Dropbox Strikes Back: Adds Auto-Uploading, More Capacity

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It's nothing but a huge win for Web surfers as the cloud storage companies duke it out for your allegiance.

At the beginning of the week, Dropbox added a file sharing feature that allows users to link their files and send them to anyone, whether they're a Dropbox member or not. Microsoft followed up by cranking up the capacity for current users to 25 GB while adding three paid plans. Then Google unleashed its own cloud solution, serving up 5 GB and renaming Google Docs to Google Drive.

After all that, the busy cloud-themed week wasn't over, allowing one more shot at consumers before the bell sounds and everyone goes home to play Farmville. Dropbox has taken that end-of-the-week jab, adding an additional 3 GB in 500 MB increments and expanding its automated photo and video upload feature to work on most devices, even cameras.

"Now with Dropbox you can automatically upload from just about any camera, tablet, SD card or smartphone — pretty much anything that takes photos or videos," the company said in a blog. "With the newest version for Mac or Windows, you can just plug your camera, phone, or SD card into your computer and with a few clicks of the mouse all your photos and videos are in your Dropbox!"

"Automatic uploading from the desktop is designed to work perfectly with the Dropbox Android app," the company added. "Your photos are copied from your camera to your Dropbox and uploaded, in full-quality and at their original size, to your private Camera Uploads folder. As your photos upload, you can access them from anywhere and move and share them as you see fit."

According to Dropbox, the company will give users an extra 500 MB of virtual space for the first automatic upload. As users take and upload more photos and videos, the company will grant 500 MB more until the user receives a total of 3 GB on top of their current base capacity of 2 GB.

"On the web, we’ve made the pictures you’ve uploaded shine on our new Photos page, with nice large thumbnails, grouped by month," Dropbox said on Friday. "You can hover over each to find the date, or click to see them full-size and then download or share them with a link."

To get started, download the new version of Dropbox here.