Todays tutorial will demonstrate how to use Dropbox with the Nook Color. Although there is not a dedicated Dropbox application for the Nook Color yet, there is a way to use Dropbox via a web interface. There are limitations though, for starters the Nook Color is fairly “locked down” and will permit uploads of Gallery images, music tracks and QuickOffice documents, Although all downloads appear to have a final destination in the My Downloads folder, not all file types will open. For example, I have tried using this technique to open a downloaded APK file AKA Android App purchased on the Android Market and the Nook would not permit execution and recognised it was not purchased on the Nook App shop.
To begin open the Nook web browser with a tap of the Web button on the Nook menu:
Tap the button on the top right of the window to view options, then tap the More Options button at the bottom of this list:
Next you will see the More Options menu appear. There is no rational reason to why the handful of functions in the “More Options” menu (very descriptive BTW) should not appear in the first options menu. This will be a mystery to all sans the headless corporate committee that designed this menu. Regardless, tap Settings after the More Options menu is shown:
Tap Browser Mode only if the browser is in Mobile Browser Mode.
Tap the Desktop Browser Mode radio button if not selected (no green dot in centre):
Browser Mode now shows that Desktop Browser is the current mode of operation:
Tap the Back button until you are back to the browser and in the address bar type http://www.dropbox.com:
When the “Upload to Dropbox” window appears, tap the basic uploader link, the normal Dropbox upload mechanism does not work properly with the Nook Color browser. This of course means that you must select each upload file individually, instead of the richer multi-select functionality normally present with the default Dropbox web interface:
Whilst downloading, at the bottom left an animated down arrow appears and halts when the file transfer is finished. Tap the double arrow icon ⩔ to see the notification window, then tap the name of the file to open the media player:
The media file then opens in with the Nook music player:
Downloaded files will be placed in the My Downloads folder. To navigate to this tap Library on the main Nook menu, then the My Files button at the top of the screen. The local folders appear for navigation. Drill down through the Media folder, My Files folder, and finally the My Downloads folder, this is where the MP3 file and any other Dropbox downloads reside.