Gerrit Goossen
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xgerrit reviewed on 18 Mar 2014
I’m pretty sure Dropbox on the Mac doesn’t auto-update. As of this morning I’m still at version 2.4.11. If you click ‘Download’ on the main Dropbox page, you get version 2.6.20. So far 5+ releases have been good enough for the main home page with no auto-updates here.

I don’t think they are being conservative with their auto-update mechanism and not pushing out app-crashing bug fixes (which is what several of the updates I’ve missed were about) because the new versions “might not be stable yet”. Think about that. Plus, they’re stable enough to put them on the main homepage.

Finally, as a developer, I’m not sure how they would have worked around asking for an administrator user-name and password to get the system permissions needed to do an update. This isn’t like updating an app: It’s 3rd party launch daemons and code that modifies the Finder. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but Apple recommends against doing this and for very good reasons. (It opens a massive security hole where a malicious proxy server could automatically root a Mac with no chance for the user to stop it.)

The help page on their website that says Dropbox auto-updates is probably wrong. It was probably written referring to the Windows version, and copy and pasted into the Mac help section on the assumption the clients had 100% of the same features. But of course, we wouldn't all be posting here if it did.

All this said, I really like Dropbox. It would be nice if it auto-updated though.
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xgerrit replied on 18 Mar 2014
OK. So after doing a little digging, I think I found the answer. DropBox can auto-update, *but* an auto-update only happens when they are changing the APIs behind the scenes and it’s needed to kill old incompatible versions. They don’t do it to provide new features or bug fixes. So, you’re on your own to get those. So they're not auto-updating in the traditional sense (providing new versions) as much as replacing incompatible ones.

xgerrit reviewed on 15 Aug 2013
I sympathize with the developer for the iCloud sync problems, but the reality is: Dropbox or iCloud file syncing would have worked (other apps have made it work) and not cost the user $36 a year. Plus iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks will include Keychain password syncing, seriously devaluing what the paid syncing gets you. This doesn't even address Mac to iPad syncing, which currently only works over Wifi (and only when Yojimbo is running.) I've loved this app since version 1.0, but I'm majorly disappointed.
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