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Using Eye-Fi to automatically transfer images to DropBox

:: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 @ 7:06:25 pm

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I have become dependent on DropBox as my cloud solution for working files (with versioned backups!), and for cloud syncing support in many of the apps I use. I’m also an Eye-Fi user, and really like the idea of having a camera that automatically dumps images into a folder in DropBox. I asked Eye-Fi for this feature, but they told me that it’s up to DropBox to integrate with Eye-Fi—not the other way around.

Eye-Fi did, however, recommend that I give Pixelpipe a try. I successfully configured Pixelpipe so that I could automatically transfer all JPG images on my Eye-Fi card to a folder in DropBox, but I want everything to be transfered, including RAW files and videos.

My current solution is to use Eye-Fi Center on a Mac Mini that is (already) running all the time in a closet at home. That Mac Mini has a temporary DropBox account running on it, and Eye-Fi dumps images into a shared DropBox folder there. Once it arrives on my Mac Mini, DropBox pushes it into the cloud, and images and videos are then accessible on all of my machines and mobile devices.

This method is totally wasteful, but it works! I hope someone comes up with a better solution in the long run.

I’m also looking for an iOS camera replacement that shoots directly to DropBox. At the moment, I use the DropBox app to push individual images, which is inconvenient.

| Mountain View, CA | link | trackback | Mar 23, 2011 19:06:25
  • Chester

    So this is for automated backup of straight-from-camera files…you still have a wholly separate scheme for stuff that you edit, yeah?

  • http://giles.shaxted.co.uk Giles Shaxted

    Interesting .. Dropbox suggested that EyeFi do it using their API .. 8 months ago http://forums.dropbox.com/topi

    then EyeFi suggested last month that Dropbox use their API .. http://forums.eye.fi/viewtopic

    obvioulsy not too important to either of them .. independent ?

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