Dropbox is getting some notable updates today for both the mobile apps and desktop that bring a number of new productivity tools and features to the service. It’s also changing its mobile camera uploads feature for basic users to require they have the desktop app installed or a paid Pro account.
Among the new features with today’s update, mobile app users get a document scanning function to upload images of paper documents and the ability to create Microsoft Office documents. Other new features bring enhancements for both mobile and desktop Dropbox users.
Scan documents in Dropbox: With document scanning, you can now use the Dropbox mobile app to capture and organize scans from whiteboards, receipts, and sketches, so your ideas are right at your fingertips. Dropbox Business users can even search inside the scans…
Create Microsoft Office docs on mobile: If your idea is better suited to an Office doc than a napkin, you can click the new plus button to create Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files instantly from your mobile device. They’ll be saved to your Dropbox automatically…
Dropbox is also changing how its camera uploads feature works today, which isn’t exactly a feature enhancement. You’ll now be required to install the Dropbox desktop application to continue using the camera uploads feature on mobile if you have a free, Basic account. Otherwise you can upgrade to Dropbox Pro or just forget the feature ever existed.
Dropbox says it’s making the change because Basic users keep running out of space and having the desktop app will allow them to manage the photos and transfer when necessary to clear space:
Why is camera uploads changing? When you automatically upload all your photos to Dropbox, your Basic account can quickly run out of space. By connecting a computer to your account, you can easily transfer photos and organize them on a computer so you don’t run out of space in your Dropbox.
It’s also probably not a bad way to encourage upgrades to its paid Pro plans and installations of its desktop offerings.
Mac users also get sharing improvements today with the ability to share a file or folder directly from the Finder with a right-click. And users can now add comments to a specific part of a file.
Lastly, a new Version History feature will allow users to view and restore older versions of files if necessary, and users will also notice some improvements for sharing controls:
Share with more control: Sometimes you just need to work with a select group of collaborators. Our simple, yet powerful new sharing features give you more control. Now you can share a single file with specific people, who will need to log in to see it. And with view-only access for shared folders, now available for all users, you can also let people follow along.
The updates for Dropbox, including the iOS app, will rollout today.