Dropbox, the greatest concept in the history of having to move a large amount of content from one computer to another, got a much-needed and long-awaited update last week, one that’s in line with the shift driven by Google’s Material Design. Like most other apps that are jumping on board with Material Design, this one is no exception and it’s another really, really good thing.

Right off the bat, there are some changes on the beauty side of things. Luckily, these little facelifts don’t do anything to take away from the functionality, although die-hard users might find they have to rethink their habits a little bit. For example, the menu is gone and there are no tabs at the top. You’ll find these things in neatly tucked away slide out menus. All the pertinent info is still there, you just don’t have to stare at it every time you open Dropbox. To give you an idea of it, it feels very new-Skype to me, and since that particular update didn’t take long to adapt to, Dropbox users will probably only need a time or two to get used to the changes.


Preview capabilities seem to be the update-of-the-day lately, and this one falls in line. Once images are uploaded, the update now allows a handful of manipulations within the preview frame, meaning you don’t have to save the content to your hard drive in order to make changes, then reupload it. While not every file type is supported for this type of preview tool, most of the major ones are. Of course, professionals who use certain industry-specific file types–such as .eps files, .psd, vector graphics .svg and .ai files–will be able to view these files from the illustrator program thanks to the update.

Of course, no file storing and sharing program would be useful without some capacity to back it up. That’s why Dropbox still includes 2GB of free storage, and up to 100GB of storage for paid accounts. To download the latest update to Dropbox from FileHippo, click HERE.