Not sure if this is elsewhere in the thread, but what what Dropbox does is create an online copy of your hard drive folder called "dropbox" (and which the program links to the online folder).  Dropbox never removes files from your computer unless you tell it to stop syncing, at which point they will be deleted from your hard drive, only living online (this can be changed in the settings so that you keep a folder even after you stop syncing it). What's great about this is that if you have multiple computers, their dropbox folders are always synced with identical files.  Got a file at the office you want to work on at home? no problem. Save it at the office, then when you get home it's already synced with the same file and vise versa.  I actually use it for aftereffects, where I save my composition on my working machine, turn to my rendering machine and set it going, then return to my workstation and continue working on something else. When the render is done, it's automatically downloaded onto my workstation as well.  

If one computer becomes physically destroyed or lost, you can install dropbox on your new machine and it will download the dropbox folder as it was last synced. This functionality actually saved me during my last move, when my primary workstation was ruined during the drive to Florida. 

Syncing is tied to your internet speed-- download is generally 5-10x faster than upload (unless you've got fiber optic, in which case it can sometimes be equal). That being said, dropbox is basically a cloud backup, and allows you to send a direct link for the file to clients for review (handy with big video files) without having to upload it to an ftp site. 

Drawbacks:  if you are working with someone else who has access to the same dropbox account, if they move a file from their dropbox folder to another non-synced folder on their machine, it disappears from the dropbox account. Also, if you stop syncing a folder and don't have the settings keep a copy on your computer, and then you want the folder back, you may have to wait to let it download again.  Also, with any cloud computing solution, there's always the (as yet unrealized) risk of a cyberattack destroying the off-site data.  This is something Dropbox and services like it work very hard to prevent. 


On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Congratulations, Geoff, on the Art-bar.

Thank you very much.
Yes, I just have to remember to copy rather than drag over like it's another hard drive. 

I really use the feature that lets me put a file in the Public folder, create a link address, then I can copy that link into an email, and a client can download it, is so easy.... Easy is good. 

If I had a smart phone or other device, I could get a few more Megs of space, but not 50GB! It sounds like a good service, I just need to become more familiar with working with the "cloud". 

Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538

On Jul 23, 2013, at 1:09 PM, Geoff Thompson wrote:

Hi Linda,
                 I use Dropbox and it has been good. I use it on Windows but am reasonably familiar with Macs. I right click and Ctrl + "c" to copy on Windows or Cmd +"c" on a Mac then the same with v to paste into the Dropbox folder. Sometimes you have to do up a folder in the Dropbox folder to see what's happening i.e. the little blue uploading arrows or the green ones for files actually up there. That's a problem with Windows rather than Dropbox.
I just got 50 free GB when I connected my new smart phone. It's been good while in Sydney to have access to a lot of extra files while preparing for the Art-bar at Museum of Contemporary Art here Friday night.

----- Original Message -----
"SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-" <[log in to unmask]>

<[log in to unmask]>

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:24:02 -0700
Re: [SCIART] Question about Dropbox

Hi Karen, 

yes, I realize downloads are sometimes faster, but an hours upload and instantaneous download? That's what made me curious.

I no longer want my files on Dropbox, I wanted a safe place off site to temporarily put them. I'm going to go get my backup drives in a few minutes.

I've been hearing a lot about carbonite...  I mainly use DropBox to send my clients links that they can download for files too big for email. They cannot put any software on their computers, so they need an online link. Even is blocked, sometimes. Weird.

Thanks so much! 

Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538

On Jul 23, 2013, at 9:08 AM, Karen Ackoff wrote:

Download times are generally faster than upload times. Check to see what your Internet provider uses. 

Do be careful with DropBox. When you "copy" a file from Dropbox to your hard drive, it moves it, removing it from Dropbox. This seems counter intuitive but it's the way Dropbox works. 

For archiving, there are better services such as carbonite. Albeit, there are charges. Some may offer a certain amount of free space. 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 23, 2013, at 10:51 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the instructions at

Email sent using Optus Webmail


Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the instructions at


Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the instructions at

Cameron Slayden, M.S.
CEO,  Creative Director
Medical and Scientific Animation
Cosmocyte, Inc.
8600 Foundry street, Box 2051
Savage, MD 20763
phone: (202) 747-6337
fax: (202) 747-6545
[log in to unmask]


Need to leave or subscribe to the Sciart-L listserv? Follow the instructions at