Sharing pictures and files is usually pretty simple with email and other technologies like drop.io. But what if the file is HUGE, like over a gig, or if the person you want to share the file with isn’t exactly geeky?? Well, I have a great solution for you today using DROPBOX! The great thing about using this tip is your end users don’t need to do anything but click a link you send them. Yup. They don’t even need to register for a Dropbox account. Now that sounds groovy eh! Let’s get started.
Step 1 – Get a Dropbox if you don’t have one
Step 2 – Uploading Files
Once you get the Dropbox folder on your computer, go ahead and copy the files you want to share into the Public folder in your Dropbox folder. Make sure you put them in the Public folder so that you can copy a public download link. Depending on the size of the files, you might need to wait awhile for Dropbox to sync them up to the internet. Just wait for the Green checkbox to appear then you know it’s ready to share.
Step 3 – Getting A Public Download Link
You have two options to grab the Public link to the file. The first and easiest method is to just Right-Click the file from Windows Explorer, Click Dropbox inside the Context menu and Click Copy Public Link.
The second method is more work but also works. Just go to the Dropbox website and log in. Locate the file and Click the Small Arrow on its right side and Click Copy Public Link. A small new window will show up displaying the link to the file; you’d probably want to go ahead and click the Copy To Clipboard button afterward so that you have the link ready.
Step 4 – Share Your Link
Your file is now public and open for anyone to download. Anyone you send the link to will be able to download/view the file. Simple, clean and FREE!
Do you have a simple tip for sharing files? Drop a note in the comments, and perhaps we will write it up for the groovy community!