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June 12, 2012
Well, it depends. First of all, I am assuming you mean the Dropbox that comes from http://www.dropbox.com, right?
What is your purpose for putting pictures into dropbox?
- Is it to share the pictures with someone else? In that case, I would tell you to use the Export button to create new copies of the pictures, and specify the dropbox folder for the destination of the Export. See Tutorial Video: Exporting Pictures
- Is it to work with your pictures in the synchronized cloud/computer/mobile device environment that Dropbox gives us? In that case, I’d tell you to move the folder to the Dropbox folder, just like you would move a folder to an external hard drive. See the tutorial video: Move Folders of Pictures to External Hard Drive
Let me know if that helped.
June 12, 2012
My purpose was to share pictures and scans on an area of common interest. In this case Rubik’s Cube from the 80’s. A friend has a website with a lot of links, but he only had one issue of a newsletter I edited, and that was a photocopy. I had scans of all four issues and placed them in dropbox and he was able to access them. We also were able to share a great deal of other information this way.
Your Video on Exporting Pictures was very helpful as well as your advise on scanning using Picasa.
I originally tried using Google Drive, but was not able to work out the sharing aspect of it.
How do Dropbox and Google Drive differ? What are the ideal uses of each?
Doesn’t Picasa, using web albums, do some of the tasks that Drive and Dropbox do?
Thank you very much for all of your help.
Good questions! I think Google Drive and Dropbox (and SkyDrive, and iCloud, and Amazon Cloud Drive …) are all trying to figure out what they do.
They all do a lot of the same thing – allow you to use web-based services for your stuff – they all have their strengths and weaknesses. AND, they’re all changing on a daily basis. No one can keep up. What I like about Dropbox right now is how seamlessly it lets you share files among multiple computers by synchronizing in the cloud. I never log on to Dropbox.com but I depend on my dropbox folder on my computer to have the same current files as the Dropbox folder on Jim’s computer, and our seminar computer – all because they synchronize with the cloud. I change our Streets and Trips route and, as soon as I save it, it syncs up to the cloud and back down to Jim’s computer so when he opens S&T he sees my latest changes. But, we don’t need an Internet connection just to view the file on our own computers.
Synchronizing is relatively new to Google Drive, so I don’t have much experience with it. But I’ve been storing files on Google Drive that I need to see and use at any time, from any computer, for many years. I’m always logged on to Google Drive because it’s part of my Google account, along with gmail, and google+ etc. It’s great because it not only stores files, but lets you edit them – word and excel documents are editable in Google’s own versions. Two people on different sides of the country can even edit the same document online at the same time with Google Drive.
Picasa, actually Picasa Web Albums and Google + PHotos does store pictures in the cloud, but not other documents. Yes, I do all of my picture sharing thru PWA/Google+