Box Announces Pre-Built UI Components Via Box Elements

Box has announced the general availability of Box Elements, a new set of modular, pre-built UI components developers can use to add elements of the main Box web application to web and mobile applications. The set currently includes four pre-built UI elements: Box Content Preview, Box Content Picker, Box Content Explorer, and Box Content Uploader. Each element is integrated with Box Platform APIs and fully customizable.

The Box Content Preview element displays interactive viewers for documents, images, videos, and many other types of files. The Box Content Picker element allows users to select Box-stored files or folders from within an application. Users can navigate through Box-stored files and folders from within an app with the Box Content Explorer element. Finally, the Box Content Uploader allows users to upload files to Box by selecting them from a local device or using drag and drop.

Box UI Elements are available as JavaScript libraries and as React components via NPM. The elements can be used individually or combined to create common workflows. The company plans on eventually introducing new types of UI elements such as backend services and industry-specific components.

"A great content experience is essential to how people collaborate and get work done with their colleagues, customers and partners," said Jeetu Patel, CSO and SVP of Box Platform, in a prepared statement. "For the first time, we're providing businesses of all sizes with the ability to leverage Box's best in class User Experience in their own applications. Developers will no longer need to spend huge amounts of time and money building content experiences, security, and infrastructure services from scratch, and can instead focus on building unique experiences for their business needs."

For more information about Box UI Elements, visit the Box Developers website.

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