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Thunderbird to get Dropbox and File Hosting Integration

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Unfortunately, I think they dropped the dropbox integration. Grrrr....

Why is this a problem that only Dropbox seems to have gotten right?

Have you heard of 4shared at all?

What was going to be the best idea of the decade turned out isn't going to be implemented at all and in fact Thunderbird does not support dropbox, only filelink for YouSendIt.

This from the dropbox public folder:

The Public Folder lets you easily share single files in your Dropbox. Any file you put in this folder gets its own Internet link so that you can share it with others-- even non-Dropbox users! These links work even if your computer’s turned off.

Step 1: Drop a file into the Public folder.

Step 2: Right-click/control-click this file, then choose Dropbox > Copy Public Link. This copies the Internet link to your file so that you can paste it somewhere else.

That's it! You can now share this file with others: just paste the link into e-mails, instant message conversations, blogs, etc.!

If you'd like more help with sharing files, head here:

Happy Dropboxing!

- The Dropbox Team

Note: You can only link to actual files within your Public Folder, not to folders.

A long time ago in Magi, we allowed a firewall-friendly Web server that not only supported public files, but editing across the Web in place and shared/protected automated access using AIM or MSN buddy lists. We always wanted to integrate with email either through the client or as a server/exchange plugin, but never got the chance to. Actually thinking about it now, we could automate the attachment access controls using the Encryptanet/Paycloud dynamic cert model (instead of user accounts, names, passwords which get in the way and require server-side software to work and authenticate). I think that'd qualify as the stupid business idea of the day!

Dropbox does still support public URLs, right?

It's Thunderbird that went lame, right?

Yes to dropbox.

Thunderbird has eveything it needs to support Dropbox right down to the configuration screen, but they couldn't reach an agreement.

So someone needs to invent a Dropbox that isn't Dropbox.

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