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Box will be releasing a new version of Box Edit to address issues that could arise due to Google phasing out the Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) in newer versions of the Chrome Browser. Existing Box Edit applications will auto-update to v3. The new version of Box Edit will not impact existing functionality or change expected behavior. For more information on Box Edit, including links to the new installers for Mac and Windows, read this overview and FAQ from Box.
MiWorkspace Mac users should have been prompted to update and can also choose to install the updated version at any time through the Managed Software Center. MiWorkspace Windows users with Box Edit installed will be updated automatically when the new version has been packaged and tested. Other Windows users who would like to get this software on their machine can submit a request via the ITS Service Center.
M+Box recently reached a huge milestone: 50,000 active accounts! What better way to celebrate than to give away some great prizes including Computer Showcase Gift Certificates and cool Box SWAG?
Interested? Use this form to describe a clever way you've used Box or how it's made it easier for you to get work done, whether by yourself or when collaborating with others. Each entry must describe one application of M+Box. If you use it in several different ways, please submit a separate entry for each application or use case.
Eligibility: Current U-M students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate, including temporary employees. (NOTE: Bargained-for staff may enter and receive Box SWAG, but are not eligible to receive gift certificates.)
Deadline for entry: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The ITS Collaboration Services team and the Collaboration Services Advisory Group will judge entries and select three winners by Wednesday, April 29. We will notify winners directly as well as post their names on the M+Box site and through our other usual communication channels.
Coming later this month, Box will redesign the content Preview interface in the web application and the Box Embed widget. Check out these screenshots for an early look at the Preview changes. You can test the new preview experience in advance by activating the feature. After trying it out, you can deactivate the change if you choose.
The new Preview experience will roll out to everyone in the coming weeks.
Here is what happened in February:
Change to Office PowerPoint in Box Preview: Box is changing how they convert and preview Office document files types to improve the overall conversion quality and speed. This change will mean that users will no longer have the ability to click on hyperlinks in PowerPoint files in Box preview. Box is working on restoring this feature for future use.
Box for Android v3.6: New features include mobile push notifications, bookmark support, support for EMM, iconography support for grey folders that distinguish externally-owned content, improved build uploads and downloads, copy and move operations, and support for password-protected PDFs. For more information, see What's New in Box for Android 3.X.
Box for iOS v3.6: New features include mobile push notifications, bookmark support, and support for EMM. For more information, see What's New in Box for iPhone and iPad 3.X.
Video preview now available: All M+Box users now have the ability to preview videos in Box. For more information, see What File Types Are Supported by Box Preview.
Ability to Lock and Unlock from Box Sync: Users now have the ability to lock and unlock files directly from the right-click menu of the desktop Box Sync application. When a file is locked, all collaborators in the synced folder will see the lock icon in their desktop Box Sync application as well as the Web application indicating the file is read-only. For more information, see How Do I Lock Files While I'm Editing Them.
Usability Improvements to the Box Sync Right-Click menu: Box has added an "Email Box link" option in the right-click menu, along with changing the language of the "Share Box Link" option to "Copy Box link". The "Email Box link" opens a mailto link with the user's mail client with a link to the Box file populated in the email body. For more information on these improvements, see Right-Click Menus.
New Content API Software Develop Kits (SDKs): Box has released two new Python and Chrome SDK's for the Box content API, which can be used to dramatically decrease development time on Box APIs. See SDKs and Tools for more information.
Box Notes Permissions Changes: Box has given Previewers Uploader and Previewers the ability to see Box Notes in read-only mode.
Box has issued an End-of-Life notice for the "All Tags" filter feature in Box to take effect on March 30, 2015. Users will no longer see "All Tags" in the tag filter list or when adding a new tag.
Workarounds for users include having the tag show up in "My tags" when adding or filtering by tags:
For more information on using tags, see Tagging Content in Box.
M+Box by the numbers as of Januray 2, 2015
As you may have read in our January Monthly Updates Box has made improvements to Box Notes functionality. Included in the recent update is more support for tables, version history, and uploading images. Version history changes include a new saved versions ability. Roughly every 5 minutes, or after 5 minutes of inactivity, users can access past versions by hovering over "Saved" in the toolbar and clicking "Show Version history". See Box Notes Overview and FAQ for more information on Box Notes.
Here is what happened in January:
Change to Office PowerPoint in Box Preview: Box is changing how they convert and preview Office document files types in order to improve the overall conversion quality and speed. This change will mean that users will no longer have the ability to click on hyperlinks in PowerPoint files in Box preview. Box is working on restoring this feature for future use.
Changing Shared Link Verbiage: Permission language on shared links is changing from "Anyone with this link" to "People with this link" across the Web application. Box will also be updating the Box mobile application for consistent verbiage. This change will in no way affect existing sharing functionality.
Shared Link Character Increase: Box has increased the number of characters in shared links for added security. Existing shared links will continue to work as expected. New shared links will have 32 random characters moving forward.
Box Notes Support for Tables, Version History, and Images Via Upload: Version history will now include a new saved version roughly every 5 minutes or after 5 minutes of inactivity. Users can access past versions by hovering over "Saved" in the toolbar and clicking "Show Version history".
A new Box course, Box OneCloud Apps for Mobile Productivity, is now being offered on lynda.com. A previous course, Up and Running with Box, is also available. More lynda.com courses about Box should be coming soon.
Faculty and regular staff on all U-M campuses and the Health System have access to thousands of lynda.com courses on business, software, technology, and creative skills at no cost to users. U-M students and temporary staff are not eligible for access. More information about agreement terms and login instructions are available online.
One of our favorite things on the M+Box team is hearing from the U-M community about how they are using M+Box at work, including tips and tricks they've learned. Recently, we got a great M+Box tip from Kellie Brown and Kim Wooton from ITS, who showed us how to suppress change notifications to a Box folder.
Owners and co-owners of a folder can suppress all notifications on a folder by clicking the More Options drop-down next to the appropriate folder on the All Files page (or from within a folder) then click Properties > Email Options.
Once the Folder Properties window options, click the Disable notifications for this folder checkbox to suppress all notifications on a folder. Once selected, no one will receive email notifications about changes to this folder.
This is great knowledge to have as we all know how annoying constant email notification can be. If you've got tips you use with M+Box, please take a few minutes and share with the community. It's something we will all benefit from!
Good news! You can now upload files of up to 15GB into Box, up from the previous 10GB limit. See below for more details:
As we announced in September, Box is ending support for all Box for Office 2007 integrations for Windows users. All Windows users must upgrade to the new version of Box for Office integration before January 31.
NOTE: Box for Office requires Windows 7 or higher, Office 2010 or higher, and administrative rights for installation.