Aktuell verschickt die beliebte E-Mail-App Mailbox zahlreiche Mails an seine Nutzer und verkündet damit das baldige Ende der Applikation. Komponenten sollen andernorts wieder auftauchen: einige Funktionen aus Mailbox in der Dokumentenmanagement-App Paper und Features. Dropbox hat für die übernommene Mailbox-Anwendung eine neue iOS-App herausgegeben. Mailbox bietet nun eine Syncfunktion für.
Dropbox stellt iPhone-Apps Carousel und Mailbox einFunktionen aus Carousel möchte man aber in die Dropbox-App einfließen lassen – und Elemente aus Mailbox würde man schon in der. Die Gmail-App Mailbox kennt ihr? Falls nicht, solltet ihr mal einen Blick darauf werfen. Die Anwendung hebt sich von klassischen Mail-Apps. Aktuell verschickt die beliebte E-Mail-App Mailbox zahlreiche Mails an seine Nutzer und verkündet damit das baldige Ende der Applikation.
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At Dropbox, every stroke of design has a greater function to serve, the end being an ever more attractive service that nudges its way closer to the center of your digital life, starting with your files.
A year and a half later, Mailbox's core principles have become one of Dropbox's flagship strategies for solving problems: use a dedicated solution, in app form, to tackle an issue like email that every modern Web user finds at least occasionally painful, often more than occasionally.
Do it well enough and that user just might become a dedicated Dropbox customer. It is just as naive to call Dropbox a cloud storage company nowadays as it is to call Apple a phone maker or Google a search engine.
Dropbox, which now has million users and more than employees, is seven years old and still growing so fast that it needed to lease a second building in San Francisco's South of Market district in February.
Since its debut as a Y Combinator startup, Dropbox's core mission has shifted as well. It makes a lot of sense that we would build very specific and very considerate experiences on top of your most important stuff.
For Underwood, who leads the product design charge, it's about seeing ahead as much as it is about dazzling with aesthetics. Similar to how Facebook spun out its messaging, photo sharing, and timeline viewing functions as separate apps, Dropbox is designing an app-centric family, or what Underwood calls a constellation of solutions for which Mailbox was the beginning.
Last April, which employees refer to with historical gravitas as "4. Dropbox had a photo-management problem and instead of trying to bolt on a solution within Dropbox itself, the company focused a solution to a sharp point and released it as a standalone smartphone app.
Steve Jobs famously called Dropbox a "feature," not a product, back in when Dropbox CEO Drew Houston rebuffed Jobs' offer to buy the fledgling cloud-storage company.
The company, alongside its more enterprise-focused rival Box, has long since lost the war on cloud storage pricing as larger companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and even Apple have joined a race to the bottom to entice consumers to sign up for their competing services.
To stay out front, Dropbox is trying to succeed instead on the merits of its design. To overcome the pressure from above and continue establishing its value, Dropbox needs to prove that it can be the center of our digital lives in a way that operating system-makers like Apple and Google cannot, even as those giants keep designing new features to directly cut into Dropbox's dominance.
That's where Mailbox and Carousel play integral roles. Both apps are multi-platform, soon-to-be device-agnostic approaches to email and photo storage -- two product types Apple and Google have throw innumerable fixes at in an attempt to get us to shy away from third-party offerings.
Yet both pieces of software represent Dropbox's vision for the future -- a promise that it can out-design even Apple when it comes to the most effective tools for managing our increasingly complicated digital lives.
You don't think about it, you don't pay attention to it because it's so effective that your experience of it is that it just works," Underwood says of the core design principles that drive both Dropbox and Mailbox.
Coincidentally, "it just works" is an early Dropbox motto, plastered on walls at the company's first headquarters with the words "just work" bolded in blue.
It is that philosophy that informed both Mailbox's migration to desktop and the development of Carousel. It's also why Underwood, a former IDEO designer, and Orchestra co-founder Scott Cannon, who was a Mac and iPad operations team leader at Apple, took Mailbox to Dropbox just one month after its launch.
It feels fluidity integrated into what's going on here. The undercurrent channeling between Mailbox and Carousel -- which were only designed with similar philosophies and not with a consistent visual style -- is emblematic of Dropbox's refined approach with Underwood in the mix.
That penchant for focused simplicity is a trademark not just of Dropbox, but of many of the breakout mobile and desktop productivity hits of the last few years.
Everyone relates to a calendar and everyone knows what it's about, yet you have to be careful about how you design it and how you cage it.
It's not something everyone will understand. Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder of Flickr and creator of the fast-growing office communication service Slack, expresses a similar philosophy when it comes to product development.
They weren't asking of them. But when they get them, they like them. Getting there just required saying no to a lot of things.
The former is on its way, while drafts are in the latest Mailbox for desktop beta. But labels were initially excluded, Underwood says, because they wasted people's time when an email client's search function is a better way of finding what you need.
A lot of people feel the elephant, and are wasting a lot of time organizing and not using it," Underwood says. It's the very same tactic, he points out, that Apple employed with natural scrolling in its desktop OS so that using an iPhone and iPad with your fingers mirrored the direction of your laptop trackpad or desktop mouse on a Mac.
That, though, was a choice and Mailbox, now more resource-heavy, can afford to hand choices to users instead of putting the functionality on the back burner.
Everyone uses email, but most are content to stick with the default mail app on their phones. To make a real dent, any new email client would have to be much, much better.
And Mailbox was! An app is lucky if it introduces one true innovation to the market; Mailbox brought at least three.
There was the novel use of swipes to move messages around. There was the introduction of timed "snoozes" for your messages, so they would pop back up when you were prepared to address them.
And there was the unique way it launched: making you sign up for a waiting list to start using the app that, whether or not it was necessary from a technical perspective, proved invaluable for public-relations purposes.
Over the next two years, swiping to archive or delete messages became an email app standard. A swipe-to-archive gesture showed up in other places, too: Pocket, the save-for-later app, was one; Todoist, a task management app, was another.
Snoozing comes standard now, too Outlook, Inbox. And the waiting list? That was widely copied as well. For me, the genius of Mailbox was twofold.
First, using it simply felt faster than any email app I ever used. It pre-fetched messages in the background; whenever you opened it you could start dealing with the daily horror of your inbox right away.
Second, using it was satisfying in a way no other email client was: every time I swiped my fat thumb on a message, banishing it to the archive, the email turned a lustrous green.
Mailbox was good for dashing off quick replies, but it was best-in- class for cleaning house. Mailbox turned you into an email assassin.
It soon fell out of the iOS App Store charts, and on Android topped out around 1 million downloads. Underwood was promoted to head of product at Dropbox, where he was soon put to work on other products, including the hapless Carousel.
By June of this year, he had stepped down from that role; he has since left the company for good. Co-founder Scott Cannon remains at Dropbox, where among other things he's managing Mailbox's shutdown.
Underwood declined to comment for this article. Email requires collaboration around communication, a Dropbox weakness; documents require collaboration around content, a Dropbox strength.
Mailbox had multiple causes of death. The only path forward for an email app is acquisition, and the fate of most acquired apps is death.
For a time, Dropbox believed email could be part of its suite of personal productivity apps. For a moment, though, that world was coming into focus.