Dropbox Beta for Mac Adds Automatic Screenshot Sharing and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Dropbox Beta for Mac Adds Automatic Screenshot Sharing and More
  2. JGRE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
    Good app, simple and efficient (and cross platform).
  3. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    It would be wonderful if Apple could learn how to make iCloud do what's its supposed to. Sometimes it does, other times it doesn't. I thought it might be better than my two years on MobileMe, but it's not.

    I still think that after a few more years of experience Apple will get it right. In the mean time I've had terrific service from Dropbox. I first stated using Dropbox a few years ago when I couldn't get my MobileMe sync restored. Finally a week later Apple fixed it. That proves they are trying. They are simply having trouble relating to the cloud.
  4. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm not seeing the value of these new features, but I don't mind as as far as I can tell, Dropbox is already pretty darned near perfect... Certainly it's the best of the cloud storage solutions I've tried.

    The one major feature they could add that I would really like is the ability to prioritize certain files. In an ideal world, Dropbox will always be perfectly in sync, but we don't live in an ideal world so that can't be the case. I'd like to be able to designate some folders as having higher priority than others. IE, my work folder is more important than my pictures folder and should always be synced first, and the pictures folder should be saved for last.

    Sometimes my connection is spotty and I really need Dropbox to do its best to make sure my work is synced... This isn't always the case. Sometimes during the few seconds out of an hour that it has to sync, it decides to sync less important things.
  5. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Awesome news. I use LittleSnapper for screen shots but haven't as much as the services for sharing folders it worked with shut down. This is perfect.

    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.


    There is a way, I read a thread with someone requesting the same thing and a solution. Ugh I wish I bookmarked it. I'll search around again for it.
  6. z2daj macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2011
    Worcester, MA
    Excellent news. Dropbox is one of the best cloud-based sharing tools around! This will be perfect for detailing how to accomplish certain functionality when I'm helping a less-experienced Mac user over the web.

    ... assuming of course this feature makes it out of beta. :)
  7. BanterClaus macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2011
    That's awesome. I wonder if this will work for users who keep their entire iPhoto library in Dropbox.
  8. toaster64 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2013
    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.

    Now for the problems: It doesn't support multiple monitors. I hate the new menu bar interface. The old one was a lot better. Also, how about a built-in Git host?
  9. mikeheenan macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    If they'd only fix the long file name problem on the iOS app , I'd be a happy camper.
  10. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    haven't tried these beta features yet, but dropbox is indeed awesome.
  11. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    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.
  12. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    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.
  13. BanterClaus macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2011
    In Windows 8 you can just press Windows Key + Print Screen and it'll be saved into your pictures library automatically.
  14. morespce54, Jun 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2013

    morespce54 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World

    Basically, it's about checking/un-checking folders to sync in your (desktop) Dropbox prefs pane, under the "Advance" tab.
    You un-check the less important folders, sync your Dropbox and go back to check the un-checked folders. It's a patch but it's (almost) what you want.
  15. Razeus macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    I love Dropbox. So much that I purchased their 100GB plan and use about 60% of it. Without the plan, I'd have 41GB's of free storage thanks to all the referrals, social networking bonuses, Camera Upload bonus, etc. I like that they are trying to do with Photos, but their moving slow on it. This maybe the default way I share photos and albums in the future as it keeps the photos off of Facebook's servers. I do wonder what's happening with Audiogalaxy that was purchased.

    With apps, I always opt for the Dropbox sync if available. iCloud is too much of a mess and WAY too closed off from outside the iOS platform for it to be worth a damn. I only use it to backup my iPhone and iPad.
  16. f00f macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Vote on it, only 8 more to go!

  17. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I use my own app to share/post screenshots. But I can see how this could be useful for other people who don't have it.

    As others have said, this is just a minor improvement. The big picture is that Dropbox is basically perfect for the most important stuff, and I'm very happy using it.
  18. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Yet, Jobs wanted FaceTime to become cross platform but faced (pun intended :p ) patent infringement lawsuits from VirnetX which stopped that from happening. iCloud is cross platform, so I don't know why you may believe Apple would kill Dropbox from being cross platform. Apple wants to sell more devices, making it less accessible across systems would kill sales.
  19. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
  20. f00f macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Brain fart. It's the number of votes I have left to cast. Whoops. :eek:
  21. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    iCloud is cross-platform in the same way that FaceTime is cross platform (ok, maybe a little more so). But that's not what I was referring to. I can install a dropbox client on Mac/PC/Linux for desktops and iOS/Android/Blackberry/Windows Phone, not to mention a solid web interface. Any app is free to integrate the dropbox API, whether it is sold through official app stores or not.

    Full iCloud integration is only available on Mac & iOS and only on apps purchased through the respective stores. Angry Birds, for instance, relies on their own syncing service because they value cross platform game play.

    For all the issues there were with iDisk, at least it was standard WebDAV storage, which meant it could be mounted as a network drive on Windows/Linux. As far as generic cross-platform data storage goes, iCloud sucks. Sorry, but Steve Jobs got this one wrong.

    As far as limiting access, that's exactly how Apple drives sales. Do something cool, make it available only on your products and force people to chose your product if they want to use your service. That's the exact model for iTunes.
  22. RevTEG macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I total agree! I was just talking about this very thing with a business partner over lunch today. I love using Dropbox for my photos. But I only need 10 maybe 20 gigs. I'm only using 3 gigs now. I really don't want to pay $99 when I don't need that much.
  23. St. Germain macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2006
    I've been a big fan of GrabBox which does the same thing as this feature, uploads your screenshots to Dropbox, and then copies the URL to your clipboard. So I was excited to see this addition to Dropbox...until I tried it. Unfortunately, I hate that my URL isn't automatically shortened with this feature like GrabBox does. I also really hate the "utility bar" at the top of each URL.

    So I guess I'll keep using GrabBox. The system overhead is close to nothing, so I'm going to disable the feature in Dropbox and use GrabBox.

    Dropbox, at least offer us the choice of shortening the URL.
  24. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    especially when so many similar but not as good services give free space.

    i got my dropbox up to i think 18.5 gigs of space, but i often change what i have stored in there as theres not enough space for my photos, ebooks, work files, wifes work files etc....

    i tried various, google drive, amazon drive, but never a huge amount of space.

    now ive got a box.com account with free 50 gigs of space. its very similar to dropbox but not as good in a few ways. however its good enough that i would never pay for dropbox, but if i could have even 25 gigs free with dropbox that would be fine.
  25. Macula macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2006
    All over the place

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