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Add file stubs/placeholders so you can see your files but they don't take space on your computer.

Add file stubs/placeholders so you can see your files but they don't take space on your computer.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I'm considering upgrading my Dropbox but I'm a bit concerned with my ability to sync selective folders. I understand the selective sync feature and this is great since my laptop hard drive cannot hold all the items I would store in Dropbox. But when I select NOT to download a folder to my laptop, that folder disappears from my Dropbox folder in my Finder window. I know it is available via the website but I don't interact with Dropbox via the website. I really enjoy and need to be able to work through the Finder. Is it possible for placeholder icons for folder or documents to be placed in the sync folder so I can at least see an index and have a reference for what is stored in my Dropbox account? Then, if I click on an item it can be downloaded. I tested this with my free account and certain files/folders simply disappeared. This doesn't work at all for my needs as it forces me to use the website. The whole point of my choosing Dropbox was due to the sync folder. Please consider adding this feature to selective sync so the desktop client shows undownloaded items. If I'm forced to use the website, then other services become better options.

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Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hi there,

Sorry for the late response - are you still having issues?

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

This post was basically a feature request. So, yes technically I'm still having the problem. I guess I'm simply looking for a way to use my Dropbox account as a external drive since my laptop has limited space. I function via the sync'd folder in my Finder window so it would be great if I could use that to manage and navigate files that aren't actually stored locally on my laptop (just stored on Dropbox). The whole point of my using Dropbox is for a central storage location. But if I were to pay for 1TB of Dropbox storage, that would mean I need 1TB of disk space to use the folder sync feature. Kinda defeats the purpose. So, I've held off upgrading and just use the free version for my small file needs. I realize I can access files via the website but that is waaaay too cumbersome. I need Finder access for non-local files for it to be useful. A great example of this is the new Photos app on iCloud. I have a full index of pictures I can manage and reference and only download the full version if needed. Wow! If I could have that functionality for files I'd upgrade to Dropbox in a heartbeat and ditch my hard drive. Again, not a problem (unless I'm missing something here) just a feature request and suggestion for how to get an upgrade out of me (and perhaps lots of others)

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Long time Dropbox user & supporter, great software.

I was thinking this would be a great feature to add to selective sync. You can currently choose to sync, or not sync, certain folders but how about a third option, file stubs.
Many of us store a lot of data in Dropbox, often more than a typical laptop or desktop can store (e.g. my laptop has 500GB SSD and its not enough). File stubs would take up minimal space but still allow you to still see all the files in Dropbox, if you open a file stub then Dropbox would download a local copy of the file and start sync'ing it.

In the Dropbox selective sync dialog you could choose to sync, not sync, or file stub a folder. This would be a similar feature to the Dropbox mobile client's Favourite files

MC

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Another enhancement idea

In Settings -> Account -> Space you can see how your space is consumed.
It would be useful to be able to see space used by folder so you can drill down to see what areas are consuming the most space e.g. large files etc... Perhaps a pie graph where you can click on a pie section to go down to the next level of folders

MC

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Eeeeeexactly. What we want is finder integration like the iOS app with non-local files showing up too with the option to download them. The way iTunes match works. Or Photos app works.
Why hasn't dropbox or someone else written an app that does this?
All it has to to is be a native app from which you can view your dropbox and download as and when you want.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Try expandrive for the time being

Helpful | Level 5

Hi.
I have a feature request that I would find really useful!
If I have selective sync on, I still want to see what folders and files I have in my Dropbox. Perhaps it could be an option that made me see all the files and folders, but with a symbol or grayed out that meant that it's not synced because of the selective sync options! Maybe a double-click could start a download?

/Niklas

Super User II
Super User II

That would need the OS developers to release the appropriate API's for it to happen. Unfortunately at present they havent so you cant :(

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

It would definitely be useful to have it like Microsoft's OneDrive has it:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/onedrive-online-available-offline

So it is possible )

Super User II
Super User II

Remember who owns OneDrive though Pieter..... Microsoft.

 

As I said Microsoft would have to release the API's to others.... they dont. 

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