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May 12, 2022 09:49:35   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
Just started using it and I use the Drop Box folder that it put in my Windows File Manager, drag and drop folders of my photos that I want to send to somebody, then select "Copy link" for that folder and email them the link. As far as I can tell these photos don’t go through Drop Box until my recipient accesses the link. They stay on my PC until then. Is that the right way to look at it? Your comments would be appreciated.

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May 12, 2022 10:22:33   #
kenArchi Loc: Seal Beach, CA
 
It was always confusing to me.
I ended up just sending direct thru email.

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May 12, 2022 10:27:07   #
kvanhook Loc: Oriental, NC
 
My problem is the size limit for email attachments. I would use Drop Box if I understood it better.

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May 12, 2022 10:30:03   #
srt101fan
 
gvarner wrote:
Just started using it and I use the Drop Box folder that it put in my Windows File Manager, drag and drop folders of my photos that I want to send to somebody, then select "Copy link" for that folder and email them the link. As far as I can tell these photos don’t go through Drop Box until my recipient accesses the link. They stay on my PC until then. Is that the right way to look at it? Your comments would be appreciated.


As one looking for a simple way of sharing photo files online, I am following this topic with great interest.

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May 12, 2022 10:32:03   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
kenArchi wrote:
It was always confusing to me.
I ended up just sending direct thru email.


A bit confusing when I started but now it’s easy as drag, drop, and email a link. A folder with over 300 JPEGs had no problem. I started out by logging into the Drop Box website, uploading photos and then making the link to email. Now I use their Drop Box folder that they put on my PC, didn’t notice it at first. So it looks to me like my photos don’t move from my PC through Drop Box until my recipient accesses them. Or else they upload to Drop Box in the background as soon as I copy my folder to their folder that’s on my PC. Just curious about that.

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May 12, 2022 10:41:43   #
Bubbee Loc: Aventura, Florida
 
I use Dropbox as another file/folder in my Documents which I file or export into. The links are copies and the originals stay put in Dropbox unless I choose to delete, copy or move them..
Works great for me. It also syncs into my phone and tablet.

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May 12, 2022 12:37:35   #
kmpankopf Loc: Mid-Michigan; SW Pennsylvania
 
Using Dropbox, or any cloud based service such as Google Drive and MS One Drive, COPIES the selected files to their servers - in the Cloud. The sync software gives the illusion that you control in real time your copies and deleted objects. When you add, change or delete an object (file), that change is replicated to the cloud service.
When you give a link or permissions to the files/folders, you give access to the Cloud Copies, not the files on your PC/tablet.
Most cloud offerings are easy to use. Adobe cloud is different. For deleting objects, you have to do a two step process and it is not clear. I now stay far away from Adobe storage. All other storage services I use are fairly friendly.
Note: When you share - stay away from sharing RAW images! Ha.

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May 12, 2022 12:38:58   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
gvarner wrote:
Just started using it and I use the Drop Box folder that it put in my Windows File Manager, drag and drop folders of my photos that I want to send to somebody, then select "Copy link" for that folder and email them the link. As far as I can tell these photos don’t go through Drop Box until my recipient accesses the link. They stay on my PC until then. Is that the right way to look at it? Your comments would be appreciated.


The files you specify are copied to Drop Box.
The link you provide people just says where they are on Drop Box.

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May 12, 2022 13:07:04   #
srt101fan
 
Longshadow wrote:
The files you specify are copied to Drop Box.
The link you provide people just says where they are on Drop Box.


Do the files you upload to Dropbox retain their names/numbers/order (the way they are organized on your computer) or does Dropbox change them?

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May 12, 2022 13:13:05   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
kmpankopf wrote:
Using Dropbox, or any cloud based service such as Google Drive and MS One Drive, COPIES the selected files to their servers - in the Cloud. The sync software gives the illusion that you control in real time your copies and deleted objects. When you add, change or delete an object (file), that change is replicated to the cloud service.
When you give a link or permissions to the files/folders, you give access to the Cloud Copies, not the files on your PC/tablet.
Most cloud offerings are easy to use. Adobe cloud is different. For deleting objects, you have to do a two step process and it is not clear. I now stay far away from Adobe storage. All other storage services I use are fairly friendly.
Note: When you share - stay away from sharing RAW images! Ha.
Using Dropbox, or any cloud based service such as ... (show quote)


Thanks. That’s the exact info I was looking for. So at some point they do a background upload of a copy of your files to their server.

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May 12, 2022 13:18:34   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
srt101fan wrote:
Do the files you upload to Dropbox retain their names/numbers/order (the way they are organized on your computer) or does Dropbox change them?

Dunno... I don't use Drop Box, I use One Drive.
One Drive keeps the names. I can't imagine why it would change the names, however Facebook does when one uploads pictures.
Logout of Drop Box and click on the link to see what it looks like to someone else.

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May 12, 2022 13:30:42   #
rook2c4 Loc: Philadelphia, PA USA
 
gvarner wrote:
They stay on my PC until then. Is that the right way to look at it?


If that were really true, then no one would be able to access the link while your computer is turned off or disconnected from the internet.

I've accessed files in Dropbox on my smartphone while my computer was shut down lots of times. If the files only existed on the computer's hard drive, I shouldn't have been able to do that!

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May 12, 2022 13:30:53   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
srt101fan wrote:
Do the files you upload to Dropbox retain their names/numbers/order (the way they are organized on your computer) or does Dropbox change them?


My experience is that Drop Box retains the names. My photos are catalogued in PS Element's Organizer. I use tags to pull up a batch of photos of daughters and copy them as new files to a folder for each. During the copy I have Elements change the name of the file to start with their name, and the process adds a hyphen and a number label to each, keeping them in the same order as they are in my Organizer regardless of their original file name.

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May 12, 2022 13:34:07   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
rook2c4 wrote:
If that were really true, then no one would be able to access the link while your computer is turned off or disconnected from the internet.

I've accessed files in Dropbox on my smartphone while my computer was shut down lots of times. If the files only existed on the computer's hard drive, I shouldn't have been able to do that!


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May 12, 2022 14:26:16   #
srt101fan
 
gvarner wrote:
My experience is that Drop Box retains the names. My photos are catalogued in PS Element's Organizer. I use tags to pull up a batch of photos of daughters and copy them as new files to a folder for each. During the copy I have Elements change the name of the file to start with their name, and the process adds a hyphen and a number label to each, keeping them in the same order as they are in my Organizer regardless of their original file name.


Thanks!

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