Thoughts on Box

I was recently asked to comment on Box. Here is what I said:

  • Sync is not being available for our enterprise configuration, due to it not being incremental (which I understand is due for release next year!! Q4-2014) Its here now, and works great, with basic collision detection.
  • There is no easy way to group my collaborations. So I end up with a very long list of folders in the root, a common complaint.
  • There is no tree navigation. I got over this.
  • Preview view is the default for all files even though the preview viewer doesn’t correctly render them. File handling once in the right directory is admittedly not bad. In this regard I only think it lacks a file compare/merge feature, and the ability to insert into a document’s history. Mostly made redundant now that Sync is working. I manage everything on my local PC.
  • Email notifications for me have never worked. Resolved
  • When I want to share something with a colleague by using the “@” prefix, I seem to get a list of the entire company, not my previously chosen collaborators. This is much better now. Your top collabs will also sort to the top, and that depends to be on a per-shared-folder basis, which means, relevant to the subject at hand. I’s still like to be able to do this like how Facebook does it. Start typing “@Fred B” and it presents a list, select the person you mean, and then be able to delete the last name. Make’s it less formal when having conversations in the comments.
  • Apparently to get access to Box from my iPhone I need to install a VPN. What the hell is a web app behind a VPN? Doesn’t that negate the entire purpose of it being web based?
    • This one is still dumb.

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