Implementing restricted access with nested permissions and folders

Dropbox (and the Dropbox API) has recently expanded the flexibility of our permissions model by adding the ability for Dropbox Business users to create folders that have a more restricted audience than their parent folders. This is perfect for cases where you want a sub-folder to have a smaller audience* than its parent folder.

*Note: this article is focused on restricted access use cases, but it is possible to create sub-folders that have more shares than a parent folder.

In this article, we’ll cover details of what it means to restrict folder permissions,

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Manage team sharing in your Dropbox app

Welcome back, professor. This article is a follow-up to “3 ways to add sharing to your Dropbox App”. We’re going to dive deeper into more advanced sharing use cases that are possible with the Dropbox API. Let’s get to it.

As you may remember, you’re a professor for a large university. Besides teaching, you run a multifaceted research lab. It’s a busy job, but with some creative use of the Dropbox API, you’re able to spend most of your time focused on the parts you enjoy. That’s because Dropbox Business accounts allow you to closely manage team sharing.

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3 ways to add sharing to your Dropbox App

Storing personal files in Dropbox is useful, but collaborating with others can make you even more effective. Whether for your business, school, or personal projects, Dropbox sharing can create more engaging work. There are a number of ways to incorporate shared files and folders with Dropbox. Each method can be accessed with the Dropbox API, allowing your app to automatically add the right people to your projects.

In this post, we’ll use the Dropbox API to implement sharing in three ways. The code samples use the Dropbox Python SDK, but you could use any SDK (or make direct API calls).

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Automating File Request Workflows using Tray.io

Previously in our blog, we described how to Streamline File Collection by using the file request endpoints in our API, however you don’t have to write a full integration to take advantage of the API! Dropbox recently announced a partnership with Tray.io, a flexible General Automation Platform that lets users integrate and automate their business processes. As a developer, building automation workflows on the Tray Platform can save hours of manual work or custom app development.

Let’s say it’s 9:05 AM on Tuesday, and you just realized that yet again, you have to collect reports from your team.

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Scaling down large image files using the get thumbnail API

As digital cameras evolve, including the ones in our smartphones, photos produced by them constantly increase in resolution and file size. For instance, on my current smartphone, the average file size of pictures goes between 6-8 MB, when the ones produced by my 3-year-old smartphone average 2-3 MB.

Having a large file size is not a problem when previewing images directly in the Dropbox website or the Dropbox mobile apps as these surfaces are optimized for large files, but presents challenges when interacting with other APIs.

If you’re transferring your images to a third party API for processing (like an image recognition AI),

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with the Dropbox API

Dropbox announced an integration with Google Cloud to enable users to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files in Dropbox. 

Soon, using the Dropbox API, developers can integrate with G Suite content. New endpoints and extensions to existing endpoints will help Dropbox developers work with these files to serve shared users. This post outlines the changes and updates you should be aware of when handling Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with the Dropbox API.

Non-Downloadable Files

G Suite files will be returned by files/list_folder,

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