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Dropbox for Mac has been updated to version 2.4.0, adding an iPhoto importer that allows iPhoto users to automatically import photos from iPhoto directly to Dropbox. The feature works with iPhoto 7.0 and later, and can be accessed via the Import tab in the Preferences menu.

With the import option turned on, photos uploaded to iPhoto will also be saved in a "Photos from iPhoto" folder within Dropbox, which also contains subfolders that correspond to events from the iPhoto library.

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In addition to an iPhoto importer, the update also includes a new feature that allows screenshots to be saved directly in Dropbox. The feature can be enabled after taking a screenshot via the standard keyboard shortcuts for the Mac (Command + Shift + 3 or Command + Shift + 4) after the updated has been installed.
Starting today, all the screenshots you take can automatically be saved straight to your Dropbox. And on top of that, Dropbox will also create a link to your screenshot and copy it to your clipboard -- so your picture's instantly good to share. Whether you're capturing screenshots of websites, favorite dog videos, or video calls with your buddy in São Paulo, now Dropbox can help keep your computer a little more organized.
While Dropbox's Camera Uploads feature allow iOS users to automatically upload screenshots in a similar fashion, screenshot-only upload functionality is unavailable. A similar solution can be achieved via the IFTTT (If This Then That) app, creating a recipe that uploads screenshots to a distinct Dropbox folder.

Dropbox for Mac can be downloaded from the Dropbox website for free.

Article Link: Dropbox for Mac Updated with iPhoto Integration, Automatic Screenshot Uploads
 

lcmazza

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Dropbox should fix the corrupt download of large files using a web browser. That is unacceptable and has being going on for years and is simply ignored by the company on numerous forum posts.
 

Razeus

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Unfortunately, I moved my photos from iPhoto to Dropbox earlier this year. Could have used this then.
 

kirky29

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I already do this but manually. My screenshots folder takes up about 4GB now!
I tried the auto syncing last night but because I have a second monitor it uploads that too. Normally I don't have anything on it except for a movie or something. Still good though. :)
 

nitro912gr

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I don't understand why dropbox changed the notification icon to require more clicks to do the same things as before...
I could do everything with one click now I need 3...

What's wrong with UI designers those days? First dropbox, then Youtube, they all try to make us to have to do more clicks to do what we did in the past.
 

Razeus

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Don't get me wrong, I still use iPhoto as it's easier to sync to iDevices and all things Apple. But I use Dropbox as my main (built in drive), and iPhoto as my secondary (external hard drive), both backed up to another hard drive for the 3rd copy.

I'm currently playing with dedicated photo services such as Everpix, Loom, and PictureLife which acts like Dropbox, but for photos. Also considering making a 2nd Flickr account for these (my personal photos, nothing professional or portfolio like, of course) photos.

iPhoto is just too outdated and can't get everything in the cloud.
 

robjulo

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Hopefully more updates to come, like, a "real" automatic camera upload feature, instead of having to start the app manually. Also, adding the dropbox integration with Aperture, not just iPhoto.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Personally, the first thing I do when I get my hands on a new Mac is download TinkerTool and change where screenshots get saved to. I generally set that destination to Pictures/Screenshots but it's always been easy enough to do Dropbox/Screenshots instead.
 

curmudgeon32

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I already do this but manually. My screenshots folder takes up about 4GB now!

Exactly the point...

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I don't understand why dropbox changed the notification icon to require more clicks to do the same things as before...
I could do everything with one click now I need 3...

Yeah, they hid everything you actually need (quota used, for one thing) under that gear icon, and the main menu just takes up a ton of space showing you a few files you happen to have synced recently. It's a terrible redesign.
 

Razeus

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Dropbox and their clever tricks to get people to upgrade to a paid account. :p
 

dumastudetto

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Consumers don't want Dropbox. Consumers want the benefits of iCloud seamless integration that nobody comes close to matching.

Too little too late from Dropbox.
 

Razeus

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Consumers don't want Dropbox. Consumers want the benefits of iCloud seamless integration that nobody comes close to matching.

Too little too late from Dropbox.

The most insane statement I've read all day. Give me iPhoto in iCloud, then we'll talk.
 

Parasprite

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In addition to an iPhoto importer, the update also includes a new feature that allows screenshots to be saved directly in Dropbox.*

I think I missed the point of uploading screenshots to dropbox having any sort of utility save for niche workflows, perhaps I'm not thinking abstractly enough.


Consumers don't want Dropbox. Consumers want the benefits of iCloud seamless integration that nobody comes close to matching.

Too little too late from Dropbox.

The two services have some overlap, but honestly iCloud helps very little as far as syncing things that aren't for iOS and aren't photos.
 

amanpatel

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I don't understand why dropbox changed the notification icon to require more clicks to do the same things as before...
I could do everything with one click now I need 3...

I know this is not a big help, but you can still access the old style menu via option-click (alt+click).
 

Razeus

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I think I missed the point of uploading screenshots to dropbox having any sort of utility save for niche workflows, perhaps I'm not thinking abstractly enough.




The two services have some overlap, but honestly iCloud helps very little as far as syncing things that aren't for iOS and aren't photos.

It's just another way to get you to use space. I use screenshots, but after uploading to a website, I don't need them sitting around my hard drive, but I can see people that keep these "assets" as a just in case.
 

javisan

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Dropbox and their clever tricks to get people to upgrade to a paid account. :p

Yep! That's what I thought!

I have 50GB free from Box so I don't use Dropbox anymore. Dropbox would have to offer a reasonable package for me to come back. I would pay $20 a year for 50GB minimum.
 

Parasprite

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I know this is not a big help, but you can still access the old style menu via option-click (alt+click).

Not a huge help, but it's nice to have options. Thanks for that!

Edit: Hold option while in Account pane of Preferences for "Fix Permissions", huh never noticed that.
 
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KylePowers

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I love Dropbox. I have 25GB for free :D

And I also put my Dropbox folder inside my Box folder, which has 50GB for free. Double syncing/backup action :cool:
 

anonnymouse

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What is the quality of the uploaded files from Mac?

I stopped using Dropbox Camera Upload on iOS because of the severe compression applied to uploaded photos.

I use the CameraSync App now uploading to both Box and Flickr, and the files are better quality. If the Dropbox OS X app uploads in full resolution/no additional compression, I'll go back.
 

Parasprite

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What is the quality of the uploaded files from Mac?

I stopped using Dropbox Camera Upload on iOS because of the severe compression applied to uploaded photos.

I use the CameraSync App now uploading to both Box and Flickr, and the files are better quality. If the Dropbox OS X app uploads in full resolution/no additional compression, I'll go back.

It drastically reduces the quality of photos, documents, and apps using those selfsame algorithms.

But seriously, it uploads files pretty blindly whether they are photos or some obscure word processing format from the 90s. I cannot vouch for files uploaded through the screenshot upload or those related to iPhoto integration, however.
 

koen

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Download from the website? Wait, you cannot upgrade it from the app itself?
 
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