Drop Screenshots and Audio Recordings On To Your PC

Dropbox is such an incredibly useful app that I think everyone should sign-up for the service and start using it. I find it so useful for two reasons. First reason are the Windows and Mac Dropbox apps that communicate with the Dropbox servers and thus enable me to copy any file to my home computers simply by uploading them to my account. The second reason is that there are Dropbox apps for every major smartphone platform as well as the iPad.

As you know, I take screenshots of iPad apps that I write about in my blog posts. Unlike other platforms, iOS has always provided the ability to take screenshots. Hold down the power button and press the home button and you hear the shutter sound indicating a screenshot was taken. The screenshot is stored in the Photo app, and the sharing function includes email photo.

In the past I have been e-mailing the screenshots to myself, then opening the email and downloading the attachment on my PC. It recently dawned on me that I could be using the Dropbox app on my iPad to move the screenshots to my PC. I start the Dropbox app, tap the camera button at the bottom of the file list, which opens the Photo Album on the iPad, and I select the screenshot that I just took. Near instantly I get a notification on my PC that a file has been added to my Dropbox folde on my PC, and I can instantly open that file with my photo editor and edit the screenshot.

Another way that you can use Dropbox is to move audio recordings you make on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, by using the DropVox app for iOS. DropVox creates recordings in the .m4a format, which I have found I can only play using Quicktime on my PC. When you first start DropVox, you link it to your Dropbox account, and from that point every recording you make is automatically uploaded to your Dropbox account and downloaded to your PC.

You can get a Dropbox account with 2 GB of storage for free. If you need more storage you can buy 50 GB for $9.99 per month and 100 GB for $19.99 per month. Dropbox doesn’t provide as much storage as other services like SugarSync, but I find Dropbox’s integration with a wide range of third party apps to be very compelling.