The ether is getting a little crowded with the rapidly increasing number of clouds where you can keep your digital stuff. I’ve used three of the biggest players, and I’ve been more than satisfied with DropBox, Google Drive and Box. Lately, while creating my new website, UDL Resource, I’ve been more inclined to use Box. That’s because it works so well for embedding files on my web pages, and for allowing visitors to my site to download files and folders.
My free Box account gives me 50 GB of storage in the cloud, and I have access to it on my iPad and Android tablets, as well as on my computer. Not only do I have access to my files, sharing those files for any reason at all is extremely convenient.
Perhaps best of all, I can embed PowerPoint presentations, or almost any other kind of file, wherever I wish to. I used to be a big fan of embedit.in, and I used it quite often to embed files on blogs and wikis. Since Box has taken over embedit.in, I get the same service, only better. You can check out three files I’ve embedded on this page at UDL Resource–the graphic image of the UDL guidelines and the two PowerPoint presentations at the bottom of the page.
Another way I find Box useful, is for sharing large files and folders. I’ve just included a 50 MB folder on my new website, and this resource can be downloaded by anyone who visits the site–on this page at UDL Resource, under ‘PowerTalk’.
Now if someone could only help Apple to get over its hangup with displaying content embedded with flash…