Dropbox launches comment feature for shared contents

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 28, 2015

Dropbox just launched a new feature that enables shared file commenting.

To some it is a surprise that the file hosting and synchronization service Dropbox is still doing well considering that it competes with some of the largest Internet companies in the file hosting sector.

Dropbox managed to keep its pricing fairly high-end and stayed out of the "we offer the most storage for the least amount" race.

One of the reasons for that, besides sticking to what you already know and use, is that the company is adding new features to its programs, clients and applications on a regular basis.

The most recent feature addition adds options to comment on shared files on the Dropbox website. To see it in action open any file that you shared or someone else shared with you.

The post a comment to start a discussion sidebar is displayed automatically with the first letters of your first and last name being shown next to the comment box and comments you make.

There you also find listed the number of users who will be notified when you write a new comment.

Notifications arrive in your email inbox by default. There is an option to unsubscribe from notifications which you find when you click on the options link when the commenting system is open on the Dropbox website.

There you find additional options that let you hide comments or turn them off for the file in question.

Note: The preferences work on a per-file basis meaning that disabling notifications or turning off comments affects individual files only. It does not seem possible currently to block all comment notifications right away.

The commenting system supports invites as well. Just type @ followed by a name or email address and that user will receive an email notification with a link to the file.

Even non-Dropbox users get access to the file and comments according to Dropbox.

There does not seem to be an option available to block that from happening either.

Comments may improve communication, for instance between writer and editor, project lead and programmer or members of a marketing team.

Dropbox notes in the announcements that it is not necessary to use the new commenting feature if comments need to be made on Microsoft Office documents as this can be done right in the documents (which you can open and edit using Dropbox).

According to the company, commenting will come to Dropbox's mobile apps soon as well.

Closing Words

I'd like to see global options to turn off notifications or commenting on all files that you share using your account. It is without doubt a useful feature for Dropbox users who share files regularly and have used different means of communication until now to exchange ideas and provide feedback.

Now You: What's your take on the feature? Useful?

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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.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

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

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  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

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

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

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    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.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  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.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    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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