Every now and then a clever app developer comes up with a great idea. That’s Dropbox, the online storage service that competes with iCloud and other services.
What’s the best way to share files in Dropbox? Actually, there’s another clever Mac app that piggybacks onto Dropbox to share files with direct links.
The Lazy Dropbox Link Maker
Dropbox is a good way to store files online, and, with the Shared Folder, share files online. The only real problem is that the Shared Folder can get crowded, and users have to sort through files.
Add DropClip to your Mac and you can send links so coworkers can pull down files from any shared Dropbox file.
This is a very clever add on to your Mac and Dropbox giving you functions that should be there already. DropClip integrates with the Finder.
Right click on a file or folder in a shared Dropbox folder on your Mac and choose Copy DropClip Link from the menu.
Paste the link into a Mail message or iMessage and send the link to a co-worker. If they also have Dropbox and DropClip installed on their Mac, the link will open the shared file in the Finder.
Is that clever or what? It’s an easy way to share files privately without having co-workers rummage through other files in Dropbox.
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That’s really all there is to it. Right click on the file or folder you want. Send the link via email to whomever needs the file or folder.
Of course, both of you will need access to Dropbox on your Mac. And both of you will need DropClip. The Copy File Link option works for Windows users (with the caveat that it’s not a clickable link as it is on the Mac.
Setting up a shared Dropbox folder is simple enough for anyone. Unfortunately, the clickable link doesn’t work in every application, even on a Mac (Word and Skype, I’m looking at you).
Otherwise, DropClip is a drop dead easy way to send Dropbox links to co-workers, friends, or associates so you can share files and folders easily online.