After reading DreadGazebo’s mention of Dropbox over at This Is My Game, I decided to try it out myself.
Dropbox is a online folder syncing service that has both free and paid subscriptions. There are no ads on the site, even for a free subscription, which is pretty nice and makes the site look clean and simple. The reviews I found online indicates the service is safe and secure. You sign up with an email and a password and you’re good to go.
Once you’re in, you’ve got 2GB free storage space, and if you followed someone’s referral link, you get 250MB more space (and so does the referring person). You can earn an additional 250MB by completing a simple checklist of tasks that consisted of watching the orientation video, installing the Dropbox software, uploading a file, referring another friend, and sharing a folder with a friend, etc.
The software installs pretty fast and I’ve never seen a syncing program work so simply. I’ve had some frustration with syncing programs in the past with my multi-computer home running four different operating systems. Dropbox installed on most of them, and the rest I could access via browser. Once installed, Dropbox behaves just like a regular folder on your computer. You can copy folders/files in and out of it, edit/save files, etc. It was fast, it took me less than a minute to sync the folders I wanted, and less than 5 minutes later they were available online. Online you have the option to share folders with other people, so I set one folder to share with a friend. He was able to see it almost instantly. I have some 1,000+ html files that I needed to share with my friend and this did it in mere moments. All my campaign notes and pictures also took only moments to sync. Files from my desktop, my laptop, and my netbook were all available to me when I logged onto the main site from my work computer. It feels nice and centralized having equal access to all these files from anywhere, any computer. I was also able to access my files on my droid phone. Extra win there.
As far as a free service goes, it’s pretty good. Price-wise I don’t think I’d pay up for the 50gb storage, but for up to 8GB of free storage it is was more convenient than google documents. I definitely recommend this for any DM that works from multiple computers with lots of files to manage for their campaign or anything else.