Moving right along

Posted by Jon Ying on April 22, 2010

Hey everyone,

We’ve moved! After two years of working in our first office, it was finally time to move into a place that could better fit the 22 people we’ve added since then :).

Here are a few pictures of our old shack (we were clearly in need of breathing room).

and now, our new crib! Awwww yeeah.

We’ll be sure to post more pics once our furniture gets in!

Speaking of adding new people, we’d like to welcome Tom Meyer (dedicated Android developer), Dan Wheeler (multi-team handyman) and Tom Hoover (client team member) to the Dropbox team as full-timers!

Our office isn’t the only thing that’s moved at Dropbox– we have a smorgasbord of features that are currently rapidly moving forward in development:

As many of you forum-goers probably know, selective sync is the hottest topic on Dropbox’s horizon, and we’re almost ready to show it to you all. Selective sync gives you the ability to choose which folders in your Dropbox get sync’d to which computers. This would, for example, let you choose to not sync your giant music library down to your netbook’s tiny hard drive. (By the way, do any of you have a better name for ‘selective sync’?)

Our mobile apps are also getting close to the finish line. I’ll probably be beaten to death if I give out any more details or info, so just take my word for it when I say that both apps are very awesome, and that you’ll be very happy with what the mobile team has thrown together.

That aside, there are a few more features under the radar that are guaranteed to make May a ridiculous month ;)

Hope you’re all having a wonderful spring/autumn!

142 Comments to Moving right along

April 22, 2010

What about partial sync? I think selective sync already is good, it is a nice rememberable name :)

April 22, 2010

Not exactly sexy, but prefer 'custom sync' to 'selective sync'

April 22, 2010

Better than selective sync:

cel-sync (cel-ective, ahaha)
SELective (in any diction you prefer)
iSync (just kidding)
joysync (derived from choice, somehow at least)

Hope you get your webby, I like your service a lot…

April 22, 2010

'selective sync' is very clear; I like that.

Paul Turnbull
April 22, 2010

Stick with Selective Sync. It tells you exactly what the feature does.

April 22, 2010

Just voted for you guys, happy to announce that you are leading the pack with 48% of the votes in first place.

I like the name as it is. But may be syncchoice, syncchooz, chuzsync, zlectsync.

April 22, 2010

Congratulations guys and thanks so much for creating such a revolutionary and easy to use service that helps me keep my life organized!!

April 22, 2010

Agreed, Selective Sync is perfect. It tells people exactly what the feature does.

April 22, 2010

Try Pick Sync. Short and descriptive, what more could you want?

Pierre H
April 23, 2010

Selective Sync is what 'many' (referring to dropbox_downfall) have been dreaming about! You can`t just change the name after months of waiting for it :P

PS : Who is N.N…:)

April 23, 2010

Who plays the guitar? :)

Eric Sausse
April 23, 2010

why not MySync instead of selective sync?

Eric Sausse
April 23, 2010

and just done voting. Good luck (even if it's just a matter of talent!)

April 23, 2010

Windows Mobile please! :D

Paul Eby
April 23, 2010

I also agree. Selective Sync sound perfect the way it is! :)

April 23, 2010

i SO can't wait to have an official dropbox android app!

Marco Monteiro
April 23, 2010

love it! it's nice that u guys are growing up like that…

April 23, 2010

I'd say go with 'PickSync'.

Gabe Taviano
April 23, 2010

Keep up the great work!

April 23, 2010

I have to agree with the consensus here. Selective Sync sounds good.

April 23, 2010


April 23, 2010


Jake G
April 23, 2010

oh man!! i wish all those boxes used to unpack were blue :(

Adam Evers
April 23, 2010

PUMPED! Freakin love dropbox with a passion that burns deep within my soul. It has saved by ass multiple times.

April 23, 2010

Selective Sync is good, concise, descriptive name. No need for fancy monikers for features :)

Joshua Curtiss
April 23, 2010

Where do things stand on the matter of Mac resource forks working right with Dropbox? Been bit by that one, and I use almost all Macs..

April 23, 2010

Really excited for the iPad app

Adam Z
April 23, 2010

How about a WebOS app?

Stephen J. Weber
April 23, 2010

New office looks good. As for a name for selective sync, how about InteliSync, short for intelligent sync?

Go Gators
April 23, 2010

I am glad you hired a full time android developer. GJ guys.

Alessandro Mingione
April 23, 2010

Racist sync? :D

April 23, 2010

How about PO Box or Mailbox or Choose Your box?

Love drop box. I am a very big fan.

April 23, 2010

Great, i can't wait for Selective Sync! :D

i think names fine as it is…on alternate suggestions though:


April 23, 2010

Resource forks do work with the latest Beta, 0.8.32.

Though, there's no guaranteeing that that feature will work when the next stable release comes out. Which is a possibility as 0.8.32 does not have selective sync.

April 23, 2010

Keep up the great work!

I second Al’s SelectSync.

April 23, 2010


April 23, 2010

Boxy Box Box

April 23, 2010

+1 for keeping Selective Sync

April 23, 2010

for the love of god, dont choose any of the horrendous suggestions here. selective sync is fine and after you read these suggestions you will feel a lot better about going with it.

April 23, 2010

hope these are not serious names

Joe Hambro
April 23, 2010

What exactly is intelligent about this feature? Is it choosing your sync? Its selective, flexible, maybe flex sync

Michael A.
April 23, 2010

Selective sync (which sounds great, yay for alliteration) is just what I need to share certain folders between home and work; this means I will be able to get rid of my separate work account which I created just to share a folder with.

There are some good name suggestions here already but I don't think any of them beat Selective Sync. I like “Pick Sync” and “Sync Choice”, or maybe something involving the word “zone,” as in, “only certain zones of my Dropbox sync with my computer at work.”

April 23, 2010


April 23, 2010

how about smartSync

April 23, 2010

Call the sync whatever you want. I'm waiting for the Android app. Does this make Tom Meyer our new hero?

Helder Marques
April 23, 2010

selective sync is clear, mates

Android app, iPhone app, Ipad app… hey, I have a Windows Mobile 6!!! Should I kill myself? Or trhow it off the window right now, perhaps! :P

Great jobs, guys, thank you all
All the best for the team

John V
April 23, 2010

Selective Sync is great. Maybe Selective Folder Sync if you want to be really concise. But it's great…KISS principle always good! Good work guys!

April 23, 2010

PickBox or SyncBox.

I also second SelectSync.

April 23, 2010

So when is a blackberry app coming out for Dropbox?? That would be awesome !!

April 23, 2010

Great to see the company grow! I'm looking forward to the Android version of Dropbox.

Joseph Black
April 23, 2010

Since we're talking about software and not washing machines, I'd steer away from cheesy names TurboBoost or SuperDry to describe a simple feature.

Selective Sync is good

April 23, 2010

synclastic. It's a real word too, check if you don't believe me ;-)

SyncElastic might work better to reflect the flexibility though, or “idiosyncrasy” which fits as it means “behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual”.

I'll swap any of the above for a tshirt kplzthx ;-)


Mark Baars
April 23, 2010

Selective Sync sounds good, and how about calling folders that are synchronized “hot folders”, and folder that aren't synchronized “cold folders” ? Maybe a symbol can show what kind of folder we're dealing with… Just an idea…

April 23, 2010

SlipSync, boxed, sidesync,

April 23, 2010

One other idea: Sync Filter

April 23, 2010

I think “Selective Sync” is a perfect name for it. That's just what it is, nothing more, nothing less. SelectSync would also be a great name and a bit shorter. Go with one of those….

Arthur Sabintsev
April 23, 2010

+1 for Selective Sync!

April 23, 2010

Another variation would be 'Select Sync' or 'SelectSync'

Fredrik Hed
April 23, 2010

Target Sync or TargetedSync

April 23, 2010

SyncBox and PickBox are good. What about DropSync?

April 23, 2010

Yes, Selective Sync is ready for prime time. Other needies, ANDROID APP. I have been crying about it for over a year (… You guys have to know that android is coming like a freight train as you finally have a developer for it, although I am happy for this. Right now I have to use a clone called droidbox, which actually works nicely. Maybe you guys should just buy them out and make continuous improvements on it. I also suggested a dropbox app for facebook over a year ago (see:… It would be sweet if you guys integrated facebook connect so I could share files with friends on facebook, it would also probably make your user base sky rocket. You should also get the web interface working with HTML 5 file API so I can just drag and drop files from my desktop into the web interface.

Keep up the good work guys, a high five for having a linux client for over a year now!

April 23, 2010

Pick n' Sync :P

Lonnie Vanderslice
April 23, 2010

selective sync = slynk

April 23, 2010

Just keep “Selective Sync”. Like it somehow

April 23, 2010

Just keep “Selective Sync”.. Sounds good

April 23, 2010


Thats all i have thats not already posted…

SelectiveSync is fine btw :)

April 23, 2010

Congratulations! I'm looking patiently at you from my Android phone! :)

April 23, 2010

What do you do with these marshall equipments ? :-D

I want them in my office to play loud after a hard working day m/

Trinae Ross
April 24, 2010

So officially “off the record” are you saying that we'll be able to sync individual folders without having to have one master drop? And this wonderful and long-awaited feature is going to hit within the next few weeks? Oh, and of course mult-platform syncing will continue to work as as always?

Scott Rouse
April 24, 2010

I like DropSync.

April 24, 2010

Dropbox rocks, my android can't wait.

April 24, 2010

Discriminate Syncronize
Dual MODE Syncronize
MultiPLE Syncronyze
Flexible Syncronize
Featured Syncronize

April 24, 2010

I personally prefer Selective Sync, but I guess you could call it something like SmartSync or just make it Advanced Options…

Jos A
April 24, 2010

Call it “Sync Blox”

Jos A
April 24, 2010

Or just Syncblox or Dropblox

Vikas SN
April 24, 2010

Yay! Selective Sync is finally coming!

But I am still waiting for an Symbian Dropbox App!

April 24, 2010

Any plans to make a Symbian version?

April 24, 2010

Ideas scraped from the barrell:
- ChooSync because you choose what you sync
- AmazSync

Personally Selective Sync or Select Sync work well, or Drop Sync because it fits with your name.

Jake P
April 24, 2010

I immediately understood what you meant by selective sync. This is exactly what I need in combination with a larger Dropbox account.

April 24, 2010

You really wished that you had a Dropbox for physical stuff when you moved, didn't you?

April 25, 2010

Has to be SelectiveSync. And, soon, please, and, thank you!

Lisandro Grassini
April 25, 2010

Congrats guys!…
What about “Smart Sync” ?

April 25, 2010

Excellent news.

Selective Sync works for me.

Enjoy your new offices.

Military Figures
April 26, 2010

+1 for Selective Sync.

Probably you cannot select folders outside the MyDropbox folder. You can only select what NOT to sync…

April 26, 2010

IF YOU LIKE LONG NAMEs i think sync at your time if you like short names selective sync is fine. IM SEVEN7 YEARS OLD

April 26, 2010


April 26, 2010

Selective Sync is great!!, name it wherever you want but I need it!!!!!!

April 27, 2010

Syncopath (like psychopath) … Maybe good for an internal code-name like “Selective Sync powered by the Syncopath Engine v0.7.011.” :)

yes, it's me
April 27, 2010

better name for ’selective sync’?



April 27, 2010

Marketing/Branding 101: Call it what it is. “Selective Synch” I knew exactly what it meant without even reading the description. 'Nuff said. Drop on… :)

April 27, 2010

I totally can't wait for your “under the radar” features! Every little improvement get's me so excited!

Enjoy your office. How about the name “Sync to”

Tyler P.
April 28, 2010

Well you guys aren't called SyncBox… Why not:

Selective Drop
Dropbox Select
Drop Chooser

Tyler P.
April 28, 2010

So move your whole computer into My Dropbox and deselect everything you don't want.

April 28, 2010

I just heard about this from a friend of mine and now I'm a Drop Box junkie. I've been trying to get all my friends hooked on it. This is an awesome product you guys have come out with. I really like the simplicity. Congrats on the new building and good luck with the biznis.

Darren Chan
April 29, 2010

Selective Sync is fine, as others suggested, the SelectSync variant is even better. I was just thinking about KitchenSync (too bad the domain is already being squatted). I guess KitchenSync would be for the default syncing, perhaps offshoots of that could be used for the Selective Sync feature?

Would love to see a WinMo app. One of the reasons why I've been using Live Mesh for so long.

April 29, 2010

What about SyncSelect ?

April 30, 2010

+1 for dropsync
…to stay in reach of the main brandname ;-)

May 1, 2010

selective sync is OK
slynk is better

how about:

any name starting with 'i' or 'my' should be avoided

May 2, 2010

dropbox saves me everyday from backup problems. Now I dont have to worry about that at all. thanks a lot. I hope you guys grow exponentially in the coming days.

May 3, 2010

“Selective Sync” is a very “usable” name IMO. It doesn't need any translation or leaps of analysis or creativity to understand exactly what it means in the context of Dropbox's universe. When you click on the term you know exactly what you want and where you're going to end up. Just with those two words, you understand that you'll be able to “select” what you're “syncing” and because we're talking dropbox, the obvious assumption is that it means that things stay on the server but you can choose which machines each folder or subfolder goes to. At least that's how quickly I understood it!

Robert Kock
May 5, 2010

We love dropbox and are looking forward to the new feature(s). Keep going!

May 6, 2010


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May 6, 2010

Love DropBox… Been looking for something like this for a long time and I have always been disappointing by other services… until NOW! Great job and can't wait to see the new features. Btw, don't overthink the naming thing, Selective Sync sounds great and best describes exactly what the feature does.

Keep up the good work.

May 7, 2010


May 10, 2010

Folder Subscriptions.

May 11, 2010

Suggestion for name: JumpSync
(Jumps “over”..)

Let me say I've just migrated from Live Mesh to Dropbox. I've used Live Mesh for a long time since 1st Beta relase but believe MS has missed the boat on this one, the ship is now at sea and Dropbox made the crossing!!!

I do have ONLY 1 feature though that Live Mesh have that could make Dropbox the killer APP… Peer-to-Peer Synch!
Let me explain: Having 1TB of music and movies I share between my 3 devices at home I do not require all this to be in the cloud, 1st because of not wanting to synch this across restricted bandwidth and secondly due to the time. So I used the Live Mesh Peer-to-Peer feature to do this for me, keeping picture, movie and music libraries in synch and copies on the 3 devices acts as backup. Thus no need to traverse the Internet etc. I Understand LAN synch is similar but not the same as this still requires an original on the “Cloud” side of Dropbox. Enabling the folder to only synch local LAN side and no synch across the Internet will kill the competition!

Finally, iPhone and iPad APP ROCKS!!!

May 12, 2010

Syncho de Mando

May 12, 2010

sorry, double-posted by mistake – love the software, guys

May 15, 2010

Please use my referral. You will have 250Mo extra.

May 16, 2010

You don't have to be like Apple dumbing everything down with their 'magical' etc. Selective sync sounds good.

May 18, 2010

My vote goes to

“Not the kitchen sync”

Short and snappy!

Oh, OK… back to my hole….

Andres Urena
May 22, 2010

Name for new dropbox service: “Creative Sync” because it melts with what dropbox its all about, beeing creative on how you manage syncing files for multiple purposes…

June 3, 2010

1 – Folder Sync
2 – Multi-Magic Pocket Sync ;)

June 6, 2010

Smart Sync

June 8, 2010

Pinpoint Sync

Simon Guo
June 9, 2010


Alberto Rodriguez
June 10, 2010

Nice Place!!

So this is the team that bring us this amazing app…

Let me take this oportunity to let you propose me as a translator for spanish of the Dropbox. I've seen way too many people pass on your amazing product since it is not translated to spanish. And I really (really) like to help you on this.

Just let me know.

Webmaster / IT Ninja

June 14, 2010

This is great news.
+1 for Selective Sync. Most of the alternative suggestions are, quite honestly, terrible. Like to the point where I am losing faith in the human race.

June 24, 2010

Nice place, good luck.

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November 23, 2010

How about slync?

November 29, 2010

no way please, smart always sounds funny

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January 8, 2011

wow great office
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