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Dropbox users are in for some positive changes with the synchronization service soon. The first one deals with a feature I absolutely love, and that’s the file history. I like to view the history of file changes over time, especially if I need to revert back […]

Image 1 for post Dropbox impressions: great for collaboration, multiple platform device synching( 2008-03-20 17:06:08) Dropbox users are in for some positive changes with the synchronization service soon. The first one deals with a feature I absolutely love, and that’s the file history. I like to view the history of file changes over time, especially if I need to revert back to a previous version. It also comes in handy when accidentally deleting a file from the Dropbox. Since the file exists in your history, you can restore it.

Right now, Dropbox saves your file history forever. That must be taking up more space than needed so starting on August 1, Dropbox will only be retaining a 30 day file history by default for free accounts. Folks that want or need unlimited file history can still have it, but it requires a paid account.

The other news the Dropbox folks told me about is that an iPhone client is coming soon in the “near future.” Using it, you’ll be able to access all of the files and folders in your Dropbox, save them to your handset and sync photos over-the-air from your iPhone to the cloud. That’s good news and puts Dropbox nearer to SugarSync. It offers a similar service to Dropbox and has had a useful iPhone client out for some time now. SugarSync already has a client supporting Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices, so I hope that Dropbox follows suit.

While all of those changes are in the works, there’s one more that sounds interesting. Dropbox calls it “LAN sync” and it ought to come in handy for those with multiple machines. Today if you have Dropbox on different computers, they all sync files up to the Dropbox servers and then back down to the machines. With “LAN sync”, Dropbox will detect when your computers are on the same local network. In that case, it synchronizes files directly between the devices — no Dropbox server gets involved. That’s a far quicker and easier way to move files.

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  1. Tony Prylowski Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Kevin,

    Just to make you aware of ExSafe.net, we do pretty much what Dropbox and Sugarsync but with the added emphasis on security and management of the content which is forced from the application, whether PC or Smartphone. The applications supported by us include the Microsoft Office suite and also Dataviz Documents to Go on BlackBerry- other samrtphones coming soon. With everything stored and shared in the cloud, including versions and audit history, access and editing can take place anytime anywhere across all devices, including phone.
    We also have the added bonus of being able to go offline and yet maintain the same level of security and management.

    Tony

  2. onlinebackupcoupons Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Dropbox is great service but very slow on new features development. Just wonder how long for the “near future” on Dropbox?

  3. Dropbox has been announcing the iPhone app as “coming soon” for more than 8 months. I have been using SugarSync in my iPhone for 3 quarters already :-)

  4. Just a reminder that you can combine dropbox + truecrypt for a free and secure sync solution.

    Thank maximumpc.com for this tip.

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