Having Dropbox running shouldn't have any noticeable impact on battery life, unless files are being transferred. I keep it running 24/7 and the only time it uses more than minimal resources is if changes are made to the Dropbox contents, requiring files to be synced. Make sure your Dropbox version is up to date.Does Dropbox running all the time drain the battery? The first couple of days it seemed to be no issue but now my fan comes on and the battery really drops. I closed Dropbox and it seems fine again...
I was looking in the activity monitor and it appears to be PhotoStream going crazy on CPU usage. I just shut it off in iPhoto so we shall see.
If it is not synching files, exactly how can is be using lots of resources and therefore using the battery? Answer: it can't and it doesn't. On my 2012 MBA it uses between 0.0 and 0.1% of the CPU and up to 38 megs of memory which is insignificant, not 'noticeable'.When I don't need it, I exit the application of course. It is noticeable battery-wise.
If it is not synching files, exactly how can is be using lots of resources and therefore using the battery? Answer: it can't and it doesn't. On my 2012 MBA it uses between 0.0 and 0.1% of the CPU and up to 38 megs of memory which is insignificant, not 'noticeable'.
That's just wrong. Open Activity Monitor then play around in Finder with files NOT in your Dropbox. CPU usage is WAY more than 0.1%.
I have had issues with it before and deleted it from machines. I have recently installed it on a new mac mini. It is not using much CPU but it is using a lot of RAM. It is using 104.5MB of real RAM, which is more than VMware which is running 10.6 server. It is the 6th highest user of RAM on the machine running its usual apps. It also has the highest number of threads of all apps at 30.