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Back to Basics with Dropbox and more tech tips with Kevin

Hi friends! Becky here. I’m thrilled to announce that we are launching a new monthly series here on the blog — Tech Talk! But I’m not the expert on tech (oh heck no). My brother Kevin? He’s the best in the business. If anyone knows technology and how it can be utilized to truly be a blessing in our lives (personally and professionally), it’s Kevin Allgaier. Tech has been his thing since… well, forever. And I would know. I’ve known him since he was two. David and I have been using Kevin’s consulting services for quite some time now (for our home needs as well as our business needs) and he’s the wiz, ya’ll. And he has a way of teaching that has really reached and helped countless families and businesses.

Okay, enough gushing over my brother. Don’t want his head to get too big! So why are we doing this monthly tech blog series? Because of popular demand. Because of you. So many of you have questions about technology all day long and Kevin really is the best one to help, so we’re turning the microphone over to him and letting him lead the way. The topics chosen each month will be based on what you’ve told us you want to know — and most of these topics are usually related to memory keeping in one form or another. Keeping that in mind, feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll consider what you have to share.

Today’s topic? Dropbox. You hear us mention it from time to time, and it’s something that we often refer to when talking about the Project Life App (because you can pull pictures into the app from Dropbox, instead of having to have them in your phone’s Camera Roll). Dropbox is awesome, but not everyone really knows what it is, why it’s so darn cool, or how it works.

Okay, Kevin. Your turn!


There are a few key components to every computer. Storage (in the form of a hard drive or a speedy Solid State Disk) is one of those critical components. This is where our files (documents, audio, movies, pictures, etc) are stored long-term. We create a Word file and save it to our hard drive, for example. This method of storage is sufficient for most, but some of us (those who are serious about storage and want to take things to the next level), need something more. Something that allows us to easily share those files with others and have them available on any device.

To enhance our traditional “local storage” (i.e.: hard drive or SSD), we may want to consider cloud storage. Simply put, this is storage that is primarily in the “cloud,” and secondarily (and optionally) on our local hard drive. A few current cloud storage solutions include Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box (formerly box.net), Amazon S3, OpenStack… the list goes on and on and on. I can’t possibly describe the features for all the available services, so I will focus on one. Dropbox happens to be my cloud storage solution of choice (for many reasons), so we will focus on that for this post. While some of the concepts here will be applicable to all cloud storage services, the details will be specific to Dropbox.

CREATING AN ACCOUNT

First, let’s talk about how to set up a Dropbox account (for those who don’t already have one). We do this by visiting www.dropbox.com and entering our name, email address, and a password.

Tech Talk with Kevin - using Dropbox for photo storage

Once we click “Sign up for free,” this will create a new “Dropbox Basic” account (which is, well, free).

ACCOUNT TYPES

There are three types of Dropbox accounts available today:
– Dropbox Free – up to 2 GB storage – Free!
– Dropbox Pro – up to 1 TB storage – $9.99/month US
– Dropbox Business – unlimited storage – $15/user/month US

The Dropbox Free and Dropbox Pro account types are designed for individuals, while the Dropbox Business account is designed for collaborative teams and businesses (there is a minimum of 5 users required for a Dropbox Business account). Each account has a specific set of features that make it appealing to the right audience. Here’s a snapshot of those features (source: dropbox.com).

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Now that we understand the account types and have our account se tup, let’s talk about how to use our Dropbox account.

DROPBOX BASICS

First and foremost, Dropbox is great for storing your files in a way that syncs with the cloud, and ultimately with every device you have connected to your Dropbox account. Supported devices include Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Windows Mobile. You can also access your Dropbox files by going to www.dropbox.com using any modern web browser from any computer. You just need an Internet connection.

SYNCING FILES BETWEEN DEVICES

A classic example of syncing files between devices is the creation of a Word file. We save that file in a special Dropbox folder that is created on our computer when we install the free Dropbox app.

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Because all files that are saved to our Dropbox folder on our Mac or PC are automatically synced with Dropbox (this process happens automatically and seamlessly in the background), it means that those files will be available on other devices that are accessing our Dropbox account. With smaller files, this process takes a matter of a few seconds.

This syncing scenario is true of all file types saved to your Dropbox folder… Office documents, iWork documents, images, audio files, movie files, database files, QuickBooks files… everything.

SHARING FILES

A common use for Dropbox comes in the form of sharing. We all love to share files with others. And why not!? There are two ways to share files using Dropbox. The only requirement for both of these sharing methods is that the file needs to be synced with Dropbox. To be sure, visit www.dropbox.com, log in, and look for the file… if you don’t see it, it hasn’t synced yet.

Sharing Option #1: Sharing a file or folder using a link

The first option is to share a file or folder with someone using a link. This is simple. We can right-click on a file or folder on our Mac or PC and choose “Share Dropbox Link.”

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This will create a custom link specifically for that file and copy it to our clipboard. From here, we can paste that link into anything… an email, a text message, a blog post… anything. That link is specific for that one file or folder and will not change (unless you delete the file or folder).

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Note: there are no security options for this sharing method so whoever has access to that link will have access to the shared file or folder. Keep this in mind for sensitive information you are sharing.

There is a limitation to this sharing method. Because you are sharing a link to a file or folder, this will give the other person read-only access. While they can download the file or contents of the folder, they won’t be able to make changes to the shared version or upload files to the shared folder. It’s designed to be read-only.

Sharing Option #2: Sharing a folder with others

We can choose to share an entire folder with someone else in a collaborative way by right-clicking on that folder and choosing “Share this Folder…” This will take us to www.dropbox.com where we are prompted for the email address of the person (or people) that we want to share the folder with.

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Once the other person accepts the invitation, they will have access to the folder via their own Dropbox account (shared folders are indicated with a special folder icon). The requirement for this is that all parties involved need to have their own Dropbox account.

When we initially set up the share using this method, we can choose whether they will have full access to the folder or read-only by clicking the drop-down list to the right of their email address.

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Now that they have accepted the share request, not only will they have access to all the files in that folder, but they will also have access to new files added to that folder. If they have full access (as opposed to read-only), they will also be able to add their own files to the share folder, which would give you access as well.

This method is designed for collaborative teams and is a key feature to using Dropbox (especially in business environments!).

BEYOND THE BASICS

Now that we have a better understanding of the basics of using Dropbox, let’s talk about some of the more advanced features.

COMMENTS

I use and love Instagram. One of the reasons I love Instagram is that it’s super-easy to view a photo and quickly add a comment like “Wow, what a great sunset picture!” or “Those kids are totes adorbs!!” With Dropbox, we can do the same thing with our files! This is how it works.

First, we save a file to our Dropbox folder and let it sync with Dropbox. Next, we share that file with someone else. When they access that file on www.dropbox.com, they will see an option to add a comment to the right of that file like “What do you think of this shot… too much white space?”

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As others add comments to the file, you will be notified. As you add your own comments, others who are sharing the file will be notified. This turns Dropbox into a very social file-sharing system.

FILE REQUEST

Have you ever needed to have someone send you a file that is too large to email? Dropbox has a great feature called “File Request.” This allows you to create a special single-purpose folder for others to upload files to you, without the need to share a folder with them in a collaborative way.

To create a File Request, we need to go to www.dropbox.com and log in. Next, click on the “File Requests” link on the left side.

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Next, click on the “Request Files” button to create a new File Request (as you can see, you can add as many File Requests as you need).

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From here, we can name the File Request and give it a drop location (this is the location where the files will be placed when they are uploaded by the other person). Using the “Add a deadline” option, we can choose to have the File Request link auto-expire, which can be very useful.

The last step is to click “Next.”

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This will create the File Request link that we can copy and paste into an email, website, text message, or anywhere that makes sense. It’s a clever and creative way to allow others to send us large files that are normally impossible to send via email.

UNDELETING FILES

The accidental deletion of files is more common than you think and usually causes a person to panic and consider that their precious file (or files) are lost forever! Well, Dropbox has a solution for that in the form of an undelete option.

If you find that a file has been deleted from a folder, simply visit www.dropbox.com, log in to your Dropbox account, and navigate to the folder where the deleted file once lived. Next, we’ll click on the “Show deleted files” button on the top of the page.

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This will show us a list of all files that once lived in this folder and give us the option to undelete any of the files.

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To restore a file, we simply highlight the file and choose the “Restore.”

With Dropbox Basic and Dropbox Pro accounts, a 30-day history of these files are retained. In other words, a file can be restored as long as it is within 30 days of it being deleted, otherwise it’s gone forever. Dropbox Business accounts have an unlimited undelete time, meaning I can delete a file today and undelete it 10 years from now (as long as I am still using Dropbox, of course).

SO MUCH MORE!

There are so many more features that come with Dropbox and so many more very creative and useful ways for how it can work wonders for you personally and professionally, but it’s nearly impossible to cover it all in a single post. To learn more about how Dropbox can help you, visit www.DropboxForYourBusiness.com.


Becky again. (Thank you, Kevin! So helpful!) I just wanted to add that Dropbox is absolutely how I personally store (and back up and share) ALL of our pictures. As a reminder, you can totally pull pictures into the Project Life App from Dropbox too, which is just the bee’s knees. Pictures don’t have to be on your phone in order to scrapbook them in the palm of your hand. Isn’t technology just amazing?

COMMENTS

61 Responses

  1. Kelly Eschenfelder says:

    This was a great post! I use Dropbox too and this gave me some additional info to be able to use. Thank you so much for your knowledge.

  2. Kim says:

    This was very helpful! Thank you so much Kevin!

  3. Carie says:

    I wanted to purchase the project life app, but I use google photos. I love Dropbox, but was getting the message I don’t have enough space to upload more pics/files. So then I have to delete files before I can upload more pics. I still use Dropbox for file sharing, but for pic storage and accessibility I rely on google photos (it’s free). Have you considered using Google photos with project life app? $10/ month is pricey for Dropbox is pricey. Thanks!

    • Race Ashby Race Ashby says:

      I love Google Photos too! The free unlimited option is something I shared on Becky’s social media not too long ago as a “favorite thing.” We have definitely brought up the option of using Google Photos in the Project Life App, but it’s just not possible right now. Until that changes, my personal preference is to keep my photos on Google Photos, and when I want them for the app I select the pictures I want, download them to my phone, and pull them into the app from there. Hope that helps!

  4. Dana says:

    Is there a way to ONLY store photos in dropbox??

    • Hi Dana… absolutely! There’s a feature that allows you to selectively sync (or de-sync) folders. After you have uploaded all your files to Dropbox, you can turn off syncing for a folder by going into the preferences of the Dropbox app then clicking on your account settings. There’s an option to change selective sync settings. Just UNcheck the folders that you want to NOT sync to your computer. They will still be available on your mobile devices via the Dropbox app as well as dropbox.com, but will be removed from your hard drive (saving space). Yay!!!

  5. Heidi says:

    So…I have this fear of losing my photos. Which is weird cause I never have. I have all my photos in my Icloud, Google photos, Dropbox and on and external hard drive. THE FEAR IS REAL!!!
    I still hate to delete pics from my phone…resulting in 6400 pictures on my phone.
    They’re backed up so I can delete them right?
    My teenage says I’m psycho…probably some truth to that. I just hate hitting delete. It seems so permanent!

    • Ok, I thought I was cautious!! :-) It’s always good to ensure you have good backups, but keeping them all on your phone is just unnecessary with all those copies. One of the reasons it’s a good idea to have that many copies is so that you can remove them from your phone and free up space! Do it… you’re safe with all those other copies.

  6. Doorly says:

    Thank you for this very informative post! The only thing I don’t love about Dropbox is: when my pictures are on my camera roll, I can pull the picutres faster where as in Dropbox I have to generate a link for every picture. Oh boy, talk about first world problems ;-) I do like Race’s solution in the comment above. I have also been told that Amazon Prime has free Cloud space for pictures if you have Prime. I have downloaded it but can’t seem to connect it to the app. Any tips? I am such an amateur. Hence whey I love these posts.

  7. Kelly says:

    Any tips on organizing photos in Dropbox? do I just create a file under photos and drag them there?

    • I’m all about keeping things SIMPLE and manageable. Here’s what I do… I create a folder called “Photos”. Inside of that, I have a folder called “2016”, “2015”, “2014” and so on. All photos taken in 2014 are placed in the “2014” folder. That’s it! The great thing about it is that I can access those from any device anywhere AND use them for making layouts in the ProjectLife app!!

    • Andrea says:

      Kevin, do you also keep photos on your computer or do you put all photos on dropbox? Can you do sub folders for each month within your yearly folders? I have so many photos and I’m trying to determine the best and most efficient way to keep them organized and backed up. I have so many photos still on my devices because I don’t have a plan for where to put them! :)

  8. Samju says:

    I had my pictures all sorted into folders and started backing them up in Dropbox but then they were not in the folder setup on my computer anymore. How do I get them in Dropbox but still have them in folders both in drop box and my computer. I stopped and now having trouble finding pictures when before I fooled with Dropbox I could find them.

    • Kari says:

      My guess (which is only a guess) would be to make sure you are COPYING them to Dropbox and not MOVING them, effectively taking them off your hard drive. If you right-click on the files you’d like to backup, it should give you the option to ‘copy’ or ‘move’.

  9. Janna says:

    Organizing photos in Dropbox, it is an issue

  10. Karen Watts-Edwards says:

    Thanks Kevin! One thing you can do with iPhone and iPad is to allow DropBox to automatically back up your camera roll. Since I’m tough on phones this has saved my photos on numerous occasions. One tip- especially if you take lots of the “same” shot is to weed out the bad ones right away so you don’t load up DropBox too much.
    My CPA and I have been using DropBox for several years as a way to securely share sensitive tax information. Email isn’t that secure!

    • Yes, great point Karen! Dropbox does a LOT more than what I covered here. If I were to cover EVERYTHING, this post would be way too long for anyone to stick with it. :-) Thanks for the addition!!

  11. SusanM says:

    HI Kevin, Thanks for the great post!! I have a question similar to one above!! When I want to finally delete the pics from the camera roll on my phone – it scares me to death – because it says, “deleting this picture will delete it from all devices” – and I feel like that means it will delete it even from my “PHOTOS” app on my iMac. Hence, I am scared to death to delete pics off of my phone too!! Is this why we have our photos backed up in another place – like dropbox? ALSO – would it delete the picture from iCloud as well? So scary!!! Thanks for all your help! I will look forward to these posts each month!

    • Joanne T says:

      I have the same question as another person: if I delete photos from my phone, it says it will delete from every device and iCloud. What do I do?

      Also, do you have transfer your photos off of your phone if they automatically get saved to iCloud?

      I’d love to use the PL app more for previous years I have not scrapbooked so knowing how to best access those photos from my iPhone and iPad is key! :)

      Thanks so much for this info! I get so overwhelmed on HOW to deal with all of our photos on multiple devices etc. I’d love to know what is the best work flow for people who use Apple products. A tutorial or pdf? Thank you!

  12. Laura says:

    I use shutterfly and is is able to do all the things you mention here , is there any reason for me to switch to this method, am I missing something?

    • Stephanie says:

      I use Shutterfly too – specifically This Life. I think the free options are good too as long as they are saving the photos in full resolution, which Shutterfly does. Dropbox has a lot of extra features and the ability to save/share documents.

    • Hi Laura. If you’re happy with Shutterfly, I say stick with it. My preference is Dropbox in part because Dropbox works well with photos AND all the other documents that I store on Dropbox. It’s a great one-stop-shop for all my file types.

  13. Markay says:

    Thank you for the great article! I love Drobox because I can store any kind of file in it. Especially my Photoshop and other Adobe files. Most other photo iCloud systems can’t do this.

    I have a question though about sharing. When a link is shared can they just view the file or can they actually download a full resolution copy for themselves that they can then share, post, print etc? I’ve been sharing files and letting people collaborate but in most instances I just want them to be able to download the files if they want to but not be able to change anything in the file I’m sharing. I thought “read only” meant they could only look at it, not download it. It’s a bit confusing to me. Can you clarify?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Markay. Great question. When you share a file with someone using a link, that person will have access to view AND download a copy of that file to their system. In other words, if you share a PhotoShop file with someone, they can download that file and make any changes they want to it. If you are looking to share a file with someone in a true “read-only” mode, you may want to consider saving whatever that file is in a read-only format like PDF. That will flatten the file and ensure that they can’t make changes to it (well, technically they can with the right software but it’s less likely than if you were sending them the full raw file). I hope that makes sense!

  14. Maria P. says:

    I use Google Photos/Drive as well due to the free unlimited space part of it. I am able to access Google Photos when I use the PL app on my iPad…but not when I use my phone. When I am using my iPad it gives me the option to upload pictures from a “Cloud” storage, and then once I select that I can choose Google Photos. Why isn’t that available on the phone app? I thought the app was the same regardless of whether it was on your phone or iPad? Just wondering. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and info that you provide for us…it’s truly appreciated on this end as I am totally clueless about stuff like this at times. LOL!

    • Valerie says:

      Once you click on the cloud option, cLick “more” and see if your google photos are available to turn on. I can’t imagine you cAnt do the same with both devices unless the option you want hasn’t been clicked to add it as an option.

  15. Kiley says:

    Thanks for the great post!

    I have recently uploaded all my camera photos from my phone to Dropbox. If I delete a photo from my camera roll, will it delete in Dropbox. Or do I need to manually manage photos in Dropbox?

    • As long as they are in your Dropbox account, you should be able to remove them from your camera roll without it affecting your Dropbox account. To feel comfortable with that process, I would recommend trying it on ONE picture to make sure you have a good workflow down. Then go to town on the rest.

  16. Dani says:

    This post came at the perfect time and was SUPER informative and helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! Looking forward to future Tech Talks! :-)

  17. Stephanie says:

    So excited for more of the Tech Talks! This is great information. I love Dropbox, but I actually use Shutterfly’s This Life for my photo storage…mainly because it’s free. I did some research and felt as long as it’s storing full resolution versions of my photos, it should be just as good as a paid storage service. Are there any other major features (like preserving full-resolution) to look out for when choosing a cloud storage solution? Thank you!

    • Hi Stephanie. I’m seeing that there are others also using Shutterfly and that’s great! As I mentioned in the post, my personal favorite is Dropbox but other cloud-services work well too. Dropbox is a great solution for ALL my file types, not just photos.

  18. Kristin says:

    Thank you! I recently signed up for Dropbox after seeing Becky’s posts about it and doing a little research. I paid for Dropbox Pro, so have 1T of storage. I am uploading pictures from 2006 to present from my external hard drive, iphone, and DVDs (paranoid the discs will go bad/get scratched), as well as iphone videos. I am concerned that 1 T will get used up and I will need more space. I researched Dropbox Business, and see you need 5 users. Can you just add family members? Is there another way to use it for myself? We don’t have a business, but truly might need more storage! I can’t find the answer on Dropbox when I checked.

    • Hi Kristin! I have several clients who use Dropbox Business for just one user. That gives them unlimited storage, which is awesome! They just don’t assign more users. So they are paying for 5 users, but are only using 1. I do this for myself and others (mainly photographers) use it in the same way. You are also welcome to issue those licenses out to other family members, friends, etc. You use it however you like!

      If you need help getting started, let me know. I would be happy to help! http://www.dropboxforyourbusiness.com

    • Kristin says:

      Thanks for the clearing that up! So helpful!

  19. Karen says:

    I have Dropbox on my iPad and iPhone and love it. I have an old iMac where most of my precious photos are but it is running Leopard. I can’t seem to upload from my iMac and am assuming it is because of the old software. Overall, my iMac is working well and I hate to buy a new computer. I went to the Apple Store and they say it is not worth upgrading my current desktop. Any suggestions? 1000’s of photos…… Thank you!

  20. Tana says:

    Kevin,
    Great article and helpful for dropbox. I have been using dropbox for a while now and all along created “FILES” to store photo. Now have since realized can make folders in “PHOTOS” tab on left side. So now I am confused can I delete the “FILES” and still have everything in the Photos section? Then I am an ANDROID user totally. But we received an IPAD for a gift so I was excited at least be able to use the PROJECT LIFE APP…but my DROPBOX will only let me view “FILES”section on “PHOTOS” section. Do you know how to remedy this or am doing something wrong….Just being able to use the FILES is difficult the photos are tiny little squares where as viewing them in PHOTOS they are larger. Please advice….
    One more question…as soon as ANDROID becomes available will mostly use it from my phone not the IPAD so all the kits etc I have bought will they transfer or do I have to purchase them all again.
    THANKS SO MUCH glad to have you as a new contributor.
    Tana Rossi

  21. Chrystal says:

    Thank you for the great overview of Dropbox. I use Dropbox and my only complaint is that when I export photos from the Photos app, it makes a copy and therefore doesn’t keep the photo date. I understand that the photo’s date is in fact saved somewhere in the metadata, but is there a way to readily access that info? Thank you!

    • Bern says:

      Yes!!! I was running into this same problem! I like to include the date of the photos/event in my journaling.

  22. Emily says:

    I love Dropbox but I love google photos even more!! It’s free and it’s so easy to find the photos in looking for. Like family photos 2015 or pictures with Santa. It’s amazing and the only way I can do project life now. I wish I had tried it sooner. I still use Dropbox for other files and for backups of my finished project life layouts.

  23. JRomo says:

    Thank You for this post! I’ve had an account for a while but haven’t really used it. I was excited when @thekaralayne posted on her blog My family functions off one account for both business and personal media . . . We each have our login that gives us access to the exact same account. And our one DropBox account is connected to three computers and two mobile phones.

    DropBox will automatically create a folder called “Camera Upload” and any device that you have connected to your account and has this feature enabled will automatically upload images AS YOU TAKE THEM to the EXACT SAME FOLDER. My husband could be at a soccer game and I could be at a baseball game and any and all photos that we are taking of the kids are all sent to the same location. #WellHelloConvenience

    My question is How do I set this up . . .One account, separate logins for family to same account, and various devices connected? I need to have this convenience!

    • Brittany says:

      I do not know the answer to this question, but I just wanted to add that this is EXACTLY what I want to be able to do too! I’d love to know the answer, Kevin, if you have one!! I don’t think my husband takes as many pictures as I do, but I’d love to have the ones he does take for use in the PLApp, and this seems the best way to do it without doing lots of copying and pasting!
      Thanks in advance!!

  24. Wendie says:

    Love the addition of Tech Talk! Thank you.

  25. Emily says:

    Great info!! I love using Dropbox with Project Life so I can access photos from my computer for my layouts. My pictures are organized in my Dropbox file by year, then by month, then by week. When working on a layout in the PL app I’m having to go through a chain of tapping to get into the folder where the pictures are stored. Then I have to start over for every single picture I want to add to the layout. Is there a way for Dropbox or the PL app to remember where I was in my file hierarchy so I don’t have to keep repeating those same steps multiple times on a layout? When I am saving my PL pages to Dropbox it remembers which folder I last saved to, but not when I’m pulling pictures from Dropbox. I hope this makes sense!! Thank you!

  26. Chelsea says:

    So I just started using Dropbox for 2016-forward (thanks to Kara Layne’s blog series-s/o!) as my backup for all my pics & videos, but I can’t seem to figure out if my Dropbox folder will take up memory on my Macbook Pro’s hard drive (since I have Dropbox installed there-in addition to my iPhone). A major point in using Dropbox for me is to save memory on my Macbook because I’m literally at my limit, haha.

  27. Alison says:

    Thanks for so much helpful info. I’m just nervous to use online storage because then I feel all my photos are out there in cyber space and can be potentially accessed by others one day?? Eg you read not to put pics of your kids online as others can potentially find them . Am I missing something? How come no one else seems to care that all their photos are Uploaded in cyberspace?? I don’t use iCloud for same reason, the whole digital footprint thing. Can you reassure me at all ? :)

    • Brittany says:

      I’d don’t know the answer to this, but I’d love to hear Kevin’s take!

    • Katrin says:

      Hi Alison & Brittany,

      I totally understand and share your point of view.
      For many it is only a matter of convenience … until something happens and private data is publicly exposed that should never be exposed.
      We do not know for sure how secure Dropbox & Co really is. We cannot know.

      The only thing that you can do is remain conscious about what you are uploading.
      If you don’t want potentially confidential information show up in the cyberspace one day, do not upload it! If you have all your devices synced with the cloud, I recommend you go through the uploaded files regularly, and sort those out that are private.
      To be conscious about privacy comes to a price, and we still have to go an extra mile for that. Hopefully one day all these cloud tools offer a feature that makes the protection of our privacy easier.

  28. Alison says:

    Thanks Brittany

  29. Bern says:

    I’m new to using Dropbox after shamefully losing over 1,000 photos on my phone that were NOT backed up. My baby girl just turned one, so you can imagine the heartache of losing such treasured photos. *Hanging head* After my friend and computer tech suggested I try Dropbox, I am currently backing up photos from 2006! People, Becky and her team preach it all the time: BACK UP YOUR IMAGES!!!!

    I’m loving Dropbox so far, however, I can’t figure out how to access some of my images. Within the Android app for PL, I’m only seeing certain images I’m able to pull for PL layouts. What am I doing wrong? Is there a particular way to organize my Dropbox folders? Thanks in advance for any replies…. :)

  30. Caprice says:

    I am also having trouble with the Android app for PL. When I want to add photos, dropbox is not showing up as an option. Any suggestions?

  31. Lori Richardson says:

    Kevin, thanks for your knowledge. I have a question…. my files are stored on Dropbox. On my IPad, I can designate photos in Dropbox as offline files (so I can access them without an Internet connection). I then access those offline files in Project Life. It worked the first time I did it but now my offline files are not showing in Project Life. Looks like I have a synching problems of some kind. Any ideas? Thanks.

  32. Monique says:

    This is a fantastic post!!! Thank you so much Becky & Kevin. I think Tech Talk is a great addition to the blog!!!! Many of my own questions were answered just by reading the questions and answers in the comments!!!!!

  33. Gloria says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I have Dropbox on my Apple computer, my iPad, and iPhone. I downloaded all of my photos to Dropbox and created folders for some of them. However, when I go into my folders, I can’t view/see my photos. It says “this photo cannot be viewed.” Can you tell me why? How am I suppose to be able to see them?
    Thanks,
    Gloria

  34. Natalie frailey says:

    I put all my photos into iCloud on my computer instead of Dropbox. I understood both Dropbox and iCloud still store a copy on your hard drive. Mine is now full. I see you are using a Mac…do you always use Dropbox instead of iCloud? What are the differences?

    Thank you!!

    Natalie

  35. Kimberly says:

    Hi
    I am curious why you chose Dropbox over Apple’ iCloud for back up of your documents and photos?

  36. Shawna Fattouh says:

    Question – I think I saw that you put all photos on Dropbox under PHOTOS and then in files by year. I put them in multiple folders by EVENT. When you are trying to find a certain photo in the year file, do you ever find it hard? Just asking, as I find that the way you upload them would be MUCH easier than my system.

    Thanks for the support and for all you do!

    SF

  37. lynn Wilson says:

    Help! My daughter just got married and photographer shared the photos with us using dropbox. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the photos into Photos on my Mac. I try to download them and they show up as a preview. I want to download the entire files not one photo at a time ( there are hundreds) I am very eager to get them so I can scrapbook them and this is driving me crazy!!! I believe I want to create a zip file but nothing I click on gives me that option. I do have a dropbox account and I believe the files are in there but again I cant get them all into photos. Can you help me??

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  39. Rebecca says:

    Hi
    I am curious why you chose Dropbox over Apple’ iCloud for back up of your documents and photos?

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