I'm hoping to shed some light on this.
This build includes a change to the Dropbox icon in the system tray to include the new logo and a new behavior. When everything's synced, you'll now see a solid Dropbox icon without a checkmark on both Windows and Linux. This behavior has already been in place on Mac.
We are hoping to have messaging within the app about this change once this is available in the stable build.
But what is the difference now between the start up icon (solid icon, no checkmark) while it is 'starting' and 'connecting' and the synced icon (also solid, with no checkmark) when everything is 'up to date'?
These 2/3 states are very different (and it quite often gets stuck on 'connecting') but the icon for them is visually identical?
It sureley defeats the whole object of that icon if you have to hover over it to find if if anything is wrong?!
When it is connecting or starting up the Dropbox icon will show as a faded color rather than the solid white or black color.
The new Dropbox tray icon states are documented here: https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/sync-icons
This build includes a change to the Dropbox icon in the system tray to include the new logo and a new behavior. When everything's synced, you'll now see a solid Dropbox icon without a checkmark on both Windows and Linux.
Yet the paused status still overlays the yellow "paused" icon on top of the faded DB icon; syncing status still overlays the animated blue "syncing" icon.
Why the aversion to simply having the green "synced" overlay still in place?
This is UI/UX design 101. Positive feedback to the user.
An absence of negative feedback -- e.g. not marginally fading an icon, or not overlaying a negative status icon -- is not equal to and is far less user-friendly than providing clear (particularly clearly color-coded) positive feedback.
This behavior has already been in place on Mac.
Indeed it is. And, as a user of both the Mac and Windows platforms, it's already similarly frustrating on the Mac. Not even a black/white checkmark any more.
This is literally just conceding to the lowest common denominator; there is no other compelling reason to make this change. OS X has been gradually sucking the color out of all kinds of critical UI elements, and it actively hampers the user experience. Apple is not a good example to follow in this regard.
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