Coming soon to your Dropbox: Document previews and easier sharing

Posted by Ramesh Balakrishnan and Yi Wei on January 30, 2013

You know what’s lame? Waiting. Traffic makes us wonder why we didn’t just walk, and waiting in lines is only slightly more fun than watching grass grow. Slightly.

We know you agree. You’ve got places to go and people to see. But most importantly, you’ve got gumption — you’re the kind of person that takes initiative and uses Dropbox to organize, share, and bring all your stuff anywhere. Nice.

That’s why we want to let you cut in line and try out two unreleased goods on Dropbox that’ll help you do even more with all that stuff.

Previews on the web
Have you ever been away from your computer and needed to check out a specific doc in your Dropbox? Instead of having to wait and download the whole thing, you’ll soon be able to grab a preview straight from your browser. This’ll work for your docs, code snippets, and presentations.

Sign up for early access to file previews.

Easier sharing for photos and videos
Until now, you could only share one photo at a time, or you had to create a shared folder and copy pictures into it. Soon you’ll be able to quickly choose collections of pictures to share with friends and family. This makes it easy to create albums for your favorite events, or categorize your collection of kitten photos.

Sign up for early access to albums. 

See? Good things aren’t only for people who wait. Now that you’ve signed up for both of these features, you can gloat to your friends that you’re ahead of the curve — a trendsetter, even. Sure, you might only have a few weeks of that satisfaction, but it sure beats waiting…

43 Comments to Coming soon to your Dropbox: Document previews and easier sharing

Chris Jones
January 31, 2013

Can’t wait!..

January 31, 2013

Now with the preview option you will be the best cloud storage service by far!!! Thank you Dropbox team!

January 31, 2013

Looks great!!!

Amiran Toronjadze
January 31, 2013

Most needed features after “Camera uploads”!

Ignacio Alonso
January 31, 2013

You are awesome! Already signed for the preview! Keep up the good work!

January 31, 2013

Excited to be on the front end!

Chanukya Krishna Chama
January 31, 2013

@Amiran Toronjadze: You may be interested to use dropbox along with to have more features after previewing

January 31, 2013

well well well

January 31, 2013

It would be good to be able to change the sort order of files within a directory – for example to Create Date, or Upload Date and File Size.

Manuel Di Geronimo
January 31, 2013


February 1, 2013

Me guuuuuuusta!

Hacks & Cracks
February 1, 2013


February 1, 2013


February 1, 2013

It’s nice to see even more useful features added up. However i can’t understand with this photo-album-ish thing. As i understand i’m able to use it on my computer although i haven’t requested (before this post) any request of beta access..? Anyhow, hope to get that documents preview feature asap!

February 1, 2013

Hope it will be finally possible to sort photos by their taken date (exif) and not by “something” completely unrelated to photos like its now…

February 1, 2013


February 2, 2013

DropBox is already the BEST

February 4, 2013

I really wish one can edit text files right from the dropbox website. E.g. if I’m using other’s computer and he has dropbox signed in, I don’t want to log out and log in mine, since it is most likely to be a quick edit.

February 5, 2013


Keith Davis
February 5, 2013

All looking good.
Store all my website backups on dropbox now – should have done it long ago.
Looking forward to new features.

February 5, 2013

In re photo viewer: looks like you read my mind. I have all my photos in Picasa currently, which I like, but I would also like the flexibility of working directly with folders outside of an interface.

February 5, 2013

I said by far!!!!!!!!!Of course Dropbox is the best!!!

Elia Malmsten
February 6, 2013

Love it! Will dropbox ever support tag based folders? I hate having to have copies of files.

February 7, 2013


Telefonia ip
February 8, 2013

Great. Perfect for travellers.

February 8, 2013

Great. Perfect for travellers.

John Herring
February 10, 2013

Fantastic Dropbox! Thank you.

קבוצת ההובלות
February 10, 2013

great! i just love dropbox man!

February 12, 2013

awesome thanks!!!!! dropbox is great for uni…..very helpful when doing group work!

February 15, 2013

Snapjoy integration I see

Brian Sanderson
February 18, 2013

Very good news indeed. Hopefully this is turned on soon.

February 20, 2013

I’ve been using the previews for a few days now, and I’m afraid that I don’t like it. I know what my documents are – I generally don’t need a preview. What I want is to open them in the fewest possible clicks and the shortest possible time. Could I suggest a preview icon alongside the document, so that you can view the document preview if you want to? Apart from this, I am a huge fan of Dropbox. It has revolutionised my life as a teacher.

February 21, 2013

I really loved this update. I can now check pdfs and my code easily without having to download. VERY helpful when I am on a friends PC or using the library PCs at university. Would really be cool if we could edit text files in the browser too. Thanks dropbox! I continue to recommend dropbox to everyone I know.

February 21, 2013

Great, but could you make an admin feature so other people can just view things instead of being able to delete, change and add thing etc.

February 25, 2013

I turned on album and found not mine photos, wtf?

February 26, 2013

I really hope we can also preview Pages, Numbers and Keynote someday soon!

February 27, 2013

how do I permanently delete photos to free up space…I have tried everything and when I right click on the item and it has a spot to click so I click on it but the icon won’t work??? Please help!

Jiwan Tamang
March 3, 2013

very good….

Wishinfo Web Development
March 3, 2013

Great services.. I really enjoying this services. Thanks a lot

March 4, 2013

It is :D

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