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Dropbox Review and Invites

Dropbox is a file hosting solution with a few nice features that make it stick out of the masses of file hosters. It provides its users with a client for Windows and Macintosh computers which can be used to upload files to Dropbox. The transfer of those files works in the background while the user moves the files into an Explorer like window.

Several computers can be authorized to access an account at Dropbox making it an effective way to work with files between those registered computers. Files can be downloaded at anytime and it is even possible to look at Revisions of those files. The so called Drop Box works much like the Windows Explorer. Files and folders can be added, deleted, renamed which will be automatically synced with the online interface of Dropbox.

Files can be recovered or purged in the web interface if they have been deleted on a registered computer. This is excellent if a file has been deleted by accident.

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A public folder is available that can make files available for the public which basically means that the user can copy an url that gives access to the file or files in that folder.

Shared folders on the other hand are useful for project and team work. Every member that gets added to that folder can perform all file and folder operations which, in combination with the revision system, provides an easy to use way of handling project files.

Dropbox is definitely easy to use. There is no irritating progress bar or window during file uploads, everything is handled in the background. The current beta accounts can use 2 Gigabytes of free storage, it would be nice to see a feature where users who share folders can add part of their own storage to that shared folder. A Linux client is currently tested internally and will be available to all Beta testers pretty soon.

Plans are that the 2 Gigabyte account will remain free for all users and that Dropbox will earn their money with accounts that demand additional storage space and premium features.

I would like to thank Dark Kosmos for sending me the invite. I have ten invites of my own right now and would like to give them away here. Just post a comment and I will draw the lucky ten after a while.

Update:

Jon from Dropbox contacted me and promised to supply more invites for his website. I therefor invited the first nine users who left a comment for now and will invite the others once I receive additional invites!

Update: Dropbox has improved a lot ever since our first review. We have recently published an updated review of Dropbox which you should read if you want an overview of what the Dropbox of today has to offer.

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  1. kainen said on July 10, 2008 at 11:56 am
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    i have tested dropbox and i wasnt impressed… once you delete a file from your local folder it simultaneously deletes from your online folder too…i recommend adrive, their storage limit is a lot more too

  2. sp.talbot said on July 10, 2008 at 12:28 pm
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    Exactly what I need to replace my FTP Sync client.

  3. chris said on July 10, 2008 at 12:52 pm
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    i discovered that a while ago and have to say, it combines some concepts that are already out there in a nice and intuitive way.
    (its a bit of subversion, online storage sites and flock..)
    still, would like to check it out in reality ;)

  4. Emil said on July 10, 2008 at 1:11 pm
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    Cool stuff, and you even have invites for us :D

  5. Adam said on July 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm
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    I’ve been curious to see how well this works in comparison with JungleDisk/Amazon S3 storage that I currently use. The 2GB free is nice just to store some small stuff.

  6. D. Lee Grooms said on July 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm
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    Sounds very handy—would love an invite!

  7. Kris @ Fresh Focus said on July 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm
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    I would really appreciate an invite, Martin. Thanks for offering them!

  8. krisu said on July 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm
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    I want Dropbox, I have try to get invites but no luck for that :/

    E-mail: krisu0100 @ gmail.com (delete spaces)

  9. Daniel said on July 10, 2008 at 1:23 pm
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    Dropbox seems to be interesting.
    Thanks for the tip.
    Can you send me an invitation?
    Thanks!

  10. Mark said on July 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm
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    Link is missing.

  11. zennf said on July 10, 2008 at 1:30 pm
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    Dropbox seems very promising. Online synchronization is becoming a must. I’m a long time Foldershare user but I think that Dropbox goes one step further by adding online storage.

    I’d like to try it but invites are scarce. So if you will, spare one for me.

    Thanks

  12. Steve said on July 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm
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    2GB free should work for me. Right now I am using my user group’s FTP (passworded), but would like to share my working newsletter articles with a volunteer assistant editor for a while without having to provide the password, in case she doesn’t work out.

    Put me in for one of the invites please.

  13. Rarst said on July 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm
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    Interested in invite. :) I read some anticipating stuff about service months ago so interested to see what it ended up like.

  14. Igor said on July 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm
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    Hi,

    I signed up for beta account like month ago and I still haven’t got reply from them.

    Would you be so kind to send me one invite? I would be eternally grateful :-))

    Thank you!

  15. yao90 said on July 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm
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    It looks interesting. Hope I can get one. Hehe. :D

  16. David McClelland said on July 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm
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    Oh yeah – I’ve been waiting for my DropBox invite for the past week since I signed up for the beta program, and I would LOVE to get one from you!

    Thanks!

  17. Geert Theys said on July 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm
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    I am also interested in a dropbox invite.

  18. mal said on July 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm
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    I want one, too.

  19. Spaztastic said on July 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm
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    I would love to get a DropBox invite. I have a website in the making and I could use a free and easy file hosting service. 2GB would be plenty space.

    By the way, I love this website. I check it at least three times a day, hoping for new posts and new info. Love the buzz!

  20. dip said on July 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm
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    Sounds quite about right for our projects in our company. Could anybody please send me an invite?

  21. ock said on July 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm
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    Can I have one pls? Thanks!

  22. darkkosmos said on July 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm
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    I have 9 invites left, I will give out 8 so if you want sent me an email to mc0qkvqd6e@sxipper.net and I will invite you

  23. Linus said on July 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm
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    What if 2 users edit the same document at the same time, what’s happening when they’re synced?

  24. Kevin Jackson said on July 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm
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    I would take an invite; I would love to check out the service first hand.

    Thanks!

  25. Big D said on July 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm
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    (hand up) – pick me pick me! I would love an invite!

  26. KCHii said on July 10, 2008 at 4:53 pm
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    I would love an invite. I saw the demo video, and I really need someting like this for work.

  27. Greg Funk said on July 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm
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    I would love an invite. Want to try it out.

  28. Gretchen Imbergamo said on July 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm
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    Sounds like a great product would love to try it :)

  29. Robert said on July 10, 2008 at 6:27 pm
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    Can I have one please?
    Great site btw

  30. cyneuron said on July 10, 2008 at 6:35 pm
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    hi

    please spare one for me….

    thanks in advance…

  31. arturogoga said on July 10, 2008 at 8:25 pm
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    I’d love to have an invite.

    admin (at) arturogoga.com

  32. Tim said on July 10, 2008 at 8:38 pm
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    Hey I would love to try this out! Thanks!

  33. Votre said on July 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm
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    You could of course just web out over to http://www.spideroak.com and sign up for 2Gb free storage without waiting for an invite – or if you get shut out. Spideroak also has clients for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. I have no connections with these guys. I’m just a very satisfied (free) user. :-)

  34. Ganesh said on July 10, 2008 at 9:35 pm
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    I saw the move in dropbox website. Quite interesting.
    I use box.net now. Quite useful.
    However, the ability to sync silently in the background is quite interesting.

    Looking forward to be invited

  35. Pepijn said on July 11, 2008 at 12:03 am
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    I would really like that invite Martin!
    Myself i signed up for a beta list on that site a long time ago!
    Didn’t hear from them!

    Thanks in advance and keep up your blogging effort!

  36. -=Ben=- said on July 11, 2008 at 4:42 am
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    Sounds great.
    Count -=Ben=- in!!

    ___________
    -=Ben=-
    http://userstyles.org/users/7858

  37. noneck said on July 11, 2008 at 8:14 am
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    I’m a little late because I had to Evacuate from Paradise, CA cause of the fires up here. If you haven’t chosen the invitees yes, I’d sure like one! It would surely help out about now!

  38. chris said on July 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm
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    thx for the invitation :) using it right now. i am pretty happy with the design of the dropbox site. plain simple and clean :)
    and a plus is also, all the stuff is encrypted. somewhere i have read that its also possible to use a truecrypt partition in your dropbox!
    well i am still testing things out!
    greez chris

  39. Kris @ Fresh Focus said on July 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm
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    Thank you SO MUCH for the invitation! Can’t wait to check it out :)

  40. Tysen Woodlock said on July 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm
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    Me please too.

  41. marcel said on July 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm
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    sounds good, i would like to test it. any invitations available?

  42. Scared said on July 13, 2008 at 7:40 pm
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    I had an invite to Dropbox and tried it out briefly moving a couple of test files around. Haven’t used it for a couple of weeks as I was working from the desktop. They recommend keeping your files in the Dropbox folder and working from those files to ensure you have the current copy at all times. DON’T DO IT.

    I’m traveling tomorrow and thought this would be a good test to try to retrieve my files from my laptop when I’m away. Well, Dropbox is gone. Its just not there. Nadda. Including the couple of test files I’d loaded up on my desktop and laptop. Gone.

    I am SO GLAD I didn’t use this as a storage system. Can you imagine losing files like that?? Holy Crap.

  43. VK said on July 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm
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    Thanks for your write-up on Dropbox.

    I would love to have an invite, please.

    I use a Mac laptop and several windows PCs. This appears to the the ideal solution (if it works!)

    V

  44. Ricardo said on July 16, 2008 at 10:41 pm
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    I am working with IT programmers. It would be wonderful to have a online syncing . If you have an invite to share, I would be grateful!!!

    Thank you!

  45. Greg said on July 17, 2008 at 6:10 pm
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    I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for your review.

    An invite would be greatly appreciated.

  46. Scott said on July 17, 2008 at 7:13 pm
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    I’ve been using Windows Live Foldershare, but this sounds like it works better, faster, and with a few nicer features. I’m very interested and would love an invite if/when they are available.

  47. Al Williams said on July 17, 2008 at 11:14 pm
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    I’d take an invite if you have one. Thanks Martin.

  48. Wonderfulwong said on July 18, 2008 at 1:37 am
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    2GB of storage is good for backing up most of my data. I don’t have to search around for my backup in dvd disk storage media.

  49. Pratik said on July 18, 2008 at 6:21 am
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    Martin,

    This is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for the write-up.

    I would love to have an invite, please.

    -Pratik

  50. Mike said on July 18, 2008 at 9:53 am
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    I would like one too, if you still have.

  51. Chris said on July 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm
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    I have been hunting after an invite for months – I would love one too, if you still have any.

    Thanks!

  52. ainstushar said on July 18, 2008 at 4:46 pm
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    Martin,

    Can I get one? Please… :)

    ainstushar@gmail.com

    Thanks.

  53. v0rt3x said on July 30, 2008 at 5:47 am
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    Hi,

    Can any kind soul invite me to dropbox?

    destawala[at]gmail.com

    Thank you

  54. Danny said on August 7, 2008 at 1:48 am
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    Use ‘go’ as the beta code – seems to have unlimited invites.

  55. a url NOT an url said on September 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm
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    a url

    “A public folder is available that can make files available for the public which basically means that the user can copy an (a) url that gives access to the file or files in that folder.”

  56. Rarst said on September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm
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    “an” goes before vowel sounds. “u” is vowel.

    Still “a url” is more common.

    Who cares?..

  57. Stan Peters said on December 5, 2008 at 3:13 am
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    We could all use that right?

  58. jimbo said on August 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm
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    Can be use on iphone, MAC,PC
    GET 250MB MORE WITH THIS INVITE

    https://www.getdropbox.com/referrals/NTIxMDU5Nzk

    thanks for using it

  59. Chris said on May 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm
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    250MB referral bonus, get it here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTU4NzI3OQ

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