Ever since Google Drive slashed their prices and Apple announced the upcoming iCloud Drive, it was pretty clear to me that Dropbox was going to need to adjust their pricing. The tiered model had become much more expensive than competitors.
Today Dropbox announced their pricing changes, but they didn’t stop there – they announced some much-appreciated new features around sharing documents.
Dropbox Pro is still $10 a month ($99 annually), but for that $10 users now get 1 Terabyte of space.
New Sharing Features
Dropbox outlines their new features in their blog post, but the key changes are:
- Password protection: You can now assign a password for a shared link. This is great! You’ve always been able to generate a link to a file or folder, but theoretically anyone who came across that link (however unlikely that may be) would be able to see your information. Now you can password protect that link. More on that here.
- Expire shared links: Another great feature when it comes to going paperless. Often when we share a link to a file, the recipient only needs access for a short period. You’ve always been able to review and remove those shared files, but now you can set the link to expire automatically. Here is how it works.
- Folder Premissions: One of the problems with sharing a file with someone via a file syncing service like Dropbox is that if the person deletes or modifies the file, it is deleted or modified for you too. You mark a recipient as read only so they can see a folder but can’t mess it up. More on that here.
Great update by Dropbox and I for one am happy with 10 times the space.