As digital cameras evolve, including the ones in our smartphones, photos produced by them constantly increase in resolution and file size. For instance, on my current smartphone, the average file size of pictures goes between 6-8 MB, when the ones produced by my 3-year-old smartphone average 2-3 MB.
Having a large file size is not a problem when previewing images directly in the Dropbox website or the Dropbox mobile apps as these surfaces are optimized for large files, but presents challenges when interacting with other APIs.
If you’re transferring your images to a third party API for processing (like an image recognition AI),
File upload from a web browser can be a hassle for both the developer and the end user. By integrating with Dropbox, you can help your users easily get to their files stored in Dropbox and streamline uploads into your app without the need for error handling or multipart form data with backend code.
In a previous blog post, we shared how to create a production-ready photo gallery application using Node.js, Express, and Dropbox, and deploy it to Heroku. In our latest tutorial, we’ve expanded this application to search for pictures on Dropbox using tags.
We recently published a tutorial on how to build a production-ready photo gallery web service using Node.JS and Dropbox.