Review: Dropboxify | webOS Nation

Review: Dropboxify

by Joseph Dowdy Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:38 pm EDT

Dropboxify For the price of $2.99 from the Palm App Catalog, you too can get running with Dropbox on your webOS device. I have Dropbox on my laptop and keep my super-valuable files synced to their cloud servers so that they can be accessed from a browser or from another computer with Dropbox software and now from my Palm Pre with Dropboxify from developer DoGood. I found that in a very short period of time, I was able to browse my Dropbox files from the app on my phone after putting in my account email and password. Super easy, in fact.

Browsing files was made easy by an alphabetical list of content in folders (with content/context-sensitive icons on them) and files with appropriate application icons in a fast-scrolling list. One touch of a folder opens the folder out into a new card showing the contents. Tapping a file presents the choice to Open (in place), Save, or Email the file.

I found that by tapping Save, it immediately started saving the document... but where? I had my suspicions, but due to the nature of webOS I wasn’t able to confirm them until I hooked up my phone to my computer. Sure enough, the file was sitting in its own Dropbox folder in my USB drive folder. One problem I did have was that not every file saved. Only the tiniest file was successfully saved locally, although it’s entirely possible that this issue was due to not-so-great Sprint coverage where I live.

Dropboxify Dropboxify does pretty much what one would expect from Dropbox. I've been using Dropbox for several months now and have had nothing but good experiences with it; it just works and Dropboxify is no exception even though it's not actually made by the folks at Dropbox (it's made by a developer by the name of DoGood, the only web presence the seem to maintain is a bug reporting site). In addition to Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, BlackBerry, Android, and web browser clients (among others), Dropbox also plays nice with the Pixelpipe service (which, coincidentally, also has a webOS app available).

I can't think of a better way to accomplish the mostly seamless cloud-based file syncing with other software for less. Dropbox comes with 2GB of storage for free, but if you’re interested in picking up more space you can purchase 50GB of space for $9.99 a month, or go all the way up to 100GB to the tune of $19.99 a month.

Of course, you’ll have to remember that there’s nowhere near that kind of space available on your Palm device, so don’t think you can upgrade and keep syncing down your entire computer’s media library. But that’s the great thing about Dropbox and Dropboxify: you have access to all your documents, pictures, videos, and music, but you don't have to download them all locally to get them.

Dropboxify is available from the Palm App Catalog for $2.99.