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Dropbox is excellent for keeping your files in sync across devices, but if you ever forget to put a file into your Dropbox folder you’re pretty much out of luck. Spotdox is an app that runs on your Mac and gives you remote access to any file on your computer through your Dropbox account.
With Spotdox running on your Mac, you can remotely access any file on your computer from either a mobile device or a computer. Just head to the Spotdox web site, log in, and you’ll see all the files on your computer. Spotdox then uses Spotlight to search for what you need. When you find the file you’re looking for, Spotdox transfers it into your Dropbox account so you can access it right away. It also works in reverse, so if your Dropbox is full, you can move files over to your computer’s hard drive to free up space. It’s certainly not something you’ll need to use very often, but it’s a dead simple way to make your computer easy to access from anywhere without really setting anything up. Currently, Spotdox is free for the first 10,000 users.
Spotdox is combo Mac app and iOS-accessible web-service which lets you access any file on your computer via Dropbox. That is, you can even get remote access to files which are in, say, your movies folder as long as your Mac is running. How? Magic.
Not really. It uses good old-fashioned remote logins. Connect Spotdox to your Dropbox account and leave it running on your Mac (you’ll also have to leave your Mac running 24/7, but if you live the the U.S it’s likely that you do that anyway). Then, when you discover you need a file that isn’t in your Dropbox, browse to your Spotdox account in Mobile Safari and find it. Spotdox uses Spotlight on your Mac to find the file, and then moves it into your Dropbox. From there. You can grab it from any Dropbox app on your iDevice.
By Dan Frakes | @danfrakes
I’m a huge fan of Dropbox, the online service and app that together let you keep files synchronized between multiple computers, the Dropbox website, and even your iOS devices thanks to the Dropbox iOS app (and many third-party iOS apps that use Dropbox for storing files). Like many of my fellow Macworld editors, I keep all my in-progress work in my Dropbox folder so I can access that work from any device, anywhere, at any time.
But the one significant complaint I hear about Dropbox is that it syncs only the files and folders inside that special Dropbox folder. If you forget to put a particular document or folder inside the Dropbox folder, that data won’t be available on your other devices. I’ve admittedly fallen victim to this limitation myself, wanting to work on a file while away from my office, only to discover that I had apparently left that file on my desktop or in my Documents folder.
Which is why I’ve found Spotdox so useful. Also a combination of a Web service and a Mac app, Spotdox lets you remotely browse the files on your Mac and copy any of them—again, from afar—to your Dropbox folder to make them accessible.