Ten months after the presentation of Paper by Dropbox, the taking of notes collaborative tool is available everywhere since yesterday in the open beta. Storage and sharing service files also provided mobile versions for iOS and Android.One analyst Paper is a response Dropbox to Google Docs. The application can work on common documents in the cloud. The teams involved in a project can easily add text and images, incorporate in their documents hosted on YouTube, Google or even Dropbox.Users can also add programming code that will be formatted automatically. These can also create lists of tasks and assign tasks to these lists using the @ symbol.
“Since its inception in private beta, Paper has been used to create more than one million documents for tasks ranging from brainstorming to take notes during meetings,” Dropbox said. This test phase which lasted almost a year has enabled cloud solutions provider to improve its software, including tables and image galleries. It also strengthened its research tool and its desktop and mobile notifications system. As for new applications for Android and iOS, they allow users to see updates made to the project to make changes, and respond directly to comments from their mobile devices.
Competitor to Evernote, OneNote and Google Docs
“Dropbox wants to expand its concept of storing and sharing, which is why it seeks to go further in productivity tools,” said TJ Keitt, senior analyst at Forrester Research. “Paper is a collaborative content engine that enables teams to work collectively on lists and notes. It is a useful tool, as shown in user adoption of note-taking apps like Evernote and OneNote. ” Competitors such as Box, Google and Microsoft offer similar tools, and “it was important Paper starts to level,” added the analyst believes, however, that “it will not be for them a strong element of differentiation.”
Paper is “certainly a nice product,” said Melissa Webster, Program Vice President, IDC.”Essentially, it is a response to Dropbox Google Docs, but the product is more attractive,” she said. “Historically, word processors do not have much inspired designers and they are pretty poor in general visually,” she says. “Dropbox Paper should appeal to marketers, designers, products and other professional teams often find the word processing applications and taking notes too bland.”
The beta version of Dropbox Paper is now available online . For now, mobile applications iOS and Android combined are downloadable from the App Store and the Android Play Store US. But they will soon be available in the European application stores.
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