Dropbox Paper is essentially Dropbox’s version of Google Docs, boasting the same great sharing features as Google Docs as well as a clean, minimalistic user interface.
One of the first things you’ll notice when creating a document is the lack of a styling toolbar. This may seem strange at first, but all of the formatting tools are still easily accessible. Simply select the text you wish to format and the styling tools will gracefully appear above or below your selection. This feature is great for concentrating on your work, since it hides unnecessary clutter from your screen until you need it. Although the distraction-free environment is great, there is a significant downside to this clutter-less approach: you can’t customize the font, size, color, or spacing of the text, unlike in Google Docs.
Also unlike Google Docs, Dropbox Paper features the ability to insert high-quality media directly into a document. This includes YouTube and Vimeo videos as well as music from Spotify and Soundcloud. You can even embed other files within a Paper document, including files on Google Drive and Dropbox. Even inserting images into Paper is great, because Paper automatically positions your images in the document in a gallery-style view. Not only can Paper embed these various types of content, but you can even write code within a Paper document, which is not able to be done in Google Docs. To utilize all of these aforementioned features, simply move your mouse to the left margin of your Paper document and click on the encircled plus button that appears. Then select what you would like to insert into the document.
The commenting system in Paper is very user-friendly as well, featuring the ability to add emoji-style animated images to your comments so that your collaborators can quickly understand the point that you’re trying to make. These cute images also help lighten the mood, as they even include a dancing pink bunny.
At this time, Dropbox Paper is still in beta. If you’d like to test it out, head over to the Dropbox website and request to be invited to the Paper beta. You’ll later get an email when Dropbox is ready to let you start using Paper.
It may not be a full-on Google Docs replacement at the moment, but, again, Paper is only in beta right now so we can surely expect it to get better. It’s definitely worth giving a try, although you probably won’t want to switch to Paper from your go-to text editor, since Paper lacks many necessary text formatting features. Overall, Dropbox Paper is a great online text editor for sharing and collaborating on simple, media-rich documents.