Have you ever wanted to quickly edit or view a file in your Dropbox while on-the-go? When you’re on your main computer sure you have the Dropbox app installed and can easily access your files, but what about when you’re on a public computer, a friend’s computer or your mobile device?
Sure you could go to the Dropbox website, but there isn’t a built in editor so you’d have to use yet another tool for editing files and images. This can be a huge inconvenience and take too much time. Instead, why not try a tool that has everything in one like Cirrus?
Cirrus is an online editor and previewer for Drobpox that is mobile optimized and integrates with popular Web apps like Aviary and Tinymce. It’s also the perfect tool for managing your Dropbox while on-the-go.
To sign up with Cirrus you’ll need to create a username and password, and give the service access to your Dropbox account.
Then you’ll be directed back to the home page, where you’ll see all of your folders and files. From here, everything is pretty self-explanatory.
Navigate to the file that you’d like to edit and click on the “Edit” link in the Options column. You’ll notice that the “Edit” link is disabled for certain file types; it appears that you can only view doc and pdf file types.
Hopefully this will change in the future, because these are probably the most common file types that users would like to edit. However, you can edit HTML files and images; I would assume that you can edit text files too.
As you can see, the Cirrus HTML editor is simple, yet useful enough to get the job done. It’s great for making changes quickly from any computer.
The image editor is powered by Aviary and pretty advanced. There are many tools for editing, enhancing and adding effects to your images. For instance, you can resize, crop, add stickers, change the brightness and sharpness, draw or add text, and more.
The document viewer is powered by Scribd and allows you to zoom in and out, search through the document, select text, view in tile mode and change the scroll type. You can also print, download and view documents in fullscreen mode.
Cirrus is a beneficial tool that is sure to get plenty of use from avid Dropbox users. I use Dropbox everyday for all types of files, but mainly as a way to save screenshots and images. So I love the fact that I can now have access to my files and can enhance my images if needed, when away from home.
Cirrus is currently free, but may be adding a premium version in the future as well as additional features. I’d definitely love to have a way to edit documents. How about you? What features would you like to see added?
Do you think that you’ll be using Cirrus while on-the-go? Do you have many Dropbox files that you need to edit away from home or do you prefer to do all of your editing at home?
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