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DropBox Extension for Google Chrome Brings On the Fly File Access

Chrome extension - Dropbox for Chrome review

“An extension for Dropbox?!”  Being a huge fan of Dropbox, I was riddled with excitement when I discovered that there was a working Chrome extension for it.  However, after checking it out, this review is going to be a lot more critical than I had initially planned.  The extension is useful, but really only if you need to manage more than 1 Dropbox from 1 computer; such as if you needed to access a work-related Dropbox, and a personal one from your primary laptop.

Below we’ll give it the full review, let’s get started.

If you’d like to test it out, you can download the Dropbox extension for Chrome from Google’s official extension website.  Just Click the blue Install button and Chrome will start an automated setup for you.

Dropbox for google chrome as an extension by michaelyork.org

Once you start the installation, Chrome will alert you that the DropBox plugin will have access to certain areas of your data.  If you agree with this, Click Install.*

Warning: Watch out for the fake copy-cat DropBox extension found here.  See our post on chrome extension privacy to learn more.

dropbox extension needs to acces dropbox.com

After you’ve confirmed installation, just wait a few seconds viola, it is already done!

The DropBox extension adds tiny blue Dropbox icon right next to the Settings (wrench) button in Chrome.

dropbox is now installed

Click the new Dropbox icon to get started.  First you’ll have to login to the account you want to have on-the-fly access to.  If you Click the Remember me button it will keep you permanently logged into Dropbox.com.  And  in case you are wondering, the “View in standard” button just opens up the normal Dropbox.com website in Chrome.

login to dropbox

The DropBox extension has 2 different views: Files, and Recent Events.

The files view will allow you to browse through your Dropbox and access all of your files.

dropbox extension file browser

Even though some files may open directly in Chrome, most will just save straight to your default Chrome Downloads folder.    This is why the plugin is mostly useful for Dropbox accounts that are not synced up to your computer.

dropbox extension file download

The Recent Events view shows recent changes made to your Dropbox account, including file modifications, quota increases, and certain messages from the Dropbox team.

dropbox extension recent events

Conclusion

The DropBox extension for Chrome adds some decent usability if you are trying to manage 2 separate Dropbox accounts from one computer.  However, its usefulness completely nullified if your computer already has Dropbox software installed and synced up.  Hopefully we will see this extension get a good number of updates that should improve upon that.  If they can build a reputable standing regarding privacy, I think this extension has some groovy potential –but that could take a while.

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3 Responses to DropBox Extension for Google Chrome Brings On the Fly File Access

  1. Selim D June 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    The cloudHQ service provides Chrome browser extension. It enables access for Dropbox files directly in Google Docs (synchronization, backup, copy/move etc.).

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iobcbdgacfkninlcbphihhdlkobkehia

    Web site:
    http://cloudHQ.net/dropbox

    • MrGroove June 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks for the FYI Selim – BTW – just posted a review of CloudHQ on the blog. Feel free to add anything you think we might have missed!

      http://gpo.st/cloudhq

      Thanks,

      -Steve

  2. Whole House Water Filtration February 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    yahoo is so neat, when i am bored i just surf the web and see what i can find to entertain me. good job

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