Drop the box, not the ball.
December 07, 2017
Drop the box, not the ball.
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Dropbox
Currently, I use Dropbox on a daily basis. Being able to access my files securely from anywhere is a critical component to my organization. I can open the files on my home computer, make changes, and then have access to the most up to date file from my work computer no matter where I take it. It integrates well with my Microsoft Surface 3, iMac, and iPhone. I have no issues with it on any of the operating systems. Most of the time the files sync and are up to date within seconds. One of the features that I utilize and enjoy the most is the ability to sync the camera uploads from the iPhone to a folder within Dropbox. I also enjoy being able to easily share documents with other people. Due to the fantastic ability for collaboration, it can act as a sort of file server without the need to invest in larger infrastructure. It also replaces flash drives which can be easily lost. Every once in a while I do encounter an issue with the syncing but overall there are no major issues with the software.
- It does a great job of syncing files and keeping everything up to date for you no matter where you are.
- It boosts the ability for collaboration with the use of file sharing.
- It is capable of working well across multiple platforms.
- It eliminates the risk of having valuable data on a flash drive and then losing said flash drive.
- When using Excel within the app on the iPhone it can be cumbersome trying to navigate different tabs. There could be possible room for improvement with office integration.
- Sometimes I have issues with sharing files from within the folders when using the integrated computer application. Usually I can work this by logging in on the web and initializing the share from there.
- I wish there was a way to get it to auto-sync whenever you are connected to wi-fi without having to open the app on the iPhone.
- Due to the nature of the business, it has worked as a solution for file collaboration without the need for expensive hardware.
- It has eliminated the need to purchase flash drives and the possibility of losing them.
- It enables and boosts the efficiency of telecommuting.
Dropbox is the most user-friendly when compared to similar software applications. It also seems to have the most functionality built into one program with the exception of maybe ShareFile, however, ShareFile comes at a much higher cost. I am skeptical of the security provided by the likes of Wetransfer. OpenDXM is probably the worst out of the bunch. It typically only works on Internet Explorer and requires a specific version of Java.
Dropbox is well suited for file sharing and file syncing. I highly recommend it to anyone that works from multiple locations or uses multiple peripherals. It may be less appropriate for large-scale collaboration unless you invest in an appropriate package. It may also be less appropriate depending on how secure the files need to be. I have never had any issues with security for my purposes but sensitive documents like medical records may not be suitable without research into the security offered by Dropbox.