Some time ago, a dear friend sent me a link for Dropbox. I clicked on it, read the info and downloaded the program…and that was it. Dropbox is a program that you put files into and then you have those files on any number of electronics. For months and months, I never ever did anything with it. I had my laptop and used my phone sometimes for writing or some work related stuff, but whatever I needed on another device I just emailed it to myself. No big deal.
My husband snagged one of the HP Tablets when they went on clearance. The original plan was that it would be ‘ours.’ When that really wasn’t the case, he did find another tablet on the cheap and I had him restore the tablet to the original settings, since it was listed as Tim’s. Because nothing says marriage and sharing like changing something from ‘ours’ to ‘mine’. (Happy wife, happy life to quote a friend) I noticed while playing around with the newly restored tablet that there was an App named Quick Office. Huh. A program that lets one open/edit/create . doc files, powerpoint, excel spreadsheets. Reading the reviews on it, I noticed how several people commented on the ease of the program and the use of their Dropbox folders. Oh wait – don’t I have that?
Then I got to wondering if the apple app store had those programs. Sure enough. So I install Dropbox on the laptop, the tablet, the iPhone and install Quick Office on the phone as well. Then I test it.
I would say kids that were born in the 90’s maybe aren’t as impressed with technology as much as someone my age or older. I remember when televisions didn’t have remotes. Hell, a tv we had when I was little still had to be tuned in with the knob. The fact that now I could open up one of my writing files, edit it, add to it, save it, put down the laptop and then open the file *immediately* on my phone or tablet, with all the changes I just made, is AMAZING to me. I know there is lots of technology way cooler than this in the world, but it’s the little things that get me excited, especially when I can apply it. I don’t have 100 apps. I don’t often need fancy programs to do my work. Writers can write anywhere. Paper and pen or touch-screen tablet. I like to write at lunch when I’m at work and this just makes it easier and faster.
So if you do work in one place, like an office and then have to finish up at home, or have multiple gadgets to mess around with, I’d say Dropbox is a nifty tool to have. Of course I sent my friend a super excited text thanking her.