Dropbox – the superb online backup and file sync/sharing service – has updated its iPhone app to support the iPad as well.
It’s very good to see this app provide full iPad support. I use this app every day on my MacBook and it’s a pleasure to use, largely because it absolutely ‘just works’ with very near zero effort on my part – basically just throw stuff in its bucket and know that it is synced and backed up and sweet.
If you already had the Dropbox iPhone app on your iPad, as I did, then you should see an update available for it in the App Store. This update (which came out last night I think) adds iPad support. It’s a ‘universal binary’ app now, so there is not a separate iPad version.
I’ve tried the app out a little today, and it strikes me as roughly the same as the iPhone version. The only new feature I’ve spotted so far, courtesy of the iPad’s slightly enhanced file sharing capabilities, is the ability to export documents out of Dropbox into other third party apps.
So … if you have a document type in Dropbox that is supported by another app on your iPad, you can choose to open it with that other app. For instance, I have GoodReader installed on the iPad, so if I want I can choose to use GoodReader to open PDF docs held in Dropbox. Quite a nice addition – though again, this is an iPad feature, not one specific to Dropbox.
One weakness in this new feature that I noticed in quickly trying out the app, is one playback of movie files. My impression is that .mov files should be supported by the iPad’s built-in Videos app – so Dropbox should offer an option to open .mov files with that app. That option does not appear for me though – and Dropbox itself is not handling these well for me either. It failed to open and show an 80MB file after upwards of three minutes.
Adding images to your Dropbox via the iPad app is very quick – the uploads go super fast and the file appears nearly instantly in the Dropbox folder on the desktop. Unfortunately, you cannot select multiple files at once.
Any Dropbox users here? If so, what do you think of this new iPad version?