Dropbox discontinues support for Public folder

Olga Weis

Dropbox, one of the oldest online storage services, is also one of our favorites. We know many people who swear by it. However the recent Dropbox update may change things, in the end of 2016 it was announced that the support to Dropbox public folder will be withdrawn shortly. It means that Public Dropbox will turn into a regular private folder and links to it contents will become inactive. If users need to share files stored in their Public Dropbox, they will have to create new links and send them to their collaborators.

There are reasons for Dropbox to introduce the change, the main being Dropbox security issues. The company is doing their best to tighten Dropbox security. However for some users it is a big setback, especially those who relied on Dropbox Public for website hosting. Dropbox shared folder would display HTML contents directly from the service, but it is no longer possible. The content however is still available as Dropbox share file. Those who utilized Public share for storing photos are too disappointed with Dropbox Public folder missing. No wonder, many have started looking for alternatives to Dropbox, luckily, there are quite a few of them. The only issue is migrating data from one cloud to another, but if you have the right software tool it is not as difficult as it seems to be.

Commander One by Eltima can be of great help here

The application, essentially a file management solution for macOS, allows mounting online storage services on your Mac so you can access Dropbox and other clouds as if they were your local drives. Mount Dropbox and a cloud storage service of your choice on your Mac, one pane would display the Dropbox contents, while the other – the new cloud service contents. Now, all you have to do is to drag-and-drop files and folders from one pane to another – could it be any easier? You do not have to get files and folders on your Mac’s hard drive either.

Commander One supports Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon S3. With the latter you can choose to link either your entire Amazon S3 account or only specific buckets. Apart from mounting cloud services, the application allows you to connect to remote servers via FTP/SFTP/ FTPS and WebDAV protocols.

Let us not forget that Commander One’s functionality is that of a versatile file manager for Mac. It means the application allows you to effortlessly copy, delete, move and rename files, all these operations can be queued so they do not affect your system’s performance. You can make use of hotkeys, view hidden files, navigate to recent and frequently accessed locations with the help of History and Favorites, work with archived data, discover network computers, use advanced search and much more. Choosing a theme to suit the mood of a day is a pleasant bonus that comes along with the app.

All in all, if you would like to move data from one service to another – whether because of Dropbox host website or to have more of Dropbox free space – make sure to use Commander One. It makes things much easier.

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