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Dropbox launches file previews for photos and documents

Dropbox introduces quick Documents Previews to quickly show you what a file contains
| Cloud Computing News | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:32 pm

Cloud storage provider, Dropbox, has updated their service to offer quick Documents Previews of photos and documents. The service is interested in moving away from looking at these specific file types as just files and would rather have a visual emphasis on the actual content stored inside the files.




"This is part of a shift we're seeing that is sort of under way at Dropbox," said Chris Beckmann, product manager for products at Dropbox.


Rolling out over the next few months at, users will be able to click on many common file types and see a preview of what the file contains. Supported file types will include RTF, PDF, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and, eventually, Excel. Images will have their own way of being displayed.


Photos are laid out on a grid of thumbnails and will be listed chronologically, rather than by file name. A view similar to the one launching on the web is already available through the Android app, and the new view will eventually make its way to the desktop client and iOS client, as well as an updated Android app.


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