I rely on Dropbox for synchronizing files between machines and maintaining a backup of important files. The Dropbox for iPad app allows me to access my files on the iPad, but until recently it was difficult to get a file into Dropbox from an iPad app that doesn’t explicitly support Dropbox.
Taking advantage of the Dropbox API, Habilis has created a simple service that lets you email files to a personalized address and have them appear in your Dropbox. (Dropbox competitor SugarSync also recently instituted this feature, but I prefer Dropbox and it’s used by most of my colleagues for sharing files.)
- Go to the Habilis site and click the Connect to Dropbox link.
- At the Dropbox site, log in if you’re not already connected and confirm that you want Habilis to use your account.
- Return to the Habilis site, where you’ll see a custom email address for you to use.
- Add the address to Address Book and then sync the iPad or wait for MobileMe to sync wirelessly if you’ve enabled that feature.
To test the service, do the following:
- Open an app on the iPad, such as Pages, and create a new document.
- Return to the My Documents screen, make the document frontmost, and tap the Share menu.
- Tap the Send via Mail button.
- Choose a file format, such as Pages or Word (this step is specific to the Pages app).
- In the outgoing message that’s created, enter the Habilis email address and tap the Send button.
Within a few minutes (depending on your network connection and the size of the file), the file appears in a new folder called From Habilis within your Dropbox folder.