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Please don't block me from generating a link for a file that hasn't finished uploading

Please don't block me from generating a link for a file that hasn't finished uploading

terra1983
Helpful | Level 7

A new "feature" has been implemented where if I drop a new file in a DB folder, and then go to click on "Copy Dropbox Link", it simply won't perform the task until the file has finished uploading. 

 

Apparently this is to "prevent 404 errors". The "error" page that comes up when you clicked on a link before it had finished uploading was actually a "Uh Oh! File hasn't finished uploading yet". This to me isn't an "error" page and shouldn't be treated as such. It's clear and communicates exactly what it needs to and doesn't warrant a restriction in functionality for the rest of the users.

 

The solution you've silently implemented has caused a monstrous delay in my daily workflow.

I work in a fast paced environment, generating new content every hour and sharing it with dozens of people in my team. The fact that I can simply drop files and right-click and "copy link" and THEN carry on with the rest of my tasks while keeping an eye out for the spinning icon in the tray and THEN send the copied link to my recipients, means that I am FLOWING.

When I have to do that dozens of times per hour, if you block me from generating a link as soon as I drop it in the DB folder, you're forcing me to having to RETURN back to DB a second time in the process. You've added a whole extra step, and it's absolutely killed my flow.

42 Comments
ashleyselett
New member | Level 2

Please fix this issue it is very needlessly time consuming for many of us!

spiresvideo
Helpful | Level 5

In past versions of Dropbox, it has been possible to copy a file into a Dropbox folder and, while it is uploading, right click and create a share link to prepare for sharing the file. In the current version (v125.4.3474), I am unable to create a share link until the file has completed uploading. Is this a bug or a feature that has been altered?

Jams personal
New member | Level 2

Yes..this annoys me as well.. being able to generate a link while something is still being uploaded is absolutely necessary! You have my vote times 100!

jakeviator
Helpful | Level 6

Same here. This is an absolute productivity killer for me. I'm often uploading large audio files and sending in an email to clients in countries that are still sleeping. Now I have to wait minutes/hours in order to send the e-mail. I can't go to bed, I can't move on to other projects, I have to sit and watch the upload now.

 

It WAS a BRILLIANT feature. The placeholder page was PERFECT. Make the client wait for the file to upload, NOT ME, DROPBOX'S CUSTOMER.

 

Why would they remove this feature? What goal does it accomplish? How does this make the product better?

 

Can't get a straight answer from ANYONE. The fact that they killed this feature is an absolute disgrace. And the absolute know-nothings in tech support are telling me I've made up the functionality and that it never existed. What a joke.

 

I want this feature back. There's seemingly no reason to get rid of it. To somehow save on the cost of showing a placeholder page?!? WHY?! YOU ARE LITERALLY RUINING TIME I COULD BE SPENDING WITH MY FAMILY.

jakeviator
Helpful | Level 6

They've apparently messed with it and it's ruining my business.

 

PLEASE REINSTATE THIS FEATURE DROPBOX. IT WASN'T HURTING ANYONE.

terra1983
Helpful | Level 7

Yup, it's a new update they actually purposefully implemented. Not a mistake believe it or not.

Please share your thoughts and upvote here if you think this is a terrible idea: Please don't block me from generating a link for a file that hasn't finished uploading 

WillGood
Helpful | Level 6

Please bring this feature back!! As a filmmaker sending files of the day and night it's absolutely key to not have to wait up for a file to finish uploading

JasonM2
Helpful | Level 5

PLEASE BRING THIS FEATURE BACK!!!!!!!!!!
I now have to sit and wait for large files to upload before I send a link...it was so nice and easy before. I have no idea why crippling/taking away features from paid users was considered a good idea.
Next time I have to sit and wait, I think I will start blogging about how dropbox is crippling its service.

svervs
Helpful | Level 6

What a bummer! This was one of the most handy things in Dropbox.

We need this back!

NOCU
Explorer | Level 4

Definitely agree! A BIG miss too!

I'm used to create and shoot links of big audiofiles to my customers within different timezones when they just got rendered out. Now i need to wait till they're sync before i'm able to create a link. It really clutters my workflow. And there is already too little time in a day. 

Instead of rendering out, create link, send link, unsync project, go to the next.
i need to: render out and..... wait..... cant' do anything else or i forget to create and drop the link (it already happened that i forgot to send the link, only to find a message the next morning if i went to bed early? it's about deadlines dear people of dropbox) ... thus... WAIT!?

Waiting for something that worked before is a step back. This makes no sense.


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