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Dropbox Updates Desktop Client

Dropbox Updates Desktop Client

macI opened my feed reader this afternoon and every other post was about the fact that Dropbox has updated their desktop client. First there was the post from the official Dropbox blog, then The Verge post, then TechCrunch and last was Lifehacker. Now I am going to add to the Dropbox list.

The major change in this new version of Dropbox appears to be a revamp of the Dropbox notification menu. They have made it easier to see what you have been doing, to share right from your menu and to accept or decline invitations to shared folders. These new changes are available to Windows and Mac user, but Linux users are out of luck for the moment.

 

dropbox2I downloaded the new version on my Windows 7 machine just to see how it looks. I looks ok, but since I don’t share a lot of files or accept a lot of invitations from people it this new update will probably not improve my daily work when I use Dropbox. This seems to be mostly a cosmetic change to just the Dropbox menu with very little actually changing about how Dropbox works. Not to mention if you look at the Votebox for features that have been requested and voted on for Dropbox none of the more popular ones are even addressed in this latest update. For example a few from the most popular list like being able to sync folders outside of the Dropbox folder, or Client side encryption are not mentioned and do not even appear to be in the works.

Great that Dropbox has made it to version 2.0 but they really need to look at some of most popular features that have been requested like the two I mentioned and start taking them seriously. Services like SpiderOak and even the new MEGA out perform Dropbox in regards to encryption and SpiderOak and SugarSync have made it easy to sync any folders you want on your system. In fact looking through the release notes there has not been any significant changes since version 1.4 when they added the importing of photos from cameras, phones, and SD cards. If Dropbox wants to stay a leader it might be time to start innovating on their service and product again.

What do you think of the new Dropbox version 2?


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