Dropbox Paper is a new service which will rival Google Docs
Dropbox may be renowned for its outstanding cloud storage service, but it could well gain fame for its latest product, Paper.
Unoriginal as the name may sound, it is but a subtle hint at the very service it will rival, Google “Docs”. Get it?
But first here is a little flashback. Remember Project Composer? We reported about the service way back in April this year, when the product was initially released in a private beta, which was then called Dropbox Notes. Apparently it was just a codename, (or something which didn’t sound cool), has now been renamed as Paper.
Interestingly, the product page, still bears the name Notes, in the URL. Now coming to the service in question, Paper, was built by using the collaborative note-taking app Hackpad as a source, the latter is a company/product which Dropbox acquired last year, and later open-sourced.
So, Paper is also a collaborative service, which lets you work on a document together with others, in a multi-author environment. According to TechCrunch, the service has very few options, well that isn’t a surprise since it is in a very early stage. For now, Paper lets users create and edit documents, todo lists but lacks the rich text formatting power of its rivals.
An added advantage in using Paper, is that its parent company Dropbox’s services are available in the app too. This allows users to insert various kinds of media files (images, videos, etc), stored in their Dropbox account right into the document you are editing in Paper. All you need to do is to copy and paste the links for the media file, and Paper converts them into the respective content itself.
It can also generate rich web-previews of links for YouTube videos, and files stored on the music service, SoundCloud.
Paper also lets users @mention others in the document, to notify them that the user needs their attention/help with something. This sounds similar to how it works on Twitter, and also what Microsoft has done with its email service, Outlook on the Web.
Oh, and here is the bad news, Paper is still in beta, and as a result isn’t publicly available just yet. You will have to sign up for an invite, by putting your name on the waitlist. But the Product Hunt page for Paper, suggests that the invites are being rolled out already (possibly in phases), and that users will getting a chance to experience the service soon.