Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keeps them up-to-date between systems.
Dropbox works just like any other folder on your computer, but with a few differences. Here’s how it works:
- Drag and drop to move files around, just like you normally would
- Any files or folders inside Dropbox will get synchronized to Dropbox’s servers and any other computer linked to your account.
- Green checkmarks will appear on top of your files to let you know that they’re synced and up to date.
Your files are always safe. All data is transferred over SSL and encrypted with AES-256 before storage. Put your files into your Dropbox folder on one computer, and they’ll automatically appear on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed (Windows, Mac, and Linux). You can even download Dropbox apps for your smartphone or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry). Everything in your Dropbox is available from the Dropbox website, too.
- 2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.
- Sync files of any size or type.
- Sync Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
- Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected.
- Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on the same files.
- See other people’s changes instantly.
- Use your “Public” folder to link directly to files.
- Control who has access to your shared folders. Kick people out and remove the shared files from their computers in the process.
- Automatically create shareable online photo galleries out of regular folders.
- Automatic backup of your files.
- Undelete files and folders.
- Restore previous versions of your files.
- 30 days of undo history. Upgrades available for unlimited undo.
What’s New in Dropbox
- Added a prompt to free up disk space with Selective Sync when the user is low on disk space.
- Fixed a rare bug where the “Import photos and videos” preferences setting sometimes failed to save upon changing it and immediately restarting Dropbox.
- Other minor fixes.
Requirements for Dropbox
- Intel, 64-bit processor
- OS X 10.9 or later