Integrate DropBox Right Into Rise

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It'd be cool to be able to open up drop box right in Rise. Maybe just a public folder, but giving the user the ability to see and grab the file links without opening/logging into Dropbox. Then, users could drag and drop files right from their desktop, which automatically syncs with their Rise account, they are ready to use. Essentially, DropBox would be the new auto-syncing media library. I'm not even sure if this is possible, but hey, I'm an optimist.
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Interesting idea Alex. Curious as to what others think about this one? Thanks!
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interesting..although it is quite easy the way i have it set up right now.

on my mac i have dropbox in my finder window (explorer window) and i just go to the file i want (i can hit space bar to preview it)
and right-click "dropbox" then "copy public link"

I have no need to log into dropbox this way :)



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Interesting, thanks. I just signed up for DropBox today actually, but I've got a PC. I'll have to play around some more!
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Alex, it works on the PC as well. I use this all the time when building content.

Thanks!
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Very cool, thanks guys. I shoulda taken Robb's advice and signed up for this like 20 years ago.
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I have a problem with this in reference to adding a URL to a web page stored on dropbox public folder.  When I try to add this URL to a RV presentation, the web page won't display.  It gives me the message "Open the default.htm file to view this web presentation". and a black page.

I think PowerPoint creates an html version of the presentation and saves in frames.

Here is a really simple powerpoint demo file I created to test this. Here is the public link from dropbox

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22858762/prayon/default.htm

 It will display just fine in a web browser.  It just doesn't work via dropbox into my RV presentation.

I would like my client to be able to create interactive content using powerpoint and saving that to html. They understand powerpoint and are comfortable with dropbox.

Any suggestions?
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it must have something to do with this being an https link instead of http.  It displays fine from an http link 
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Thanks for the update Jeff.
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Hi Jeff,

I briefly tried that webpage using the Web Page Widget on a couple of Displays and I saw it appear. I did not get the "Open the default.htm file to view this web presentation" message. I saw the first slide appear.

Can you confirm the operating system and Player used when you tried it? I did it using the Windows and Linux64 Players.

Regarding the use of Dropbox, I would be wary of the account being blocked especially when using the Web Page Widget.  If that Placeholder has multiple content items, the Widget will be unloading and loading the web page each time it cycles.

Thanks.
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It's a win7 home premium ASUS Eeebox.  Deleted all items from playlist except the web page.

Tried on a win xp machine as well with same result.  I know you don't support xp, but I wanted to try.  Preview from RV interface does the same thing.

You actually saw the web page with the big blue arrows on it?

I tried the "Content by URL" approach as well as the web page widget.  Both gave same results.

ANy other ideas?
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Jeff,

I was not able to get this to function correctly, and it appears to be due to the https value in the dropbox content. Here is a screenshot of trying to run that webpage in the Web Page Gadget. 

As you can see, there are a bunch of errors about trying to show https content (Dropbox) in an http frame (the Viewer).

Even when you change the Dropbox link to be http instead of https, you get the same error. I think your best bet would be to store this somewhere that you can access it via http entirely. That way the protocols between the content and the viewer will match.
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Yup, I figured that was the issue.  I'll config them web space they can upload to.  Thanks for the feedback.

Even if we had licked this issue, I think the tendency of dropbox folks to lock down an account would've been an issue.

Thanks guys!
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Just thought i'd throw in my 1 cents here (deflation of the canadian dollar brings it down to 1 cent instead of 2) :

In the last year, i have cancelled my dropbox paid subscription and only now use it for my own purposes and not for DS content.

The reason?   Dropbox has put into place a limit on how many times a day a file can be accessed.

In other words, when i run my presentation - as we know, this is run as an html - everytime it acesses one of my files on my playlist, that counts as 1 of the times it was accessed.  If the playlist is short where the same file is accessed, let's say, 30 times an hour, drop box will shut that file access down - just to that specific file, mind you; but still, bothersome enough.

I wrote them an email to this effect stating that this is why i was cancelling my subscription with them and they replied back that at this time there is nothing they can do about this.

Maybe, in time, they will be able to offer this service.

I'm not sure about the amazon service, maybe that will work?
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Don't forget that Canada has dropped the penny, so you have to start at a nickel.

Dropbox blocking access to your files is the reason I added the wariness with my reply. Amazon S3 would certainly be a better alternative.
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Well, "my 5 cents worth" just doesn't have the same ring to it...lol.  Although now i can say my opinion is worth more?  :P
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All of your opinions are wonderful, and worth every penny I've been paying you so far :-)

I uploaded the powerpoint-created html to a folder on my web site:

http://www.csramultimedia.com/prayon/test.html

I added that to the RV presentation (Client-demo on my jeffsiler1958@gmail.com account). That one doesn't display correctly either.  If I changed the web widget URL to other pages on my website, they display fine.  I even picked a page with frames in it, which I think is what the PowerPoint html contains.

I'm beginning to think this is a problem with the way powerpoint creates html pages.  It uses frames, but it appears that the voodoo under the hood of the gadgets doesn't play nice with the code that Microsoft generates.
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Dropbox does block web page, BTW, due to excess traffic.

I think it will be easier on them to create layouts in powerpoint, and then use the design to build html pages.  Stay tuned and see how we mush forward. 

Thanks for the input all.  Have a blessed week!