Dropbox app gets new Productivity Tools

Dropbox app gets new Productivity Tools

With more than half a billion users, Dropbox is one of the most popular online cloud storage and sharing apps, for desktop, Android and iOS users.

Dropbox has decided to release an update to the app that will make it simpler to catch ideas from within Dropbox, with new tools to unify, simplify and secure your work.

Document scanning

Smartphones owners can use the Dropbox mobile phone app to capture and organise scans. These cans could be of receipts, whiteboards or sketches and these can be converted into PDF files.

For those who wish to upgrade from Dropbox Basic to Dropbox Pro, additional features in the iOS Dropbox app will let them search inside the saved scans. The app can now identify and remember printed text.

Dropbox app

Optical character recognition goes to work here to achieve this, by converting the scan into text. As of yet, there is no time-line for this feature to come to the Android Dropbox app.

Create Microsoft documents

Recently we have seen a new ‘plus button’ appearing in many apps, giving quick access to features from any page. Dropbox is going down this road as well and the plus button can be used to instantly create Microsoft documents from within the iOS Dropbox app.

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Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents are automatically saved to Dropbox, making it much easier to create and save Office docs on the go.

Camera uploads

Dropbox Basic users may want to capture memories alongside of ideas. Dropbox will now also enable the management of smartphone photos, through a desktop. These can be organised and removed, reducing the risk of running out of space.

iOS Dropbox app

Add comments

Dropbox can now be used to add comments to a specific part of a file. This can be used to give precise feedback, by highlighting a piece of text or an image, anywhere within a file preview.

Dropbox app

For the first time, smartphone users will be able to preview the version history of old files. This will let users recover old files and preview prior file versions, before restoring them.

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Share control has also been improved and now a single file can be shared with a specific person and they can be given view-only access, of shared folders.

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Written by: Michael Brown