Dropbox Notes aka Project Composer hits private beta, sign up for an invite
A few weeks ago, we reported that Dropbox is testing a new Note taking service called Project Composer.
The service was not available for public though, and all we got was a look at some screenshots.
A quick recap of Composer: It is a collaborative note taking service like Hackpad, which was acquired by Dropbox last year. Composer is probably based on it.
It is also worth noting (see what I did there?), that though Project Composer was available on ProjectHunt, but was hosted on Dropbox’s servers. You can verify this by logging in to your account at Dropbox.com and clicking on Settings > Security. Composer’s description says “This is in an official Dropbox app”.
TechCrunch reports, that the service is now in beta testing phase, and is called Dropbox Notes.
And Notes has not one but two pages at Dropbox’s website. This is the first page: composer.dropbox.com and it lets you sign in with either your Dropbox login or your Google login.
Choosing to sign in via Dropbox brings up a message which asks for the user’s permission to link Dropbox and Notes, suggesting that your notes will be saved on its cloud storage.
Obviously the Google login doesn’t link to Dropbox. No matter which option you choose, you will be greeted by a message which says ” We’re not quite ready for prime time yet! Sign up to join the beta.”
That is disappointing news, but it also sheds some light on a feature. Users will be able to use Dropbox Notes, even without a Dropbox account. The Google login proves that, and I can only assume that it may save the Notes to your Google Drive account, although the current permission requirement do not say so.
(Note that the Google login says Composer, while the Dropbox login says Notes)
Here is how you can sign up for a beta invite for Dropbox Notes:
The second page mentions that “We’re working on a new way for teams to write together”, suggesting that it is indeed a collaborative note taking service.
Visit dropbox.com/notes and fill up the form with your name and email address. You can provide your company’s name too, but it is optional. Hit the sign up button. (refer to the first image in this article)
That is all you can do for now, but take a look at what is there below the sign up form. A screenshot captioned “weekly team meeting”, shows usernames highlighted in different colors and also says “Start by writing your ideas below”.
This is another confirmation about its collaborative note taking. Or does it serve as a teaser which hints that Dropbox Notes has been in test phase for the past few months, and could be launched in the coming months?