For anyone that don’t know what Dropbox is, it’s a free and awesome cloud file sync/backup service. You’ll get an initial 2GB of space and more 250MB if you completed the get started quest, or invite your friends to use Dropbox. It is great for storing files across computers. You and your friends will be able to see the files just like it is in a local folder.
The good news is, according to this forum post, Dropbox is recently launching a beta test version which will test the camera upload feature, which anyone can join and upload their photos,videos. For every 500MB you uploaded, you get 500MB of bonus space! - up to 5GB.
I think the forum doesn’t have a good example of how this whole process works, so I want to create this post to explain it.
Alright, here are the steps:
- Download and install Dropbox 1.3.15 here…
Mac OS X: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%201.3.15.dmg
Linux x86_64: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.3.15.tar.gz
Linux x86: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86-1.3.15.tar.gz
After install and launch, a popup will ask you if Dropbox should automatically start importing files when a device is connected. Choose “Start Import”. Don’t worry if you miss this step, just go to Dropbox Preference and enable it.
- Connect your device (camera, iPhone, or SD card). If they have photo or video contents, Dropbox will import them automatically.
- After import, you can unplug your device and wait for sync to finish. (UPDATE: or you can delete the files right away. You will still get the bonus space.)
In this case, “Import” means Dropbox will create a folder named "Camera Uploads" and it will copy all photos and videos into this folder. Syncing will start afterwards. Only files auto-imported from device to ”Camera Uploads” folder and uploaded successfully will count for bonus.
After files are imported (copied) to your computer. You can unplug your device and pause the sync. Then, you can later do it whenever you want, like during bed time or after work if you use your office’s internet.
Here are some snapshots of my increased bonus, I first have 2.2GB…
Then after uploading about 1.5GB, now I have 3.8GB!!! Pretty sweet eh? :D (The usage % is lower because I deleted some synced files.)
UPDATE! This is kind of awkward after I have taken time explain all these steps. But it turns out you don’t really need to upload all the files. Just import 5GB worth of files and then delete them right away during sync will to do the trick, even though they haven’t finished uploading yet. I thought Dropbox has already fix this hole but it appears that it still works. I realize this while uploading a 2GB file, I thought the file was too big and deleted it to stop its sync in order to start syncing new smaller files. That’s when a popup comes up and tells me I got the 2GB extra space O_o!!!
Now someone might have a nifty idea of throwing a DVD iso into Dropbox. But sorry, I tried and it didn’t work :P. Duplicating existing files won’t work either because Dropbox is smart enough to check that.
So, if you regularly take pictures/shoot videos with your phone of have a SD card full of vacation images, you should have no trouble finding files to upload. I am bit short of 5GB so I shoot some blank videos and upload those (lol). You can safely delete files that are already synced (files with green tick). It will not affect the bonus.
Lastly, try to not make the file too large as you get bonus after a file has finished uploading. If you upload 2GB files, you can end up waiting forever or even run out of space before getting bonus space! Anyway, this should be totally legit since the whole point of Dropbox for this beta is to test the auto-import-and-sync feature.
Have fun with your 7.25GB+ Dropbox space!
=== Reference ===
FAQ on the Photo Upload feature.
Why didn’t I get my free space for beta testing the latest forum build?
Can I manage files after they have been uploaded into my Camera Uploads folder?