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Dropbox could take on Google Docs, with its upcoming collaborative note taking service called Composer

Dropbox could take on Google Docs, with its upcoming collaborative note taking service called Composer

by AshwinApril 6, 2015

Cloud storage service, Dropbox is reportedly testing a new online note taking service.


The above image is a screenshot posted on Twitter by a user who was successfully able to login and use Composer. She was a Hackpad user before it was acquired. She says that Composer integrates Hackpad notes, and prompts for meetings and more.

If you think this is just an Evernote alternative, think again. Composer is believed to be a resurrection of Hackpad, a collaborative note take taking service, which Dropbox acquired last year.

What is Hackpad?

Hackpad is an online text editor (or word processor) which allows users to create documents, and share them with other users collaboratively, i.e anyone can make changes to the shared docs.

So, id Dropbox brings all this, I think that Composer could go head on in the competition, with what is the most popular Document sharing service in the World today, you get no prizes for guessing it, Google Docs.

How can I signup for Composer?

Well, it is in limited access right now, probably a closed beta. But you can sign up for an email invite. Read below for more details.

The app was first spotted on, and the listing is captioned as “Composer – Collaborative notes from Dropbox (limited access)”.




Composer is hosted at Dropbox, and you can visit this webpage on ProductHunt, to get to the login page. You will need to log in to your Dropbox account to authorize Composer to allow it to access to your folders and files.


However that is all you can do for now, as the service isn’t publicly available.

Users who login are being greeted with the message below :

“We’re not quite ready for prime time yet! Email us if you’d like an invite.”


You can of course, click on the message to email Dropbox and request for an invite. Hopefully they will begin accepting testers, when the service is ready for public testing.

Composer users will be able to add tasks, tables, files from their Dropbox account, and the fact that you can create a document right within the cloud, means you save precious time, which would have otherwise been needed to sign in and upload the doc.

You can still sign up for Hackpad, and use it for free. It is still alive and will not be shutdown, at least that’s what their FAQ reads. Whether it will remain so, when Composer is launched publicly, is another story.