Dropbox Touts New Collaborative Cloud Storage Management App

Dropbox on Tuesday announced a new client for Mac and Windows that seeks to make the cloud storage service a "meta-platform" for collaborative tools in the productivity workspace.


Called "the new Dropbox," the client aims to let teams create and collaborate without ever leaving the app, by enabling them to create and edit Google and Microsoft-based documents, spreadsheets and slides, start Slack conversations and initiate Zoom conference meetings.

The broad idea is to let users engage in light project management outside of the dedicated tools it supports, with the ability to create to-do lists, add comments, delegate tasks, and keep track of progress through a team activity feed.

Other highlights include the ability to create and store shortcuts to any website alongside your content in Dropbox, the ability to manage Jira and Trello projects, and a unified search bar to find traditional files, cloud content, shortcuts, and files you’ve chosen not to download through the company's selective sync feature.

Interested users can opt into an "early access" program to test out the new app before its official launch. Happily though, the company also promised that the standard Dropbox way of doing things – keeping a synced folder on your Mac and using a simple menu bar applet to manage it – won't be going away when the new app officially rolls out.

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10 weeks ago
The last thing that kept me using Dropbox over iCloud Drive completely was the ability to share folders. Now that it’s coming to iCloud in the fall, I’m done with DropBox.

Also, seeing things like this and how Dropbox always wants accessibility access on the Mac just turn me right off.

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10 weeks ago
Updates to iCloud Drive sharing put the final nail in Dropbox’s coffin for me. I’ll keep the web interface for folks that share files to me but my reliance upon their service has at this time vanished.
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10 weeks ago
Great! Now if only I can collaborate with more than 3 of my devices logged in
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10 weeks ago
They are in deep poop. Once they limited my devices, I was done with them. I think they overestimated their market position. They needed to emphasise their independence, multi-platform, and ubiquitous nature, and renewed sense of security. Instead, they went all Microsoft BOB on us. Shame.

If they’d have synced things as a competitor to iCloud, they’d have had a chance.
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10 weeks ago
I've long stopped using dropbox, especially since they nerfed how the number of devices. I don't know if many enterprises uses dropbox, but I think if they're using office 365 they'll be using OneDrive and there isn't a need for dropbox.
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10 weeks ago
Sounds like the death throes of a company in trouble, hoping to pull off a paradigm shift to enable new streams of revenue.
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10 weeks ago
When people share images via DB on Reddit they take ages to load. 3x slower or more than Imgur.
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10 weeks ago


a "meta-platform" for collaborative tools in the productivity workspace.


That's some major league jargon right there.
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10 weeks ago

I would even pay smaller subscription fee for multiple vaults over iCloud. I just don't want my very important data on a 3rd party service. And I really want to move away from Dropbox as it uses a lot of RAM all the time (about 500 MB) and lots of CPU during heavy file I/O activity (e.g., when I compile even when none of the files are on Dropbox folder).


I've deprecated Dropbox to download links sent by colleagues, so there's no more folder sharing, or cloud syncing (to local Dropbox folder in user folder). I suppose deleting the Mac app is the next step, so I can save that 200MB memory leak.

Most of my work accounts are G-suite so that takes care of file/folder sharing.

iCloud is even starting to look like a safe/stable option for storing personal files. However, I wish sync control was a little more granular than all-in on "Desktop & Documents". I'd prefer to have the choice what to archive in the cloud vs store locally. That said, I could just create a user folder called Documents Local...
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10 weeks ago
I'm less keen on Dropbox after the recent price hike, but one thing that keeps me with it is its ability to store data without it necessarily being on your Mac - the "selective sync" feature. The data is accessed by other methods, like DEVONthink or apps that can mount off-disk folders in the Finder (e.g., Mountain Duck).

I'd switch to iCloud if it has this feature somehow - but it doesn't, does it? There's no way to store data in iCloud without it taking up disk space in one way or another?
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