It’s alive!

Posted by Jon Ying on June 20, 2009

Would you all forgive us if we said we were sorry for not posting for a while? :(  We’re still alive, I swear!

A lot has happened since we last spoke.  Continuing from where our last post left off, Dropbox won its first Rock Band duel after an extremely close (a <1% point difference!) battle with Mozy.  Hats off to the Mozy team for trekking out to San Francisco for our epic showdown :).   Also, special thanks to our friends at Justin.tv for hosting and broadcasting the event.

We’ve had four additions to our steadily growing team; Jon Grall (product lead), Andrea Smith (customer support), Will Stockwell (mobile device and iPhone guru), and a new intern, Kevin Modzelewski.  Welcome!  Dropbox also hit the milestone of syncing files for one million users (and approaching one and a half this week), and we’ll be giving out a prize to celebrate the occasion– more on that below.

Development continues to pick up steam here at the Dropbox HQ, and our teams are busy working on features such as LAN P2P syncing, the iPhone app, and continual optimizations to the Dropbox client.  In terms of finished work, the last few months have resulted in huge improvements of Dropbox’s memory footprint (a reduction of 10+ MB in small Dropboxes and much more for larger Drobpoxes), the announcement of our 100GB plan and the release of the Linux CLI.

As for the stuff I’m most involved in, the web team is preparing to roll out a bunch of changes to make your navigation of the web interface much friendlier (and hopefully prettier).  This redesign is Dropbox’s most ambitious to date, and I’d just like to put a few of my mockups out here to test the waters a bit.

Dropbox Home
(click to view the full size)

As you can see here, we’ll be changing the top nav a bit and reducing/merging some of the items that are currently on your Dropbox homepage.  The idea is to allow users to arrive at a portal where they have immediate access to the actions they want to do without having to swim through a pile of fluff to get there.

The way you view your Dropbox on the web will be very similar to what you’ve grown accustomed to, but with a few changes:

Dropbox Files
(click to view the full size)

As you can see, we’ve introduced a folder tree to the left side of the file browser.  This will let you hop to the folders of your choice without having to press Back or ‘Up one level’ multiple times.  And, yes!  It will indeed be possible to perform actions on more than one file at once.  Heck, you can even drag 8 different files and folders at a time to the folder of your choice :)

Anyways, I should remind everyone that this is still definitely a work in progress so I’d be more than happy to hear any advice/critiques for my work.  Don’t be afraid to tell me what you’d like included in your Dropbox web experience.

To celebrate our 1 millionth user (and apologize for our long absence on the blog), we’d like to award 5 lifetime 50GB accounts to our users.  If you’re a paying user already, then this will just get added to your existing quota.  Just head to the giveaway thread in the Dropbox forums to enter.  Good luck, and thanks to everyone for bearing with us these past two years :).  We promise we’ll post more often!

PS– You can view the Mozy vs. Dropbox Rock Band battle here.

70 Comments to It’s alive!

Brian Potter
June 21, 2009

Great updates! Posting in the forum now.

Dirka
June 21, 2009

I am definitely excited that you guys are working on a website redesign but here is my input based on those mockups. The function of the site looks like it will be great, but from an atheistic viewpoint, I would love to see the website take more of an Apple interface look rather than a sterile PC looking interface.

Felix
June 21, 2009

Great work guys. Dropbox definetly became one of the most imporant tools that I rely on in everday business. Keep that frequency of introducing awesome new features.

othylmann
June 21, 2009

Thanks to our growing team I am really looking forward to the P2P Lan syncing. Syncing people over the Internet is starting to be a little bit of a bandwidth hog ;)

Chamyky
June 21, 2009

This is great! I personally love the interface and it grows better and better!

If I was to make a suggestion: all these checkboxes make the page look cluttered. You should only show a checkbox (or: all the checkboxes) if the mouse is above its corresponding item or if it's checked. This would add to the clarity and the estheticism without reducing the functionality.

Nice work anyway!

Shane
June 21, 2009

awesome, i've been waiting for the tree-structure online interface :) good job!

Citizento
June 21, 2009

“P2P Lan Syncing”

Great!

Waldemar Schott
June 21, 2009

The second screenshot looks nice.

But please add an additional row to select some files like “Select All”, “Select None”, “Select Deleted” like in Gmail.

To save some screen estate you could merge the top nav bar with the dropbox logo.

Are there any shortcuts like in Gmail? e.g. move (v), Delete (#)

hurley
June 21, 2009

What about the iPhone app guys?

kyteflyer
June 21, 2009

That redesign looks wonderful. I've found it, not difficult as such, but not as appealing I guess, in the past. This is going to be such an improvement!

RogueDarkJedi
June 21, 2009

I don't think the new design looks that great but w/e, I'll know it when I use it.

Dread Knight
June 21, 2009

Congrats for winning!

The new website design is a huge improvement, this is coming from a graphic designer / usability expert ;)

Looking forward to see it in action!

fuxter
June 21, 2009

i dream of this!

alex
June 21, 2009

Looks amazing guys, keep up the great work!

Adam
June 21, 2009

Looking sick! Can't wait to use it.

albzam
June 21, 2009

Looks great guys!! I would like to see the option to select which folder in my Dropbox get synced with a certain computer.

spacebear
June 21, 2009

Hey there,

great to hear that an update is in the making, and it's looking really great! Especially love the search feature, I was waiting a looong time for that :)

Let me make two minor suggestions though:

- The big icons on the home page are not too useful, at least not for me, because I don't need to take a tour of Dropbox every time I'm logging in :) Neither do I have to link a new computer too often. The ability to customize those icons would be awesome! Or alternatively one could specify a different tab as starting page – I, personally, use the “Files” tab by far most often :)

- The background blue maybe could be a tad bit lighter, it would bring slightly more “air” into the whole interface. At the moment it looks a little heavy at first glance.

Apart from those minor things, it's looking awesome! Really looking forward to it! Keep it up :)

All the best

Al

Ed
June 21, 2009

Glad to hear you're still working on lower memory footprint.

I'm using Dropbox to allow friends to update their own websites on my webserver. It's a great solution, since it provides history and a very easy interface for them. But on a cheap little virtual private server, Dropbox consumes more than half the system memory!

Ed
June 21, 2009

Glad to hear you're still working on lower memory footprint.

I'm using Dropbox to allow friends to update their own websites on my webserver. It's a great solution, since it provides history and a very easy interface for them. But on a cheap little virtual private server, Dropbox consumes more than half the system memory!

John iPhone
June 21, 2009

It's very disappointing that the team has not been able to deliver an iPhone app in so many months. SugarSync has now iPhone, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry

Keely
June 21, 2009

Yay for left-pane folder trees and search dialogue boxes. I like them!

hurley
June 21, 2009

Yeah, that's the only complain you can make to them

Justin Mason
June 21, 2009

'the release of the Linux CLI' — is there an official CLI-only client? that would be great!

John iPhone
June 22, 2009

Unfortunately I have another one that's bigger. I cannot sync and backup any folder(s) in my machine (and exclude sub-folders). It's too limiting for serious work usage.

Andreas Stokholm
June 22, 2009

The new design is so sweet

And that's got me in heat

I'm serious

And rather curious

Those 50 gigs

Got me shakin' ma' hips!

Matt
June 22, 2009

Yeah agree with spacebar about the homepage icons. I can't see myself needing any of these options very often so it would feel like a bit of an unecessary page. Agree that either being able to customize those links or set a different default starting page would be useful.

The rest looks great though.

Jean-Philippe Encausse
June 22, 2009

Hi !

Great to hear news outside the forum :)

And one more time thank you for this so great apps: Smart, Simple, Powerfull

What about folder filters sync ;-)

Eric Philpott
June 22, 2009

I'm going for the 50 GB lifetime. Hope I'm on the right thread, but here goes …

Some files were adrift in-between

Their writers' and editors' screens

It all came together

Like cold beer in warm weather

When Dropbox arrived on the scene

or here's another one:

There once was folder called Dropbox

Where nothing has ever gone lost

It works on-the-fly

As our docs multiply

(Wish I had one for tracking my socks)

and another:

Attachments to emails have their place

But working files need a shared space

So now, with Dropbox,

And tracking that rocks

Our workflow's now flowing with grace

Guest
June 22, 2009

I agree with Dirka.

macenzo
June 22, 2009

Even better use of dropbox.. Looks very promising.

I recently blogged about me being a drop box.. fan!

Looking forward to see the updates.

nelson_blaha
June 22, 2009

Don't forget Android! I love Dropbox, though, I'm not disappointed in it, especially since I can get to dropbox on the web interface on android. Still, a syncing app would be bad-ass.

Joao Filipe
June 24, 2009

Hey guys, nice work!

I personally love this web-tool and use it every single day.

I'm looking forward to seeing the iPhone app!!! =)

keep up the great work

Quinn
June 27, 2009

I am ecstatic to see a search feature on the left, at long last. Please, whatever you do, don't axe that!

arne
June 28, 2009

hi! great improovements! one thing i would love to see is a icon-view (so i can get a quick overview of different files mixed with images in one folder – without having the photos in a “album”)

thanks! keep on rocking

Derek
June 29, 2009

picture, files and mp3s

spread across virtual seas

the volume grows and grows

like water from a hose

50 gigs of Dropbox if you please

Joao Filipe
June 30, 2009

Hey guys,

Just passing by to praise you for the great work that has been done so far.

I'm pretty sure you must be already working on the an iPhone App so I'd like to tell us my point of view, as a daily user of the service. If you are thinking of a paid App you must consider that the costumers just don't want something useless like the other Apps in the App Store. Here are some tipps:

- upload from iPhone

As your business is online storage, how about the user to be able to upload fotos, musics and docs on-the-go? The more possibilities to upload, the more space one needs, the bigger the chances for one to upgrade for a paid account.

- offline documents

No App has it. You would be great to improve it, right?

Only my opinions dudes.

Keep up the great work.

Saul
July 3, 2009

I just wanted to say thank you. I have been using Dropbox for about two months now and don't know how I lived with out it. Keep up the great work!

originalp
July 6, 2009

So who won the 50GB account give away?

I am too anxiously waiting the iPhone app, hope it's free or at least reasonably priced and it's available to Free account users not just paid users (ala Remember the Milk, iPhone app free with paid subscription). Make it so that free users can purchase the app too!

The redesign is looking good but I have no complains on the site's design as it is right now so (to me) that can wait…!

Mark
July 8, 2009

I am ALL about the iPhone app IF it allows offline storage. Currently, I carry some documents on my phone with AirShare, but syncing is not possible. If I could sync files with my iPhone, I would DEFINITELY be willing to pay for an app. Please include that capability.

Tobias
July 13, 2009

I dont like the idea of a dashboard for dropbox. Why would I want a dashboard. There are some very important usecases like looking at my files or at my event-history. Those button on the new dashoard are much much less important usecases.

Please dont change it this way. I will have to klick one more time each time I visit the page.

pflynn
July 14, 2009

The first pic show the account as 24gb is that a sign of things to come!?! C'mon the demand is out there for a 25gb account! :D

Thomas
July 16, 2009

Eagerly waiting for the iphone app! This is great news!

Name
August 3, 2009

One thing I might do on your second mockup is include a search field above the file browser on the left of the second image. Always nice to have search nearby.

lukepuuk
August 18, 2009

I Don't agree. I think the Google cleanyness is perfect the kind of site dropbox is.

Lukepuukisajoke
August 18, 2009

“Google cleanyness”?

What a logo on a white background with a search box?

If you are meaning to say “simple and clean”, like an Apple product or the Apple website then we can agree. Google is not known for having the best design. I think it would be wiser from Dropbox to follow industry leaders.

Url Shortener
April 14, 2012

Always looking foward to new posts on here. Keep up the good work.

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