Agreed, this "feature" is irritating as is the automatic settings change where the DropBox folder now opens in the desktop app instead of a Mac OS X Finder window. A preference change allows that setting to be restored to the previous state however this change is made without permission. What made DropBox so attractive for consistent use was how tightly integrated it was with Mac OS X. The modification to "immerse" the end user in the DropBox experience is jarring and inturupts established workflows. This feature would be much more approachable as an opt-in GUI experience.
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