Dropbox releases Smart Sync for business users; brings Paper out of beta

By : |January 31, 2017 0

Cloud file syncing and sharing software company Dropbox has announced the launch of Smart Sync, its tool that allows users to access files stored online in Dropbox accounts on a desktop without synchronising them.

Introduced last year as “Project Infinite, the service lets businesses share and access files without needing to have massive ones stored on their desktop. All of the files and folders kept in Dropbox storage will be viewable in the OS X Finder or Windows File Explorer, though the files will not be present locally until the user clicks the icon to open it.

CIOL Dropbox releases Smart Sync for business users; brings Paper out of beta

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“Everything users need for whole team or company is right from the desktop system,” group product manager Genevieve Sheehan said. “Users have a tonne of information, all of which they don’t need to keep on their device but need to have access into all of it. They can quickly get wherever they need without having to bounce across to web apps, it’s all where they expect it to be. This gives teams simplified teamwork more power, and less overhead,” Sheehan added.

Smart Sync saves users from killing local storage capacity and bandwidth by keeping as many of the Dropbox files on the company’s servers and only downloading the files they need.

Meanwhile, the company also finally brings Paper note taking app out of beta. The project software, on the lines of Google Docs, lets teams work on multiple shared documents, editing and passing notes to each other to refine ideas and files into a final form.

“The thing that Dropbox Paper does well is that it really supports modern workflows really well. We re-imagined the experience from the bottom up. We wanted to make sure it works not just from creation to views, but beyond that. We want it to support all phases of the creative process,” said Kavitha Radhakrishnan, Group Product Manager at Dropbox.

Dropbox will soon be adding offline support to the Paper mobile apps, and a Paper Project feature for managing documents is also expected in the near future.

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