Web mockups via Dropbox

Author: Andy Hartwell

I was turned onto this by Jim, our Creative Director, and thought I’d flag it up as it’s quite a neat little time saver.

If you need to convey a web concept quickly and simply to a client, download and install Dropbox – the free and really easy way to sync files between computers and access them on your mobile – and put your web files (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and images) into the Public folder of your new Dropbox. Right-click your HTML file, go to the Dropbox menu and click Copy Public Link. Paste the URL into an email, and you’re done.

You can also create a folder inside your Public directory and move yoru files there, thus giving you the ability to stage multiple mockups. For example, any files in your Public folder are accessed via a URL like http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12345/foo.html. Create a subfolder inside Public, and it becomes http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12345/bar/foo.html.

Great if you’re working on a few mockups and you need to show a client an idea quickly, as there’s no FTPing, no logging in with passwords, and vertually nil possibility of others stumbling across it, as those addresses aren’t published anywhere except in your account.