OneDrive for iOS receives its biggest update yet

Microsoft has just rolled out one of the biggest updates to its OneDrive app on iOS, fixing several of the issues it has received feedback on. The most notable of these is a new user interface update that changes the text style, reportedly making it less cluttered than previous versions. This change reportedly makes it easier to scan through several files or folders when looking for something specific.

In addition to this, Microsoft made it easier to take action on a specific file when you do find it, with the introduction of a new context menu. Instead of the usual 'tap and hold' method which was supposedly unclear, a new '...' button will appear next to each file, giving access to frequently used actions. Shared files are easier to spot as well, thanks to the update changing the look of key elements - including thumbnails, files, and folders.

For those who use the app to gain access to files while traveling, the update now allows you to open any file regardless of its location - be it OneDrive, or Sharepoint. Microsoft also updated the app so it can support previews for over 130 file types, including RAW, iWork files, DICOM, and 3D Objects.

Smaller changes include a new landscape orientation for users of the iPhone X, fixes to a search bug that affected some users, and PDF annotation support.

The full changelog is listed below:

  • We now use space more efficiently and have an uncluttered text style that makes it easier to scan across file names and notice essential information quicker. Before you had to tap and hold or open a file to take action on it. We heard feedback that this wasn't always clear, so we added a new context menu next to each item. Tap the "…" to get a clear look at what you can do to that file and the file's extension.
  • Shared files are now easier to spot, and we've made thumbnails larger and more detailed. The human eye is attuned to recognize familiar shapes and colors instantly. To take advantage of this, we modified the look of the files and folders in the list and tile views so it's easier to find what you're looking for.
  • You told us that the multi-column list view on iPad made it difficult to read file names, so we expanded each file to take up the entire row and added columns for the data you care about most. If you are coming from a PC or Mac, you will feel right at home.
  • Uploading a file to a folder and unsure if it's shared or not? You will now notice a shared icon in the navigation bar. Tap that icon to open the details page and see who has access.
  • Our command icons are larger and clearer! No more accidentally tapping the wrong command.
  • You can open any file or folder regardless whether it's in OneDrive or SharePoint.
  • Once you open those files, you can update them and quickly save them back to OneDrive.
  • Tag or favorite your files and folders regardless of where they live.
  • Want to move a file into a folder? Just drag it over. Want to copy a file into a SharePoint Site? Just drag it. Want to add an image stored in OneDrive to your email? You get it…
  • We support dragging and dropping files between tabs in the app on iPhone and iPad. On iPad, we take your productivity to the next level by supporting drag and drop to other apps.
  • More to come here, but let us know what you think so far!
  • Some of the formats we support now include: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, RAW, 3D objects, high-precision DICOM, TIFF files, iWork Files, Java/C/Swift and tons of other code formats, and many more.
  • Microsoft Flow allows you to create automated workflows between OneDrive and other services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data and more. You can turn repetitive tasks into multistep workflows. You can even make decisions in your workflow, like running an action only when specific conditions are met.
  • Landscape support and other various iPhone X UI fixes.
  • We fixed an annoying search bug, when you open a file from your search results and then tap back, you will still see your search results. Search away!
  • PDF annotation support for shared files or files stored in SharePoint – All PDFs are now equal regardless of where they live.
  • You can now easily share locked PDF files.
  • Fixed an issue where PDFs and Office files were rendering behind the navigation bar.
  • When you share files from your personal account, we will show you the type of link you are sharing above the share sheet.

The update is available to download right now on all supported iOS devices.

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