Today Dropbox (NASDAQ: DBX) and Zoom Video Communications announced a strategic partnership to expand remote collaboration for teams and users. The two companies will develop a series of cross-platform features that facilitate real-time communication around shared Dropbox content, making teamwork more effective. Additionally, Dropbox will make a strategic investment in Zoom to support both companies' development of deeply integrated product experiences that help customers stay in sync.
The partnership also supports customer discovery and adoption of each others’ products. Both companies will initially deliver two unique integrations available for all users on Dropbox and Zoom surfaces. These capabilities will make the right content more accessible, save time, and help meetings become more effective:
- Co-edit files in Office Online With the newly introduced co-authoring in Office Online, you can collaborate on the Office docs in your Dropbox with others in real time. Now when you need to update a report or finalize a presentation with your teammates, there’s no need to email feedback.
- Support and facilitate group collaboration. Enable faculty, staff and students to work on files of any size or type with cross-device sync; Support collaborative content creation via permissions and version control; Engage with a global collaboration network of 600M Dropbox users; Power user management and secure your institution’s content.
- Oct 13, 2020 Dropbox initially ordered employees to work from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in March. The company will convert its existing real estate into flexible coworking spaces called Dropbox.
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- Within Dropbox, users will have the option to initiate or join a Zoom Meeting while viewing and working on shared content. This new integration will be built into the existing Dropbox viewer info feature, which shows who’s accessing shared files or folders, enabling users to stay in sync with teammates and collaborators. With Zoom features integrated into Dropbox, users can seamlessly communicate, discuss content in real-time, and move projects forward.
- During a Zoom Meeting, users will be able to share content such as documents, slides, and images from Dropbox and display them on-screen. Accessed content can be saved back to Dropbox from the on-screen display. For example, while a conversation occurs within a video call, Zoom users can reference shared content saved in Dropbox and easily communicate real-time changes that need to be made as it’s being presented.
“Whether you’re working with someone across the hall or across the country, the right products should make it seamless to collaborate and stay in sync,' said Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. 'We're thrilled to join forces with Zoom — together, we're making it easier for customers to do their best work. Partnerships with best-of-breed companies like Zoom help us deliver on our mission of designing a more enlightened way of working.”
“It is important to Zoom that we work with high-quality solutions across the communication and collaboration spaces to build the best experiences and deliver happiness to our customers,' said Zoom Founder and CEO, Eric S. Yuan. 'At our customers’ request, we’ve partnered with Dropbox to do just that. I look forward to growing this partnership for the benefit of our mutual customers.”
These integrations are expected to be available starting in the first half of 2019.
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Sharing a Virtual Surveyor project externally to a collaborative team space.
Aarschot, Belgium, 6 April 2021 – Virtual Surveyor has introduced Dropbox integration in Version 8.0 of its popular drone surveying software. This means Virtual Surveyor users can now access their project files from anywhere while enjoying easy and affordable collaboration with team members and file sharing with external clients – even in low-bandwidth situations.
“Dropbox integration gives Virtual Surveyor users the best of both worlds – the advantages of desktop software combined with cloud storage and access…without losing control of their data,” said Tom Op ‘t Eyndt, Virtual Surveyor CEO.
Virtual Surveyor is a powerful surveying software that bridges the gap between drone photogrammetric processing applications and engineering design packages, enabling surveyors to derive topographic information from drone data needed by engineers for construction, mining, and excavation projects. The software presents an interactive onscreen environment with drone orthophotos, digital surface models (DSMs), and/or LiDAR point clouds where users generate CAD models, create cut-and-fill maps, and calculate volume reports.
“Some drone surveyors are spending tens of thousands of dollars or euros to put their data in cloud mapping applications that give them a little bit more than simple viewing functionality,” said Op ‘t Eyndt. “And those applications lock them into using that specific software product forever to maintain access to their files.”
With prices starting at 10 dollars/euros per month, Dropbox is a more cost-effective and scalable solution. More importantly, Dropbox is a stand-alone cloud service which allows Virtual Surveyor users (even on the free Valley plan) to maintain complete control over their data. Project files remain stored in the cloud as long as users keep their Dropbox account…even if they stop using Virtual Surveyor.
Affordable, cloud-based Dropbox technology offers four important benefits to Virtual Surveyor users:
Access Anywhere – For users with up-to-date Virtual Surveyor cloud licenses, project files follow them and may be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection simply by logging into the user’s software account. Dropbox downloads just the project files needed to run specific Virtual Surveyor functions. Project files are always synced with the cloud, and Dropbox automatically clears space on the hard drive by moving unused files to the cloud.
Collaborate in Teams – Team folders can be created to centralize files and allow collaboration across the enterprise. Virtual Surveyor users can set up a Team folder with preferred preferences to organize and structure data sets. The data owner can restrict access to specific files and assign certain rights, such as view-only or edit, to individual users or groups of users. Virtual Surveyor ensures only one user at a time can edit content to avoid editing conflicts through the newly created View-only mode.
Share Externally – Virtual Surveyor projects can be shared with clients or external team members who may be granted full editing or view-only rights, which can be revoked at any time. The Virtual Surveyor user maintains control over the files and data.
Low-Bandwidth Environments – Even in situations with poor-quality Internet connections, such as on the client’s job site, Virtual Surveyor users experience the power of their desktop software while knowing their files are in sync. Dropbox makes sure copies of the orthophoto and elevation model are available locally on the computer while synchronizing changes to project files in the cloud.
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In addition, Virtual Surveyor users will experience the common cloud storage benefits provided by Dropbox: Automatic File Backup and File Version Control. Files are never accidentally deleted or written over, and previous versions may be retrieved at any time.
The new Dropbox functionality is included in the Virtual Surveyor Ridge and Peak editions, as well as the free Valley package. Current subscribers to Virtual Surveyor will see their software being updated to Version 8.0 automatically. To start a free 14-day trial of Virtual Surveyor and to view details of the three pricing plans, visit www.virtual-surveyor.com.
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About Virtual Surveyor
Virtual Surveyor software enables professional surveyors to generate accurate topographic end products from drone imagery five times faster than traditional field work. Now used in 68 countries, Virtual Surveyor allows surveyors to topographic information from drone data in very short timeframes. In a typical application, the suite takes the orthophotos and digital surface models (DSM) extracted from UAV imagery with photogrammetric software like Pix4D, Metashape or DJI Terra and generates an interactive virtual environment onscreen where surveyors can select the survey points and breaklines that define topography. Standard topographic outputs from the Virtual Surveyor software are Surfaces or TINs (Triangular Irregular Network), Contours, Line Surveys and Cut-and-Fill Maps. As such, Virtual Surveyor bridges the gap between UAV photogrammetric processing software and engineering design packages.