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Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Helpful | Level 5

Hi there,

I have just discovered boxifier. Unfortunately, it is only for Windows and I am on Linux, but I am confused as to why the features offered by boxifier aren't simply native to dropbox?

Does dropbox have any plans to develop features that boxifier offers? It seems like a popular and useful idea that one would think dropbox (and its user base) would benefit from.

If anyone knows of a similar program/solution to boxifier on linux it would be great if you could reply to this discussion, thanks!

cheers

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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

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Hello @zephyr707. Thanks for opening a thread in Community about your question! 

Please specify the Boxifier features you are referring to, so I and the rest in Community can have an idea of what you need and offer alternatives. 

Thanks! 


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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Explorer | Level 3

I was just about to purchase the Boxifier Lifetime Plus plan when I noticed this was not Mac compatible!

I too wonder why its features are not simply included in Dropbox? Seem obvious.

Specifically the ability to sync files/folders/volumes from External Hard Drives. Without this ability, I have to start looking for an alternative to Dropbox.

I also tried contacting Boxifier via email and their Forum and never received a response.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this @Choreo & @zephyr707!

I won't be able to comment on a 3rd party app's functionality/features but I think I might know someone who'd be interested in pitching in here on this thread. 

Tagging @Razvan B. in case he'd like to jump in!

As per the additional functionality you're looking forward to through our desktop app, I'd suggest checking our 'Share an Idea' section as some similar-minded users might have already logged this as a feature requst and in case you can't find anything, create your own idea!

Let us know if you have any Dropbox questions; we'd be happy to follow up!



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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Collaborator | Level 9

Thank you for the tag, @Walter!

Hello @Choreo. Boxifier works on Windows for the moment, but a Mac version is in the works. The release of the Mac version has been delayed due to some remaining work needed to be done, but it is on the way. Feel free to contact me directly for any Boxifier questions: [email removed as per Community Guidelines]

Hello @zephyr707. The idea of Boxifier for Linux is something that we hadn't considered so far due to a lack of interest from users for such a solution. Could you please e-mail me at [email removed] so that we could discuss this further?

Thanks,
Razvan from Boxifier

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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @zephyr707,

You don't have to use any third party software for similar behaviour. Problem using native tools in Linux is FS limitations. Directory binding is virtual FS and don't fall in the Dropbox FS' "white list". Anyway, there are some workarounds (like this one here) and you can bind whatever directory you want (anywhere in your file space) to a "mirror" in Dropbox directory (the command "mount --bind <existing dir> <new place in Dropbox dir>"). Isn't what you want?

Hope this gives some direction/alternative.

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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Explorer | Level 4

I also use Boxifier.

I keep all my photos in a single folder on my desktop and whenever I add, delete or modify any of them Boxifier automatically updates them in Dropbox. If there is a way of doing this within Dropbox I would love to use it but have never found one.

Am I missing something?

 

 

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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

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@madmick. Nope. Currently you cannot do this the other way around. Dropbox can't sync to Boxifier. 


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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Explorer | Level 4

Hi Fiona,

 

Thanks but that isn ot really my problem. What I wanted to know is can I seamlessly sync my "camera images" file on my computer to my dropbox backup without using Boxifier?

Before installing Boxifier I had to manually update Dropbox every time I took new photos or altered existing ones and it was something I found frustratingly fiddly. For someone with my limited computer skills Dropbox minus Boxifier is unuseable.

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Re: Why isn't the feature set offered by boxifier native to dropbox?

Dropboxer
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Glad we are discussing this @madmick cause I now have a few questions. 

I understand you were using Boxifier and the Dropbox desktop app to back up. However I am not sure if you are referring to the Dropbox camera uploads feature when you say "camera images". 

Camera uploads can back up your pics automatically, directly from your Dropbox mobile app or your Dropbox desktop application. 

So my questions go as follows: 

  1. How exactly are you using Boxifier and Dropbox? Why don't you back up the images or folders directly to Dropbox? Have you tired that? 
  2. When you say camera images, are you referring to camera uploads? 

Thanks for helping me get a better understanding of the feedback you are providing. 

 


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