Box gives 50 GB of free storage to iPhone and iPad users (until February 15th, 2104)

Box just recently released new iPhone and iPad applications, and, as part of the release, is offering 50 GB of free cloud storage to users who download the new apps within the next month. Given that Box’s free tier is 10 gigabytes, the fresh file space is large in comparison.

The updated applications sport a new user interface, preview support for more than 100 file varieties, commenting and text search, among other upgrades.

What Box has in mind is simple: It wants its mobile applications to be your hub for file storage, file management, and collaboration on the go. This mirrors its efforts on the web to expand its tool set past file storage and up the value stack with applications like BoxNotes that let users edit their stored documents.

If you have used Box in the past or do not use it that often, here are some of the changes they made.

Speed and simplicity
An entirely new simple intuitive user interface
Significantly faster document rendering
Progressive low- to high-resolution photo loading for fast scrolling and previewing

The best content experience
New preview capabilities for 100+ file types
High fidelity rendering of PowerPoint, PDFs, photos, videos and more
Convenient grid views
Full text search within documents

Enhanced productivity
New sidebar for featuring comments
Real-time search for files within your account
The ability to move, copy and delete multiple files at once
A redesigned Box OneCloud gallery of partner apps
Menu of recommended partner apps customized for each file

While I typically use Dropbox and Skydrive… but 50GB is a good amount of free cloud storage.


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VarieDrop resizes multiple images by dragging and dropping

Resizing one image is pretty easy, even resizing multiple images is fairly easy/simple for most people. But for some people it can be either difficult or time consuming. VarieDrop helps with this issue.

VarieDrop tries to simplify this by allowing you to define up to four “drag and drop areas”, each of which have their target size, file format, output folder and so on. Once it’s set up, just select your target images, drag and drop them onto that area, and they’ll be converted and resized accordingly.


There’s also a fifth “drag and drop area” which can optionally combine the results of the others. If you’ve set up the main areas to create 320×200, 640×480, 800×600 and 1024×768 images, you might also have this fifth area generate all four sizes with a single drag and drop.

VarieDrop has some limitations. There is no watermarks, special effects or rotation. It just allows you to resize to a few standard sizes and changes your image to other common image formations.

VarieDrop’s ability to perform these operations on multiple files with a drag and drop does make the program very easy to use, though, and if your batch processing needs are simple then the program could be worth a look.

You can find the software here

Adobe releases Lightroom 3.5 and ACR 6.6

Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5. These are final versions of updates that were originally posted as ‘release candidates’ on the Adobe Labs site, and are available for immediate download. The latest versions provide final RAW support for 15 additional cameras including the Olympus E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic G3 and GF3, Pentax Q, and Sony NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77. A number of digital backs from Leaf and Phase One are also now supported.

Support for the following cameras has been added in this update:

  • Fuji FinePix F600EXR
  • Hasselblad H4D-60
  • Leaf Aptus II 12
  • Leaf Aptus II 12R
  • Nikon Coolpix P7100
  • Olympus E-P3
  • Olympus E-PL3
  • Olympus E-PM1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ150
  • Panasonic DMC-G3
  • Panasonic DMC-GF3
  • Pentax Q
  • Phase One IQ140
  • Phase One IQ160
  • Phase One IQ180
  • Phase One P40+
  • Phase One P65+
  • Ricoh GXR MOUNT A12
  • Sony Alpha NEX-C3
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5N
  • Sony SLT-A35
  • Sony SLT-A65
  • Sony SLT-A77

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v3.5 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v3.5 (Mac)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v6.5 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v6.5 (Mac)