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Dropbox announces awesome new update for iOS and desktop

by Jacob Kleinman | June 23, 2016June 23, 2016 2:00 pm PDT

Dropbox is rolling out a bunch of new features to offer a better experience on iOS devices and desktop computers. The update includes a built-in scanning feature, improved sharing options and more.

On iOS, the biggest improvement is probably scanning. Once the update hits, you’ll be able to use the app to snap a photo of text and Dropbox will automatically format it for you and store it online. It also promises to organize your scans into categories like Whiteboards, Receipts and Sketches. If you have Dropbox Business, you’ll even be able to search through the text of each scanned document.

Dropbox’s iPhone app is also adding a special plus button that lets you instantly create a new file by launching Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Those files will save back to your Dropbox automatically once you’re done.

On desktop, Dropbox is adding new tools to manage your saved photos. It’s also easier to share files over the service from your computer. Just right click on any file or folder in Mac Finder or Windows Explorer and then click Share to Dropbox. Other improvements include the option to comment on a specific part of a file by highlighting it and the ability to preview prior versions of a file before restoring them.

It’s a pretty big update that should keep Dropbox fans from abandoning the service. The company says the new features will roll out in the next day or so, with an equivalent Android update coming eventually.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...