Dropbox Paper: centralized documents always up to date
A lot of people are fans of Google Docs and while it arguably has more features than Dropbox Paper it’s also always struck me as being clunky and too much Office than I need – especially on mobile. I’ve done the Evernote thing and while it’s still a tool I use it isn’t one I use when collaborating (no one I work with has an Evernote account). The single biggest advantage of both Dropbox and Google is that most people have an account for each of them these days.
The most glaring thing to mention in the comparison of Google and Dropbox is that Dropbox doesn’t currently have a spreadsheet tool. Not something I generally have a need to share but definitely worth a mention. The UI for Paper is simple and clean and lets you get straight to typing in an easy to read font. I’m not sure Paper actually lets you change the font face, though I’ve not had any desire to do so. It does allow for embedding media, making lists and tables, and basic formatting like H1, H2, bold, etc. Dropbox Paper has the interesting ability to let you insert code as a content type for sharing actual formatted raw code.
Google Docs, I feel, is more for programmers and people who really need to a fair amount of formatting (scriptwriting perhaps) and coloring of content while Dropbox Paper is more for designers or writers that just need to get information down and organized. I’ve been writing my blog posts in Paper for about a year and linking them into Asana where my ideas are started and remain organized. Certainly either Google Docs or Dropbox Paper will get the job done when it comes to collaborative writing or simply sharing living documents. For me, the general experience and simplicity of Dropbox Paper has been quite refreshing even as a new comer having only recently come out of beta. Google Docs may fit a wider range of people as a more capable web office suite, but those that fit into Dropbox Paper’s user group will certainly be able to appreciate it.
The full list of supported embeds:
- Dropbox files
- Github issues
- Google Docs
- Google Drive
- Google Maps
- Google Sheets
- Google Slides