Dropbox is a backup and synchronization tool that combines a web-interface with a local client. Sounds a bit geeky, but in a nutshell this is an almost perfect piece of software that everyone can benefit from. I’ve been using Dropbox for a few months now and am extremely impressed. It’s become a critical piece of my daily arsenal right up there with Google, Firefox and WordPress.
Dropbox can be downloaded for free at getdropbox.com. It works with both Windows and Mac computers and will install a “DROPBOX” folder in your MY DOCUMENTS directory under Windows or under PLACES on a Mac. Once installed, any file you save in this directory will be automatically backed up behind the scenes to a folder on the web under your account. Sounds fairly basic? Well, here’s where the fun begins. You can install Dropbox on several computers you own such as your office computer, your laptop, your home computer, etc. These computers can be both Mac and Windows systems. It doesn’t matter. All files in your Dropbox folder will be replicated and synchronized on ALL computers and that’s just the start. (more…)