BeModern technology enables a team to operate in different locations across your company and the world. If you’re a software developer, there’s no reason why you couldn’t pick the best programmers based in Germany, document writers from the UK, whilst your graphic artists could be based in the States.
The problem is bringing these people together. You need a system where your team or teams can share files and information, make sure that no-one overwrites someone else’s work and keep a collection of previously updated files, so you can quickly reverse back to a previous revision, if necessary. Doing this on your website requires you have the relevant versioning technology and that it will work across various operating systems. A versioning tool that works fine on Windows may not be suitable for OS X.
Dropbox is an online sharing tool that enables you to select the files you want to share and synchronise with other users, then simply upload them to the remote site. That bit is done automatically, so you don’t need to worry about having to upload the files manually. You can share folders and collaborate with other users on the files within these folders. Versioning will stop work being overwritten.
You can just use Dropbox on a personal level, too. If you own a desktop computer at home, use another at work and a laptop when you’re away from the office, simply use DropBox to synchronise your important files across each machine. You can also access your Dropbox files from the web, if you need access from a temporary host PC.
Better still, setup your software so they write preferences to your Dropbox folder, then sync these settings and preferences across your computers, enabling you to have the same setup across your desktop and laptop or PC and Mac, plus access from your smartphone.
Dropbox will limit you to 2GB of free online storage (and you can purchase more, if required) and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
What's new in the 'v3.10 series':
- Improved network utilization on downloads for fast internet connections.
- More hiding options for the Badge - now you can hide with a click for one window. To bring it back, simply reopen the file.
- Easily move files into Dropbox with the Badge [this option appears on saving a file, and is being rolled out to a subset of users]
- Now, for shared files, the Badge notifies you if your collaborators made changes since the last time you opened the file [this is being rolled out to a subset of users]
- [Windows] The view comments context menu option in File Explorer now opens a dedicated comments window instead of taking you to the Dropbox website.
- [Windows] New onboarding after signing into an account during a new install.
- Sign into dropbox.com when you’re signed into the desktop client. (1)
- Fixed issue syncing files with certain versions of AutoCAD.
- Upgraded to Python 2.7.10.
- Many small fixes and improvements.
- Fix issues with inconsistent LAN sync performance.
And, fixed/updated in 3.10.7:
- Double clicking the Dropbox icon in the System Tray opens the Dropbox folder on Windows.
Powerful tool for enabling you to backup your files online, synchronise across your various computers and even share with other users