Share and View Files from your Device On the Go

Dropbox IconDropboxWhen you’re on the go with a mobile device in your hand, wouldn’t it be handy and helpful if you are still able to view or share the files that you’ve saved on a PC, or the other way around?

Yes, this is where cloud storage services come into the picture and one of the most popular and widely used services is Dropbox which gives you a storage space of 2 GB for free.

Once you've signed up a Dropbox account, you can upload and access your files in the account from anywhere via a web browser but to simplify your work, you can also install the Dropbox application onto your Windows, Mac or Linux PC, or your Android, iPad, iPhone or BlackBerry mobile device. The app then helps you to synchronize your files in specific folders across computers and mobile devices automatically.

If you're using an Android device, the Dropbox app for Android will automatically search your device for an application that is able to open the file type you want to view or edit. Or if you're using the iPad or iPhone, all files supported will preview natively in the Dropbox app in any of these formats:

  • Images (jpg, tiff, gif)
  • Music (mp3, aiff, m4a, wav)
  • Movies (mov, mp4, m4v)
  • MS Office (doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx)
  • Adobe PDF (pdf)
  • Text and Rich Text (txt, rtf)
  • Web pages (htm, html)
  • Keynote presentation (key)
  • Pages documents (pages)
  • Numbers spreadsheets (numbers)
  • And more.

This Dropbox app also allows you to save as many files from your account as your mobile phone or tablet can hold for offline use. When running out of space on your device, try removing files from your Favorites list to help clear space.

 

Dropbox  — Free Android / iOS App of the Week

For Android
Size: Varies with device
Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android

For iPad and iPhone
Size: 12.1 MB
Download: http://itunes.apple.com/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

 

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Comments

by Anonymous not IT (not verified) on 2. December 2012 - 19:26  (103224)

I wantot view tif files on my dropbox on my mobile phone (HTC 1X) but it says that I do not have the app loaded. Dropbox says it sees them autmoatically. What is the solution as I have tons of files on tif for reference.

by Jeff Schwartz (not verified) on 11. July 2012 - 10:56  (96036)

I use Dropbox and CX, but I also use Box.Net. It works seamlessly with my Android e-mail client, whereas DropBox is a bit more of a PITA. I send e-mail attachments daily on large files, and it is just easier to use Box.net.

by Canadian Tech Guy (not verified) on 11. March 2012 - 22:09  (90248)

Dropbox is great for its versatility and ease of use for storage, recall, and sharing.

Another one that I am currently testing is simply called CX (http://www.cx.com). It offer an impressive 10 GB of space free of charge, and seems to have most if not all the functionality of DropBox. One added benefit is that you do not have to move everything into the client folder if you don't want to move it. For example, if you already have music in your music folder, then all you have to do is enable your music folder for syncing and you are good to go.

Available for Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone, and iPad (but not Linux, Windows Phone, or Backberry at this point).

by Christian (not verified) on 9. March 2012 - 5:38  (90119)

Also give SugarSync a look. It gives you 5GB of space with 2GB if you do their setup stuff on mobile and desktop. All free.

It also encrypts the public links and has both Android and desktop clients.

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