Dropbox finally hits version 1.0

By on December 17, 2010, 12:52 PM
Dropbox has finally released version 1.0. The new version comes with hundreds of bug fixes, including invalid file names on Windows, weird Unicode normalizations, Word and Excel file locking, abnormal symlinks hierarchies, and case sensitive file systems on Mac. It also adds TrueCrypt support, a Rainbow Shell that offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, a new installation wizard, and reduces resource usage.

Here is a more complete rundown of the new features:

  • Huge performance enhancements: the client-side sync engine has been re-architected to optimize the response time, scale, and resource consumption. As a result, memory usage has been reduced by up to 50 percent. Big changes made to Dropbox are now more efficient and smaller changes remain quick.
  • Better user experience: the initial setup wizard has been redesigned to make it easier to get started using Dropbox. The Mac OS X version has been rewritten to only use Cocoa, bringing down the Mac download size by 20 percent.
  • Selective Sync: you now can choose which folders get downloaded to which computers, so you don't have to sync stuff you don't need.
  • Extended Attribute Sync: resource forks and other extended attributes are now supported. Resource forks are an area of a file that certain applications use to store important data, and that most sync programs today completely ignore, which results in a corrupted file on the other end.

"1.0 is a milestone for us, and with it we want to communicate our confidence that Dropbox is stable, high-quality software," a Dropbox spokesperson said in a statement. "The service has grown from a simple sync app to something that's changed the way lots of people work and communicate. But just because this version of Dropbox has a new number doesn't mean that we're anywhere close to finished. We have a long way to go before we realize our goal of making it easy for everyone to always have access to their stuff."

You can download Dropbox 1.0 directly for Windows, Mac, and Linux.





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lchu12 lchu12 said:

"Dropbox allows you to store up to 2 GB free of charge. Dropbox reserves the right to terminate Free Accounts at any time, with or without notice. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if a Free Account is inactive for ninety (90) days, then Dropbox may delete any or all of Your Files without providing additional notice. "

Gotta read the fine print...

Guest said:

Dude, it's FREE!

stop complaining

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Even if they terminated your account, you aren't having that data wiped off your local computer(s). You just couldn't get to it through a web browser anymore.

Guest said:

Linux download is still v 0.7.110 :-(

Guest said:

To get v 1.0 for Linux, follow the instructions here: http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=29000

Guest said:

So what does it do?

Guest said:

It'd be nice if they could update the iPhone/iPod version, still at 1.3.1. In my case some file folders simply fail to update.

Guest said:

At no time did this article explain what the program "dropbox" does. It's nice that it's reached 1.0 level.... but what the hell is it?

Guest said:

Where is TrueCrypt supported? The article says it but I can't find anything in the program or any other release notes.

Guest said:

Just stick to Ubuntu One

Guest said:

Gee, they didn't promise to maintain your FREE account for all eternity, without ever asking you for a penny. And they stated it right up front. The bastards!

Guest said:

i really do think that this software is the best thing anyone ever crate since the internet ....

Guest said:

Short version: it's a magic folder you install on multiple computers/smartphones/tablets; drop a file in one and it appears on all devices. Cloud based file sharing, simple as can be.

Guest said:

Here you have what it is for...!

http://www.techspot.com/downloads/4736-dropbox.html

Guest said:

dropbox looks like a bloated pos program. a 22mb exe plus various dlls just to ul/dl/sync files on some web account? piss poor programming at it's finest. but then again in a world of people who use vista/win7, the 2 most bloated crap oses i have ever seen, it makes sense no one would care. doesn't matter how much ram or hard drive space you have to throw at something, bad is bad on premise alone.

Guest said:

Wow, you're a barrel of laughs. It is a model of simplicity and reliability - cross platform, small and unobtrusive, it just works. And I can't live without it.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

dropbox looks like a bloated pos program. a 22mb exe plus various dlls just to ul/dl/sync files on some web account? piss poor programming at it's finest. but then again in a world of people who use vista/win7, the 2 most bloated crap oses i have ever seen, it makes sense no one would care. doesn't matter how much ram or hard drive space you have to throw at something, bad is bad on premise alone.

So I probably shouldn't mention that its 36.3MB installed on OS X?

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