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Re: The Photos page is changing...

The Photos page is changing...

Darren S.1
Collaborator | Level 10
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I've just seen the banner that says "The Photos page is changing on 30 June 2017 but your pictures will stay safe in your Dropbox account. Learn more". The gist is that they are removing the final remants of the Carousel functionality - which makes me wonder what the point was in purchasing it in the first place:

"After that date, you’ll no longer be able to create or share albums on the web, or browse photos in the current timeline view. However, all your photos will remain safe in your Dropbox account."

Even funnier, it says:

"Creating a better photos experience

We’re continuing to work on new photos and file experiences on dropbox.com. As we learn more about how our users prefer to work with photos, we’ll launch improvements to the experience."

With these changes there will be no photos experience that is any different to normal files. If they remove camera uploads, that would be the last straw for me and I'll be moving to a different service.

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Rich
Super User II
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You're welcome, Simone.

This is one of those cases where we're in the same position as you. We're waiting for more information from Dropbox on this one. We know that they're watching the thread and are taking into account all of your comments, but that's it. We don't know when they'll make another reply.

cdysthe
Collaborator | Level 9
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It would be very helpful if there were a way to test the new interface in advance so users have time to find another solution if it doesn't work for them. I'm not sure how to pull that off, but I work for a company with high traffic sites. We always get to test new functionaliy in a before it goes live. 

JedDinger
Helpful | Level 6
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Great idea. I've beta-tested for Windows before and would be happy to participate in a beta-testing community for Dropbox. Soliciting members of this forum would be a natural fit for the folks at Dropbox. 

 

 

cdysthe
Collaborator | Level 9
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I would be surprised if Dropbox hasn't been doing user studies on this before they decided on such a drastic change. If they didn't, they really should. I would be willing to beta test this as well as long as nothing changes permanently with my data.

paulinaluck94
Explorer | Level 3
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divinetomedy
Helpful | Level 6
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Thanks Drakhar. Pretty depressing, but, I think you're right.

runerat
New member | Level 2
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The annoucement is super confusing. It would help if Dropbox  would release beta design page or a quick vidoe to give the users an idea of what exactly is changing. 

Drakhar
Helpful | Level 6
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@runerat wrote:

The annoucement is super confusing. It would help if Dropbox  would release beta design page or a quick vidoe to give the users an idea of what exactly is changing. 


You can easily check it right now.

Log in to Dropbox via web browser.

1. Go to Files menu.

2. Create new folder in Dropbox.

3. Copy / Upload some photos to that folder.

4. Enter into that folder

5. And that's it! You can see and list photos in that folder as list or grid.

 

DO NOT use Photos menu to check you newly uploaded photos, that will be gone in June.

You can look at your photos same as you would any other file (no timeline, just folder browsing)

 

From what I gather they are going to treat Photos as any other file you have.

Rich
Super User II
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Drakhar wrote:

You can easily check it right now.

Log in to Dropbox via web browser.

1. Go to Files menu.

2. Create new folder in Dropbox.

3. Copy / Upload some photos to that folder.

4. Enter into that folder

5. And that's it! You can see and list photos in that folder as list or grid.

 

DO NOT use Photos menu to check you newly uploaded photos, that will be gone in June.

You can look at your photos same as you would any other file (no timeline, just folder browsing)

 

From what I gather they are going to treat Photos as any other file you have.


Not gone, but changed. From the announcement:

 

... the Photos page timeline will be updated to have a new look and feel.

So while the steps you listed are accurate to browse photos within your folders, the Photos page will still exist in some form. I believe that's what @runerat was referring to.

Charles L.5
Helpful | Level 7
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So Dropbox's Help Page now explains what the "speed scroller" is.  It's the scroll bar on the right side of the Photo Page that enables you to zip back through time to a particular date, and dispays the date as you scroll.  This will no longer be available.

 

It's always a mystery when a company rolls out a new version that is less robust than the last.  The speed scroller is an incredibly useful tool, not just for photos, but one could use it for any type of file.

 

The fact that such useful functionality, already built, is being deleted, together with the double-speak Dropbox is using in announcing and discussing this change, reinforces my suspicion that there is a licensing/patent issue lurking behind this change.  They're acting a lot like Nancy Pelosi, "You'll just have to wait to see what's changed."  Ominous.

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