Latest Dropbox update really changes the way I use my iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Booji, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Booji macrumors 6502a

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    Just by accident, I found out that Dropbox has finally given me what I've wanted for years - the ability to sync a whole folder!

    This is just what I needed for a file system - new files created on other devices are automatically synced to the folder and can be edited offline. This is huge for me when I travel and can now access files offline. This new feature takes my 9.7 Pro the best travel device ever.
     
  2. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Why not just download Documents and sync your files offline via said app?
     
  3. ferjilo macrumors member

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    Isnt this the same that OneDrive does?
     
  4. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    I use Documents and sync wirelessly when my iPad is in my network. Don't even need something as silly as a cloud for my own files.
     
  5. sracer macrumors 603

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    There are far more apps that support DropBox than support Documents. That results in a less convoluted workflow when working with files on the iPad that need to be shared/edited by other devices.
     
  6. subjonas macrumors 6502a

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    You got me excited, then I found out it's only for paid pro and business users... :(
     
  7. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    If you're dedicated...
     
  8. subjonas macrumors 6502a

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    The thing is, I'm getting subscribed to death with all these subscription based models. It makes sense when I'm being perpetually delivered new products or services, but it's my own files, and I don't actually need them online, just on all my devices (offline), and there's enough space on my devices as long as I can selectively sync. I just want an automatic way to do so, selectively and automatically sync my data across all my devices for free via my home wifi network. Haven't gotten around to finding that solution though.

    I'm all for that. But is this an automatic solution? Can you set it (select which folders are synced with which devices when they are on the same network) and forget it? Or do you have to manually copy or sync each folder on each device?
     
  9. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    Possibly, but anything major supports the document picker in iOS these days, doesn't it? That's where iCloud Drive and Documents would fit in. At least with the apps I use.
     
  10. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    I think I need to open the app within my network once for the specified folders to sync over.
     
  11. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Yep, totally understand. For me, it started with Adobe - I love it (and still support it - i wouldn't be able to have Adobe apps without it). But then there's Netflix, Hulu, Office 365, and all of Apple's (Apple Music, iCloud Storage, ... I think there's others). One day my subscription bills will be more than rent!
     
  12. Precursor macrumors 6502

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    iCloud Drive works just the same. I have iCloud Drive installed on my work laptop, my MBP, my iPad and my iPhone. I am able to reach all my work files from all my devices.
     
  13. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The advantage is that its all automatic - I don't have to remember to select what files I need to work on, plus don't have to manage dupes.
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    Does it sync the whole folder content automatically? What are the advantages over Dropbox?
     
  14. icymountain macrumors regular

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    This is one of my major criticisms at the subscription model: from the point I would enter it, I would lose control over where I am going with it, so I do not enter it...
     
  15. Precursor macrumors 6502

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    It does sync instantly, as soon as you save a document it syncs. There is no advantage or disadvantage over Dropbox, it works just the same. I have it installed on my windows PC and it appears like another drive on explorer, which i can also reach from all my MacOS and iOS devices (and windows devices with icloud drive installed)
     
  16. subjonas macrumors 6502a

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    Right. That probably can't be avoided the way iOS handles its apps. Ideally, it would sync automatically when on the same Wi-Fi and connected to power, like how iTunes wifi sync (theoretically) works.

    I think OP is talking about the ability to keep a folder and all its contents synced on an iPad for OFFLINE use, automatically syncing whenever internet connection is regained (whereas previously in Dropbox, one could only manually mark each file to be saved offline on the iPad, which could become very difficult if there were a lot of files and/or new files were added to the folder regularly). I don't believe iCloud Drive has this function.
     
  17. Omega Mac macrumors 6502

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    Didn't Snowden say stay away from the Dropbox? o_O
     
  18. Precursor macrumors 6502

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    Uhmm..I have my files locally on my iPad, macbook and windows PC in icloud drive. As soon as you get connected with your devices same file is downloaded to all your devices automatically so no, you don't need internet to connect to icloud drive, it's local to all your devices, but synced to all your devices when connected to internet. You can reach the contents of your icloud drive for OFFLINE use. Have you even used icloud drive? Give it a try
     
  19. subjonas macrumors 6502a

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    I think there is some miscommunication or misinformation going on here. OP is talking about the ability to set a folder in the cloud to automatically sync/download all of that folder's contents (files added or edited from another device) from the cloud to its corresponding folder on the the iPad for offline use, without having to manually select or open each file you want to save offline (I believe you do have to open the Dropbox app while online for the syncing to be triggered, however).
    It sounds like you're saying everything on your iCloud Drive by default is automatically downloaded to your iPad (and all your devices), but 1) I've tested out iCloud Drive and read up on it, and from what I can tell, that isn't correct--you have to manually open each file on the iPad for it to be downloaded, therefore it's not automatic. And 2) even if correct, it wouldn't be desirable to automatically download every single file from the cloud because space can be limited on devices, especially iPads. What is desirable is the ability to set specific folders to automatically download on certain devices.
    Please correct me if I'm wrong on any of this. And any specific instructions on how to do what I'm describing would be appreciated.
     

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