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Dropbox launches Paper to rival Google Docs

Dropbox has long been a place for folks to house and share important documents in the cloud, so it makes sense the company is launching its own tool allowing users to create and collaborate on them too.

Dropbox Paper, which existed as Notes in earlier betas, will allow users to create documents and allow teams to collaborate on them in real time. Everything is searchable, making it easily for users to stay organised.

The Paper tool is a simplistic text editor a la Google Docs, while it’s also possible to drag in photos, resize them, align them and fit them around text.

Any file that’s stored in Dropbox – so, a Word, PowerPoint or Excel document – can be dumped into the Paper document and served up as a preview. It also supports Google Docs.

Users will also be able to pull in multimedia links from the likes of YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Paper is designed with the ability to share ideas at the forefront, so naturally there’ll be opportunities to add comments to anything added to the document. Oh, and stickers too. There’s stickers.

Project Managers will also set to do lists for the group complete @ mentions for other members.

The company is seeking to challenge Google, Apple and Microsoft in the cloud document creation space. Going after the latter is almost a little surprising given the lengths Microsoft and Dropbox have gone to to integrate each other’s products in recent times.

See also: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs iCloud vs OneDrive

Dropbox is keeping Paper in invite-only beta for now, but you can join the queue at Dropbox.com/paper. It’s web-only for now, but will be coming to mobile apps once the beta is over.

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