HOWTO | Use Dropbox like a pro
1 Print PDFs to Dropbox
Want all those online shopping receipts in one place and on all devices? Create a folder for them in Dropbox. Then, whenever you buy anything, print the receipt but click the PDF menu on the print dialog. Now click Edit Menu and in the next window, click the ‘+’ and navigate to the folder you just created. The folder will be added to the list, and next time you can select it to save a PDF receipt to it.
2 Sync selectively
By default, Dropbox syncs everything you store in it with your Mac, and if you have a Pro account that could be quite a lot of disk space. You can, however, choose what to sync. Click the Dropbox icon on your Mac’s menu bar then click the cog at the bottom. Click Preferences > Account. Opposite ‘Selective Sync’, click Change Settings and then untick the folders you don’t want to sync.
3 Synchronise preferences
Some apps allow you to put preference files in a shared folder and open instances of the app on different machines, but with the same setup thanks to the synced preferences. Others, such as Scrivener, allow you to work on different machines by syncing the document file. In both cases, you can use Dropbox to store the file. As Dropbox keeps a local copy of everything you store in it, the app sees it as just another folder.