Dropbox Just Got Serious About Photos

Dropbox has long been one of the most highly-praised apps on the web, lauded for its simplicity and utility. At its core, it's a simple file synchronization service, but it's never made a secret of its ambitions to be more.

Last year, the team released an automatic upload feature, allowing users to upload their mobile photos with, literally, no effort.

Now, you can actually do something with all those photos. When you go to the Dropbox website and log in, you'll see a "photos" section in the left sidebar. Clicking on it takes you to a mosaic of all photos contained within Dropbox, including, of course, those automatically uploaded from your phone.

The service is simple right now, but, as with the main service, that's probably the point.

Single-clicking on a photo selects it, allowing you to select multiple photos to organize them. A double-click brings up a built-in photo viewer.

Sharing is baked right in, allowing you to share a photo by email or via Twitter or Facebook.

And, last but not least, you can easily organize your photos into albums with drag-and-drop, and easily share the entire album.

This is a simple addition to Dropbox's arsenal, but one which could lure many users. The setup feels similar to Google+ Instant Upload, and no doubt the goal is the same: make the process of snapping and sharing photos as seamless as possible. With Google+, however, users can only share photos with other Google+ members. Dropbox gives users the same capability, but users can share to the same social networks they already use (provided they're already on Facebook and/or Twitter).

If you're a Dropbox user, you should have the new photo functionality already baked in. If you're not a Dropbox user, there's never been a better time to check it out.

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