Dropbox Adds New iOS Productivity Tools for Scanning, More

By tomorrow, file sharing and online storage company Dropbox expects to have completed an update to its app that will provide iOS users with a variety of new tools for workplace productivity. The new iOS tools support straight-to-Dropbox mobile scanning, one-button access to Microsoft Office documents and commenting on specific parts of shared files, vice president of product and design Todd Jackson said in a blog post today.

The update also adds one-click sharing to Dropbox from files and folders on desktop devices, so users no longer have to open Web browsers or copy links to e-mails to provide co-workers and others with access to shared documents.

The new tools will be rolling out over the coming day, according to Dropbox. A similar update for Android is still in the works and a release date will be announced at a later time, the company noted.

Photos Saved as PDF or PNG Docs

Dropbox, which recently hit the 500 million user milestone, developed the new iOS productivity tools to help users better simplify, unify and secure their work- and project-based file-sharing, Jackson wrote in his blog post.

For example, the new support for mobile document scanning was added because users "shouldn't have to worry about losing ideas on sticky notes, or spending time finding the right app to save them," he noted.

By tapping the plus sign in the iOS Dropbox app, a user can quickly access the option to scan a document or other image. After the user takes a photo of the document in question, the app will transform the image into a PDF or PNG document that is automatically saved in Dropbox.

The tool also enables users to convert existing images in either their Dropbox folders or iPhone Camera Rolls into PDF or PNG documents. Users with Dropbox Business accounts will also...

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