I’ve had a folder set shared across all my various Macs and IOS devices for ages, and I’ve had another folder shared with some colleagues for months – all working perfectly, with file updates from any of us turning up for everyone else. A few months ago, I started using Dropbox with a new group of people I’m working with, and to facilitate that process, we set up a new Dropbox folder and shared it around. ) Fast forward to today, when I was setting up Dropbox on a new computer under a new account here at my office, and I managed to accidentally create the same issue – the new account wasn’t seeing updates to a shared folder that a number of us are otherwise using fine (and have been for months). In the hope of saving others the same grief, I’ve written down, here, what I’ve learned today. The crux of the confusion is one, little, word: outcomes that it can deliver. The other offers a single snapshot copy of the original, with no future updates in either direction.
I also hope that Dropbox improve this terminology in their service in the future, reserving the term ‘Sharing’ for one option, perhaps moving to a word like ‘Sending’ in association with their ‘link’ feature.
It might also be nice to add in a few relevant warnings here and there (including in the email invitation for a link) to make it clear that the approach isn’t actually offering an update service for the files concerned.
Alternatively, you can log in to your home page, where you will see the invitation waiting under the ‘Sharing’ menu item (Not under the “Links” menu!
) On that ‘Sharing’ page, just view and accept your ‘New shared folder invitation’.
They look like sort-of the same thing, but they’re actually quite different.