Dropbox 1.0 arrives with selective sync feature

The service has been re-architected to improve performance

Version 1.0 of the cloud-based synchronization service Dropbox has been released. It comes with a selective sync feature, a new Mac OS client and better performance, according to a Thursday blog post.

Dropbox is a backup and file-sharing service that allows users to access files across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Changes made to the files are automatically synchronized.

One of the main additions in version 1.0 is a feature called Selective Sync, which allows users to choose what gets synchronized to the Dropbox folder in their various devices. Synchronizing all files on Dropbox isn't always a good idea for users with netbooks or computers with small hard drives. Also, users may not want certain files on their home computers to pop up on their work computers, according to the blog post.

To improve performance, the client-side sync engine has been re-architected to optimize response time and resource consumption, including reduced memory usage.

The Mac OS X version of Dropbox has also been rewritten to only use Cocoa, which makes Dropbox look and feel much more like a native application. The rewritten client also brings down the Mac OS download size by 20 percent.

Dropbox is available for smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry OS, iOS and Android on smartphones, as well as Windows, Mac OS X and Linux PCs. The basic version of the service is free and comes with 2GB. Users who want more storage capacity can pay $US9.99 per month for 50GB or $19.99 per month for 100GB.

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