Dropbox single-handedly reinvigorated the cloud syncing and storage market, and for good reason. The team behind the service is constantly iterating on their product, coming up with inventive new ways to use it for saving and sharing files. After the highly useful “Camera Uploads” feature, they’ve now come up with an equivalent for screenshots. On mobile platforms, the screenshots you took already get uploaded to Dropbox and synced across all your devices if you have Camera Uploads enabled. With screenshot sharing, the feature comes to the desktop as well, along with a direct sharing option. You’ll have to read past the jump to see how it works.
The latest version of Dropbox – version 2.4.0 – comes with a new feature for automatic screenshot uploading. It is in its first iteration for now, so there are some missing features that are common in other automatic screenshot uploading tools, but it is a good start.
To get it to work, you need to update to the latest version of Dropbox. I believe there isn’t an automatic update mechanism in place, so you’ll have to head over to the official download page (link embedded at the end of this post) to download the installer, and manually update it.
Once you’ve set up the latest version of Dropbox, press the PrtScn button (Windows) or Command + Shift + 3 (Mac OS X) to take a screenshot. Dropbox will show a dialog box for the first time, confirming that it has detected a new screenshot. If you enable the feature, it will be saved in a dedicated ‘Screenshots’ folder.
This does meet the definition of “automatic screenshot uploading”, but Dropbox allows easy-sharing as well. At least on Windows, if you press Ctrl + PrtScn, the screenshot will be uploaded to Dropbox and a link to it will be copied to your clipboard so you can quickly share it online.
It’s a smooth process, and takes out quite a few steps involved in screenshot taking and sharing, but it is still nowhere as magical as HyperDesktop, which has a lot more options: you can adjust screenshot quality, take screenshot of a specific area (screenshots detected by Dropbox are of the entire display), save it to a folder of your choice, and share it online via Imgur.
Again, this is the very first iteration of Dropbox’s automatic screenshot uploading feature, and I expect it to get better with time. However, for now, I’ll be disabling Dropbox screenshot uploading, and stick to HyperDesktop.
Dropbox 2.4.0 is available for all desktop platforms. Download it from the link below to start sharing screenshots more quickly, and be sure to let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section.