Dropbox iOS 7 update: AirDrop, video uploads, full-screen iPad viewer and more

By , Nov 21, 2013

Dropbox 3.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Dropbox 3.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

The popular cloud-storage startup Dropbox recently teased an image that gave us a glimpse into its iOS 7 makeover and we were pretty ecstatic about the new look. The good news is, the app is now live on the App Store – and it looks even better than we were hoping for!

Dropbox 3.0, now available for download on the iPhone and iPad, is a major redesign that feels right at home in iOS 7 because it honors Apple’s guidelines.

It’s not just the looks – Dropbox packs in some interesting and much welcomed new features like an improved PDF viewer, wireless AirDrop sharing (finally!) on iOS 7 devices, enhanced exporting and video importing, speed improvements and more.

As a bonus, full-screen viewer for photos and files is now but a tap away. Do give me a favor and jump past the fold to check out release notes and some really nice iPhone and iPad screenies…

First things first, here’s the new app icon.

Dropbox 3.0 for iOS (app icon, small)

Cool, yes? No?

And what about the new passcode screen?

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I’m loving it so much more than the old one!

Here’s the image upload process.

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And file deletion.

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Speaking of files, Dropbox 3.0 now honors the system-wide left-to-right swiping to go up a level in your Dropbox folder hierarchy. Unfortunately, it would appear that today’s update pulled the very appreciated Require Immediately setting for passcodes.

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That’s such a shame, really!

If you’re anything like me, chances are you multitask a lot, switching between Dropbox and other iOS apps at least a few dozen times a day. Setting the Require Immediately switch to OFF in the previous version meant Dropbox wouldn’t put up the passcode screen when switching apps for a very short time.

Now that it’s gone, I have to punch in my passcode every. single. time. – even if I need to switch to, say, Safari for only a few seconds. That’s a bummer in my book.

On a more brighter note, the new Dropbox takes advantage of Background App Refresh, a new iOS 7 feature which permits an app to refresh its content in the background, even if it’s not active.

This allows for a much better Camera Upload experience, as you could imagine.

Here, your changelog.

• Beautiful new design for iOS 7
• Streamlined iPad experience: just tap on your files and photos to toggle fullscreen
• Improved sharing and exporting makes it easier than ever to send files to your favorite apps
• AirDrop support lets you send links and files in a snap
• Seamlessly save videos to your library
• Speed! Faster launch, photo loading, and video playback
• Vanquished our most common crashes
• Fixed bug that caused HTML to render as text
• Oodles of PDF viewing updates

Some additional iPhone screeenshots…

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Some people will probably loath so much white space.

I, for one, happen to love the simplified look because it’s so easy on the eyes. The navigation bars and icons along the top and bottom are now markedly less obtrusive, for example.

If I’m in a file manager that syncs my precious files with the cloud, the last thing I need is a cluttered interface distracting me from the task at hand, and my content. Folder and file icons have been redesigned to match the new look as well, resulting in far easier navigation and file management.

Here’s what Dropbox 3.0 looks like on the iPad.

Dropbox 3.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

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Dropbox 3.0 is available free in the App Store.

The download weighs in at 19.7MB, but keep in mind that iOS 7.0 or later is required.

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  • Keabsy

    Finally! Whatsapp’s left :)

    • Cameron Chao

      always the last.

  • Johann Medina

    Wow finally! and new features are very welcome! I use dropbox every day for work/home and this update “puts a smile on my face” :)

  • Héctor Viveros

    I’m having some issues with some .xlsx. Some of them up just show for 2 seconds and then this appears.

    • Rob

      I’m having the same problem. It’ll read xls fine but not xlsx. Did you find a fix?

      • Héctor Viveros

        I just reinstalled the app. That worked for me.

      • Rob

        I tried that and it still gives me problems on my iPad mini. Not sure why.

  • chumawumba

    Beautiful enough to make a grown man cry.

    • thetomthebomb

      Lololololol

  • Question

    Finally could save videos!!!

    • javi amat

      can you save videos ONLY? not photos

  • diggitydang

    Requires location services to use camera upload??? Really???

    • Sean Clark

      It’s so the NSA can use backdoor server access to monitor where you take pictures of your food.

      • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

        The NSA jokes really are worn out.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        If you think they’re jokes then you are being naive…

    • Sleaka J

      Mine doesn’t. Dropbox doesn’t appear on my list for Location Services and it’s disabled for the Camera app.

  • chumawumba

    Looks alot like the upcoming Keynote Remote icon.

  • Maxim∑

    goodbye iOS 6 almost… 1 more app to go whatsapp

  • Floridian

    These iOS 7 updates for Dropbox and Whatsapp are pure garbage. I’ve seen much MUCH better concept designs bu some artists on the net.

  • omrishtam

    DAT ICON

  • abdullah575

    you can downgrade from ios7 to ios 6.1.3/6.1.4 if you hate ios 7 hurry up!!!

    • Ted Forbes

      6.1.3/4 now why would i want to do that?

  • http://www.parafriv.net/ Para Friv

    Interestingly, a new step. Beautiful enough to make a grown man cry.

  • Ted Forbes

    I got a lot of free space from Dropbox and don’t have to worry about monthly payments for cloud service, I had it long before iCloud.

    I don’t depend on iCloud for much Dropbox suits my purpose just fine. What I don’t like is Apple don’t allow for much integration of contents to Dropbox. Apple needs to fix this they need to allow for all content integration to Dropbox.

    As soon as they do this they will get a little more love and a few more billions.

  • Rod

    I can’t figure out how to hide the file list to make it full screen. Is that lost in the new upgrade?

    • MikeY

      I had the exact same question. Naturally the answer is so obvious that I am almost embarrassed to admit my troubles:

      1) tap on a file list that can be [and is] previewed
      2) tap anywhere on the previewed file.

      That’s it! (Lol! I was trying swipes, holding down, double-taps, pinches, searches, double-taps, everything except for a simple/single tap!)

      I’m sure every experienced user does this unconsciously-including the developers. Have they considered allowing a left-swipe to hide it, or a button? At a minimum I think adding this to the “getting started” PDF would help.

      Derp!
      MikeY

      • Rod

        Thanks, Mike. I accidentally discovered it myself. Too, easy,, but like you I was swiping and pinching, ect.
        I agree, it should be noted somewhere!

        Rod

      • Mathemagician

        OMFG So easy, so much double tapping, trying to gesture away the bar, zooming in … THANK YOU.

      • romain

        Spent days looking for this answer… Thank you!

  • Jan Klapetzky

    I’m disappointed with the wide file viewing panel that takes up 40% of the screen on my ipad mini. It makes reading long pdfs a pain on these old eyes. I’ve seen posts on the Dropbox forums on this but no replies. Please let me know if you have a solution.