Dropbox adds web based link sharing to stored files

Dropbox has announced a new way for users of its cloud-based file storage service to share their files with others. The company announced today that its subscribers can now send their friends a simple web link to show off their pictures, videos and documents without the need for their friends to download any of those files.

This new feature will be helpful for businesses who might want to share some presentations or documents with others who don't have a Dropbox account and don't want them to actually edit those presentations. It can also be used for more personal activities such as showing off vacation pictures to friends quickly or sending a link of a home video to someone without the person on the other end having to download that video.

Dropbox still allows its users the option to allow friends or business workers to download or directly share any of their stored files.  In its announcement, the company states:

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.


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brent3000 said,
Drop box trying to play catch up now it seems...

The only way they can do that is to either increase free storage or rethink their ridiculous prices.

FINALLY! It's hard to force your friends to register for Dropbox especially if you only want to share a few files on temporary projects

I noticed this change briefly when sharing a public link to a PDF on the iOS app. The URL shortener used to point directly to the file, but instead it brought up this web-based PDF previewer. (which doesn't make a lot of sense if you're sharing a link to another person on a mobile device)

OK, so summarized...

Before: Users can share links to individual files in their public folder, either from the web or via the desktop integration. "Copy public link".

Now: Users can share links to individual files OR folders. And they don't have to be in the public folder. Actually, folders in the public folder can NOT have these links created for them, and files in the public folder only have the old-style "copy public link" method. Strange but true. I just checked.

Northgrove said,

Now: Users can share links to individual files OR folders. And they don't have to be in the public folder. Actually, folders in the public folder can NOT have these links created for them, and files in the public folder only have the old-style "copy public link" method. Strange but true. I just checked.

Sounds like SkyDrive...

brent3000 said,

Sounds like SkyDrive...

Except the part where the SkyDrive Windows app doesn't do that at all. What are you even talking about?

FoxieFoxie said,
Can neowin compare skydrive vs icloud vs google?

Why, you can do your own comparison if you look at the latest features...

It goes like this: Skydrive Good, iCloud Ok but limitied, DropBox limited in size and features and Google -Run because Google is reading all your content.