If you haven’t heard of Dropbox yet, then get ready to be WOWed. Dropbox is probably the easiest way to sync, store and, share files online. There’s no complicated interface to learn. Dropbox just installs a folder on your Windows, Mac, and/or Linux computers that seamlessly syncs with their servers. You can access your files on any of your computers or via a web interface.
I got a Dropbox account in 2008 when it first was in Beta. They brought Cloud storage when “Cloud” wasn’t even a buzzword. Fast forward 2 ½ years, Dropbox is long out of beta and still not only useful, but also adaptive; 3rd party services like Frenzy and Views.fm can bring an enhanced experience to your Dropbox.
Let’s start with Views.fm (http://views.fm). If you are not a fan of Dropbox’s Graphical User Interface, then give Views.fm’s interface a try. Sign up, link your Dropbox account and use your favorite browser to sort through files.
Views.fm supports Dropbox, but sounds like they are planning to add other services in the future.Could we see Pogoplug, Zoho, Google Docs or ZumoDrive integration? Even backup systems like Mozy.com or Carbonite? The Views.fm interface could be a one stop interface for all.
Frenzy (http://frenzyapp.com/) is another great 3rd party application for Mac users (right now). Frenzy will turn your Dropbox into a social network. This is perfect for Small to Medium Business (SMB) to communicate and transfer files. Collect and share pictures, documents or other files through your networks.
Frenzy is installed on the Mac OS X (10.5 or later) and sits on the the menu bar. After logging in and pairing with Dropbox, when you share files, others on your network with the proper permissions will be informed. If they add or change files, you will be notified. Frenzy also uses Hotkeys to share what you are looking at so you can get feedback instantly.
With this pair of 3rd party programs, you can really turn your Dropbox into a social cloud solution that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Do you use Dropbox, Frenzy or Views.fm? Let me know how you use it! Comment below or send to @geekazine
As a podcaster, videographer and blogger, Jeffrey works to convey the geek message. Inspired and passionate about tech and geek life. As a musician, Jeffrey loves to rock the house.