About that architectural change: Earlier this year, Apple blogger Jason Snell highlighted how Apple’s new File Provider framework
is likely to make cloud platforms work more consistently and efficiently—with an early third-party tool, StrongSync
, leveraging the shift early. But it comes at a cost: Basically, Dropbox and every other cloud provider (as well as anything that needs system extensions to work) has to rewrite their applications to make them properly work in this new environment. Apple had changed its security rules in a way that effectively deprecated the old system of kernel extensions. This caused problems for certain tools, most notably Box, which required lower security settings
to even be installed before the recent update. (I also, frustratingly, had to do something similar to set up an app I use that I really like and use for recording interviews, Rogue Amoeba’s Loopback
Dropbox has made some moves in the direction of being the tool you use to back up your hard drive, a direction that seems philosophically opposed to Apple’s world of increased security. But at the same time, it’s been a year, Dropbox is a sizable company, and the Mac is one of their biggest user bases—they should have figured this out, or at least offered some sign that they were working on it, by now. But they haven’t.