Dropbox released an update to its iOS app today that adds automatic photo and video uploads over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. Dropbox users can earn up to 3 GB of extra free space in their account for opting in to the automatic uploads.
The awards come for every 500 MB worth of data sent to the Dropbox servers. There is also a new Gallery view that includes all photos and videos that one has uploaded. It is also now easier to move and delete sets of files at once time.
While iOS users can get this functionality out of Photo Stream, the Dropbox solution offers more flexibility for Mac users than the current configuration through iPhoto. As it stands now, Mac users must first open iPhoto and wait for the images to download before being able to edit or access them. With the Dropbox solution, the files are immediately available through the Dropbox folder in the Finder.
Heavy data users can now upload a file of any size; of course that of course depends on if you are capped on a carrier plan. But if you connect through WiFi it frees up the capability of adding files to your Dropbox.
When I downloaded the update, Dropbox would continually crash, even after restarting the app several times. I was able to get it to work successfully again after deleting the app and then re-downloading it from the App Store (if other users are also finding the same issue, feel free to let us know in the comments).
The automatic camera upload feature was previously available for Android users.