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Four killer Dropbox tricksCheck out these four creative and useful ways to use Dropbox as more than just a document cloud.
Hey, everyone, I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com. Dropbox is one of the great cloud storage tools like SugarSync or SkyDrive that lets you sync files with any computer. When you put a file into your drop box, you can access it on any other computer or mobile phone. Lots of people use it for project management as a virtual thumb drive or as a way to share files with friends, but today I have 4 new ways to use Dropbox. On my Facebook page, I asked you guys to give me your best tips and I'm including a couple of these too. To get Dropbox, go to dropbox.com, sign for an account, and download the desktop client. You'll automatically get 2 gigs of storage free and you'll start using it right away. To upload files to you Dropbox, you can upload it through the web client or drag it into the Dropbox folder on your desktop, but a very clever way to get things in your folder by e-mailing it. Go to sendtodropbox.com where you'll get a special e-mail address you can use to e-mail attachments to your Dropbox. So if my friend sends me an e-mail with his new myx and I can't save it on my iPhone because it doesn't do that, I can just forward it to my unique Dropbox e-mail address and it will automatically get uploaded to my Dropbox folder. Another company got creative and built a tool that let's upload target links to your Dropbox. For instance, if a restaurant has a PDF of nutritional facts on their website, you can copy the link, paste it into urldroplet.com, and it will be uploaded to your Dropbox. So, it's nice, you can find the link and upload it that way or e-mail attachments and your files will be waiting for you on another computer or phone whenever you're ready. You can automate things even more with this awesome trick. No matter where you are, you can use drop box to remotely start downloading Torrents. To show you, I'll use new Torrent, but the steps are similar for other BiTorrent clients too. So, what you have to do on a Mac is open uTorrent and go to preferences, then head over to downloads and check automatically open torrent files found in and browse the selector Dropbox folder. On windows, go to preferences, then directories. Check the box next automatically load torrents from and select your Dropbox folder. Since torrent files can be big, serve them to download somewhere else on your hard drive. Just remember that if you use this trick, your home computer needs to stay on and running uTorrent, but now you can start Torrents no matter where you are for whatever legal purposes you like of course. Like I mentioned, lots of people use Dropbox as virtual USB drive and since you really can't forget to take it with you, it's a convenient solution for accessing your documents, but Lifehacker points out that since it's not the default documents folder, you might forget to change the target folder to your Dropbox when you're saving documents, so why not make Dropbox your default documents folder. On Window 7 or Vista, right click your documents folder, select properties, and then on the location tab, you can specify the new file pad. Click move and then select your Dropbox folder. On a Mac, open up terminal and type CD Dropbox, and then type this command, which will create a documents folder in your Dropbox that automatically syncs with your desktop and other computers, and on my Facebook page, Jason Wang reminded me that Dropbox will save all versions of your docs for 30 days. Just go to the Dropbox web interface, hover your file, and click the already viewed previous versions of it, and finally, have you ever left a message on my page explaining that you can use Dropbox as you own photostream. With the Android and iPhone apps, you can upload photos from your phone directly to your Dropbox and check photos within the application and view them anywhere and you can even make a public photos folder to share with friends and family. By now though, you might be wondering if 2 gigabytes is enough for all these tricks. 2 gigs is good for most, but if you need more storage, don't forget that Dropbox gives you 250 megabytes for every friend you offer, but don't start making fake e-mail addresses and inviting yourself. Dropbox is a little smarter than that. If you any more tips, let me know on my Facebook page and visit howto.cnet.com for more how tos. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs