Automatically Process files dropped in a Dropbox Folder

Dropbox doesn’t need any introduction, and definitely is one of the best services to store, host and share your files in clouds. Also the desktop agent for Dropbox makes it damn convenient to manage your files. There is a huge list of applications which allow you to handle and manage the files in your Dropbox folders; if you are not very familiar with the Dropbox you can have a look at this post.

Here we are talking about an app for Dropbox, named as Dropboxautomator, as the name indicates, this app automates your Dropbox folders, i.e. you can tell the Dropboxautomator to perform certain operations on the files dropped in a specific Dropbox folder in your account.

What does the Dropboxautomator do?

As said earlier as well, Dropboxautomator allows you to automatically process a file dropped in specific Dropbox folder. Like, you have a folder named as ‘Test’ in your Dropbox folder, now you want that whenever you drop a word file in this folder it automatically gets converted to PDF file, this is something Dropboxautomator can do for you, in the same way there are several other types of actions (list of actions can be seen in the upcoming section of this post) which can be performed with the help of Dropboxautomator.

What operations does Dropboxautomator do? (List)

Dropboxautomator provides the Dropbox users with a range of actions to be performed automatically on the files in a Dropbox folder (Dropboxautomator works only on files in a shared folder, and not on the subfolders of a shared folder), the actions are divided into four categories, as given below –

Documents

  • Convert to PDF
  • Summarize
  • Translate
  • PDF to TXT
  • Upload to Google Docs
  • Upload to Slideshare
  • Sign PDF (electronic signature)

Pictures

  • Upload to Facebook
  • Upload to Flickr
  • Downscale
  • Rotate image
  • Write text on image
  • Photo effect
  • Stamp a logo on the image
  • Stamp a map on the image
  • Stamp a “dislike” on the image

Any file

  • email
  • Zip file
  • Save it to another Dropbox-folder
  • Rename
  • Upload to FTP-Server
  • Encrypt file
  • Decrypt file

Send info

  • Tweet
  • Set Facebook status file

How to setup the automated actions using the Dropboxautomator –

In order to start using Dropboxautomator to automate your Dropbox, as the first step you need to authorize the Dropboxautomator to access your Dropbox and its content, as shown below –

Automatically Process files dropped in a Dropbox Folder

Authorize Dropboxautomator to access your Dropbox by clicking on the ‘Allow’ button as shown above. Now Dropboxautomator will show you the list of the folders within your Dropbox folder, as shown below.

Select a folder in Dropbox to automate the actions on the files added to it

Select a folder (only one folder at a time) using the adjacent radio button and click on the ‘Next’ button, this will take you to a page which allows you to decide on the automations (the actions that will be performed automatically on the newly added files in folder).

Choose an action to automate Dropbox with dropboxautomator

This is quite self-descriptive; you can choose the options, as it shows above. So, this is all about this nifty tool, go ahead and give it a try, I am sure you will love using this in order to attain a better productivity level.

Here is another way to automate some actions on your Dropbox folders, in this case you don’t need to authorize any app or service to access your Dropbox.

Video Demo :

Watch on YouTubeVisit Dropboxautomator

My Experience with Dropboxautomator –

The service needs couple of small improvements, like the ‘Convert to PDF’ option isn’t working for me, also if I select that option, all the actions on the pictures disappear (i.e. I don’t see the options to perform any action on the pictures).  I hope people at Dropboxautomator are listening, and make this nice service fully awesome.