Dropbox for iOS Gains PDF Signing Tool, Messages Integration and Picture-in-Picture Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Dropbox for iOS is being updated today with iOS 10 support and new features to improve the file storage and sharing experience.

    With Messages integration, Dropbox users can select Dropbox files from within the Messages app and share them with friends and colleagues, alleviating the need to open the Dropbox app and copy a link. A new Dropbox widget can be added to the lock screen, providing easier access to tools for creating, viewing, and uploading files.


    There's a new tool in the Dropbox for signing PDFs, and there are options for getting notified when a file has been updated by a colleague so it can be refreshed with a tap.


    Dropbox now includes support for picture-in-picture, a feature designed to let iPad users watch videos while performing other tasks. Split-screen support for compatible iPads is also coming in the near future, but won't be included in today's update.

    Dropbox can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Dropbox for iOS Gains PDF Signing Tool, Messages Integration and Picture-in-Picture Support
  2. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Sorry guys, I moved on to iCloud. It was hard to give up the free space but I had enough of the macOS app
  3. Nevaborn macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2013
    The MacoOS app is crud TBH. But due to work issues we have just started using a group share Dropbox account and it is working well. Hopefully these updates will help.

    Only problem I have is if I want basic group tools I am being forced to look at. Dropbox Business account. If iCloud gets its act together and broadens our Dropbox will get dropped again.
  4. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    Still no split screen?

    But forget all that, being able to sign a PDF is better /s
  5. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  7. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Lol - I should have realized. Yeah, for videos it seems. I've used DropBox on iOS quite a bit, never used it to open or watch videos though. Nice addition.
  8. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I suppose my needs are meager, but the Dropbox Mac and iOS apps have both been fine for me.

    I use Dropbox for some things, iCloud for others, and neither has given me enough trouble to switch totally in either direction.
  9. rvinny macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2007
    I appreciate the effort Dropbox, but my experience is feature creep always ruins things.
  10. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    Pretty nice update. I'm baffled as to how such a widely used productivity app hasn't had split screen support this whole time, but I'm relieved to hear it's finally coming.
  11. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Why will it take over a year for them to implement split view? That is ridiculous and one thing that has actually pulled me back to OneDrive for some things. Microsoft seems to keep up with iOS more than the Dropbox team, which is surprising.
  12. MacBAir macrumors member


    Aug 5, 2016
    Dropbox seems to be (according to my usage and the usage of people I know, but it's still an worthless opinion on the grand scheme of things, obviously) by far the best cloud solution out there.

    Simple, yet powerful and reliable. Their features to upload your screenshots and so on are best in class. However, it seems that their mac app is getting relegated. They still have the "import from iPhoto" feature, after all.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 11, 2016 ---
    Dropbox takes their time, because all that matters to them is having a stable app and service. The app that has been relegated is the Mac app.
  13. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I don’t think it is being relegated. Dropbox has a very interesting roadmap for desktop with ‘Project Infinite’ a.k.a. on-demand syncing of files and their Paper collaboration service. There was a reason why Apple suddenly decided to add collaboration features to iWork and enhanced iCloud Drive with Optimized Storage. Dropbox has been working on this for a while.

    I actually pity Dropbox a bit. Their Mac client worked quite well until Apple blocked applications from injecting code into or attaching to Finder. Yosemite brought us the Finder Sync extension point, but it has caused nothing but problems for them and a loss of functionality for users. I believe the recent outrage over their haxies, while bad, happened with good intentions. The things that Apple can do with Finder and iCloud Drive is not open to other developers, unless they develop their own Finder.
  14. WBRacing macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2012
    I got fed up with the flakey dropbox iOS app. One day my photos are all sync'd - the next it wants to upload 30,000. Then when I leave it to upload, after a couple of hours my phone gets roasty hot with only 5 images uploaded. I deleted the app, reinstalled on almost a dozen occasions. They release bug "fix" updates regularly that don't appear to fix anything. Also they are so slow.

    I was reading up on it and apparently it is likely caused by "In an effort to reduce costs, dropbox is over scheduling and undersizing their EC2 boxes which act as the gateway to the amazon S3 stores where the files are stored."

    Eventually I got fed up and moved to Mega. It has some way to go, but thus far has worked perfectly.
  15. flyingspur macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2013
    Dallas TX
    Sounds very familiar. I have had a few thousand photos wanting to be re-synced. I think dropbox has
    it's own data farm now, broke away from amazon this year. I'm looking for alternatives myself. I've
    had good luck with dropbox and happy with it up until just recently now.
  16. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    Interesting how the release notes for the latest update of Dropbox don't mention any of the new features. If it weren't for macrumors I wouldn't have known. Also want to say Dropbox is my go-to choice for backup. For me it has been fast, reliable, and there are many apps out there that I use which interface with the content in my Dropbox. And it's the best deal for a terabyte (at least the last time I price shopped). I'll be sticking with it.
  17. SoSickSadNslOw macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2016
    United Kingdom
  18. Nuvi macrumors 65816

    Feb 7, 2008
    Too little too late. OneDrive and iCloud full fill our needs. Since we (as a company) need Office day-to-day bases and therefore have Office 365 subscription not using OneDrive would make very little sense. For other uses we have iCloud. IMHO, Dropbox is bit like Evernote. Unfortunately, they both have lost their momentum they had when competitors were still trying to figure out how the cloud should be working. Now that competitors have their services up and running the old ones have either set their prices too high or lack the required integration.
  19. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    Too late I'm out. DropBox and Yahoo! mail were kicked to the curb in order to minimize 3rd party access to information.
  20. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    Is this proper digital signing of PDFs, or the usual rubbish where a simple graphic gets added to a PDF, adding no legal weight whatsoever?

    If someone sends me a PDF with a signature on it, it means nothing unless a) the document is immutable and b) it can be shown that the signature was added by an identifiable individual and certification authority.

    It's always been a bit of a mystery to me why Apple don't offer a true digital signing service for documents (PDF, Pages, Numbers etc.) using a user's Apple ID. They are in a prime position to be able to do this.

    As I understand it, Adobe and others offer such a service, but you have to pay to get documents signed. Wouldn't it be great if you could just take a PDF on your Mac, sign it with you signature, and have it locked and certified automatically by an Apple server (for free). A recipient of such a document could be confident of the document's legitimacy.
  21. gimikinc macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2008
    Bay Area
    Totally agree, this look gimmicky!

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