Dropbox for iOS gets better support for PDFs and push notifications for shared folders

Dropbox for iOS gets better support for PDFs and push notifications for shared folders

Cloud storage service Dropbox has continued to increase the functionality of its iOS app after it introduced improved support for PDFs. The update improves the experience of viewing multiple pages with the addition of a Cover Flow-like layout to index them.

In a subtle change the PDF viewer now has a button in the top right which, when clicked, lays out all PDF pages on one screen. The page viewer is also better presented, making the job of viewing PDF documents less cumbersome — but we still prefer almost any other file type when given the choice.


Dropbox 2.1 — first spotted by @appsfire — brings a couple of other updates, including push notifications for when another user shares a file with you, and the ability to sort files by date modified. These two new features are likely to be most appreciated by those that use the service — which has more than 100 million registered users — for work-related activity.

The additions follow a raft of changes that Dropbox has made to its mobile apps in recent times. The service got a fresh layout and more emphasis on photos with its 2.0 version, which launched in December, and it made photos easier to share with anyone — even non-Dropbox users — last month.

The company has also stepped up its acquisition activity, picking up photo specialist Snapjoy and music streaming service Audiogalaxy, the latter of which is particularly interesting. Dropbox continues to encourage developers to jump aboard its platform, earlier this month it launched its ‘Sync API’ to offer an easier way to integrate its service with iOS and Android apps.

While Dropbox is one of the sexiest names in the cloud storage space, it is coming under pressure from newly launched Mega, Google Drive, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Box and others. Indeed, Box recently began giving new users 50 GB of free storage for life, that’s equal to what Kim Dotcom’s Mega offers. By comparison, Dropbox currently offers users 2 GB for free, with a possible upgrade to 5 GB based on incentivized activity.

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