Dropbox recently updated the interface on Windows and while the update looks nicer on the surface, the software is much less usable. There are two major issues.....
TEAM ACTIVITY/MY ACTIVITY
The first problem is with the new split views. Previously one could see a list of all files that were recently added/changed in a single view. The new update breaks this history into two distinct views that creates a nightmare for quickly seeing what's been happening recently. I now have to manually go back and forth between the two views to piece together a history of the recent activity on the file. Yes, I could use Version History, but now I'm taking the extra step using the web browser to see a full history (with options to revert) when all I want is a quick recent history. This is a pretty serious breakdown in workflow.
How to fix this
There are two simple ways to fix this issue: 1) Add a third view for "All Activity" (in addition to the My Activity and Team Activity views) that shows all file changes like Dropbox used to show prior to the latest update. 2) Show my activity as a part of the Team Activity view - after all, I am a part of the team of people accessing the files.
The second issue is the new default action for double-clicking on a file is to open the file. Previously it was to open the folder. Files I use are seldom worked on in isolation. I may need open several related files at the same time, and the extra step of having to click the 3 dots (or right clicking) and then navigating the context menu, just to open the folder has gotten tedious pretty quickly.
How to fix this
There are three simple fixes to this issue: 1) Allow users to set a default action for double-clicking. 2) Add a folder shortcut icon next to the favorite, share, and link icons. 3) Let uses to choose which shortcut icons to show (I would replace the link icon, as I don't believe I've EVER used that Dropbox feature until just now, while preparing this message).
Perhaps you could suggest allowing users in Preferences to CHANGE THINGS BACK to as they were before Dropbox dropped another unwanted change on us.
If Dropbox continues with forced updates then it's the very least the 'team' can do.
Thank you for moving it back. I can see the options, but they are grayed out (I'm not able to select them.)
I noticed that after my large file synced, I had run out of space on Dropbox and the options were still grayed out, so it may be that the 3 dot options are disabled due to a full account, and not due to syncing a large file.
Either way, the disabled menu options don't make sense and appear to be a bug.
Now that this thread is back in a this forum, I can post screenshots. (Couldn't do that after you moved it last time.) I'll try to post a screenshot if it happens again.
I'm having the grayed out options problem again that I mentioned earlier. This time I can post screenshots.....
Here you can see only Open and Open with are available:
Here you can see I have plenty of space:
Here you can see there are no sync issues:
And here you can (sort of see) the Up to Date hover:
My thoughts exactly on the default action for recent files - I have zero interest in opening a file from this menu, I want access to the file's location on disk... there's a good chance it's open already, if it was recently changed.
If you're going to make arbitrary changes to 'improve' the user experience, as you percieve it, then at least let long time users maintain their existing workflows, via a preference. I don't want to be right clicking every time I want to reveal a file.
The app's developing a bad case of featureitis recently. You keep adding features we don't need, and upping storage limits we already weren't hitting, to justify upping the price, when I'm sure you have stats that indicate a vast majority of users are nowhere near the 1TB limit - so the marginal cost to Dropbox of the 'added value' is approximately zero.
Also, having the app default to My Activity sort of defeats the purpose of a team based program? I'll look at it, take a second to realize I'm not seeing the full list of changes, then click Team Activity. Is there an option to change the default?
Honestly prefer the previous format, it was much more sleek and functional.
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