Freemium cloud storage service Dropbox today announced “a whole new way” of sharing files, which it says makes it ridiculously “easy to share your stuff from the web, your computer, or mobile device.” To be honest, though, the said feature is far from being novel (perhaps Dropbox is happy about beating Leonardo da Vinci to the punch). While unprecedented it most definitely isn’t, you’re likely to find it very useful. Hit the jump for more.
Sharing of files using their URLs has for long been the bread and butter of the cyberlocker industry, but Dropbox has taken its own sweet time rolling it out to all of its 50 million-plus users. Hitherto, this feature was only available in beta.
“Anyone with the link gets access to a snazzy page where they can view (but not edit) your stuff,” wrote Dropbox’s Jon Ying in a blog post announcing the new feature. “Our gallery pages give your photos, videos, and even docs the gorgeous, full-browser view they deserve. This means that people who follow your link can see pictures, look at presentations, and watch home videos without having to download and open them separately.”
Making a link for a file or folder is as easy as right clicking and selecting “Get link.” When on mobile, you simply need to open the file and press the link icon on the bottom left corner.