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Dropbox for Gmail: Chrome Extension now lets you send large files easily
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Dropbox for Gmail: Chrome Extension now lets you send large files easily

by AshwinMay 7, 2015

Cloud storage service Dropbox, has improved its Google Chrome Extension, Dropbox for Gmail, to introduce some new features.

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The extension debuted three months ago, in February, and introduced the ability to attach files from your Dropbox account directly into Gmail.

It was a tongue-in-cheek move, as Gmail already supports such features using Google’s own cloud storage service, Google Drive. Dropbox has announced some new changes to Dropbox for Gmail. Let’s take a look at what’s new in it.

Attaching files becomes easier with Dropbox for Gmail:

The extension now lets users send large files in emails, more easily. All you have to do is click on the Dropbox icon in Gmail’s compose window, and you can select files or folders, from your Dropbox account to attach them into your email. Click on the Insert links option, which will you allow you to send the files directly, without having to wait to upload the files to Gmail or even worry about the file size limit, as they are stored on Dropbox servers, and not in Gmail’s Inbox.

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Normally we compress files to zip files before emailing them, to save cloud storage space and precious bandwidth. However the Dropbox extension makes this unnecessary. You can attach multiple files and folders directly to your Gmail, without compressing them.

Send files to anyone:

Dropbox for Gmail now lets you send files to anyone, even if the recipient does not have the Chrome extension, or even an Dropbox account. All they need is the link to the file you sent.

View Files from anywhere:

The extension now lets you save files quickly, allowing you to add files from your email directly to your Dropbox account. You can then view the files from anywhere.

Note that the extension only works with Gmail, and does not work with Google Inbox yet.

Download the Dropbox for Gmail extension, from the Chrome Web Store. Note that it still has the Beta tag, which suggests that the extension isn’t fully ready, and more features could be added in the future.

This isn’t the first time Dropbox is taking a leaf out of Google’s book. Back in April, Dropbox began testing a collaborative note taking app, called Project Composer. This is viewed as a competitor to Google Docs, and allows multiple users to edit a document, i.e, co-authoring. It reportedly uses Hackpad,  which Dropbox acquired last year.

It was later moved on to a private-tetsing phase, which is done on an invite-only basis. Project Composer has been renamed as Dropbox Notes.

I think we can safely assume that Dropbox will integrate Notes, into all of its apps, including the Chrome extension.

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