Dropbox announced today several new productivity tools to "simplify, unify, and secure your work." The latest update aims to increase your workflow with several new improvements on the mobile app, including the ability to scan documents, create Microsoft Office documents and more. Here's a quick look at all the new mobile features listed on the official Dropbox blog.
Document Scanning - Users with a Dropbox Business account will be able to use their device's camera for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) scanning to convert whiteboards, receipts, sketches and more into searchable files.
Create Microsoft Office Documents - The iOS app now features a "new plus button to create Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files instantly from your mobile device."
Auto-Camera Uploads - Dropbox has removed the ability to auto-upload photos from your Camera Roll to your computer. Mobile users will now need to connect their device to a computer to "better access, organize, or remove your photos and avoid running out of space."
The desktop version now features the ability to comment on a specific part of a file and preview previous versions of a file. Dropbox has also simplified the process of sharing files in its desktop version, and it has added the ability give people view-only access to files.
Here's a list of support pages for all the new features:
- How to document scan from mobile app
- How to create and upload files with the plus button
- Camera Uploads Changes
- How to share folders and allow people to edit files
- How to view version history
- How to set view-only permissions for shared folder members
The Dropbox app is available for free on the Apple App Store. It supports all devices running iOS 8.0 or later. A Dropbox Pro account is required to access some features.