Dropbox makes sending files almost fun
When you ask someone who’s fluent in Dropbox to send you a PDF, a batch of photos, a video, or nearly any other files, chances are, you’re going to get a very short link sent your way. Open that link in a browser, and it looks great. Photos open up in nice, big gallery views with easily accessible “Save” links. Folders offer options to be saved as ZIP-compressed archives. And documents, videos, and audio files offer in-browser playing previews, so the person receiving the link can make sure they’re grabbing the right stuff. It all sounds so simple, and so normal, but that’s only if you haven’t tried to share files any other way recently.
Wired’s profile implies that a more robust file sharing system is cooking on the backburners at Dropbox. But even the simple, clean system in place now must be very tempting to those who don’t have an account. “Who is this person, so easily able to send me files over the web?” the shared-with must think. And then they install Dropbox during half a coffee break, and the story of well-deserved success goes on.