“We’re really excited about what happened in the past weeks,” said Michael Eisler, CEO of Wappwolf. “Ever since we have launched Dropbox Automator some weeks ago well over 250,000 files have been processed in total out of 10.000 automations with Dropbox folders. We have collected tons of feedback from our users, and are very happy to give them the very first major update of Dropbox Automator. New features and integrations that customers love. We’ll continue working very hard to provide users, developers, partners and businesses worldwide the necessary tools that accelerate easy file and document processing, and also team collaboration.”
Since the launch of Dropbox Automator in late December 2011, the service has experienced massive growth: in little less than 72 hours more than 10,000 users registered, and over 30,000 files were processed in the first week of its existence only. User’s requests for new actions and features have skyrocketed, and the number of files processed has increased nearly eight-fold.
Thanks to the release of a new Dropbox API, users of Dropbox Automator can now grant permission for accessing only one folder in Dropbox. Previously the only option available was to grant access to all folders, which caused concern among many who visited the service. Anyone opting for limited access will see a new folder created in their Dropbox, which will be used for the processing of files and documents; all other folders within a user’s Dropbox are not accessible for Dropbox Automator.
Dropbox Automator’s processing capability has been increased more than fivefold to cope with continuous high demand, which at times caused a deterioration of the service leading to long processing times or errors. Performance improvements have been implemented at all levels, resulting in a new flexible architecture that can adapt itself to peaks in demand and still return fast processing times. Processing is now down to less than a minute, depending on file size and the speed of a user’s Internet connection (should an upload of the file be required).
Beyond that, the service is now equipped with some advanced monitoring that results in much improved stability and availability for the user.
Dropbox Automator’s website has been reworked to provide more informational content to first time users: for example, a ‘how to’ now explains step-by-step how to make use of the service. Overall, the design of the site has only been adapted slightly so not to loose its puristic, much loved character.
History, a feature requested by many, has been added and can now be accessed when logged into the service. Notifications are being worked on hard, and will be released in due time.
Amongst the Top 10 automated actions at present are: email, Facebook photo album upload, Flickr upload, convert any document to pdf, Google Docs upload, re-size images or ftp upload. A range of new platform integrations have been added to the service’s portfolio of partners, resulting in some neat new actions and functionalities:
Google Uploader: Enables customers to upload an unlimited number of full-size pictures to their Google + profile or to Picasa, a social network and photo sharing tool. Also, files can be stored in Google Docs, one of the most prominent online collaboration solutions.
Box Uploader: Allows people to store any file with Box, a popular online storage and collaboration solution.
Amazon’s Kindle eBook Reader: Have any document converted into pdf and sent to Amazon Kindle, a very popular reader, to read your documents mobile later.
Other partner integrations are presently being worked on and are being released on a weekly basis. Any such releases are announced on the company’s blog at blog.wappwolf.com.