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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Grow your business as a Dropbox Technology Partner

 

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Dropbox Technology Partner Program. We expanded our program to include three partner tiers and added a variety of new benefits. Better yet – it’s free to join. 

We created the Dropbox Technology Partner Program to team-up with innovative companies to help our 500 million users and 400,000 teams work more seamlessly across best-of-breed tools and solutions. By building and partnering with Dropbox, you can deepen your product offering, expand your customer reach, and create more value for your users.

Program benefits

As a Dropbox Technology Partner,

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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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New file upload link API

The get_temporary_upload_link API endpoint is now officially out of preview and available for production use. Developers can use this API call to get pre-signed upload URLs. 

Use Case

One of the most common actions a Dropbox integration will perform is to add new content.  

The upload endpoint is used to push binary content to Dropbox. This is perfect for apps where the file is local to the machine connecting to Dropbox. However, for some types of client-server applications that integrate with Dropbox, this may be not optimal. For example, you may have a server-based application which manages all state and interaction with Dropbox and a mobile client that connects your server.  

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New team events API available now

Developers building for Dropbox Business can now use the new team events API to power their workflow and analytic applications.

Dropbox Business provides an activity log that records all of the key events taken on a team. An admin on a Business team can use the events in the Admin Console to audit and monitor activity within the team. We have re-written the corresponding API from the ground-up with over 300 events available.  The new v2 API (team_log/get_events) improves upon its v1 predecessor with a rich schema, new attributes,

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New API enhancements to support Team Spaces

Customers turn to Dropbox Business because they want a single, central place to store their team’s content. Today, individual users can share content amongst themselves and admins can publish content into select folders. But, we know that a lot of teams would value a coherent, shared collaborative space.

We are beginning to roll out the release of a team-centric Dropbox Business model that introduces a shared collaborative space called Team Spaces. Dropbox Business accounts with Team Spaces will have unified shared space for all team members, where users can add and remove access for individuals or groups anywhere in the filesystem. 

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