Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that uses cloud storage to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.
There are a number of versions across many operating systems, including versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, as well as versions for mobile devices, such as Android, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, iPad, WebOS, and BlackBerry, and a web-based client for when no local client is installed. Dropbox uses the freemium financial model and its free service provides 2 GB of free online storage.
Import photos and videos with Dropbox, get 5GB free storage
Dropbox has added an automatic photo and video import feature in the latest beta software. You'll have an option to automatically import the videos and pictures to Dropbox when you are connecting to a camera or smartphone,. Dropbox is offering an opportunity to score 5GB of free for helping promote this new feature.
While the 5GB of additional space is technically free, there are a few conditions that must be met in order to qualify. Please follow the steps below:
- Download and install the latest Experimental Dropbox client:
- Plug your SD card, camera or smartphone, import the photos or videos via Dropbox. On Windows, click "Import pictures and videos using Dropbox in the Auto Play window. Please enable AutoPlay to use this feature if you have disabled it.
- Dropbox will automatically upload the imported files to the cloud storage.
- On your first automatic photo import, Dropbox will give you an additional 500MB of free storage space. For every 500MB of photos you upload afterward, Dropbox will add an additional 500MB to your account, up to 5.0GB total.
Screenshots: Import pictures and videos using Dropbox
[Screenshot] Windows 7: Import pictures and videos using Dropbox in the Auto Play window
[Screenshot] Windows 7: Finding photos and videos to import
Notes from the Dropbox forum
- Clients 1.3.5 and earlier had an auto-update bug. Please install this version so that your client will stay up to date!
- The photo import feature is not available on Mac 10.4 and Linux.
- For Android devices, it's best to use "Connect as Disk Drive". HTC Sync will not work.
- To import from iPhone, make sure to unlock your phone and enter your passcode before importing, otherwise it will claim to find no photos.
- If importing from your iPhone on Mac gives an import error, try hard resetting it--hold down the power and the home button for 5 seconds. This will reboot the phone; it shouldn't change your settings or delete data.
- On Windows, this feature relies on Autoplay. Please enable Autoplay to use this feature if you have disabled it.
- On XP and Vista, it relies on the Windows Image Acquisition Service. If this service is not started, please start the service and reinstall Dropbox to use this feature. On WIndows Server, you may have to install the Desktop Experience feature.
- On Windows 7, newer devices that rely on Device Stage (in the Control Panel) will not show Dropbox as an import option until you select "Change Program" for the default.
- The Galaxy Nexus takes a lot of time to connect on OS X because it likes to pretend that every image on the device is a photograph. We now estimate how long it's going to take and show you that in the progress bar but it's usually in the order of minutes. We're working to see if this can be improved.
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