Tools We Love: Dropbox
True story: It was less than a week before a big design project was due, which of course, was when the hard-working laptop of our Creative Director, Feliza, decided to take a vacation. According to the Genius Bar, Feliza’s laptop would need to head off to sunny California for some brand-new circuitry.
Now, we don’t begrudge anyone some fun in the sun, but come on.
Feliza’s Laptop, we were so not in the mood for this.
However, all was not lost – we were still able to turn in our project on time because we had housed everything on our favorite online storage solution: Dropbox.
4 Reasons We Love It
Stay in Sync Across Devices
In the case of Feliza’s unexpected laptop breakdown, Dropbox literally saved our project. Because our files weren’t housed on Feliza’s hard drive, she was able to hit the ground running with a borrowed computer. After installing a few of her favorite programs, she then synced the borrowed computer with her Dropbox. In no time at all, she was able to get back to work. Otherwise, we surely would have missed that deadline.
Do We Have Company?
Another great feature: if you install the Dropbox app on your Mac or PC, Dropbox now tells you if someone else is viewing the same file and has unsaved changes. This is a lifesaver for teams who collaborate on project files. Now you can avoid the dreaded issue of having several versions of a long file with small, near-indistinguishable changes to each.
Take a Step Back
With automatic backups of files, Dropbox will actually allow you to roll back files to previous versions. While it’s not a feature that we want to use frequently, it’s certainly a feature that has saved us hours of work when a file has accidentally become corrupted.
Our Favorite Feature
If you have a computer that’s tight on storage space, you won’t have to part with your old files – or store them in an inconvenient place.
The Dropbox app offers selective file syncing, meaning you can choose to store certain folders only on the Dropbox servers. You’ll still have access to them via Dropbox.com, but these files will no longer take up space on your hard drive.
For us, this has been particularly useful for old photos and videos. Visual artists will love being able to stash all their old project files, stock photos, and other resources without killing their hard drives.
About Feliza David, Creative Director
Think of Feliza as LEAP’s very own Don Draper, except without the hard partying. (The only thing she binges on is Netflix.) From tool reviews to learning modules to eye-catching graphics, Feliza probably had her hand in it.
She loves LEAP because:
Feliza lives in Indiana with her husband, two dogs, one cat, and the occasional goldfish. When she’s not writing, drawing, or reading, she’s probably sleeping.