I tend to agree. There is no reason to restrict syncing to
iCloud, especially with the dreadful history of MobileMe. Dropbox
(and Sugarsync, for that matter) are way more advanced and
established, and allowing multiple syncing options does not really
detract from the otherwise beautiful concept underlying iaWriter. I
own a OSX based laptop and I use iCloud, so this hasn't been an
issue for me and I have happily bought the desktop version as well,
but I can imagine it can be for others. Minimalist is great, but
not to detriment of practical.
Gentlemen, am I missing something? All versions of iAWriter
still support Dropbox sync. The addition of iCloud is just that
— an addition. I use both, myself — on both devices
— and it works flawlessly.
It's not that Dropbox support has been dropped, but rather than
only iCloud provides for automatic syncing. In Dropbox, files are
just read and saved to Dropbox's servers, there is no autosync. We
cannot put the blame of this on the developer, as Dropbox does not
seem to currently offer the same sync structure as iCloud. But it
would be great to be able to save to just more than iCloud and
Dropbox. Sugarsync, to name one. IaWriter is truly a great product,
these enhancements will probably come with later versions.
My point is that it used to be effortless to work offline and
online, and across multiple devices. And your text was easily
"portable" to other applications.
In the previous version of Writer, you did not have to do
anything special to have your files synced between the cloud and
local ipad storage. It was one-click (with the occasional answer of
which version you wanted to keep if there was a conflict). Now it
seems to be barely possible without the most elaborate of
So I do put blame on "the developer", i.e. IA's team, because
they had something functioning well with dropbox. They could have
given me an alternative sync/storage solution with iCloud without
ripping out what worked quite effectively.
I agree completely. I used to work with my documents straight
off of Dropbox, so they were always synched up. Now you have to
make a copy of the iPad version, move that copy to Dropbox, deal
with the renaming, and so forth.
This is such a great application, it kills me that they've
hampered it so much. Certainly a developer issue. Please restore
this important functionality!
Indeed, giving up the seamless Dropbox sync function has made
this application practically useless for me! The whole point was
the way it just encouraged you to... write, without backup etc
worries! But writing has now become a cumbersome thing, because
texts are not automatically synced. (I tend to send them to myself
or collaborators by email, where we before shared a dropbox, but
that is just as annoying as copying and renaming in dropbox,
Really TOO BAD - and certainly a iA developer/commercial choice,
not due to Dropbox changes.
Thank you, Jeff and Karen. This is part of problem across the
whole app store concept.
Say you buy a car. After a month of happy driving the garage
calls you back in. Well, they say, we've updated your model and
we're removing your wheels. Why don't you have a coffee while we
work, it doesn't cost you extra.
I’m very sorry to hear your dissatisfaction with the
current state of Dropbox sync, and that it has taken so long for an
official response. As @Giovanni noted the Dropbox API was changed,
and the sync functionality it previously supported was removed.
This is not something we are happy about either, and we are working
together with Dropbox to improve the situation.
There’s an article in the knowledge base covering this
change called “What
are the differences between iCloud, Dropbox and local
storage?”, which goes into more detail on the various
storage options iA Writer currently supports, and what you can do.
In the meantime we are also working hard on improvements in the way
iA Writer manages documents that we hope will make this issue
easier to deal with.
We are also dissatisfied with this (we love Dropbox and use iA
Writer every day ourselves), so we’re doing all we can to
improve this situation. All I can do is ask for your patience in