Big News: More Speed. More Actions. New Partners. And Limited Access for Dropbox Automatorby Johnny TheDoc on 15/02/2012
It’s been more than a month of hard work, and just ready for Valentine’s Day we bring you a basket full of presents. So where to start? Read the title again, it says a lot. But there’s more for you waiting inside.
Do you still remember that cold, grey December evening we launched Dropbox Automator? We do, every single minute of it. It turned out as our small version of “making a dent in the universe” (copyright: Steve Jobs), and we were totally overwhelmed by the very positive response we got from the market. That was really awesome, thank you all!
What was even more staggering is that some of you started combining the services of If-this-then-that (Ifttt) and Dropbox Automator (Dba) by using the very same folder in Dropbox and created some amazing automations.
Here are some examples:
- Saving all Instagram photos to Dropbox (via Ifttt), and automatically re-sizing those and sending them to Facebook and Flickr (via Dba),
- Saving an email attachment to Dropbox (via Ifttt), and automatically converting it to pdf and save it to another folder or sending an email to your Amazon Kindle eReader (via Dba),
- Downloading a file from Gmail (via Ifttt), and converting it to pdf and saving it to another folder or sending an email (via Dba),
- SMSing a link to Dropbox and having it downloaded (via Ifttt), and converting it to pdf and uploading to ftp (via Dba), and
- Archiving Foursquare check-ins to Dropbox (via Ifttt), and converting it to pdf and sending an email (via Dba).
Oh boy were we stunned when seeing this! Here was the new powerhouse of the web, right in front of our eyes – two great services combined. Simplicity that people understand, it felt like a dream come true. So, here is our recommendation: keep on combining these two services, the results will be great!
Now back to the other things we learned: some of you were concerned of us having full access to your Dropbox. That is, everything that you saved there. At the time of launching our service, our fellows at Dropbox only recently had launched their new API that allowed for a one-folder access only. We didn’t make it then to include this feature, but today we are happy to announce that we are giving just that to you. No more privacy or security concerns for you – Dropbox Automator can only access one single folder in your Dropbox. That’s it.
Besides that, the media hype had caused quite some attention from people who gave our service a try: speaking in numbers, in little less than 72 hours more than 10.000 people registered and it didn’t take much longer to process 100k files. Both numbers have more than doubled ever since, and especially in the early hours of that December evening (and the days following) we have experienced some performance issues that resulted in errors.
“We had never anticipated this sudden rush of users on our platform. But that’s ok, it was good fun and it showed us that we can do it. It also gave us a lot of feedback for which we are really thankful.” said Mike Eisler, CEO of Wappwolf. “Beyond that, it simply showed us where the bottlenecks in our system are and how to tackle them. We’ve increased capacity more than fivefold, and done a lot of optimizations. Now it’s all down to one minute and scales up nicely. What’s even better, we got some nice new features and will push out more by the week.”
Speaking about those features, here’s what we have for you. An uploader for Google Plus / Picasa and Box.net, and sending files to your Amazon Kindle eReader. There are many more in the development pipe, such as uploading files to Evernote and Basecamp – these will be released in the next days. If you miss something or have some ideas, please tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, you might have realized that Dropbox Automator looks a bit different: indeed, we spent some time making the site look leaner. But we kept the best part that you liked so much – a very simplistic interface that is easy to use. No installations required.
Thanks for all your support so far, and keep on spreading the word!
The Wappwolf Team
Mike, Harald, Dieter, Christian, Manuel, and Michael