Gone – it seems – are the days when DropBox was a simple, cloud based file manager. Over the past couple of years, the free online storage company has improved its user interface and made some great deals with the likes of HTC, to enable automatic uploading of images and offer more storage. Finally, that feature (which has been available on our Macs for a little while) has made its way to the iOS app. You can now set the native app to automatically upload images and video to a specific file in your account.
A file named “camera uploads” is created, and when set up, any images you take will fly up in to the cloud and land in the folder, complete with a new name. The name includes the time and date you took the image, so, it’s easier to identify which image it is. Also, to make things even better, it includes a gallery viewer. Version 1.5 offers:
• Automatically upload photos and videos using Wi-Fi or cellular data plan
• Earn up to 3 GB of extra free space for uploading photos automatically (in 500 MB increments)
• See all the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to Dropbox in Gallery view
Dropbox has fast become one of my most used services online, and this just adds the cherry on top for me. Lets hope this is the start of making it ever more appealing to us consumers. It’s available in the App Store now, as a free download.