Status Update

Hey people. It has been a long time since I have written my last blog post or user group message. Since then, I moved to another city and things were a bit hectic.
Unfortunately, Dropbox updated its software again and DropboxPortableAHK was broken for a few weeks now. I am very sorry that I could not provide an update and was also not reachable via the website or email, since I did not have my development machine with me until now.

Thanks to the community members there were some great instructions over at the user group that allowed you guys to continue using DropboxPortbleAHK while it was broken. My thanks go especially to Henk van den Akker, Xavier Geoffret, Alfonso Arciniega, and Juraj Frankovský, who all contributed to the instructions and continued to point others in the right direction.

I just published the latest Dropbox version (v48.4.58) to bring DropboxPortableAHK back from the dead and I am determined to provide faster updates in the future. Since nothing big has changed for DropboxPortableAHK in the last versions of Dropbox, I am even thinking of making the updates fully automatic. I will also set up the website mail accounts on my phone so that I can at least respond to requests in a timely fashion, even if I do not have my computer with me.

When DropboxPortableAHK works fine I always wonder if people actually still use it, because everything is so quiet. But when it broke a few weeks ago, it became noticeable that there are still quite a few users around (the user group received many messages and my inbox has a couple hundred messages that I go through now), some have been here since many years.
I don’t know why, but Google deactivated my AdSense account, which prevents me from making money from advertisements on this site. Please consider a donation if you use DropboxPortableAHK on a regular basis. If you’re an active user, also please comment here, at the user group, or drop me an email to let me know how DropboxPortableAHK helps you. It always makes me happy to see that my software is of value to others.

Sorry again for my long absence and for letting all of you down 🙁

EDIT: For clarity, the latest version is still v1.6.8.15 and can be downloaded from: DropboxPortableAHK v1.6.8.15. If you already have this version, you don’t have to download it again. Simply start DropboxPortableAHK.exe and it will offer to download the latest Dropbox version for you.

29 thoughts on “Status Update

  1. Thanks for the update nick! yes I was enjoying dbpahk until it was broken, gladly I found the fix in the user group as mentioned,

    Can’t wait for the feature to allow two instances running simultaneously

    Thanks again

  2. Hi Nick, first of all, let me say that I’m really glad to hear from you again! I was a bit concerned of your long silence…
    and for the rest, thank you for what you do: as you can see a bounce of people from everywhere use this nice now unmissable software
    and, of course, I’ll renew my donation early
    ciao
    tommaso

  3. So glad to be able to welcome you back 🙂
    Yes, we are still some using your work. And it’s not going to change!

    Wish you the best!

  4. You don’t have to be sorry! You did a tremendous job for so long already and everybody is not available sometimes! 😉

    Thank you for posting again and welcome back!

    HPP

  5. HI Nick,

    glad you be back an fixed the Problem. I use the portable app. every day. So could you pleas tell me wer i could donwload the newest Version? i can´t find it on your HP or in the goolge user Group. Thank´s a lott

  6. You are daBOMB.com! Thank you so much for DBPahk, it has saved me so much trouble! I can’t install any software on my work PC, which can be infuriating, but your Skillz saved the day! Keep up the great work!

  7. Thanks Nick to see you back. Sorry I could not find the latest version. You directed nowhere. A specific link with version number would be highly appreciated.

  8. Thanks, was using this years ago, have installed again. I hate droboxes many services and fluff. Worst of all its a PITA to stop from starting on boot. Your alternative is great.

  9. Hello

    It seems que Dropbox portable is dead! The dropbox is allways updating the program, making incompatibilities. After this, i sugest:
    MEOCLOUD registration by this invitation:

    https://meocloud.pt/?referral_code=ABkcX7hBoTafR9BFyrPMb3j9U

    The site and aplication is similar to Dropbox and it is portable by coping the instalation folder.

    The registration thru the invitation gives 5Gb of cloud storage.

    Thanks for all, but i’m living the portable dropbox.

  10. Hey Nick
    During wizard it stated, that dropbox needs to be downloaded. After downloading the login screen appears. After login a message showed up, that I use an old version of dropbox (v50.x.x.). So I copied manually the newer client to x:\DropboxAHK\.dbfiles\bin\Dropbox\Client and it worked. Maybe something to fix.
    BR, Fabio

  11. Hallo Nic, es tut mir leid, aber … “Damit Ihre Dateien weiterhin synchronisiert werden, müssen Sie sich bei Ihrem Dropbox-Konto anmelden und Ihre Dropbox in ein unterstütztes Dateisystem verschieben” … da ich das alles nicht so recht durchblicke, komme ich leider nicht weiter und schiebe grad bisserl Panik, da du heute ja geschrieben hast, dass du das update bereits geschickt hast… es hat auch was runtergeladen auf den stick, aber wenn ich da die dropbox anklicke, dann kommen die Dateien meines PCs und nicht die, die auf dem USB-Stick drauf sind (…glaube ich…)… vielleicht kannst du mir ja helfen!? Danke und schönen Abend!

    • Dein USB-Stick ist vermutlich als FAT32 o.ä. formatiert. Dropbox unterstützt seit neuestem leider nur noch das NTFS Dateisystem. Du musst daher deine Dateien vom USB Stick herunter kopieren, dann den USB mit NTFS neu formatieren (Achtung: das löscht alle Daten auf dem Stick) und danach die Daten wieder auf den Stick kopieren.
      Wenn du dann DropboxPortableAHK neu auf dem Stick einrichtest, sollte alles funktionieren.

  12. I am using Dropbox Portable! 🙂

    But I am sad that every once in a while Dropbox team would break something (they would usually call this “we added a new shiny feature” — that no one actually cared about) and then the portable version would break as well … and I need to wait for an update and so on…

    I enjoyed using Dropbox in the future much more than I am today. It was lightweight, less bloat, more simple and efficient features. I could also use two Dropbox clients side by side (with the help of your super-useful software!).

    Today things are more complex and less enjoyable. Still, I do try from time to time to keep my Dropbox and Dropbox Portable updated, and to sync a few files.

    I have also made a donation once and I’ll probably make one again — your efforts should be appreciated! 🙂

    At the end — frankly my impression is that lately, big companies want to create software that controls us! They don’t want to see the opposite — software that *we* could control (customize, adapt, make work better for us, etc.) — I guess this is why Dropbox is becoming more and more restrictive lately!

    And not only Dropbox — take a look at Microsoft Skype as an example — with each new update feature were less and less, restrictions were more and more. Skype broke support for various operating systems and older clients. Then size of files that could be transferred between Skype clients was greatly reduced. Then the interface became simpler and uglier as well. And in the latest update, you even cannot customize your Skype sounds — which Microsoft call (you guessed it), “A new great feature”!

    And it’s not only Dropbox and Skype — it’s happening with virtually all software that we are using daily… We have less and less choice and big companies enforce more and more control…

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