Dropbox’s Experimental Build Allows Pausing File Uploads And Define Custom Upload Download Speeds

Dropbox does not have a functionality to pause the file sync activity, you start the Dropbox desktop client and the application starts indexing everything stored in your computer’s “My Dropbox” folder.

The app then maps all the files with your Dropbox account and then starts the sync procedure as usual.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pause the file sync activity of Dropbox for a while? May be you are currently working on a document stored in your “My Dropbox” folder and Dropbox won’t upload the latest version of the document, since it’s in use by the Word processor program.

Thankfully, the developers have released a newer experimental release of Dropbox (0.8.112) which allows you to pause Dropbox sync activity, with the touch of a button.

There is no need to close the Dropbox client from Windows system tray, simply right click the Dropbox icon and choose “Pause Syncing” or “Resume Syncing”.

Another feature worth noting is that now you can define an upload as well as download rate from Dropbox > Preferences, quite similar to Torrent clients like utorrent.

This is useful when you want to define a custom upload or download rate for file uploads or downloads from your Dropbox account. Might be useful, if your internet connection is pathetically slow and fluctuates every other minute. If the file sync activity is slowing down web surfing, video chatting and other online activities – you can pause the uploads for some time.

I tested the experimental build on my Windows7 PC and there were no problems as such. Give it a try !

Download The Experimental Build

You can download the Dropbox experimental build (0.8.112) from the following links:

Windows: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%200.8.112.exe
Mac OS X: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%200.8.112.dmg
Linux x86_64: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-0.8.112.tar.gz
Linux x86: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86-0.8.112.tar.gz

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Source: Snaphow via Dropbox Forums

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