Quickly Sharing Screenshots via Dropbox

By April 4, 2013 Blog No Comments

As a front-end developer I am always sharing screenshots with developers and designers for way too many reasons to name. Sure you can email them, file transfer via Skype, or whatever solution you might have but it all seems pretty clunky and not automated enough.

I have used CloudApp for some time now and I definitely recommend the service, it uploads screenshots and gives you a link to share without much pain or effort. However, I have begun thinking that there has to be a cheaper way to do this, especially since I already pay for Dropbox and I am well under my 100GB quota. So here you have it!

The first thing you want to do is change the location for your screenshot save files so that it is inside your Dropbox Public folder. You can do that with two terminal commands:

The next part is to create to automatically copy the link to your clipboard. I did this by using a nifty little AppleScript by Moncef Belyamani, which you can find here (for prosperity I have mirrored instructions and files below).

  1. If you want the Growl-optimized version, download it here
  2. Launch AppleScript and open the script file you just downloaded
  3. In line 15, replace “EDIT_THIS_NUMBER” with your Dropbox account number*
  4. Save the script as “CopyDropboxURL.scpt”
  5. Put it in this folder: Macintosh HD/Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts
  6. Right-click on your Public Dropbox folder and select “Folder Actions Setup…” (this might be under the Services menu)
  7. The “Folder Actions Setup” application should open and should immediately allow you to “Choose a Script to Attach”
  8. Click on “CopyDropboxURL.scpt”
  9. Click the checkbox to “Enable Folder Actions”

If anyone has a cool way to pipe this through a URL shortener that would really top this solution off!

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