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URL Droplet Downloads From the Web Right to Dropbox

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Dropbox is great for syncing files if you have the rights to install Dropbox on the machine you’re using. If you don’t, URL Droplet can fill a gap by allowing you to easily save web-based downloads to your Dropbox account.

It’s a simple tool to use. Visit URL Droplet, authenticate your Dropbox account (this happens with Dropbox, not by giving your login credentials to URL Droplet), and then begin plugging in file URLs into the URL Droplet interface. Files you enter there are synced to the root directory of your Dropbox account. The only limitations are the amount of space you have in your Dropbox account and that the files are saved only to the root (although you can rename the files before sending them to your Dropbox).

URL Droplet is a free service; hit up the link below to take it for a test drive.

URL Droplet [via Lifehacker]

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  • Published 06/15/11

Comments (9)

  1. LucasDT

    I have privacy issues with this service.
    Why does it need read AND write permition to your Dropbox if it’s only writing in there.
    Why can’t you limit the access of the service to a specific folder, so you know for sure that your data is not beign harvested.
    May be I’m being a little paranoid, but I don’t trust this kindda things that once you granted permission can access all your data anytime without you knowing.

  2. corey kliewer

    Try – It does the same but is more powerful and more secure. It also has a customizable bookmarklet and lets you have the choice of sending content to your email also!

  3. Yoshiyah

    Privacy is only a concern, if you are doing something that you are not supposed to be doing. That said, this service could be helpful, but much like it could be used to forward you links to malicious sites.

  4. Urichhai

    Yoshiyah, That statement is a crock. Privacy should always be a concern. I have heard that statement from people who want you to feel that way and then hit you with Malicious software. So if privacy isnt a concern you wont mind sending me your SSN,bank acct#,debit card # and PIN or any other personal info? In a world where your identity could be hacked and your life ruined your statement has me worried about you or at least worried for you.

  5. Adam

    isn’t urichhai what trolls are called in middle earth

  6. Drew

    No, Adam. What he’s called on planet earth is: Absolutely Correct.

    The argument that only people who are doing something wrong should be concerned about privacy is boneheaded idiocy.

  7. Urichhai

    No and if you are going to try to quote Tolkein please reread. The Fighting Urik-Hai where hybrids created by Saruman. Whoaa just let my geek flag fly. Wasnt trolling was just pointing out a fact and the problem is too many people think like that. Thanks Drew.

  8. The Gweed

    My links go into the queue and then never show up in Dropbox. I get the follow error:

    HTTP status Net::HTTPInternalServerError received:

    I know its free and its Beta but I’m not impressed.

    Impress me!

  9. The Gweed

    Tried again and got another error. As far as I’m concerned this program doesn’t work.

    Change my mind please.

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