App of the Month: Send to Dropbox

For May 2017, and the first app feature, we have Send to Dropbox.

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Send to Dropbox logo

What is it?

As the name implies, Send to Dropbox is a free webapp that allows you to send files directly to Dropbox. Once connected to an existing Dropbox account, this free service provides you with a unique email address, and then any attachments sent to the address are instantly saved to Dropbox.

Why this app?

Send to Dropbox makes file sending simple and easy. Anyone can send files to the email address without having to create another account. Emails are a common form of communication and used by people across generations. Send to Dropbox also allows multiple users to compile files in one common folder in Dropbox.

How does it work?

  • Set up a Dropbox account if you don’t have one
  • Sign up using the Dropbox account
  • Send files to unique email address linked to the Dropbox account
  • The files attached to the email will now appear in your Attachments folder

How is it used?

Use Send to Dropbox whenever you need to collect files from a large group of people all at once.
For instance, if a presenter needs to collect photos from everyone in a room. There are several ways to do so:

  • The presenter can ask participants to individually email the images, but that would mean that he/she will have to open each email individually, download it, and then upload into a shared drive.
  • The presenter can ask people to upload it to a shared drive, such as Google drive. However, that would require everyone to have an account for the drive, to sign up and then upload it. There may also be individuals who are not familiar with using the drive.

Using Send to Dropbox will allow participants to email the photo to the unique email generated. This way, neither the presenter nor the participants will need to share their personal email address. The photos will be automatically compiled in the folder, fast and simple.

What next?

Sign up for a free account to try it out! Try out more features like folder organization, message body copying, email whitelists etc.
There are more functionalities, but only if you subscribe to pro account, such as customizing your email address, make multiple addresses and more.

What do you think?

Tell us if you like this app, or if you don’t, tell us what app you use instead. Or figured out another way of integrating the app into learning? Tweet us @UBC_ETS! We’d love to hear from you.