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That new file browser in iOS 11
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Thorzdad
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Jan 7, 2018, 07:45 PM
 
It’s nice that the file browser can hook up to my Dropbox account. However, it does not appear that the file browser can generate thumbnail images of the files in it. I get thumbnails for all of my local files, just not the Dropbox content. Is this as designed, or is there a way to get thumbnails for the Dropbox images to show up?
     
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Jan 8, 2018, 04:03 AM
 
All my PDFs and graphics in Dropbox show thumbnails in the Files app (iPhone 6s, iPad Pro 10.5”).
     
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Jan 8, 2018, 10:19 AM
 
Tell me the reason I need another app to look at dropbox files?
     
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Jan 8, 2018, 11:56 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Tell me the reason I need another app to look at dropbox files?
You've got it backwards:

iOS' "Files" app incorporates all the others.

I use the Files app, because it doesn't care whether something is in an app's storage, in Dropbox, Box, or iCloud Drive.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Jan 8, 2018, 03:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
All my PDFs and graphics in Dropbox show thumbnails in the Files app (iPhone 6s, iPad Pro 10.5”).
Weird. The thumbnails show up as expected in the Dropbox app, just not Files. All I get is a generic "file" icon with a little cloud icon in the upper right corner for downloading the file.


Of course, without thumbnails, I'm not able to determine which file I might want to download.
     
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Jan 10, 2018, 08:45 PM
 
That whole “meaningful file name” thing doesn’t always work when you are running an iOS device that doesn’t let you assign a file name in the first place...

For what it’s worth, almost all of my Dropbox files have good thumbnails.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Jan 10, 2018, 08:52 PM
 
I don't have hardly any files except for dropbox, so maybe that's why it's not useful for me as yet.
     
Thorzdad  (op)
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Jan 10, 2018, 09:40 PM
 
Well, nuts.

Update...After rummaging around the web, I ran across others who were having the same problem. One suggestion was a hard reboot of my iPad. For whatever reason, it seems to have worked. I haz thumnails.
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Jan 10, 2018, 11:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
That whole “meaningful file name” thing doesn’t always work when you are running an iOS device that doesn’t let you assign a file name in the first place...
You can’t rename files?

Tap and hold a file. That works fine for me for renaming and/or duplicating.
     
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Jan 12, 2018, 11:00 AM
 
I should clarify: Most files that get put on my iPad or iPhone (like pictures) have a file name assigned, and I'm not the one naming the file. I usually don't worry about it. But if I want to use a picture from Camera Roll somewhere else, it's got whatever name it got when it was taken, and I can't (seem to, anyway) rename the pictures IN the Camera Roll. And of course the File Browser doesn't list what's taken care of in Photos...

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Feb 2, 2018, 06:44 AM
 
Finally it happend.
     
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Feb 2, 2018, 11:15 AM
 
What, prey tell?
     
   
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