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Media Directory HelpUpload

This page is OUT OF DATE and no longer relevant. Dropbox public folders will be removed by Dropbox on 7/1/2017.

For advanced users, you can however still use a   *<tab>media-dir-url   header in your text file to point to your own server.

Introduction - Media Directory

When downloading pictures and sounds, the app needs to know where to find these files. An alternative to uploading media files to this website is to store them in your own web space (such as Dropbox). One advantage to this is that your media files won't get deleted from my server (since I don't have space to keep everyone's files around indefinitely).

Using Dropbox to hold media files (in Public folder)

Note: If you use Dropbox to store your text files, then you don't need to use this Media Directory feature. See the Dropbox instructions on the main page for where to put your media files.

Dropbox is a great way to store your media files for any scenario. You can sign up for a free account and you get 2GB of personal cloud storage. You can use their web interface, or install their client on your computer to make it easy to transfer files to Dropbox's server.

After signing up for Dropbox, look at your existing Dropbox folders for a "Public" directory. New accounts will not have one by default, but you can add by clicking on this URL: https://www.dropbox.com/enable_public_folder. The "Public" folder is where your media files will go. Create a directory for your deck, for example "Chinese", and put your files in there. (You'll either upload the files using your web browser, or if you've installed their program, you can just copy as if you're copying to another folder on your computer.)

The final step is to get the URL of your folder. Dropbox makes it easy to get the URL of a file inside the folder, so let's do that first:
Using a web browser: Right-click on a media file and choose "Copy Public Link".
Using your file explorer: Right-click on a media file, find the "Dropbox" sub-menu, then choose "Copy Public Link". It's been copied to your clipboard/pasteboard. Paste this into a text editor so you can see it.

The link will look like: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1234567/Chinese/1.mp3
Remove the file name and you have your "Media Dir URL": http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1234567/Chinese/
(Spaces in directory names may not work. Also, sometimes "https:" (with 's') is required.)

Specifying Media Directory Location

Using this website to upload your text
Using Google Docs (or other server) for your text
Using Dropbox for your text