The following Guest Post is provided exclusively to The Mac Lawyer from Larry Port about an exciting new development with Rocket Matter:
“Dropbox integration,” they both replied.
Dropbox, for those who are new to the platform, is the killer storage app. Here’s essentially how it works:
- You sign up for a Dropbox account.
- You designate a folder on your computer as a Dropbox folder.
- Any folders inside your Dropbox folder get automatically backed up to the cloud.
- You can connect another computer to your Dropbox. When you do so, you get a synchronized copy of all of your Dropbox files and folders.
Like any incredible idea, Dropbox is both simple yet amazingly powerful. In essence, it allows you to keep your files synchronized across machines. And since it works on both Macs and *gasp*…*sputter*…*retch* PC’s, it doesn’t matter what platform you’re on.
You can even access your Dropbox from the web or mobile devices via dedicated apps, in case you happen to be away from your normal computers (for instance, in lying on a turkey-induced coma on a relative’s house this holiday season).
Also, consider the implication of using Dropbox from a disaster recovery/business continuity perspective: your documents are not only secure on multiple machines, but they’re backed up to an offsite location in Dropbox servers, which employes Amazon S3 for storage.
Fast forward to November. Earlier this month at MILOFest, where people talked about Dropbox so much it became a running joke, we demonstrated functionality of Rocket Matter’s new Dropbox integration, which allows users to associate Dropbox folders with individual matters.
Now, users on the web-based legal practice management Rocket Matter platform can access their documents from the perspective of the cases they’re working on. Updates happen in real time. If you add or change a document in a Dropbox folder, you’ll instantly see the change in Rocket Matter. Everyone in a law firm can examine the same documents, eliminating the need for Dropbox to be installed on each client machine. The team is on the same page, and the practice is organized and efficient.
Moreover, the need to upload all of your documents into Rocket Matter is no longer required. By setting your matter to point to a dedicated Dropbox folder, you have an instant view into your documents with no uploading work required.
So TechnoEsq and The Mac Lawyer, enjoy your new Dropbox functionality. But you can forget about the Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego Castle you requested. Ain’t happening.