Dropbox adds features to make it easier to organize and find your files

Dropbox on iPhone X
Dropbox on iPhone X (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Dropbox has announced new file management features.
  • Features include automated folders, naming standards, and more.

Dropbox has announced new features that are designed to make it easier for people to organize and then find their digital files. A number of new features announced via blog post, show just how far Dropbox has come from being a folder on your Mac that syncs files to the cloud.

All of the new features are available to Dropbox Teams today with individual and family plans getting them "soon." Those features look pretty great as well, especially if you're someone who wants to be able to dump files into Dropbox and then have it carry out actions on them.

The new features include:

  • Automated folders. Create folders that automatically perform specific tasks—such as naming, sorting, tagging, and converting—anytime a file is added to the folder.
  • Automated dashboard. Control and manage automated folders and their settings from a central dashboard.
  • Naming conventions. Create file naming standards based on categories that can be applied to individual folders. You can rename files or photos by the date they were taken and include a parent folder name.
  • Multi-file organize. Categorize and sort a folder's files into subfolders based on dates, keywords or level of activity. Preview and verify changes before files are moved.

New support for search using tags has also been added while finding photos via the Dropbox web interface has also been made a better experience — there's a new Photos section in the sidebar.

There's a lot more going on here as well, especially for those who need to sign agreements and whatnot. You can learn more about the ins and outs of the new changes over on the Dropbox blog now.

Dropbox has long been one of the best Mac apps for syncing files and now it's getting even better!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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