Dropbox 2.8.0 offers better large Dropbox handling on client systems

Martin Brinkmann
May 9, 2014
Updated • May 9, 2014

The cloud backup provider Dropbox is about to release a new version of its desktop client software for all supported operating systems.

Dropbox 2.8.0 is currently available as a release candidate build which means that it is in its last stage of development before current Dropbox stable clients, on version 2.6.33 currently, are updated to the new version.

The new version of Dropbox's desktop client ships with several interesting new features. Probably one of the most interesting features of the new version is that the software's selective sync option is now displayed during setup if files stored on Dropbox exceed 10 Gigabytes.

The very same option is also displayed if the initial synchronization process would fill up most of the remaining free space on the hard drive.

The main idea behind the new feature is to provide users with options to select only necessary files for synchronization if they want to, either to speed up the synchronization process, save bandwidth, or avoid that one of the partitions on their computer system runs out of free disk space because of the syncing.

The prompt during setup won't be displayed if the account on the system was previously linked to Dropbox. The reasoning behind the decision is that the team assumes that you would have set up selective sync in the client in this case already.

Selective Sync allows you to select the files and folders that you want synced to the computer system. All files not selected won't be synchronized. You find the option under Dropbox Preferences > Account > Selective Sync in the client interface on the computer you want to configure the feature on.

Dropbox is releasing so-called auto sign-in installers for Windows and OS X. The core difference to regular installers is that if you are already signed in to Dropbox on the website, you won't be prompted again to sign in using the client.

Dropbox makes available both installer versions for the two operating systems so that you can decide which one to use.

The feature is not enabled for users who have configured two-factor authentication, and business account users.

Last but not least, Dropbox 2.8.0 features two bug fixes. The first fixes a long paths issue, the second a rare infinite connection error.

There is no official confirmation yet when Dropbox 2.8.0 will be released as the stable new version of the client. Considering that it is a release candidate, it is very likely that this is going to happen very soon.

You can download the release candidate builds by visiting this thread on the official Dropbox forum.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

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      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

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  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

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  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

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    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

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  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

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    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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