I have written a number of times about Chromebooks. Click here to find my past Chromebook articles. These low-cost laptop computers are great for many purposes even though they do not have many genealogy apps. Chromebooks can save files and documents in any of several cloud file storage services or in the Chromebook’s internal hard drive or in a Secure Digital memory card or in a flashdrive or other external storage device that connects via the USB connector.
The Chromebook’s default is to use Google Drive for storage. Many people prefer Dropbox. Of course, you can always use Dropbox’s web interface at http://www.Dropbox.com but now there is an easier way.
File System for Dropbox is a free Chrome app that integrates your Dropbox files right into Chrome OS’s file manager. I just installed it on my Chromebook and found it is easy to use, faster than using the Dropbox web interface, and it quickly finds files by using the Chromebook’s SEARCH option.
File System for Dropbox mounts your Dropbox account to the Chrome operating system. You then see a file manger that looks like file managers on other operating systems but it also shows the Dropbox files along with files stored in Google Drive, in an SD card, in a flashdrive, or elsewhere. If you use a Chromebook and also use Dropbox, you want this app!
File System for Dropbox is available in the Chrome App Store and step-by-step instructions for installing it may be found in an article by Andrew E. Freedman at http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/dropbox-chromebook-file-manager.