to do is get some feedback on your work. And this becomes as easy as dropping a file into a folder. Let’s check out how this is done.

Getting Started With Sitedrop

Registering an account with Sitedrop requires your email address; no social media account sign-ons for this service. After that, link your Dropbox account to the Sitedrop account.

Allow Sitedrop Sync to access your files and folders by clicking on Allow when prompted.

Sitedrop Sync Permission

Setting Up Your Site

Now, let’s set up your site. The name you give to the site will also be your subdomain URL.

Create a folder, or choose a specific, already-populated folder to "upload" to your site. When you’re done, press Create and Sitedrop will create the site for you.

New Site

You will then be taken to the dashboard view, named Your Sites. Here is where you can create more new sites, and manage multiple sites from one central hub.

Managing Your Site

Each website you have is displayed as a separate "card", with the title, URL, Dropbox folder, number of files and number of contributors displayed. To edit the contents of a particular site, click on the gear icon at the lower right of each card.

Your Sites

Now that you have your site ready, this is the basic layout of your site. Well, it will be if you have not uploaded any files or deleted any of the example files.

Sitedrop Layout

It is currently the only layout you can use (until the developers provide options for more layout designs).

The fun thing about Sitedrop is that you manage (and add) content entirely through your Dropbox. Any changes you make to your Dropbox folder or subfolders, will be updated on the site automatically.

To add more links to the sidebar, you just create a new subfolder in Dropbox, then drop in your content into the subfolder. The new folder will appear as a new link in the sidebar.

You also have the option of enabling uploads directly from within the site, quite handy if you want to drop something into the site, but don’t have access to your Dropbox. Just take a look at the upper right of your Sitedrop and select Uploads Enabled from the drop-down menu.

Enabling Uploads

Sitedrop File Support

Sitedrop supports most current popular file types. Almost any file type will display on the site, alongside a small preview icon, but not all files will show as full previews.

Image files, including animated GIFs and Photoshop PSD files, will display directly on the site.

Image Files

Sitedrop will also display off-site media such as videos from YouTube and Vimeo, albums on Rdio and SoundCloud playlists; just upload a URL and the media will display inline.

Vimeo Video

Audio files such as MP3s are also supported, and will also display inline. They can be played directly from the Sitedrop interface.

MP3 File

Text files, like the "Welcome to your new project" file from one of the earlier screenshots, have to be uploaded as Markdown documents. Sitedrop will convert the Markdown documents to HTML automatically.

Lightbox View, Comments And Favourites

There’s also a secondary lightbox-style view view that is accessible by clicking on any of the listed files or by accessing files directly via the individual URL. In this view, you can navigate using either the arrow keys or the large onscreen keys.

Lightbox View

This Lightbox view is also where you can see and leave comments and favorites. You can see both the comments and favorites for a particular file on the right side of the lightbox view.

Comments And Favorites

Edit Site

There’s also an Edit Site screen you can access, with some options to tweak your Sitedrop site. You can access this screen from the aforementioned Your Site screen, or from the Sitedrop menu on the actual site.

Sitedrop Menu

This is what the Edit Site screen looks like:

Edit Site

As you can see, you can add a logo image, change the name of the site (but not the URL), change the default sort order for files, set a password as well as enable and disable comments. You can also delete the site (just the URL, the files lie intact).


Sitedrop is a service that will definitely be of interest to creative users. Whether you’re looking for an easier and more visual way to share your work with clients, a quicker and simpler way to share your creative work with the world, or need a visual way to manage a collaborative project, Sitedrop is definitely a service you should try out.

Sitedrop is currently free to use. The team plans to introduce premium features down the line, including charging for additional sites beyond the first five sites.