It sucks how much Dropbox has changed :(

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Floris, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    Ignoring the 68m account leak the other year, and those sorts of failures, recently they've disabled the /public/ folder breaking millions of embedded links in archives, ebooks, mini project sites, and big board forums, etc. Now they've decided to remove features from pro users and move them to their new PLUS plan, well, that's not true, some important ones are actually removed from PLUS and moved to team plans only. But the business plans require a 3 user minimum; greatly increasing the yearly plan.

    One important feature besides the direct linking of content from the old public/ folder (which we no longer can, and have to regenerate links, which are now wrapped and can't be used directly), they disabled smart-sync. Meaning if you for example have a laptop with 256gb ssd and pay for their PLUS 1tb plan - you can't say "only sync this folder, and only get content that I am using" leaving the rest in the cloud. A great solution worth paying dropbox for. Now, you're screwed. You can't use smart-sync as a paying PLUS user.

    This company has changed so much, the individuals that helped build them, are slowly being pushed out. Their focus seems to be enterprise and government. Screw those who helped them get started huh - a common business practice.

    Just sad. I am glad I cancelled my dropbox pro account that I paid for, for many years. And I guess I will just use the money to pay for a file hosting VPS solution instead.
  2. RockstarSR macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2011
    They had make money somehow. Majority of their user base is free users and its difficult as a standalone cloud storage company to survive without monetizing aggressively. I use Dropbox too and I continue to use them because I'm fine with the free storage I get from them and more importantly too lazy to move to Google Drive :p

    Nevertheless, its still a quality product though. I never faced any sync or performance issues.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I cancelled my Dropbox Pro around 6 months ago because the upload speeds were horrendous. When trying to upload 700GB of stuff, it wouldn't go beyond 3MB/s on a mirrored Gigabit connection, even when running though Ethernet. Dropbox support weren't particularly helpful either and couldn't even offer upselled options for quicker upload (which I was fully willing to pay for). I realised it would be quicker to copy the files to an external drive and mail them off, which is what I ended up doing.

    I still use Dropbox free for smaller files and it works absolutely fine for that, but based on my experience with flaky speeds I can't see how Dropbox would be ideal for businesses, unless they've done some serious changes I'm not aware of. And now from what you've said, they're sticking it to the consumers too.

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