Dropbox

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Name
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Dropbox
Tool Class
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File Sharing, Collaboration
Developer
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Dropbox, Inc.
Date Created
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2007/06
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
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Platforms
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iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Web
Website
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http://www.dropbox.com
Payment Structure
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free, subscription
Languages Supported
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Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Malaysian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Russian, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Ukrainian
Skill Level Needed
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  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Beginner

Tool Description

Dropbox is a service that allows people to host and share files with others.

From Wikipedia: "The service allows Dropbox to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which device is used to view it. Files placed in this folder are also accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps. Dropbox uses a freemium business model, wherein users are offered a free account with a set storage size and paid subscriptions for accounts with more capacity."

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A basic account is free and provides 2 GB of storage. More can be obtained by inviting new users to join Dropbox.

In addition to sharing folders, users can create a "public" folder from which people can download files without "sharing" the folder. Users can share individual files by providing the "public link", which can be distributed through an email, through Social Media, and other communication methods.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Unlike other services, Dropbox provides users with various ways to increase their storage space (by recruiting friends to install.) In other categories, from price, to user experience, to upload speed, Dropbox is fairly similar to Google Drive and OneDrive. Dropbox is marginally quicker at syncing large files than Google Drive.

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