You might remember our sneak peek blog post from our previous Hackathon where we talked about some of the projects our engineers worked on whilst operating solely on hopes, dreams, and caffeine. One of the projects from that Hackathon was named WuBox which was a quick and dirty integration with Dropbox.
We devoted some time (a lot of this) and effort (even more of this) to really polish that integration to a level we thought our Wufoo customers came to expect and deserve. We’ve integrated with one of the most popular cloud storage companies in Dropbox and we’re ready to announce that you can now integrate your Dropbox account with your Wufoo forms. Files that are uploaded to your form can now be sent automatically to a folder within your Dropbox account.
But first, a little Celebration:
Setting Up The Integration
To get started with the Dropbox integration, you need to have a paid Wufoo account, on an Ad Hoc plan or higher. To add the Dropbox integration just head over to the Notification Settings for a form that is collecting file uploads. Select Dropbox from the drop down menu of integration partners and click “Add Integration”.
We’re using OAuth to authenticate you and your Dropbox account (similar to what we’ve updated Campaign Monitor and MailChimp with last week) so to connect, click the “Connect to Dropbox” button.
A new window will appear asking you to log in to your Dropbox account and grant Wufoo permission to access your files. Don’t worry, this is normal and we only need access to your Dropbox account so we can automatically upload files to your Dropbox account from your forms.
Note: If you are having problems connecting to Dropbox or don’t see a new window appear, you’ll need to allow pop ups for Wufoo.com so that the Dropbox log in window will appear.
After you grant Wufoo permission to access your Dropbox account you’ll be taken back to the Notification Settings screen where you’ll see the Dropbox integration options have changed. From here, you can select a folder within the top level of your Dropbox account (think /Dropbox/Folder) that you’d like file uploads to be placed.
Tip: To make it easier to discern files from different forms, we suggest creating a separate folder in your top level Dropbox folder for each of your forms. Like, /Dropbox/Job_Applications and /Dropbox/Client_Assets for two different forms.
Just select the folder in the drop down menu where you’d like file uploads on your form to be placed, click the “Save” button. The panel will update showing you what Dropbox account is associated with this form and in what folder files will be placed. Now whenever a user uploads a file to this form, the form will be uploaded to your Dropbox account instead of being stored within Wufoo.
Entry Manager & File Names
Since files uploaded to a form with Dropbox integration changes the behavior of files considerably (Wufoo no longer keeps a copy of the file and instead places it within your Dropbox account) we’ve had to modify the behavior of the Entry Manager slightly.
As you can see in the above screenshot, a user uploaded a file to my form and I’m looking at the entry within the Entry Manager. Normally, we’d provide a link to the file here, but since I’ve integrated with Dropbox, we now display a line of copy informing me that the file has been moved to Dropbox and is located in the “/Wufoo” folder.
Meanwhile, over at my Dropbox account, you can see that the file that was uploaded to my form is now located in my Dropbox/Wufoo folder (like magic!).
You can also see that the file name is different than in the previous screenshot. We’ve prefixed the file name of the uploaded file with the entry number of the corresponding entry for your form. In this case, I can easily see that this file is associated with the first entry on my form since the file name is now, entry-1-img_0207.jpg. This will allow you to easily identify which files are associated with which form entry.
We’re totally stoked to finally be able to release this integration for Wufoo customers. The use cases are practically endless (your clients can upload their design assets to you directly, employment applications can seamlessly send resumes to your shared HR Dropbox account, etc.) and we’re sure we’re missing some. If you’ve got a great use case for using Dropbox with your Wufoo forms, let us know in the comments below. In the following weeks, we’ll be posting more about the different things you can use Dropbox for and we’d love to share your implementations.
If you need more detail or help, please visit the Dropbox integration documentation.
Thanks and we hope you’re as excited as we are about Wufoo’s new Dropbox integration.