It’s improved, more stable, and more affordable, but not easy to manage files (easier in OS X Yosemite). I also love and hate Dropbox and use it for many apps on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The problem? There’s no easy way to track Dropbox activity from all those apps. Now there is.
Dropbox, Meet Time Machine
Last week I came upon a clever and affordable Mac utility called Revisions for Dropbox. It’s free in the Mac App Store and a must-have if you use Dropbox.
Revisions is a combination file and activity tracker. Think Time Machine with a log of edits and revisions to specific files.
That means you can see all the file edits in your Dropbox files, restore older versions of files (even entire folders) just as you would in Apple’s Time Machine.
It’s like having an inspector and an undo button for Dropbox files.
Inadvertently deleted files in a Dropbox folder? No problemo. Revisions has a copy. Got co-workers or family members who use a Dropbox account? Check on which files they use, edited, added, or deleted.
What many Dropbox users don’t know is that Dropbox itself stores your account’s entire history. Revisions lets you view the history.
The interface in earlier versions of Revisions was a bit clumsy and cumbersome, but the latest makes it easier to setup your Dropbox folder to be monitored, view activities, inspect changes, and restore files or photos which may have been deleted.
Revisions is just hard to beat considering the price. It’s free. It’s major oversight that Dropbox doesn’t include something like this.