The fix for that was separate accounts. This works well with iPhones - Dropbox will automatically backup your iPhone photos if you set it up that way. What's even better for my wife, sharing photos with her friends is a breeze: open Dropbox Photos (Camera Uploads) on your iPhone; select photos to share; click share; email. This will send a link to your photos to the contacts you choose. Slick!
We still had a need to use the same files for some things, like the password manager file. For this, use the sharing feature in Dropbox.
Here's what I did in Ubuntu 12.04:
Share a folder on LinuxYou can share a folder right from your computer if you've installed the Dropbox desktop application.
- Open your Dropbox folder.
- Right-click on the folder you want to share to bring up a menu.
- Select Share This Folder.... This will open the Sharing page on the Dropbox website.
- Enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite.
- Add a personal message if you'd like and click Share folder.
- You want to delete a file in the source dropbox and all of the shared locations:
- You want to delete a file only in the source and allow the copies to still exist
- Stop sharing the folder(file) on the source dropbox
- Delete the formerly-shared folder
- Delete the shared folder (don't stop sharing first!)
- The shared copies will still exist in other Dropbox accounts