What do you like best?
I've used Dropbox both as an employee of an advertising agency and as a freelance motion graphics designer and have nothing but praise for the product. After a few years of using Dropbox, a number of features have ended up being big time savers, including Dropbox sync, versioning, file sharing, and the integration of the product with websites like Vimeo.
During my time as an agency employee I was often traveling between two offices in two different cities. Dropbox sync allowed me to sync my work on machines in multiple locations, saving me the hassle of manually copying files to a hard drive and physically transporting my work back and forth. The added benefit of this feature was that I always had backup copies of my work accessible from virtually anywhere. If I ended up needed to work while traveling I could login to my account from my laptop and quickly access the files I needed.
On a few rare occasions I realized a project file had been deleted by accident from a shared work machine, but due to the sync feature, I knew I had at least a few versions of the same file stored in the cloud, allowing me to login and retrieve the lost file in a matter of minutes.
As a freelancer I utilize the file and folder sharing features on every project I have the pleasure of working on. This makes collaboration between teams a breeze. I primarily work as a remote freelancer, so having the tools to share work and quickly exchange files in a shared folder is a crucial tool for my business.
Another feature worth mentioning is the ability to pause and resume uploads or downloads. There's nothing worse than using an unreliable browser-based upload tool only to have a large upload stall after a few hours of uploading. I have Dropbox installed on every machine I work on to make sure I never risk losing time or bandwidth. When working remotely from countries with poor connectivity, it's very helpful to have the option to pause a file transfer while I have a Skype call or change locations.
What do you dislike?
I'd love to see the option to merge Dropbox directories on a local machine. Currently I find myself manually merging directories if I have to move my Dropbox directory to a new hard drive or a temporary folder on an external. I'd like the option to leave existing files in the local directory without syncing, rather than have to choose between syncing or removing files from the primary folder. Selective sync can be very useful and I utilize it often, however it would be great to see some more advanced options for those of us that end up having multiple Dropbox folders that want to organize and merge the contents with a little more control.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Dropbox Pro is an affordable, fast, and reliable way to backup your files, share your work, collaborate with teams, and access important files from anywhere at any time. For a few bucks more a month you can increase your peace of mind with one year version history. Desktop integration works like a dream, and the web-based file manager is great for accessing files on the go. If you're a freelancer or creative professional looking for a way to share your work, collaborate with agencies and other creatives, or just need a backup service that won't fail you, Dropbox Pro is a great solution. I've used the product for years and it has saved me time, money, and worry. Check out Dropbox Pro, you'll be glad you did.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
In some instances I work from countries with a metered internet connection, meaning the more bandwidth I use, the more I'm charged for my connection at the end of the month. Coming from the US this is hard to get used to, and being a freelancer in the video and motion graphics world means I'm often working with and sending large files to clients around the world. This is where Dropbox integration with services like Vimeo really saves me money. I can upload my final files to Dropbox, send them out to my clients, and use the integration with Vimeo to send the files right to my Vimeo account, no need to re-upload or waste bandwidth. Total time and money saving feature right there.
Shared folders make collaboration a joy, allowing me to work with people all over the world without the hassle of figuring out what email had what link to which document. Totally streamlines the collaborative process to give everyone on the team the ability to work from the same files in a cloud-based location that shows up as a folder on your desktop.
Did I mention that the cross-platform functionality means my Mac-using art directors don't have to deal with Windows-formatted hard drives and vice-versa? Keeping clients happy and focused on the creative process is very valuable and Dropbox makes it easy.