I work for attorneys who have been using Sharepoint rather than Dropbox to restrict viewing to a certain client. While Sharepoint has its own problems (i.e. sharing links or folders to users), they at least can completely restrict downloading or printing to pdf, which is a problem I have encountered with Dropbox. We have a business Dropbox account and would rather use Dropbox to share certain files to a client at the same time limiting their ability to download OR print to pdf. While they cannot download directly using the download button, if they hit the print button, they can then download or print to pdf. What is the point of having restricted viewing/downloading if all you have to do is hit the print button and "poof" you have download or printing abilities? It is very frustrating.
I had this exact query, but found that when I hit the print button at the bottom of the preview screen, though it did open the document in a new window, clicking the print icon/print feature would not proceed further.
HOWEVER... I was still able to save the file as a jpg image from the preview pane in Dropbox, even though downloads had been disabled, and then convert that into a pdf via the print function. It was fairly low resolution, but I could still use features in Adobe to bypass any other protections at this stage (edit text/images, convert to Word etc).
Me too and I’m just a little confused as to what’s the point of being able to prevent downloading a document if you can just hit the print button and save as a pdf… doesn’t make sense and it totally defeats the purpose!
@bmendoza0921 wrote: ... what’s the point of being able to prevent downloading a document if you can just hit the print button ...
You're preventing the download of the original file. There's nothing preventing someone from capturing the preview file they see in their browser. Whatever protections you think will work, there's a way around them. If you can see it in your browser, you can find a way to capture it.