7 – Dropbox

RETAINS ITS #7 POSITION

A free file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronisation, and client software.

Websites: www.dropbox.com
Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online.

YEARLY RANKINGS
2014: 7

2013: 7

2012
: 6
2011: 6
2010: 13=
2009: 71=
2008: -
2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Dropbox as one of their Top 10 Tools

“This tool lowers my blood pressure better than tablets ever could. It has removed the fear of losing everything if a hard disk crashes or a backup fails. It also allows me to collaborate and share files and resources with others – whether they are colleagues and translators working on the English version of the new ‘70:20:10, Towards 100% Performance’ book we’re just finishing, or clients who want to co-ordinate materials for a masterclass. Dropbox has also removed the embarrassment of arriving somewhere far-flung from home to find the workshop materials or keynote slides are still sitting on the office computer or on a memory stick that’s fallen under the bed in my hotel room. As a learning tool, Dropbox is the school satchel – keeping everything organised, safe and dry.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“Dropbox for moving large files around and sharing” Roger Mundell, 2015
“enables me to collaborate with colleagues” Rachel Burnham, 2015

“Excellent for managing digital documents regarding my nonacademic responsibilities inside my organization, which are related to counselling, admissions, public relations, etc.” Santiago González Chávez, 2015

“easy online storage” Danny Ortegon, 2014
“I can use different computers and keep them shared” Dr Tushar Maniar, 2014
“storage and access from multiple venues / home & work” 2014
“accessing files on multiple devices (backup too)” 2014
“without it, how would we upload so many things for the students to study?” Olga Vareli, 2014

“To save my information and be able to access it from different computers/locations, and to share files with students and colleagues” 2013
“cannot live without it”  Debra Lee, 2013
“store documents to share with others”  Zifang Su, 2013
“Where I back up everything”  Debra Robinson, 2013
“ubiquitous storage”  Charles Jennings, 2013
“for backup” Sam Oakley 2o13
“Love the ease of transfer between all devices and use it regularly” Christna Carboni 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“The easiest way to publish files and share online without any fuzz…I use it for everything – especially when I want to refer to files/documents that are under development. The link is absolute – if I change a file on my harddisk (in the dropbox folder) – it syncronizes the duplicate on the net automatically – and the link I sent previously – is still the same…” Måns Mårtensson

“Being able to upload stuff to the ether, where the client is able to access it is very useful when you have a Yahoo mail account which limits attachment sizes” Karyn Romeis