Preview app Restore does not work with onedrive or dropbox

Discussion in 'macOS' started by alric@mac.com, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. alric@mac.com macrumors newbie

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    Sort of an FYI but also a question in case there is a workaround.

    As the title suggests I "discovered" that the Preview app Restore does not work with onedrive or dropbox. If a file is modified in the Preview App and then downloaded from these services it loses the ability to recover previous versions.

    Is this expected? Haven't tested but it might not be a problem with iCloud. Cheers.
     
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    It works for me with dropbox. It appears to me that preview restore feature uses time machine backups - have you excluded your dropbox folder from your time machine backup?

    BTW, Dropbox itself has a restore from previous as part of it's web interface.
     
  3. alric@mac.com thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did you retrieve the original version from a fresh Dropbox copy from a second machine? Syncing to dropbox won't take out the restore from the original file but it doesn't appear to transfer it to a second machine.
     
  4. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    It was not from a second machine. Like I said, the retrieval comes from your Time Machine backup. So if you are trying to retrieve on a machine which does not have the time machine backup disk attached, it will not work.

    Like I said earlier, dropbox does have history built in, but that feature is probably not integrated into preview.
     

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