Dropbox is beta testing a new app called Paper, a tool that aims to place you and your collaborators all on the same page. It’s another iron in the fire for Dropbox, and more flames to the feet of Evernote.
Dropbox Paper’s beta build just hit the Google Play store, so you can give it a spin now. It’s also available in an iOS and web variant, both of which are also in beta.
With the new app, Dropbox is hoping to make creating and modifying documents as simple as texting. This is a huge part of how Dropbox is “reimagining the way people work together,” said Christina Cacioppo, Paper product manager. “Dropbox Paper is built to help fast-moving teams organize all their team’s knowledge in a single place, creating a home for their projects.”
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Like the core Dropbox app and Paper’s competitor Evernote, this service is cloud-connected so that your group can meet up in the same document and at the same time, regardless of where you all are or what devices you’re currently using. You can enrich your pages with lists, blocks of code, and embedded media. You can even embed Dropbox documents in your pages.
Paper displays all related mentions, comments, shares and other notifications in a neat little list. That list and its associated pages can all file into folders, which you can sort by team or topic.
Dropbox Paper is built to help fast-moving teams organize all their team’s knowledge in a single place, creating a home for their projects.
This all might sound a bit familiar to users of Evernote, Google Keep, Zoho Notebook and other cloud-connected note-taking platforms. However, the draw here is Paper’s connection to Dropbox, which offers organizations and their IT departments the type of seamless ecosystems they often prefer.
While Paper is still in beta, it might be showing up at an ideal time to capitalize on disgruntled Evernote users. Back in June, Evernote jacked up the prices of its subscription plans and limited free accounts to just two devices.
So what are your thoughts on Dropbox’s latest efforts to expand its ecosystem? Are you hopeful Paper will stick around for a while, or fearful it’ll go the way of Carousel and Mailbox before it?