Dropbox notes!

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  1. Chuck

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    The following are posts from Carlos and Jon3b about Dropbox issues Carlos was having at the time..


    LosFish wrote on 04/27/13 at 11:19:27:

    It has been a frustrating week for me with software and screenprinting equipment! So I am having trouble figuring out how to post a link in dropbox that plays when you click on it---not take you to a download page?

    Carlos



    jon3b wrote on 04/27/13 at 15:16:23:

    The primary functional difference is https://www.dropbox_? takes you to a download page, https://dl.dropbox_? forces an automatic download which will prompt a media player to initiate and play the file when the link ends with an audio/visual file extension. Also, Dropbox has discontinued the automatic creation of a Public folder. Go to: https://www.dropbox.com/help/16/en scroll down to "Creating a Public Folder" and do the "click here". to enable that functionality.
     
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    Another note is to keep the path names short within your public folder. Dropbox looses it's mind when the path gets really long.
     
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    You can ask Dropbox for a shorter URL:
    There is a limit to the length of a URL that the Forum will accept (Don't know what the limit is, but I've run into it before too). If you are using Dropbox, you can ask Dropbox to provide a "Shortened Link".
    - Go to your Dropbox online
    -right click the file
    -Select "Copy Public Link"
    -When the "Copy Public Link" dialog box appears you should see an option to "Shorten Link"
    -Click on "Shorten Link"
    -A new, shorter link will be created
    -Click on "Copy To Clipboard"
    -You should now be ready to past the URL into your post
     
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    From Paparaptor, on changes in Dropbox free accounts:
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    Dropbox no longer gives you a public folder with a free account, so there is another step necessary. Not to worry. Sharing is still easy, even without a public folder.

    After you save the file in Dropbox and look at your list of files:
    • Find the file you want to share.
    • As you move the mouse cursor over the files, a Share box/button will appear to the right of the file information.
    • Click on the Share box Another box will pop up with the heading "Share link to " followed by your filename.
    • Right click on the highlighted link and select Copy
    • Back in your BGU post window, click the link icon and paste the link there or just put your cursor in the post and paste there.
    • The link will look something like this:
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/y2v0x61ggm6cske/NABeerBluesXxxO.mp3?dl=0
      This link will only allow people to download the file.
    • Change the www in the link to dl like this:
      https://dl.dropbox.com/s/y2v0x61ggm6cske/NABeerBluesXxxO.mp3?dl=0
      This link will bring up a media window and immediately start playing the link.
     
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