Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Dropbox continued to develop its impressive presence on iOS after the iPhone and iPad app got an update that brings swipe-based actions and the ability to share multiple images.
The addition of swipe-based controls makes it even easier to share, favorite, move or delete files from a device. Swiping right on a file quickly brings up all four options, which, in the past, required a file to be opened first. The swipe system works for folders too, allowing users to share a folder-worth of docs easily from a mobile device.
Finally, a new share setting lets users highlight multiple images which can be passed on to others via the usual channels: namely email, text message, Facebook and Twitter.
Dropbox for iOS got a major facelift in December 2012, which also zoned in on the photo experience. A number of the regular updates churned out by the team have focused on enhancing multimedia, including improved video playback, better support for PDF documents while six more languages (including Russian and Chinese) were added.
The Dropbox app is pretty intuitive to use, and that’s important because it competes with a range of other rivals — some of which are larger — including Microsoft, Google, Box and now even Amazon. Given the increase in content viewing and interaction on devices — and tablets in particular — a quality mobile experience is essential.
Swipe-based controls are, of course, used in Mailbox, the uber-cool mail app that Dropbox acquired, which might have provided an inspiration.
Dropbox has more 100 million registered users. It expanded its presence overseas last December when it announced its first international office in Ireland.
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