I use a lot of different devices — I’m always switching smartphones — so I store all my photos in Dropbox so that I can get at them no matter which platform I happen to be using. But it’s not always easy to get all the photos I’ve imported into iPhoto into the cloud. At least not yet.
But that’s about to change. In the latest Dropbox for Mac beta, you can finally import your iPhoto library.
The beta, released on Wednesday, also includes the ability to automatically share screenshots with friends and colleagues. Once activated, every screenshot you snap on your Mac is uploaded to a shares Screenshots folder, which can then be accessed by those with the necessary privileges.
There’s also a new “Move to Dropbox” feature, which gives you the ability to quickly send files to your main Dropbox folder by right-clicking on them and selecting the “Move to Dropbox” option. It’s certainly quicker than opening up your Dropbox folder and then dragging the file into it manually.
But it’s the iPhoto import feature that has us really excited. Once you have it set up, all the images you import into iPhoto will be automatically uploaded to a folder of your choice in Dropbox. So no matter whether you snapped your images on your camera, your iPhone, or your iPad, you’ll be able to access them on any device connected to Dropbox.
These Dropbox “experimental builds” give users the opportunity to test new features prior to their official release, but not everything that gets tested makes it into a final Dropbox build. It’s worth remembering, then, that iPhoto import and the other features in this beta may never make it out of beta — but we certainly hope they do.
If you’d like to try the features out for yourself, you can download the latest Dropbox beta now from the source link below.