Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 01:39 pm PT (04:39 pm ET)
Dropbox brings easier file sharing and notification to updated desktop clientIn an update to its desktop software on Tuesday, cloud storage giant Dropbox made a number of user interface design changes to its OS X menu bar asset, allowing direct access to file sharing, recently changed files and more.
With Dropbox 2.0 for Mac, the company further expands the capabilities of its desktop client by allowing advanced management of a user's online cloud storage from their computer. The version change offers a completely redesigned drop-down menu with advanced UI integration which supports real time notifications of invitations, shared folder updates and links, which are displayed in the Dropbox menu bar.
Perhaps the most welcome enhancement is the ability to generate public links to shared documents without having to find the file in the Dropbox folder. It appears that the functionality applies only to recently changed items, itself another new feature, but the new system is a step in the right direction.
Version 2.0 also lets users keep track of changes to their shared folders, links or albums from the drop-down menu. Notifications of incoming invites to shared folders are pushed immediately to the menu bar for quick acceptance or denial, and users can click on links directly from the menu to be taken to the linked file or folder.
Rounding out the new feature set are two buttons at the top of the menu that direct users to their desktop Dropbox folder and to the Dropbox website. The information provided by the previous version's drop-down, such as space remaining and preferences, has been relegated to a settings icon located at the bottom right of the newly designed pane.
Dropbox 2.0 is fully compatible with the company recently updated iOS app, including push notifications. The new desktop version can be downloaded directly from the Dropbox website.
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