There are two ways to create a showcase:
Once you’ve created a showcase, there are two ways to add files to it:
Please note that when you drag-and-drop files to a showcase, they'll be uploaded to a folder called Showcase uploads.
You can also add custom content to a showcase:
These assets will appear on the showcase page, as well as in the email that’s sent when you share your showcase.
Notes on custom content:
The final product could look something like the sample showcase below:
Change the size or position of a file preview
You can change the size or position of a file preview on the page in two ways:
Note: If you hover over the icons in the toolbars you’ll see a description of what each one does.
The title that appears alongside your files in a showcase defaults to the file name. You can click this title to customize. You can also write a caption for each file.
Note: The file preview title and caption are unique to the showcase, and do not change the name of the source file in your Dropbox account.
Adjust an image or file preview
You can change the portion of a file preview that appears on the page in three different ways:
Add text blocks
You can add text to a header and to file captions. You can also add text blocksoutside of these elements. These text blocks can be arranged within your showcase, and even expanded to full-page-width. To insert a text block:
Replace an image or file preview
You can replace an image or file preview on the page in three different ways:
To access both of these options, single-click the file preview and select from the toolbar that appears.
Reuse a logo
Once you've uploaded a logo to a showcase, you can reuse that logo for future showcases. You can also upload multiple logos, and choose between any of them. To reuse a logo:
You can also add a new logo at any time. To do so, click New logo.
Edit the files in a showcase
If you edit one of the files that's shared in the showcase, those changes will reflect in the showcase itself.
For example, the owner of the "Battlesnake…" showcase shown above can open the "Identity Mood Boards" presentation in their Dropbox account and edit it. Those edits will then be available for whoever the showcase is shared with (either as a preview or as a downloaded copy of the file).
In this way a showcase works much like a Dropbox shared folder: those with access will always see the latest copies of the files.
There are three ways to share a showcase:
Sample showcase link:
To manage who has access to this link:
Notes on sharing a showcase:
See activity on your showcase: views, downloads, and comments
You can quickly see how many people have viewed, downloaded, or left comments on a showcase:
Alternatively, you can open the showcase you'd like to view stats for, click the "…" (ellipsis), and then click View Activity.
Note: You'll also receive an email notification if someone viewed or commented on your showcase, or downloaded its files.
The people you share a showcase with can download all of the content in a showcase using a single button. However, if you're the creator of a showcase you can prevent this download. To do so:
Notes about download controls:
To make a duplicate copy of a showcase:
The duplicate copy of the showcase will have (Copy 1) appended to the title.
Does customizing the name of a file in a showcase also change that file’s name in my Dropbox?
No. If you customize the name of a file in a showcase, the name of the original (or "source") file in your Dropbox account remains the same. Customizing a file name in a showcase does not change metadata for the source file in any way.
Does a showcase use Dropbox storage space?
No, a showcase does not use additional Dropbox storage space. Only the files within the showcase use your storage space.
Do I have to keep files in sync in the showcase?
If you stop syncing a file in a showcase, the showcase will retain the most recently synced copy of that file.
If you have a file in a showcase and you then remove it from your Dropbox account, the icon (or "tile") for it will remain. However, the preview of the file will show "file unknown."
What file types preview in a showcase?
Any file type that previews in Dropbox will also preview in a showcase.
Video previews won't play directly on the showcase page—they'll appear as a still image instead. However, if you click this image a lightbox will open where the video preview can be played.
What's the difference between a showcase and a folder?
Both a showcase and a folder do similar things, in that they're ways of packaging (or "bundling") files in your Dropbox account. You can then share this package with others.
There are three main differences between a showcase and a folder:
There's also one important similarity: If you edit the files in a showcase or a shared folder, recipients will always see that latest version of the file.
Can I save a showcase as a template?
No. Currently a new showcase is always a blank slate. However, you can copy an existing showcase. See the instructions earlier in this article to learn how.
How do I delete a showcase?
What does a showcase look like for the people I share it with?
If you share a showcase using the Share button, the recipient will receive an email that includes the header from your showcase (the featured image, title, description, and logo). The recipient can then click View showcase in the email to open the showcase itself.
If you share a link to the showcase, the recipient will be taken directly to the showcase itself when they click the link.
In both cases, the showcase looks just like the version you edit, with one main difference: Recipients won’t see the options to add, move, or delete files.
Do the people I share a showcase with have to have a Dropbox account?
No. Recipients can view a showcase you've shared with them, even without a Dropbox account.
However, the people you've shared a showcase with will need a Dropbox account—and to be signed in to that account—to leave comments on your showcase.
Do the people I share a showcase with have to sign in to Dropbox to see it?
No. Recipients can view a showcase even if they don't have a Dropbox account, so they don't need to sign-in to view.
Can the people I share a showcase with download its files?
Yes. The people you've shared a showcase with can download the files in it. However, all files in a showcase are read-only. So even if a recipient downloads a file, they won't be able to edit the original (or "source") version.
Can I preview what a showcase will look like for the people I share it with?
Yes. To preview your showcase as a recipient, click the (eye icon) beside the Share button.
Who can edit a showcase?
Only the owner (or creator) of a showcase can edit it.
However, if you have files from a shared folder in your showcase, anyone you've shared that folder with can edit the files in it. Those changes would then appear in the showcase.
Will a showcase work on a phone or tablet?
Yes. If you share a showcase with someone, they'll be able to open and view it on any device: computer, phone, or tablet. All images and text will appear, regardless of the device.
Note: You can't currently create or edit a showcase on a phone or tablet.
If you're trying to use Showcase with a Dropbox Business account, there's one limitation to be aware of:
Dropbox Business admins: enable or disable Showcase for your team
Dropbox Business admins: adjust sharing settings for your team
If you're an admin, you can choose to allow your team members to share showcases outside of your team, or restrict showcases to only be accessible by team members.
Dropbox Business admins: adjust download settings
If you're an admin, you can adjust the default download settings for the Showcase feature. This will help you control whether non-team members who receive a showcase can download its content.
Dropbox Business admins: create an audit log of Showcase activity for your team
Dropbox Business admins can see a log of any action taken in a showcase by using the audit log. Logged actions include creation, archiving, permanent deletion, restoration, renaming, editing, adding or removing of files, sharing, viewing, and comments.
Standards and regulations unavailable for Dropbox Showcase
Dropbox Showcase isn't included in the scope of the following standard and regulations: