DropboxAutomator is an Awesome New Service that Automates Monotonous Tasks

Posted on December 31, 2011 by

DropboxAutomator is an awesome new service that lets you create actions on specific Dropbox folders and even specific types of files in each folder. These actions range from converting a document to PDF, resizing an image, zip a file, upload a file to an FTP server and much more. I see Dropbox Automator as being a great tool to help manage files on an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Check out the different actions below and head on over to dropboxautomator.com and try it out yourself. One issue with the service right now is that the results are not immediate. Some of the actions I had it perform took about 10 minutes. But the company says they are working on bringing the process time down significantly in the next few days with a new and improved server engine.

DropboxAutomator is not directly associated with Dropbox, they just use the public API to connect with your Dropbox account. One thing that’s cool about this service is that it’s 100% cloud-based. You don’t have to install any service on your computer or iOS device, everything is managed through the web interface.

If you don’t have a Dropbox account or haven’t installed the free Dropbox iOS app, I highly recommend doing that now.  Dropbox gives users 2GB of free storage (more if you pay) and it’s supported by many iOS apps.

Types of Actions:

Documents:

  • Convert to PDF
  • Summarize
  • Translate
  • PDF to TXT
  • 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:

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

Source: TechCrunch

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