Dropbox has unveiled new tools to round out the firm's productivity suite and continue its challenge to the likes of Google and Microsoft.
The new features come under three categories: Simplify, Unify and Secure.
Simplify includes a Plus button to create new Microsoft Office documents on a mobile device and save them directly to Dropbox. Scanning directly into Dropbox has been enabled for iOS, and business users can search inside scans. Photo upload has been enhanced to add organisational functions to rival Google Photos.
From next month this will mean that Dropbox Basic users will need to have the Dropbox app installed on their PC to manage automated photo uploads properly.
The Unify category includes the ability to add comments to a highlighted piece of text in a file to save lots of messy revision emails flying about. The feature graduates from the Preview Programme.
Files and folders can now be shared using desktop context integration for Mac Finder and Windows Explorer without going via the web or email. Web previews have also been expanded to a wider range of formats, including CSV, audio and OpenOffice.
New features in the Security category see the arrival of version histories, previewable so you know before you restore that you have the right version. More granular sharing has been added, allowing workers to share single files with specific people who will need to log-in to view, and shared folders now have a view-only mode if you want people to look but not touch.
Speaking to V3, Dropbox product manager Matt Pan said: "We're building a modern collaboration platform that helps people, teams and businesses to be their most productive and creative.
"These new productivity tools are designed to provide simple solutions to the daily challenges of working together from different locations and across multiple projects.
"We continue to simplify the way people work, and today's news is another example of how we are making that happen."
Dropbox continues to expand its reach as major companies move away from Microsoft or Google in favour of the firm's productivity suite. It already has a strong working relationship with Microsoft, and recently removed XP support for its products.
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