And the only scenario where this is useful is maybe a website for a client that cares shit about tech and just wants to manage his site on his own, to save his freelancer cents.
If you look at the demo video at 0:44, you can see a 'Our support email:' section on the page that is generated. The email in that section is 'support (at) backlift.com'.
I think the convenience part is very interesting. I would be more curious to see how they plan on monetizing it.
If it's the latter, why even bother with Dropbox as a middle man?
Nothing is more easier than just drag n' drop few files into a folder.
There are tons of static-generators in Ruby/Python/Nodejs/whatever, but none has the simplicity of Dropbox publishing.
Think of it, dropbox as a versioned storage for Markdown source files, third party platform to publish full-fledged rendered HTML with analytics, sitemap, feeds, mobile views, pdf/json/xml formats, etc. This is how should cloud platforms work.
Need collaboration or external contributors? Just invite your friends on Dropbox!
And FTP port is not as ubiquitous as 80/443
Your FTP server availability is always worse than Dropbox's EC2 cloud.
FTP has account/mask/chmod/filename encoding problems
You have to backup your data on server and resolve file name conflicts in some odd way.
The list goes on.
Also - would you like to say anything about PHP/scripting support? I saw some PHP files in the folder that was copied during the demo vid, was wondering about support for that
Maybe Dropbox will just acquire the one that becomes most popular? Let the market pick a winner, then buy it!
I guess what I'm saying is I wish someone tackled the organizational issue for product management of large systems in my domain (encompasses software, hardware, mechanical) other than IBM.
From my review of the Dropbox API they seem to support this push in their iOS and Android SDKs but for web-based SDK it appears you can only poll their API for changes. But clearly there's an event-based push going on here. Any thoughts?
There's a reason that you see Dropbox peeking out of the system tray of so many business professionals and other non-techies. Why not piggyback off that success?
This website needs to get over itself before I'll pay any attention to it.
Brace is kinda like 50~ other services, we just have a nice UI and are easier to understand. Check it out!
Scenarios where you need extremely simplified website access are unlikely to be those where you need well distributed hosting.