Bob, thank you for this. Very interesting, and I'm glad to linked me to it.
Question: I have the 2GB version of DropBox. How do I know how big my InDesign project is?
Frankly, I'm not sure what to look for, and where exactly. I mean, I think I see it on my desktop (is that the right place for it?), but when I check Get Info, I see that it's only 73MB. Surely something as big as a 180-page book is more than that!!??
Maybe the actual photos that I'm using aren't actually contained in this InDesign project file... the project just 'links' to them, and the actual photo files are on my hard drive but not in the InDesign project. But if that's the case, and my house burns down in a fire and my laptop melts... will the photo-less InDesign file that I retrieve via DropBox do me any good?
Sorry for my confusion!
All I can tell you is that the paid account is worth every dime.
Sorry. Hit send too soon.
For your files, put them in the dropbox folder, certainly not your desktop along with the links.
Everything will be synced to the dropbox servers and will be available to you on any other machine. Great for collaboration or if you have more than one machine you work on since everything is kept up to date on all machines.
O.K., I'm getting the idea, but I still have a couple questions—if you'll kindly bear with me.
I'm still a bit confused as to how my project, 180-pages (approx.) and counting, is only (when I use Get Info to check its size) 82 MB (yesterday it was a bit smaller). Does this include the actual photos that I'm using? If not, then how safe is my project in Dropbox? If my house burns down and my laptop and Time Capsule melt, then the InDesign project that I retrieve from Dropbox would have text... but no photos, correct? [photos, I'm assuming, are only on my actual hard drive(s)].
Which means, I guess, that to be safe, I should also add all my photo files to Dropbox. Is that the way to do it?
By the way, the icon for this InDesign.indd project that I'm working on does indeed seem to be on my desktop. Should I move it to my Documents folder?
Thanks for your help,
I just figured out that the folder that has all my photos, etc., is 10 GB in size. So it sounds like I'm going to have to go with Dropbox, the paid Pro version, for $11/month. I'll keep my InDesign project in there, along with the folder that has all my content.
Regards, and thanks for the advice,
Dropbox is well worth it! Good luck.