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New Dropbox SDK Satisfies App Store Review Guidelines

Last week, we noted that several iOS developers were seeing their apps being rejected from the App Store for their inclusion of Dropbox integration that could allow users to sign up for Dropbox accounts and purchase extra Dropbox space. Dropbox moved quickly in attempting to roll out a new SDK to avoid the issue and noted that it was "working with Apple" on a solution, but developers continued to experience problems with their apps being rejected.

Dropbox has continued to tweak its SDK in order to fully comply with Apple's requirements, and while Apple has not officially given the latest SDK its blessing, it appears to be satisfying App Store reviewers.
So we didn't get an official verdict (imagine the worst game of telephone you've ever played), but we do have reason to believe that this build is more likely to get approved than the previous build I posted earlier. [...]

What has changed is if the Dropbox app is not installed, it opens a login view directly in your app rather than going to Safari, and there is no option to create an account.
Filip Radelic, the developer behind Cambox, quickly incorporated the new SDK into his app and submitted it to Apple yesterday. The app was quickly approved by Apple's reviewers and it is now available in the App Store.


Cambox's settings page with Dropbox options and login webview

Dropbox notes that the new SDK does not allow for account creation through the login webview if the Dropbox app is not installed on the user's device, but the company is hopeful that it will be able to add that feature as it continues to work with Apple to ensure the SDK's compliance.

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31 months ago

How so?


Well for a start Dropbox can be used on any device on any platform with anyone ...
Rating: 17 Votes
31 months ago
Dropbox is better than iCloud - love it!
Rating: 12 Votes
31 months ago
People should stop comparing iCloud and Dropbox. Dropbox is for sharing (as evidenced by their awesome new link feature), and iCloud is for keeping all YOUR devices synced up seamlessly.

I use both extensively, but for entirely different things.
Rating: 10 Votes
31 months ago

Cool. Windows 7 and Vista?

What about Android, Windows XP/2003, Linux, Blackberry ...


Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger...
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago

How so?


Flexibility. iCloud is great for uploading and distributing files across all my devices. But that only works with apps that take advantage of it. And what if I want to distribute these files to someone else? I could email em, I guess. But that's a bit clunky. What if I want to set up a project folder for people to grab and add their own files to my iCloud account? What if I want to use my iCloud account to save files from an older app that doesn't directly support it? I can't do it.

Dropbox can. There's really no limit to it. I can put whatever I want to in there. Do whatever I want to with it. I can even launch apps from it, or use it as a webserver.

As of right now, Dropbox is considerably more powerful than iCloud, and not any more difficult to use.
Rating: 7 Votes
31 months ago
Excellent! I want more software supporting DropBox!

Gary
Rating: 6 Votes
31 months ago

How so?


Probably how you can put any type of file in DropBox.

Also, I enjoy how it's not App-Centric. The only way to view Pages documents are within the app itself. But, as a student, I liked to have all my documents (MP4 Video, Pages, Excel) for one project visible in one "folder" as opposed to not having a bird's eyeview about all the content.
Rating: 4 Votes
31 months ago

Dropbox is better than iCloud - love it!

How so?


Well, (my opinion, not his) I can access from any computer (of my computers) with the client and any computer on the web and with other applications (apple seems to lock down to a specific app, right?).

iCloud is only between iCloud supported apps.

Gary
Rating: 4 Votes
31 months ago
Part of the problem with people is understanding what iCloud is.

DropBox can be said to be a "thumb drive that you don't need to drive" or "a folder you can access at home, even if you computer is off".

To get people to understand the "file" part of dropbox, you need to get them to ignore all the other parts (calendar, addresses, synced program settings, etc.) and just focus on the files (like presentations) but then make it clear they can't access those presentations with out owning that particular app on the devices they want to use. So if they used Keynote on a iOS device, they need to buy it on their laptop/desktop.

Oh, and if it's not a Mac (Snow Leopard or later?) they're screwed.


And even if they had someone else's Mac or iOS device, you'd have to unconfigure their iCloud to access your iCloud, right? (That's not going to happen).

(iWork.com goes away in July. But I don't see my Keynote presentations there.)

Gary
Rating: 4 Votes
31 months ago
Too bad they had to remove important functionality (create an account) to do it. Again, Apple with their policy harms the user experience of other players for the sole reason of wanting 30% payment processing fees.
Rating: 3 Votes

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