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I was looking for an easy way to have students and teachers put files in my dropbox account. Of course, there's http://DropItTo.me which allows senders to upload files through a web interface but on an iPad, that's limited to images and videos in your camera roll.
If only there was a way to email files to my dropbox directly. Well, there's https://sendtodropbox.com and that's exactly what it's for. The problem... the less than desirable email address you're given, like firstname.lastname@example.org. So I got to thinking.
Did you know that if you have a google mail address (gmail or your own domain), there's a neat trick that allows you to have more email address aliases without setting anything up? All you need to do is add a + and anything after it. For example: anything sent to email@example.com will arrive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What I did next is, in my gmail settings, I added a forwarding email address and used the sendtodropbox address email@example.com. But wait, I need to verify that I own that account! Will that be a problem? Not without one little setting change. In SendToDropbox.com options, be sure to check BOTH "Include HTML email body (if available)" AND "Include plain text email body (if available)."
After doing so, send the verification email from your gmail > settings > forwarding and check your dropbox for the email body which will contain the verification code.
Once verified, create a gmail filter. Mine was simple. Any email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, forward to email@example.com. I also selected to skip the inbox and add a label, but that was my personal preference. Feel free to customize as you see fit.
I tested by sending a small file from another email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and voilà, it worked! The file is uploaded to Dropbox > Apps >Attachments folder.
I hope this helps and happy dropping!
Cool. Looking forward to testing this one out!
Yahoo email also has a connection with Dropbox. Dropbox is an excellent storage place for your documents you want to have access to at anytime, anywhere!
Free online Dropbox tutorial for teachers and students. TeacherTrainingVideos.com provides free step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools
Robin Good: YouDazzle is a new online collaboration service which allows you to share files, manage private meeting rooms, do screen sharing and have real-time discussions with your team members.
Key features include:
a minimum of 20 GB of storage File sharing Screen-sharing Unlimited private rooms Unlimited guests Analytics Dropbox Integration Custom Branding
PCWorld writes: "The company uses third-party public clouds, hosted by Amazon Web Services and DropBox, to not only store files in a cloud, but allow for multiple users to access them during Web meetings.
YouDazzle features password protected online "rooms" that store files that can then be shared by a host with invited members to a meeting.
The software also supports screen sharing and a discussion feature that allows for real-time conversations during the online meeting.
The company's software is integrated with Dropbox APIs, which allows for documents that are stored in DropBox to be edited in the application and stored back into the cloud."
YouDazzle, which released the product this week, has a free version, allowing one user to host a single meeting. (*Credit card required)
For $20 a month, a user can host an unlimited number of meetings, while for $40 up to three hosts can access the software and for $100 a month up to 10 hosts can start online meetings."
(Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/253389/youdazzle_combines_social_collaboration_cloud_storage.html ;)
Pricing: https://www.youdazzle.com/pricing ;
Try it out: https://www.youdazzle.com/ ;