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Dropbox Finally Brings Its Google Docs Competitor Out of Beta (theverge.com) 26

Dropbox today made Paper -- its note-taking app that it's emphasizing is a tool that's built for managing workflow as well -- global. In addition to the launch of Paper, the company said that users will also be able to automatically generate presentations in Keynote and other applications through the app. From a report: Dropbox's software is similar to Google's suite of workplace cloud apps. Paper -- itself a minimal document editor and writing tool like Google Docs -- is the focal point, while all of Dropbox's other services and features now plug into and augment the experience. Paper is Dropbox's latest attempt to court businesses away from Microsoft and Google, or at the very least to encourage companies to pay for Dropbox services on top of what they already use institutionally. It's part of Dropbox's ongoing shift away from consumer storage and apps and toward enterprise software that is both more lucrative and self-sustaining. The company shut down its Mailbox email app and Carousel photo storage service back in 2015. In place of its consumer focus, Dropbox has been pouring more resources into Paper and other projects that make its mobile apps and website a place to perform work, instead of a barebones destination for files.
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Dropbox Finally Brings Its Google Docs Competitor Out of Beta

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  • by Camel Pilot ( 78781 ) on Monday January 30, 2017 @03:07PM (#53767917) Homepage Journal

    What is the compatibility between file formats of Dropbox/GoogleDoc/Office?

  • by Chris Katko ( 2923353 ) on Monday January 30, 2017 @03:26PM (#53768059)

    DropBox is still a thing? Their pricing is insane AND as we've established, their tool chain is years behind.

    20 GB for a $1/month? Google offers 100 GB for $2/month (even less if you pay yearly!).

    • 20 GB for a $1/month?

      For a service that works incredibly well? And one that I know will not just get dropped when Google grows bored?

      Yes.

      Google Drive is the same price for 1TB as Dropbox ($9.99) and Dropbox is even cheaper if you buy a year in advance.

    • by xeoron ( 639412 )
      I will say that they offer 2 things that no one else does: Network sync, so a file does not have to go into the cloud or come from the cloud in order to sync to another device on the network; no one else supports this. And, they also support following symlinks.
      • Dropbox lan sync still requires the file to be uploaded to the cloud...

      • by swb ( 14022 ) on Monday January 30, 2017 @04:45PM (#53768685)

        I use Dropbox because it works well, is priced reasonably for a 1 TB of storage and it has near ubiquitous support.

        That being said, it does follow symlinks, but AFAIK it doesn't automagically update symlinked folders without pausing and unpausing the client to force a re-scan.

        And in a lot of ways, the use of symlinks wouldn't be necessary if they would allow you to add more than one top-level sync folder (the "dropbox" folder). Symlinks are just a (useful) kludge to not be forced to break your own existing folder hierarchy to sync with Dropbox.

        I'd like to see more features along the lines of security/encryption, but I also can see where that might be hard. If I have something sensitive I want to store there, I encrypt it myself.

    • Their pricing is pretty much inline with other cloud services. What they lack is tiers of service. You get 1TB for $100 and unlimited for $750 plus $150/user for users>5 on a single account. Nothing below (save the basic free tier), nor in between.

  • by Rataerix ( 2814199 ) on Monday January 30, 2017 @04:22PM (#53768517)
    Paper would be more of a note taking application similar to onenote or evernote. I would not call this a Google Docs competitor.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      They will probably add others in the future. It's just like how Google Docs started as Writely, just a word processor, and expanded to docs and now Google Drive which does photos and everything.

  • Paper [...] is the focal point, while all of Dropbox's other services and features now plug into and augment the experience.

    Sounds like OpenDoc [c2.com]...

  • I actually was pretty impressed. It's definitely more than just a note-taking app, it's focused more on collaboration. It does have a document surface to record the collaboration (you make lists of things, images, text, and so on), but the final result isn't supposed to be the pretty-print product, it's supposed to be everyone's collective ideas, comments, links, contributions, etc.

    It did warm my heart to see markdown as an export format, and actually that kind of makes a lot of sense given the intent (just

  • I was hoping to like it, I really was. One thing is for sure, I am not their target audience. Everything I can do with it that I need to I can do between Onenote and Onedrive, with much greater ease. The interface itself seems very cumbersome, unfinished, and unpolished. They want to charge for this? I can see plainly that they are trying to do innovative stuff to stand out in an increasingly crowded market, but this has all the hallmarks of way to many developers with way to many managers looking over thei

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