Photoshop Elements Organizer Link to Dropbox Online

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Nov 26, 2021 Nov 26, 2021

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Hello,

 

Currently, I use PS Elements 18 (considering 2022) and locally stored photos. I need a new machine, which is going to be Win 11 with a smaller HDD.  I am wondering if I store my photos in dropbox online. Will organizer be able to link/list these file?  If so there a way to limit the sync to a specific folder and all subfolders that are added to that specific folder?

 

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Nov 27, 2021 Nov 27, 2021

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Hello,

 

 I need a new machine, which is going to be Win 11 with a smaller HDD.  I am wondering if I store my photos in dropbox online. Will organizer be able to link/list these file? 


By @mlisowski

No, unless someone proves me wrong (which would be good for you...)

The organizer can only link to files on your computer (any internal or external drive). That also works with files on a NAS, but there I can't help you. Maybe there is a way to manage the location of the files in the Cloud just like with a NAS;  that's probably what happened in the other discussion today.

So, currently, if you use Dropbox to store (and share) your photo files, you manage a copy of all the files in the Cloud in your local computer and DropBox does the automatic syncing. You don't spare any space on your local drive.

 

Tips:

- If you have a small single drive, store your images AND your catalogs on an external drive. If possible a USB3 drive, small, reliable and affordable.

- You can use your Dropbox system folder to store only recent and best photos to share externally. Your catalog can manage both the Dropbox files and the files on the external drive. Don't store working catalogs on Dropbox, only safety copies of the folders. You can share your images, not your catalogs on Dropbox.

- If you want to make the most of a SSD with Elements, use it to define your primary scratch disk with enough space (100 to 200 GB ideally). That's what is the most important for fast workflow and editing. If you choose an external USB3 SSD drive to store the images and the scratch disk, that will be a good alternative solution.

 

I am sure we'll get other advice and suggestions in this discussion!

 

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MichelBParis,

 

Thank you for your assistance.  Storing photos on an external drive was one of the approaches I was considering. However, I was hoping that in the world of streaming and online storage services that there would be a better more elegant option to link directly to my online dropbox account.  Then I could process the files locally and move them to dropbox for storage and sharing. 

 

I was hopeful as I came across an artical that talked about Adobe and Dropbox integration that this might be an option.

 

 

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MichelBParis,

 

Thank you for your assistance.  Storing photos on an external drive was one of the approaches I was considering. However, I was hoping that in the world of streaming and online storage services that there would be a better more elegant option to link directly to my online dropbox account.  Then I could process the files locally and move them to dropbox for storage and sharing. 

 

I was hopeful as I came across an artical that talked about Adobe and Dropbox integration that this might be an option.

 

 


By @mlisowski

 

Dropbox integration from syncing does work but does not allow direct referencing of files in the Cloud and is not a solution to too small SSDs.

If you can point to links about cooperation from Dropbox and other Adobe apps, that could help. Using Dropbox just like any external drive while sharing also the catalog seems a dream today. PSE2021 has introduced a 'preview' feature for some users to save and retrieve files on Adobe's own Cloud. That was very limited and the organizer was not involved. So, I think that Adobe must be able to solve the problem with its own Cloud before doing so with Dropbox.

Working with the Cloud is now common with Photoshop and Lightroom, with dedicated new apps, different from the original local storing and computing solutions.

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