Reviewing Paper, Dropbox’s Alternative to Google Docs

Some days ago, Dropbox introduced Paper. Paper is Dropbox’s fresh collaborative editing software, the software brings more to the table in addition to the acquisition of Hackpad by Dropbox; leading to a beta product then known as Notes being introduced to the scene.


Should you be editing on the desktop web, Paper is stress free, beautiful place to write. It encompasses menus like those of the awkwardly heavy Microsoft Word as well as the toolbars of Google Docs in preference of a Medium-like plain white page. Click on the blue “create” button inside Paper and the cursors dances down to field tagged “Give me a name”; insert a few words via typing to get your document named. Select “and start writing” and then you could commence your work.


With a default format, there is formatting tool to be seen- as on Medium to make them visible; you will be needed to highlight the text first of all. Proceeding forward you could transform your text into a headline, a to-do or a list. You could also bold your text or add in strikethrough, but there isn’t the option of italicizing it for some reasons.

One thing that is definitely going to strike users about Paper is the manner it operates rich media:it is possible for you to embed YouTube videos as well as SoundCloud files just by pasting in the URL , or tap the “+” button next to any paragraph so as to get a menu which gives you the function of adding photos, links or other Dropbox files, tables and the list runs on. From the look, it is fair to say it is amazing, and it is viable to look   forward to the fact that creative minds which work on teams will really do well to applaud having rich media embedded in the documents they have their hands on rather than the option of a series of numberless tabs.


Collaboration performs in the same capacity as it does on Google Docs: there is the opportunity to invite colleagues and friends to your document, making the preference of giving them comment-only rights or unrestricted editing abilities. You could comment by selecting a thought bubble located on the right of the post as well as you either choosing stickers or text from one of seven collections. (A lot of them are animated and pretty beautiful).

Paper has that fast and smooth feel feel on the desktop web, but the mobile web version of it still possesses some slight flaws when working. Well browsing documents is well appreciable but then the user could notice some bottlenecks while editing- as he may have to tap buttons repeatedly to get them working. Even in some cases, in the aspect of sticker comment, not succeeding in posting them at all. This is the beta software, so this is not too surprising as such it is not too questionable if Dropbox embarks on the decision to wait launch Paper to its full user base before it is rearing at its best with quality performing apps on it.


The question which will probably raise more eyebrows around Paper is whether Paper would gather weight. Let us not forget here he case of Dropbox’s struggle to support a low-filing syncing company into a top-player enterprise collaboration company despite four years and bags of thousands dollars expended on products like Carousel and Mailbox which failed to reproduce expected gains and hence almost abandoned.

Quite differently from file syncing, where Dropbox first broke into the spotlight, collaborative software is a space where prevailing options are already applaudable. Paper as it is now is just some few meters above Google Docs courtesy of Medium’s interface and Dropbox’s storage. If Dropbox nurses the ambition of ascending to the future of workplace collaboration, it surely has to put more tasty dishes on the table for customers to enjoy.

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