As noted by MacStories, Dropbox yesterday unveiled new beta versions of its desktop clients, bringing several new features to Mac users including a streamlined method for storing and sharing screenshots.

The first one, an automatic screenshot sharing feature, is somewhat reminiscent of tools like Droplr and CloudApp: once enabled in the Preferences, it will allow Dropbox to redirect every screenshot taken on OS X to a /Screenshots folder in your Dropbox, sharing that file and putting a public link in your system clipboard. While not as full-featured as the aforementioned third-party tools, automatic screenshot sharing could indeed make for a nice solution to quickly share screenshots on Twitter and IM — retaining control over files that are simply located in the Finder.

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Another new feature is an "Import from iPhoto" option that will allow users to easily see whether they have photos in their iPhoto libraries to upload to Dropbox and create separate Dropbox albums to correspond to iPhoto albums and events.

Finally, the beta brings a new "Move to Dropbox" contextual menu item to make it easier for users to transfer files to Dropbox from elsewhere on their systems.

As MacStories notes, features in Dropbox's beta builds do not always make it into final shipping versions of the software, but the new features in testing are likely to be welcomed additions for many users of the popular file hosting and syncing service.

Top Rated Comments

jdechko Avatar
124 months ago
Apple, buy Dropbox! I know you tried, but try again dang it, Google Drive and others have great sharing capabilities and iDisk needs a replacement.
For the love of God, no. I'm pretty sure Dropbox wants to be independent and it should stay that way. If Apple bought it as an iCloud replacement, they'd kill off cross-platform. That's why Dropbox is so awesome: It's cross-platform and it's fast.

No, if Apple is going to do anything with Dropbox, it should be a partnership. Build in deeper integration with Dropbox (Mac & iOS) and bundle 2 years of free upgraded storage (50 or 100GB would be nice) with every Mac, iPhone & iPad.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JGRE Avatar
124 months ago
Good app, simple and efficient (and cross platform).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HiRez Avatar
124 months ago
Still waiting for Dropbox to add the most useful feature: a reasonable pricing plan. I know so many people who would buy Dropbox if there was something like 10GB-25GB plans. They have a bit too much data for the free plan, but would never get close to utilizing the 50 GB plan, which is overkill and expensive.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BanterClaus Avatar
124 months ago
Cool. That's especially convenient for Windows because you normally have to open MS Paint and paste the screenshot into there then save to even get a file.

In Windows 8 you can just press Windows Key + Print Screen and it'll be saved into your pictures library automatically.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeheenan Avatar
124 months ago
If they'd only fix the long file name problem on the iOS app , I'd be a happy camper.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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