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Collection folder for collecting file submissions

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder. ... Dropbox Inc

System, method, and computer program for enabling a user to access and edit via a virtual drive objects synchronized to a plurality of synchronization clients

A system, method, and computer program for enabling a user to edit and access local and remote objects via a virtual drive, including objects synchronized to a plurality of synchronization clients. A virtual drive is displayed on the user's local client device with all objects, which a user has synchronized to a synchronization server. ... Dropbox Inc

User interface for viewing items in a synchronization system

In a synchronization system, the present invention provides an improved user interface through which a user can view and manage settings associated with the user's account in the synchronization system. In the preferred embodiment, a column is displayed for each electronic device associated with the user's account in the synchronization system. ... Dropbox Inc

Identifying and blocking prohibited content items in a content management system

To identify whether a content item is prohibited, a content management system can generate a content item fingerprint for the content item and then compare the generated content item fingerprint to a blacklist of content item fingerprints for prohibited content items. If the generated content item fingerprint matches any of the content item fingerprints included in the blacklist, the content management system can determine that the content item is prohibited. ... Dropbox Inc

Shared workspaces with selective content item synchronization

Shared workspaces with selective content item synchronization. In one embodiment, for example, a personal computing device is configured to send a request to a server of a cloud-based content management system to join a shared workspace. ... Dropbox Inc

Multi-user search system with methodology for personalized search query autocomplete

A multi-user search system with methodology for personalized search query autocomplete. In one embodiment, for example, a computer-implemented method includes: receiving a search query having an incomplete token; generating an index key that is composed of both (a) an identifier of a document namespace that a user account associated with the search query is authorized to access, and (b) the incomplete token; accessing an index dictionary with the index key to identify a plurality of index tokens, each index token of the plurality of index tokens having the identifier of the document namespace as part of the index token and having the incomplete token as a token portion of the index token or as a prefix of the token portion of the index token; iterating over the plurality of index tokens until a stop condition is reached; and returning an answer to the search query based on the iterating.. ... Dropbox Inc

Multi-user search system with methodology for personal searching

A multi-user search system with methodology for personal searching. In one embodiment, for example, a computer-implemented method includes: receiving a search query; routing the search query to a particular index server based on an identifier of a document namespace; using the identifier of the document namespace at the particular index server to identify a set of matching and authorized indexed documents; and providing an answer to the search query identifying the set of matching and authorized indexed documents.. ... Dropbox Inc

Managing reminders in a content management system

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing reminders in a content management system. For example, a user can select content (e.g., a content item, content within a content item, metadata for a content item, etc.) and provide input to cause the content management system to generate a reminder related to the content. ... Dropbox Inc

Enriching contact data based on content sharing history in a content management system

A content management system enriches contact records obtained from a client device using user records stored on the content management system. The content management system receives contact records from a client device authorized on a user account of the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

Inserting content into an application from an online synchronized content management system

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for inserting content into an application from an online synchronized content management system are disclosed. The system can receive text input into an application at a client device associated with the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

In-collaborative content item notifications in shared collaborative content items

A collaborative content management system allows users to access collaborative content items. When a client device accesses a shared collaborative content item, the client device displays a portion of the collaborative content item that falls within a viewport. ... Dropbox Inc

System and method for serving a message client

A system and method for synchronizing messages between client application instances and a message service provider includes a connection service communicatively coupled to a plurality of client messaging application instances; a first intermediary transfer layer with an inbound message data queue that queues message updates of a client application instance and an outbound message data queue that queues message updates and notifications from a mailbox service layer; a mailbox service layer communicatively coupled to the connection service through the first intermediary transfer layer; a second intermediary transfer layer with an mailbox message data queue that contains queued message data directed at the mailbox service layer and a message service data queue that contains queued message updates directed at a message service layer; and a message service layer configured for message interactions with an outside message service provider.. . ... Dropbox Inc

Comment management in shared documents

Anonymous comments and comment rooms can improve privacy and facilitate user activity in a collaboration content item system. Some embodiments may include a method for providing comment rooms for collaboration content items. ... Dropbox Inc

Comment management in shared documents

Anonymous comments and comment rooms can improve privacy and facilitate user activity in a collaboration content item system. Some embodiments include a method for anonymous comments that can include receiving a request to add an anonymous comment to a collaboration content item. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180191652

Content management system with integrated email service

Disclosed herein are techniques for combining content management system functionality with an email or messaging server. A system can associate an email with a content item, through express attachment, direct reference such as a link, indirect reference, or otherwise. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180191645

File-level comments in collaborative content items

A collaborative content management system enables users to selectively create file-level comments, in addition to content level comments, in collaborative content items. A file-level comment can be created in a number of different ways, including creating a comment associated with a title, header, heading, or other designated portion of the content; by designating a message associated with sharing the content item as a file-level comment; by replaying via a messaging system to a message sharing the content item; or by including a file-level primitive in the content of a comment. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189736

Managing tasks in a content management system

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing tasks in a content management system. For example, the content management system can collect, aggregate, and/or store task data assigned to a user from across projects and/or content items. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189735

Managing projects in a content management system

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing projects in a content management system. For example, the content management system can create a project folder (e.g., shared folder) for managing data associated with a project. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189734

Presenting project data managed by a content managemnet system

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing projects using references between the project and project items. Project items can be, for example, synchronized content items, collaborative content items, other projects, folders, tasks, user accounts, etc. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189733

Creating projects in a content management system

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing projects using references between the project and project items. Project items can be, for example, synchronized content items, collaborative content items, other projects, folders, tasks, user accounts, etc. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189708

Goals service with data model

The present technology provides a goals service for creating goals and milestones, and managing them. In some embodiments, the goals service can be associated with a data model that requires milestone to be attached to goals, and allows goals to be linked to larger goals in an organization. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189706

Managing project tasks using content items

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing project tasks using content items. A user can create tasks within a content item. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189693

Automatically suggesting project affiliations

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing projects using references between the project and project items. Project items can be, for example, synchronized content items, collaborative content items, other projects, folders, tasks, user accounts, etc. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189692

Managing projects using references

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing projects using references between the project and project items. Project items can be, for example, synchronized content items, collaborative content items, other projects, folders, tasks, user accounts, etc. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189488

Malware detection and content item recovery

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for malware detection and content item recovery. For example, a content management system can receive information describing changes made to content items stored on a user device. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189369

Version history management

A first client device associated with a first account of a content management system can receive a first or latest version of a synchronized content item. The first client device can determine differences or the “diff” between the first version and a second or next-to-latest version of the content item and upload the first version and the diff to the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189343

Notifications system for content collaborations

In some embodiments, a content management system can monitor events generated by client devices and associated with user accounts registered at the content management system, and determine notification triggering rules corresponding to the user accounts. The content management system can identify one or more events that satisfy a respective notification triggering rule from the notification triggering rules, and correlate the respective notification triggering rule to a respective user account from the user accounts to yield a user account and triggering rule correlation. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189339

Event context enrichment

A database structure and a system that uses the structure to facilitate efficient context enrichment of low-level events occurring in a distributed computing system. In one aspect, the database structure comprises a table accessible to a distributed storage system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189334

Accessing historical content items of a content management system through placeholders

The present technology provides an interface and system for generating a previous version of a directory structure that can be useful in the restoration of a directory or file. The system, methods and non-transitory computer-readable storage media include receiving a request for a previous version of a directory structure at an indicated date, querying a content management system for placeholder content items associated with the previous version of the directory structure at the indicated date, receiving the placeholder content items, and generating a read-only copy of at least a portion of the previous version of the directory structure at the indicated date based on the placeholder content items, wherein the read-only copy of the directory structure is separate from the directory structure at a current date.. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189317

Accessing network based content items by a mobile device while offline

Disclosed are systems and methods of accessing content items stored at a content management system by a mobile device, when the mobile device is not communicatively coupled to the content management system. The content management system can receive an indication to mark a content item (e.g., folder and the content items associated with the folder) as available to a mobile device when the mobile device is offline. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189311

File system warnings for moves of shared content items

The present technology operates in an application layer of an operating system on a client device of a content management system to monitor for changes to shared content items that are likely unintentional—for example the change might move a content item out of a shared space, or otherwise remove the shared content item from access by other users. The present technology can detect a content item change event on a client device, compare a source file system path for the content item change event with a destination file system path for the content item change event to determine a canonical move causing the content item change event, determine that the canonical move was likely unintentional; and display a notification informing the user that a content item change that was likely unintentional was detected and then allow the user to either confirm or deny (undo) the detected change.. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189292

Optimizing search result snippet selection

Techniques for optimizing search result snippet selection. In one aspect, the techniques include receiving a query and identifying a set of documents matching the query. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189256

Shortcut to move a selection into a new document

A computer implemented method that renders a document and receives a selection of a portion of the rendered document along with a linked document command from a user. The method prompts the user for a title for a new document for the selected portion. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189255

Image annotations in collaborative content items

A collaborative content management system enables users to selectively create threads and comments linked to specific portions of an image. An image comment may be indicated by a tag displayed at the location based on the specific portion of the image and having an identifier of the thread. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189250

Inline content item editor commands

Inline content item editor commands are provided. An implementation allows a user to initiate various functions related to a content item being edited by entering a command expression inline with the content of the content item being edited. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189246

Aggregating content from one or more documents

A computer implemented methods to allow a user to copy content from a rendered document into a target document using a linking command. The target document can be a new document or an existing document, that is not rendered. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189073

User interface extender

Described embodiments enable generation of user interface (ui) extensions to a ui of a separate application. For example, a method may include receiving system notifications from the operating system indicating ui events associated with a ui state of the operating system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189048

User engagement aware auto-updater

The present technology pertains to a technique for updating an application; the technique seeks to select when to install the update to minimize interrupting a user experience with the application. For example, a system can download an update for the application and obtain an activity flag. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180188930

Presence, access, and seen state for local copies of shared content items

The present technology displays an access list, seen state information, and presence information for content items stored and managed by a content management system. Advantageously, the present technology does not require users to view or work on content items within the content management system—they can work on content items natively on their own computing device.. ... Dropbox Inc

07/05/18 / #20180188901

System and method for generating desktop focus work areas

In some embodiments, a client application at a computing device can receive a request to generate a digital focus area based on input criteria. In response to the request, the client application can search a local storage and/or a remote storage for content related to the input criteria to yield a content collection, the remote storage being associated with a user account registered at a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181769

Data loss prevention for an online content management platform

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for providing content management features in a messaging service. A content management system is configured to receive an update to a rule in a data loss prevention (dlp) policy, to identify, based on a log of dlp violations, one or more content items for updating content management permissions, and to update the content management permissions for the one or more content items based on the update to the rule.. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181723

Kernel event triggers for content item security

The present technology pertains to responding to a kernel level file event for a content item and presenting a file event window associated with the content item. A client device can detect the kernel level file event for the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181670

Personal content item searching system and method

Enable using a user computer to search the user's personal content items hosted by an online content management service, the online content management service having an indexer computer configured to generate a base index of the user's content items hosted by the service, a base index server computer configured to transmit the generated base index over a network to the user computer, an index mutation generator computer configured to generate index mutations for subsequent changes to user's hosted content items, and an index mutation sever computer configured to transmit the generated index mutations over the network to the user computer. In one aspect, the system and method enable searches of the user's hosted content items and changes thereto to be conducted at the user computer using an index local to the user computer constructed based on the base index and the index mutations received by the user computer.. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181634

Storage constrained synchronization engine

A client application of a content management system provides instructions for synchronizing content items and placeholder items using a local file journal and updated file journal. The client application compares entries in the updated file journal to entries in the local file journal to determine modifications to make to content items or placeholder items stored in a shared content storage directory on the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181587

Collaboration enhanced with kernel event triggers

The present technology pertains to responding to a kernel level file event for a content item and presenting a file event window associated with the content item. A client device can detect the kernel level file event for the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181549

Automatically formatting content items for presentation

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for automatically formatting content items for presentation. For example, in response to receiving an invocation of a presentation mode for a content item, a computing device can generate a tree structure representing the structure of the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181449

Kernel event triggers

The present technology pertains to responding to a kernel level file event for a content item and presenting a file event window associated with the content item. A client device can detect the kernel level file event for the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181448

Kernel event triggers

The present technology pertains to responding to a kernel level file event for a content item and presenting a file event window associated with the content item. A client device can detect the kernel level file event for the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181266

Kernel event triggers

The present technology pertains to responding to a kernel level file event for a content item and presenting a file event window associated with the content item. A client device can detect the kernel level file event for the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/14/18 / #20180165851

Automated chart generation within a document generation application

A method and apparatus for generating charts within a document generation application is provided. The method comprises, within a document generation application, tabular data; associating, for each column and each row of the tabular data, the labels and the numerical data contained therein with one of a plurality of data types; determining, without user input, that the tabular data is one of column-oriented or row-oriented; selecting the first column or the first row as corresponding to an x-axis, respectively; applying a heuristic model resulting in a selection of a chart type of a plurality of chart types, the selection made without user input; automatically generating a chart of the selected chart type depicting a graphical representation of the labels and the numerical data.. ... Dropbox Inc

06/14/18 / #20180165471

Nested namespaces for selective content sharing

Nested namespaces for selective content sharing. In one embodiment, for example, a computer-implemented method includes the steps of: receiving a request to share a content item with a first set of user accounts held with a content management system; determining a first namespace to which the content item belongs; based on detecting that a second set of user accounts allowed to access the first namespace is different from the first set of user accounts, creating a second namespace nested in the first namespace; associating the first set of user accounts with the second namespace; and based on the first set of user accounts being associated with the second namespace, allowing the first set of user accounts to access content items, including the content item, belonging to the second namespace.. ... Dropbox Inc

06/14/18 / #20180164971

Content item activity feed for presenting events associated with content items

A content management system provides event data relating to other users' activity or interactions with a content item for display in an activity feed provided in conjunction with a user interface of a native application displaying the content item. Though provided in conjunction with the native application, the event data is maintained separate from the content data of the content item and displayed in the activity feed by an application separate from the native application of the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157662

Identifying relevant information within a document hosting system

This disclosure generally covers systems and methods that identify relevant information for a user based on an object graph for documents and other files hosted by a document hosting system. In particular, certain embodiments of the disclosed systems and methods generate an object graph comprising interconnected nodes representing relationships among documents and other files on the document hosting system. ... Dropbox Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146199

Digital image recompression

Techniques for image recompression. In one implementation, the techniques are implemented to recompress a baseline joint photographic experts group (jpeg) image with compression savings. ... Dropbox Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146027

Identifying content items for inclusion in a shared collection

The described systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media manage pooled collections of content items in a content management system. An example system can receive, from a user device, content uploaded to an account at a synchronized online content management system, and cluster some of the content as a collection. ... Dropbox Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144308

Natural language calendar

The described calendar system receives a natural language calendar request and parses the calendar request to generate one or more request components. The calendar system determines a calendar function based on the one or more request components, such as adding a meeting, modifying a meeting, or searching a calendar for keywords. ... Dropbox Inc

05/24/18 / #20180144038

Propagating computable dependencies within synchronized content items between first and third-party applications

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. The content management system provides a first party web application to the user. ... Dropbox Inc

05/24/18 / #20180143987

Organizing network-stored content items into shared groups

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for adding users to groups of content items organized into events based on a common attribute. An example system configured to practice the method can receive, from a client device, content items uploaded to a synced online content management system, wherein the content items are associated with an account of a first user. ... Dropbox Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139300

Displaying presence in an application accessing shared and synchronized content

A client application of a device collects presence information and other interaction information from an application viewing a content item synchronized with a content management system. The interaction information indicates interactions of a device with respect to a content item. ... Dropbox Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139085

Apparent cloud access for hosted content items

Techniques for apparent cloud access of a hosted content item. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed at a personal computing device executing a user agent comprises: receiving a block agent request for a content item from the user agent; determining content item block identifiers of content item blocks that make up the content item; determining which, if any, of the content item blocks that make up the content item are not stored in a local storage of the personal computing device; downloading, from a block server of an online content management system, any of the content item blocks that are not stored in a local storage of the personal computing device; and sending to the user agent, in a response to the block agent request, data of each of the content item blocks that make up the content item.. ... Dropbox Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131773

Communication protocols for an online content management system

In some embodiments, a client application at a client device can receive, from a browser application at the client device, a first message including a unique identifier associated with a session of the browser application at a website associated with a content management system. The client application can extract the unique identifier from the first message, and establish a connection between the client application and the content management system by sending, from the client application to the content management system, a second message including the unique identifier. ... Dropbox Inc

05/10/18 / #20180131653

Dynamic filter generation for message management systems

Filtering rules for incoming messages can be dynamically generated by a message management service based on patterns in the user's behavior. The message management service can analyze event records associating user actions with features of messages to detect correlations between message features and resulting actions, including correlations across multiple messaging accounts belonging to the same user. ... Dropbox Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129950

Providing intelligent storage location suggestions

One or more embodiments of a content system provide machine-learned storage location recommendations for storing content items. Specifically, an online content management system can train a machine-learning model to identify a storage pattern from previously stored content items in a plurality of storage locations corresponding to a user account of a user. ... Dropbox Inc

05/10/18 / #20180129568

Undo changes on a client device

In some implementations, a user can be notified when a content item operation initiated by the user on a client device may render a shared or linked content item inaccessible to the user or others. The notification can give the user an option to undo the content item operation. ... Dropbox Inc

05/03/18 / #20180124129

Automatic creation of groups based on a degree of collaboration among users

Users of a content management system (cms) collaboratively work together to create, review, and edit the content items in the shared folder. The cms provides a messaging service that allows the users to exchange messages and automatically recommends chat groups to users based on their shared folders and a level of collaboration determined for each content item in a shared folder. ... Dropbox Inc

05/03/18 / #20180122054

Enhancing a digital image

One or more embodiments of an image enhancement system enable a computing device to generate an enhanced digital image. In particular, a computing device can enhance a digital image including, for example, a photograph of a whiteboard, document, chalkboard, or other object having a uniform background. ... Dropbox Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121825

Providing intelligent file name suggestions

One or more embodiments of a content naming system provide machine-learned name suggestions to a user for naming content items. Specifically, an online content management system can train a machine-learning model to identify a naming pattern from previously stored content items corresponding to a user account of the user. ... Dropbox Inc

05/03/18 / #20180121672

Restricting access to content

Various embodiments restrict or enable access to content items of an account based on login information or content request properties. For example, a synchronized online content management system can receive a request including one or more content request properties from a client device to access a user account. ... Dropbox Inc

04/12/18 / #20180101545

Dropsite for shared content

Embodiments are provided for a dropsite. In some embodiments, information is received on a creation location and a date and time of creation of a content item, and a determination is made if (i) the date and time of creation is within a predefined span of time, and (ii) the creation location is within a predefined geographical area to permit association of the content item with a shared folder whose inclusion criteria match said date and time and geographic location.. ... Dropbox Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097877

Linking content items and collaboration content items

A content management system provides content item sharing and synchronization for users of client devices. The content items stored by content management system can include any type of data, such as digital data, media, data files and databases, source and object code, recordings, and any other type of data or file. ... Dropbox Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097757

Managing message attachments

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing email attachments in an online content management system. In some implementations, a messaging client can receive input attaching a content item to an electronic message in a message thread. ... Dropbox Inc

04/05/18 / #20180097755

Automatically converting messages into a collaboration content item

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for automatically converting messages into a collaboration content item in a content management system. For example, a message conversion module on a computing system can receive a message or message thread addressed to one or more recipients. ... Dropbox Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096273

Managing projects in a content management system

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for managing projects in a content management system. In some embodiments, a content management system can generate a graphical user interface that presents a centralized view of a project. ... Dropbox Inc

03/29/18 / #20180089155

Document differences analysis and presentation

The present technology pertains to displaying a version of a content item and an indication of differences between that version and another version of the content item. For example, a content management system can iterate through portions of a first version of a content item and attempt to match those portions with portions of a second version of the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084031

Proactively sending hosted content items to user computing devices

Techniques for proactively sending hosted content items to user computing devices. In one embodiment, for example, a method includes collecting access event data representing a plurality of access events pertaining to a content item hosted with an online content management service; based on the access event data indicating that the content item is accessed at a plurality of user computing devices, determining a cross-device access signal for the content item; collecting additional access event data representing a third access event pertaining to the content item; and based on the additional access event data satisfying the cross-device access signal, sending at least a portion of the content item to a user computing device of the plurality of user computing devices.. ... Dropbox Inc

03/15/18 / #20180076960

System and method for rotating client security keys

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for rotating security keys for an online synchronized content management system client. A client having a first security key as an active security key may send a request to a server for a new security key as a replacement for the first security key. ... Dropbox Inc

03/15/18 / #20180075224

View-based expiration of shared content

Techniques related to view-based expiration of shared content are described. An online content management system receives a view access request from a client device. ... Dropbox Inc

03/15/18 / #20180074683

Browsing and selecting content items based on user gestures

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods that provide users with efficient and effective user experiences when browsing, selecting, or inspecting content items. More specifically, systems and methods described herein provide users the ability to easily and effectively select multiple content items via a single touch gesture (e.g., swipe gesture). ... Dropbox Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067619

Native application collaboration

A secondary device receives presence information for a content item that is synchronized by a content management system with the secondary device and with a primary device. If a user of the primary device is present as indicated by the presence information, a collaboration element is displayed on the secondary device. ... Dropbox Inc

03/01/18 / #20180060065

Advanced packaging techniques for improving work flows

Source code of a logical segment of a codebase can be isolated from other portions of the codebase yet the logical segment and the other portions may have mutual dependencies. Packaging multiple versions of the logical segment and the other portions of the codebase to be compilable as a single binary file can simplify the development, testing, and release work flows of the codebase. ... Dropbox Inc

03/01/18 / #20180059926

Activating a camera function within a content management application

One or more embodiments of the present disclosure include a content management system that allows a user to easily activate a camera while viewing digital content. For example, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface that includes a scroll element that allows a user to navigate through digital content. ... Dropbox Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054426

System and method for non-replayable communication sessions

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for a non-replayable communication system are disclosed. A first device associated with a first user may have a public identity key and a corresponding private identity. ... Dropbox Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054425

System and method for non-replayable communication sessions

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for a non-replayable communication system are disclosed. A first device associated with a first user may have a public identity key and a corresponding private identity. ... Dropbox Inc

02/22/18 / #20180052587

User interface for content sharing client in a desktop file system context

Described embodiments enable device users to share content items directly from the context of a desktop file system user interface. A share bar is displayed in the file system user interface, where the share bar includes one or more graphical control elements that provide additional functionality with respect to one or more selected content items in the user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048698

File sharing via link generation

Users specify that a file set comprising their files, folders, or other content owned by the users should be made accessible via a link, such as a uniform resource locator (url). The system which stores and provides access to the files accordingly creates a link that specifies the file set to be made accessible. ... Dropbox Inc

02/01/18 / #20180034910

Content item synchronization by block

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems. The content items are transmitted to the content management system and managed as blocks of data with a fixed size. ... Dropbox Inc

02/01/18 / #20180034868

User notifications for interaction information

A content management system creates and modifies user notification queues for shared content items synchronized between a content management system and multiple devices. A user notification queue includes interactions with a shared content item that may be presented to a user to indicate recent interactions with the shared content item by other sharing users. ... Dropbox Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032595

Storage constrained synchronization of shared content items

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Each client device has a storage allocation for synchronized shared content items. ... Dropbox Inc

01/25/18 / #20180025251

Live document detection in a captured video stream

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods to quickly and accurately identify boundaries of a displayed document in a live camera image feed, and provide a document boundary indicator within the live camera image feed. For example, systems and methods described herein utilize different display document detection processes in parallel to generate and provide a document boundary indicator that accurately corresponds with a displayed document within a live camera image feed. ... Dropbox Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024974

Enhancing documents portrayed in digital images

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods that efficiently and effectively generate an enhanced document image of a displayed document in an image frame captured from a live image feed. For example, systems and methods described herein apply a document enhancement process to a displayed document in an image frame that result in an enhanced document image that is cropped, rectified, un-shadowed, and with dark text against a mostly white background. ... Dropbox Inc

01/25/18 / #20180024715

Systems and methods for displaying an image capturing mode and a content viewing mode

Embodiments are also provided for displaying an image capturing mode and a content viewing mode. In some embodiments, one or more live images may be received from an image capturing component on a mobile device. ... Dropbox Inc

01/11/18 / #20180012109

Generating and utilizing normalized scores for classifying digital objects

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods that enable more accurate digital object classification. In particular, disclosed systems and methods address inaccuracies in digital object classification introduced by variations in classification scores. ... Dropbox Inc

01/04/18 / #20180005040

Event-based image classification and scoring

Embodiments of the present invention analyze and score each image associated with a group to determine representative image or images for the group. Such analysis can include detecting objects shown in the images, determining the quality of the images, and/or contextually analyzing the images as a group. ... Dropbox Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366758

System and method for acquiring virtual and augmented reality scenes by a user

A preferred method of acquiring virtual or augmented reality (var) scenes can include at a plurality of locations of interest, providing one or more users with a predetermined pattern for image acquisition with an image capture device and for each of the one or more users, in response to a user input, acquiring at least one image at the location of interest. The method of the preferred embodiment can also include for each of the one or more users, in response to the acquisition of at least one image, providing the user with feedback to ensure a complete acquisition of the virtual or augmented reality scene; and receiving at a remote database, from each of the one or more users, one or more var scenes. ... Dropbox Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366644

Systems and methods for managing content items having multiple resolutions

Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media for managing content items having multiple resolutions may be provided. In some embodiments, a user device may send a request to access one or more images from a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364245

Predictive caching and fetch priority

Predicting what content items a user finds important and sending those items to a cache on the user's device at times when doing so will not drain resources and will not result in expensive data rates. Applying a ranking function that examines recency and other content metadata associated with the user's content items stored in a synchronized content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346821

Identifying accounts having shared credentials

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for identifying accounts having shared credentials. In some implementations, a content management system can collect user login context data when a user logs in to or accesses a user account of the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346802

Out of box experience application api integration

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for providing an original equipment manufacturer with application program interface (api) for registering an account and creating a custom uniform resource locator (url) on a content management system, from which the out-of-box experience application can download and install a pre-authorized version of a client application for the content management system.. . ... Dropbox Inc

11/30/17 / #20170346797

Detecting compromised credentials

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for detecting compromised credentials. In some implementations, a content management system can receive information identifying compromised login credentials (e.g., account identifier, password, etc.) from a third party server. ... Dropbox Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345459

Synchronizing edits to low- and high-resolution versions of digital videos

One or more embodiments of a video editing system enable one or more users to conveniently edit a digital video. In particular, an online content management system can provide a low resolution version of a digital video to a client device. ... Dropbox Inc

11/23/17 / #20170337052

Interface description language for application programming interfaces

An application programming interface (api) analysis engine can validate and parse an api specification. It can determine if the api specification (or portion thereof) contains major or minor changes from a previous version of the api specification. ... Dropbox Inc

11/16/17 / #20170330149

Implementing a consistent ordering of operations in collaborative editing of shared content items

Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for ordering editing operations in collaborative editing of shared content items. The content management system can receive an edit operation from a first client for a content item that is shared for collaborative editing between the first client and a second client. ... Dropbox Inc

11/16/17 / #20170329990

Content preview including sharable information

A user of a content management system can store one or more content items at the user's account with the system. In some instances, the system can generate and present a preview of a content item of interest (e.g., a content item selected by the user). ... Dropbox Inc

11/09/17 / #20170322937

Providing a content preview

A content preview of a content item stored in an online storage system can be viewed on a client device without the content item itself being downloaded to the client device and without the use of software associated with the content item being installed on the client device. Furthermore, data storage and processing requirements can be minimized by creating and storing only one content preview for each unique content item. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170310813

Messaging client application interface

A user interface for a messaging client application can include a message list. By executing various input operations on a representation of a message in the message list, the user can take an action on the message. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170310737

Systems and methods for downloading files

Systems according to various embodiments use a file download widget to facilitate the download of one or more files from one or more servers associated with a website. In particular embodiments, the file download widget may be used to facilitate the download of one or more particular files that are associated with the widget directly to a content management system, such as a synched or non-synched cloud-based content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170310620

Facilitating access to content from group interactions

The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates access to content. During operation, the system detects uploading of the content within a group interaction among a set of users. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308698

Scanning content items based on user activity

In some embodiments, a content management system can initiate a scan of a content item when the content management system detects that activity associated with the content item triggers a scan policy. In some embodiments, a content management system can initiate a scan of a user's account when the content management system detects that activity associated with the content item triggers a scan policy. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308600

Storage constrained synchronization engine

A client application of a content management system provides instructions for synchronizing content items and placeholder items using a local file journal and updated file journal. The client application compares entries in the updated file journal to entries in the local file journal to determine modifications to make to content items or placeholder items stored in a shared content storage directory on the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308599

Storage constrained synchronization engine

A client application of a content management system provides instructions for synchronizing content items and placeholder items using a local file journal and updated file journal. The client application compares entries in the updated file journal to entries in the local file journal to determine modifications to make to content items or placeholder items stored in a shared content storage directory on the client device. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308598

Storage constrained synchronization engine

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. If a storage allocation for shared content items on a client device is exceeded by the request to add or edit a content item such that it is enlarged, a client application or the host of content management system selects content items to remove from residence on the client device but keep remotely on content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308443

Network folder resynchronization

Resynchronization of folders shared among multiple client devices over a network is provided. Metadata and hash values stored on the client device are moved from a metadata database to a resynchronization database, and the data in the metadata database is deleted. ... Dropbox Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295238

Collection folder for collecting file submissions via a customizable file request

A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder via a customizable file request. ... Dropbox Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289210

Change comments for synchronized content items

Described embodiments enable device users sharing content items via a content management system to view and modify content items within native applications on their client devices. In various embodiments, a client application detects a save operation on a content item and prompts a user to provide a comment based on changes to the content item. ... Dropbox Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286415

Intelligently identifying and presenting digital documents

One or more embodiments of a document organization system quickly and conveniently provide digital documents to a user on a client device based on a physical object. In particular, the document organization system can receive an image of a physical document and an identifier from a first client device, identify digital documents that match the physical document, and provide the matching digital documents to a second client device, which displays the identifier. ... Dropbox Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285928

Shared folder backed integrated workspaces

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for shared folder backed integrated workspaces. In some implementations, a content management system can provide a graphical user interface (gui) that integrates communications and content management into a single user interface. ... Dropbox Inc

09/28/17 / #20170279702

System and method for automated issue remediation for information technology infrastructure

A system and method for extensible, protective, and verifiable automated issue remediation for information technology infrastructure comprises invoking an application programming interface to obtain at least one issue object corresponding to an alert generated by a monitoring system; matching the issue object to at least one diagnosis plugin of a plurality of diagnosis plugins; obtaining a prescription object from the diagnosis plugin, the prescription object comprising a remedy; and invoking the remedy after verifying the remedy is authorized to proceed.. . ... Dropbox Inc

09/21/17 / #20170270322

Techniques for recovering missing devices

Techniques are provided for assisting owners to recover missing devices. The missing device automatically performs certain actions proactively in response to detecting conditions that indicate that the device has been lost or stolen. ... Dropbox Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264699

Recommendations for shareble links to content items stored in an online content management service

Recommendations for shareable links to content items stored in an online content management service. In one aspect, a recommendation is sent to a first user to create and share a shareable link to a content item with a second user. ... Dropbox Inc

09/14/17 / #20170262186

Reconstructing in-memory indices in a distributed data storage system

Reconstructing in-memory data block indices in a distributed data storage system where data blocks are stored in extents and the extents are replicated across storage devices. In one aspect, based on a reboot of a storage device and a copy of an extent stored in the storage device being in an open state, appends for data blocks in the copy of the extent stored in the storage device are replayed to reconstruct an in-memory data block index for the copy of the extent. ... Dropbox Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257405

Real time collaboration and document editing by multiple participants in a content management system

A content management system allows users to collaboratively edit, draft, or otherwise work with the same content item simultaneously by displaying a real-time data stream of a native application displaying a content item on a host device in a screen sharing window of a webpage. The screen sharing window is capable of receiving edit inputs and sending the edit inputs to a client application on the host device. ... Dropbox Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255761

Monitored shareable links to content items stored in an online content management service

Monitored shareable links to content items in an online content management service. In one aspect, based on determining that a first view metric associated with a shareable link to a content item is above a first activity threshold associated with the shareable link, a first action is taken on the shareable link. ... Dropbox Inc

09/07/17 / #20170255687

Content item block replication protocol for multi-premises hosting of digital content items

A content item block replication protocol for multi-premises hosting of digital content items. In one embodiment, for example, a method comprises: receiving, from a server, a server journal entry identifying one or more content item blocks of a content item represented by the server journal entry; storing a replication log entry corresponding to the server journal entry in a replication log, the replication log entry identifying the one or more content item blocks of the content item represented by the server journal entry and identifying a block server; and either offering to send the one or more content item blocks identified in the replication log entry to the block server identified in the replication log entry, or downloading the one or more content item blocks identified in the replication log entry from the block server identified in the replication log entry.. ... Dropbox Inc

08/31/17 / #20170250969

Techniques for invite enforcement and domain capture

Techniques for invite enforcement and domain capture. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed in an online service computing environment comprises the operations of: storing, in a database, an association between a team of one or more user accounts and a domain name service domain; receiving a request to invite an e-mail address belonging to the domain name service domain to join the team; creating, in a database, a placeholder user account that is a member of the team; associating, in a database, the e-mail address with the placeholder user account; and after an invitation for the e-mail address to join the team is accepted, converting, in a database, the individual user account to a team account that is (a) a member of the team and (b) associated with the e-mail address.. ... Dropbox Inc

08/31/17 / #20170250940

Custom share sheet with shortcut controls to share a content item

Techniques are described herein to generate a custom share sheet. The custom share sheet comprises one or more shortcut controls to share a content item using one or more corresponding contact-avenue pairs. ... Dropbox Inc

08/24/17 / #20170244675

Coerced encryption on connected devices

Techniques for coercing users to encrypt synchronized content stored at their personal computing devices. In some aspects, one or more computing devices receive, from a personal computing device, an indication of whether data stored in at least a portion of a storage device of the personal computing device is protected by disk encryption. ... Dropbox Inc

08/03/17 / #20170222865

Apparent cloud access for hosted content items

Techniques for apparent cloud access of a hosted content item. In one embodiment, for example, a method performed at a personal computing device comprising a user agent comprises: receiving a block agent request for a content item from the user agent; determining content item block identifiers of content item blocks that make up the content item; determining which, if any, of the content item blocks that make up the content item are not stored in a local storage of the personal computing device; downloading, from a block server of an online content management system, any of the content item blocks that are not stored in a local storage of the personal computing device; and sending to the user agent, in a response to the block agent request, data of each of the content item blocks that make up the content item.. ... Dropbox Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214668

Advanced security protocol for broadcasting and synchronizing shared folders over local area network

A method, system, and manufacture for securely broadcasting shared folders from one client device to other client devices and synchronizing the shared folders over a local area network. A first client device, associated with a content management system, generates a secure identifier for a shared folder, using a shared secret key that is associated with the shared folder. ... Dropbox Inc

07/20/17 / #20170206586

Dynamically customizing user quotas

An online content management system determines a new account configuration to offer to a user, including the price and/or size of a user's quota of storage space in an account on the online content management system, based on usage characteristics of the account. An account management module tracks account usage. ... Dropbox Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199861

Techniques for providing user interface enhancements for spreadsheets and tables

A system and method for providing user enhancements for spreadsheets and tables. In one implementation, the system detects a semantic organization event related to one or more data cells in a content-view of the spreadsheet or table. ... Dropbox Inc

07/13/17 / #20170199635

Bookmarking shared file and folder links

A document management system that is adapted to allow users to share files or folders by: (1) creating a link to the files or folders; and (2) sharing the link with other users. In particular embodiments, the system is adapted to keep track of any links generated by, sent by, and/or received by a particular user. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195416

Randomized peer-to-peer synchronization of shared content items

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. Client devices connected to peer devices on a lan utilize peer-to-peer synchronization to synchronize content items. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195402

Sharing a content item

A content item on a content management system can be shared using a generated sharing link. The sharing link can be a custom network address, such as a uniform resource locator (url), which allows the content item to be accessed without authentication. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195381

User notifications for interaction information

A content management system creates and modifies user notification queues for shared content items synchronized between a content management system and multiple devices. A user notification queue includes interactions with a shared content item that may be presented to a user to indicate recent interactions with the shared content item by other sharing users. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193848

Assignments for classrooms

A computer implemented method for distributing, collecting and monitoring assignments by a content management system. The method includes receiving a request for a file request from a teacher to distribute an assignment to one or more students. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193835

Releasing assignments to students

A computer implemented method for distributing, collecting, monitoring and releasing assignments by a content management system. The method includes distributing file requests for assignments to students. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193709

Dynamically displaying multiple virtual and augmented reality views on a single display

One variation of a method for dynamically displaying multiple virtual and augmented reality scenes on a single display includes determining a set of global transform parameters from a combination of user-defined inputs, user-measured inputs, and device orientation and position derived from sensor inputs; calculating a projection from a configurable function of the global transform parameters, context provided by the user and context specific to a virtual and augmented reality scene; rendering a virtual and augmented reality scene with the calculated projection on a subframe of the display; and repeating the previous two steps to render additional virtual and augmented reality scenes.. . ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193448

Mixed collaboration teams

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for implementing mixed collaboration teams. In some embodiments, a user of a content management system can create a team account within the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193447

Discoverable collaboration teams

Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for implementing discoverable collaboration teams. In some embodiments, a user of a content management system can create a team account within the content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193337

Generating and utilizing normalized scores for classifying digital objects

The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods that enable more accurate digital object classification. In particular, disclosed systems and methods address inaccuracies in digital object classification introduced by variations in classification scores. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193201

Automatic notifications for inadvertent file events

A content management system can detect file events that are suspected to be in error, and notify users having access to files affected by the detected file events of the detected events. The content management system can maintain a log of file events including a plurality of file identifiers. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193069

Propagating computable dependencies within synchronized content items between first and third-party applications

A content management system synchronizes content items across client computing systems connected by a network. The content management system provides a first party web application to the user. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193040

Servicing queries of an event index

Disclosed are systems and methods of querying a hybrid event index of a user. The systems and methods can include receiving a search request pertaining to at least a first namespace of a plurality of namespaces and determining a first index server storing a first portion of the hybrid event index associated with the first namespace. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193039

Servicing queries of an event log

Disclosed are systems and methods of querying an event log of a user. The systems and methods can include receiving a search request pertaining to at least a first namespace of a plurality of namespaces and determining a first index server storing a first portion of the event log associated with the first namespace, the first index server being one of a plurality of index servers, each of the plurality of index servers storing a portion of the event log pertaining to at least one namespace of the plurality of namespaces. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193001

Control transfer of shared content

An example computer implemented method to manage and transfer access to a synchronized content item across multiple users includes displaying a local version of the content item in an application window of a first application. The local version of the content item can be associated with a cloud version of the content item stored on a content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192988

On-device indexing of hosted content items

Techniques on on-device indexing of hosted content items are described. In one embodiment, for example, a method is performed at a portable electronic device. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192856

Techniques for providing user interface enhancements for online content management system version histories

A system and method for displaying an enhanced version history user interface for an online content management system. In one embodiment, a version history user interface includes version history entries that represent primary events and anchor events. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192764

Automated application installation

An example computer implemented method to automatically download and install a second application can include a first application detecting that a condition has occurred. This first application can be preinstalled by the original equipment manufacturer. ... Dropbox Inc

07/06/17 / #20170192656

Native application collaboration

A client device displays a content item in a window associated with a process on the device. A client application monitors the process for the content item and determines whether the content item is synchronized with a client device or content management system. ... Dropbox Inc

06/29/17 / #20170187720

Sharing files based on recipient-location criteria

Techniques are provided for enabling server-based file sharing that supports recipient-location criteria. Specifically, users that desire to share files are able to include recipient-location criteria in the sharing criteria for the files that the users provide for sharing. ... Dropbox Inc








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