Dropbox, the cloud-based storage and sharing solution, is previewing a new feature called Project Infinite that will let users see all the files they have stored on the service and directly access them from the desktop as if they were stored locally.
“Everything in the company’s Dropbox that you’re given access to, whether it’s stored locally or in the cloud, will show up in Dropbox on your desktop. If it’s synced locally, you’ll see the familiar green checkmark, while everything else will have a new cloud icon,” Dropbox product manager Genevieve Sheehan wrote in a blog post.
Project Infinite will let users manage their cloud files inside the Mac OS X Finder or Windows File Explorer in the same way they would any locally-stored file. When you click on one, Dropbox will automatically download and open the file as if it was on your computer's drive, and any changes will be synced back to the cloud.
Obviously, you won’t be able to access Dropbox files in this way if you’re offline, but adding them to your drive is just a matter of selecting the ‘save local copy’ option so it can be viewed when there’s no internet connection.
Not having to navigate Dropbox’s cumbersome web interface to access cloud-based content will definitely be a plus. Right now, Project Infinite is being tested with a “select number of sponsor customers.” Unfortunately, there’s no information on when it will launch or pricing, and the company didn’t say if it will be available to consumers or restricted to business customers.