Dropbox is currently testing a feature that will allow desktop users to place shortcuts to files rather than sync them locally. Remember Nextbit Robin? The new feature, known as Project Infinite, is a lot like that, essentially making cloud-based files on demand.
The new initiative is meant to save storage space, especially on laptops with a finite amount of room. Here’s how the new feature is described, per Dropbox:
Project Infinite will enable users to seamlessly and securely access all their Dropbox files from the desktop, regardless of how much space they have available on their hard drives. Everything in the company’s Dropbox that you’re given access to, whether it’s stored locally or in the cloud, will show up in Dropbox on your desktop.
The service says that files synced locally will display the familiar green checkmark, while everything that’s synced in the cloud will feature a cloud icon. It’s a nice way to see everything that’s available in a particular Dropbox account without the files crushing storage space on your laptop.
Project Infinite is currently being tested by select customers, with no word on when the feature will be available on a wider basis.