Dropbox rolled out a beta version of the popular file-sharing service a while back that allowed users to automatically upload photos to their Dropbox accounts.
Following the recent release of the latest beta, Dropbox is now giving beta testers the chance to earn up to 4.5GB of additional space in their Dropbox accounts. Here's a brief rundown of how it works.
- To get the additional space, you need to download and install the latest beta build from the Dropbox forums. Make sure to create a backup of your Dropbox folder before installing the beta. The easiest way to do that is just to create an Archivr, or ZIP file, of the folder.
- After installing the beta, you need to import photos to your Dropbox account. In order for the import to work, the photos will need to be on a camera, a smartphone, or a memory card. Once a compatible device is attached to your computer, Dropbox should automatically begin importing the photos to a new Camera Uploads folder in your Dropbox account.
- For every 500MB you upload, you will earn another 500MB of storage in your account, maxing out at the 4.5GB mark.
I have successfully earned the initial 500MB of extra space on my first import, and am currently waiting for the upload to finish on another 500MB, for yet more storage.
There are some caveats to the beta, as expected. The photo import feature isn't currently available for Mac 10.4 or Linux. You will also have to have AutoPlay enabled on your Windows machine if that is your OS of choice. You can find more details and things to watch for in the same Dropbox forum post as the beta download link.