Dropbox is an indispensable tool for us. Over the years we’ve accumulated enough space through referrals and special offers to end up with over 50GB of capacity. So news that the iOS apps are going to see some substantial updates has piqued our interest.
Recent updates deliver two new features: A ‘Recents’ tab with a list of all the files you’ve used or viewed and ‘Commenting’ – the ability to add comments on files via the Dropbox website, iPhone or iPad. To use ‘Commenting’ use the @ symbol followed by their name or email address. If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the conversation, the app will automatically notify you, so you can stay in the loop and respond from anywhere.
In the next few weeks, the ability to create Microsoft Office docs right from the Dropbox iPhone and iPad apps will be added to those apps. The Word, Excel or Powerpoint files you create will be saved into whatever Dropbox folder you were in when you tapped ‘Create document’, so you can access it on any of your other devices or on the web.
When iOS was first introduced, one of the big criticisms was its lack of a usable filesystem. Dropbox and other cloud storage services have now rendered that argument mute.