Instant web updates!

Posted by Danny Weinberg on August 17, 2012
Dropbox, Website / 44 Comments

We just released some new magic on the Dropbox website. Now when you make a change to a file on your computer or phone, the Dropbox website instantly updates to reflect those changes. You no longer have to hit refresh as you wait for your friend to share those super-important files or worry about getting out of sync. The latest files just automatically appear on your page. After all, every second counts!

Check it out for yourself: open up in two browser windows and try renaming, adding, or removing a file in one place—the change will appear immediately in the other! (If you accidentally make a change, you can always undo it)

Share your stuff with a link!

Posted by Jon Ying on April 23, 2012
Dropbox, Sharing, Website / 1,665 Comments

We’re super excited to announce a whole new way to share: now you can send a link to the files or folders in your Dropbox!

Sharing with friends and family is easy! Once you’ve saved that video of your niece’s birthday party to Dropbox, just make a link to send to grandma and she can simply watch online — no download required. This saves you the hassle of having to re-upload or attach it to an email.

Anyone with the link gets access to a snazzy page where they can view (but not edit) your stuff. Our gallery pages give your photos, videos, and even docs the gorgeous, full-browser view they deserve. This means that people who follow your link can see pictures, look at presentations, and watch home videos without having to download and open them separately.

But just in case a friend wants to save that picture or PDF for later, they can choose to either download it or save it straight to their Dropbox.

Here are some great ways to use this new instant sharing feature:

  • Families can send vacation photos and videos just moments after getting home.
  • Companies with Dropbox for Teams can send presentations to clients who might not use Dropbox, and share materials with employees on their first day.
  • Teachers can quickly distribute problem sets and exams through links, and students can save them to their own Dropbox with a click.


How it works:
We’ve made it easy to share your stuff from the web, your computer, or mobile device:




Don’t know when to use links instead of shared folders? Here’s our advice: if multiple people need to edit the same set of stuff, a shared folder is best. If not, then links are the way to go! Linking is much faster, and it’s also the best way to make your content shine on the web.

Check out our links page to learn more.

We’ve have been refining this feature in beta since last year, and now that we’re ready to roll it out to everyone, we’d like to thank all the Dropbox for Teams users who shared their feedback. And a special shout-out to our friends on the Dropbox forums. We have lots more on the way, so stay tuned!

A fresh new Dropbox on the web

Posted by Trevor Berg on March 08, 2012
Dropbox, Website / 864 Comments

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been quietly rolling out a major redesign of the Dropbox website. Today we turned it up to 11, and anyone who signs into will see a simpler, more powerful, and more beautiful web experience. Here’s what we came up with:


A focus on the stuff you care about

One of our main goals was to slim down and focus on the star of the page: your stuff. We’ve put all the tools you need at your fingertips, but only when you need them.

The new action bar at the top of the screen does it all. Think of it as a multi-tool that adjusts to your needs. You can use it to sort your files by name, date, size, and type. Or, if you select a file or folder, the bar will change to let you perform a variety of actions on your selection.

A new right-click menu includes these actions as well.


Better photos experience

We know how much Dropbox users love their photos and videos, but until now it’s been too hard to view your images on the website. We’ve built in a simple and gorgeous photo viewer that lets you use your entire screen to view your pictures or videos.

We’ve also added thumbnails for image and video files (Photoshop and Illustrator too!) so you can get a preview of your stuff without needing to open or download it. This way, you’ll always know what IMG5083.JPG or final2.PSD actually looks like, and which video to share with grandma.


Faster, happier, more productive

It’s way faster and easier to get stuff done using the new site. Our new drag-and-drop makes moving stuff as easy as on your desktop. We’ve also replaced the checkboxes on the page with better multiple file selection (click-dragging works!). And for all you power users out there, we’ve added keyboard shortcuts to make mouseless browsing a breeze — just hit ‘?’ for a full list.

We’ve also leveled up Dropbox search. Not only does it live right in the file browser, but it also instantly fetches results as you type!

This is only the first step — you can expect a lot more cool stuff in the next few months, so stay tuned!

New web goodies

Posted by Jon Ying on November 12, 2009
Website / 376 Comments

Hey everyone!

The web team rolled out a few sweet changes yesterday that I’d like to share with you:

First, we greatly improved our web uploader. We’ll be the first to admit that it was a little janky in the past, but I’m pretty sure that you’ll now find that it’s a lot easier to use and understand. In addition to a few design tweaks, this new uploader also provides a bit more insight into transfers.

Second, we added a calendar feature to the recent events feed so it’s easy for you to hop around to a specific date rather than needing to spam-click ‘Next’ over and over again to get to the date you’re looking for (Speaking of which, you can also now set a dd/mm/yy date format if you’d like via the account page). More importantly, we added the ability to view entire changes on your feed. You no longer have to scratch your head when you see “… and 8300 other files”!

Lastly, the biggest announcement this week is the launch of our new feature request center, Votebox. While it’s true that the team reads every single forum post and email for feature requests, we often found it hard to keep all this input organized. That’s why we launched Votebox, which is a way for you to be involved in Dropbox’s development. Using Votebox is easy. All you need is a Dropbox account. You can vote for ideas that get posted on Votebox, or post your own ideas and allow people to vote on those. Go ahead, give Votebox a try.

How It’s Made: The Dropbox Web

Posted by Jon Ying on September 10, 2009
News, Website / 37 Comments

Hey all,

Ding! leveled up!

Some new features:
- Prettier! (we hope?)
- Multi-select on file browser
- True bulk operations (with progress bar for large file operations)
- The ability to download zip files of arbitrary sets of files/folders
- Search on the file browser
- Significant improvements to navigation
- GMail style keyboard shortcuts (!)
- Mobile optimized version of the site (for non iphone users)
- Countless UI/usability improvements
- New Getting Started tab (check it out for a surprise!)

So ever since they’ve come out, I’ve always been a huge fan of the How It’s Made videos. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious how the featured object is made but it’s always pretty cool to see what goes on behind the scenes (How else would you know that treadmills were originally made for farm animals?) Anyway, we may be too lazy to provide you a video of how our brand spankin’ new redesign and other web projects are made, but maybe a description will suffice.

Those of you who have been with us since our prehistoric days know how much the page has evolved over time– updating the site is always a work in progress. Like the previous designs, the impetus for this one came pretty spontaneously. I was sitting at my computer and thought ‘this site’s kinda… ugly.’ This is usually what spawns the next step in the process:

Once I’ve ID’d a problem, I take a YPOJ (yellow pad of justice) and camp out on the office couch for several hours making sketches of what I envision the upcoming design to look like. Once I’m happy with several candidates, a few of us (Arash, Trevor, the other Jon, and myself) sit down and discuss whether or not it’ll work. Each of these designs get dumped into photoshop and the resulting .psds are prototypes for the final design.

Then begins the months long process of iterating. This is where Trevor Berg begins his magic and turns the .psds from the previous step into an actual usable website. This is housed on his machine and viewable to everyone within the Dropbox office.

The web team has a shared folder and within it is a notorious text file called ‘THE LIST.txt‘, which has every complaint and nitpick about the project in development (we’ve recently started moving these lists to Etherpad, which is an awesome app by the way). These range anywhere from big changes (the Getting Started tab was initially a complaint) to really, really tiny ones (move this word down 1 pixel). Trevor whittles this list down (the total number of items sometimes span several hundred) until all of us are happy with the design and usability.

Final Product
The result is what you see on Nearly every page and design goes through the process listed above, and we like to think that it’s served us well for the past year.

Let us know your thoughts on the redesign!

It’s alive!

Posted by Jon Ying on June 20, 2009
Misc, News, Website / 70 Comments

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 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.

Web makeover!

Posted by Jon Ying on December 12, 2008
News, Website / 114 Comments

Greetings Dropbox citizens!

Did you open up today to find something new and shiny?  After several weeks of hard work, the web team is proud to unveil the redesigned Dropbox web interface.

A few things you’ll notice:

  1. Bulk operations (finally)!  Moving/deleting folders is now possible!
  2. Navigation is now on the top rather than the left.
  3. Information/actions are now displayed in small sideboxes on the right
  4. Font changes! (lucida grande on mac, lucida sans unicode for windows)
  5. Expanded footer
  6. The FAQ is gone and has been replaced by a comprehensive help center
  7. RSS feed for recent events!
  8. While ‘Files’ is still accessible, the default view is the home page.  To those of you worrying that the feed takes up too much space, we’ll be addressing this in the near future.
  9. ‘Upload’ has also been integrated into the filebrowser
  10. More information for file revisions
  11. Much more!

More changes are on their way too, so sit tight.

So, how does it look?  What do you like?  What don’t you like?  Let us know!