Dropbox Paper is a flexible workspace that brings people and ideas together. It marries the best of online docs, wikis, and task management tools. When we designed Paper, we knew that collaboration and creativity had to come first. That's why our minimalist editor offers a simplified canvas, offering everything teams need to create and collaborate on modern documents.
Traditional document editors were built for a world where print was king. They're chock full of archaic tools and outdated ideas, and make it harder to work with others. Dropbox Paper champions teams. Our minimalist editor lets teams create and collaborate on documents, so they can capture and share text, ideas, tasks, images, and more. And with simple, powerful tools that make it easier for people to work together, ideas become stronger, and teams can do their best work.
Work doesn't happen in a vacuum. Documents created in Paper can be shared instantly, and a user can immediately see when the recipient has opened, viewed, and edited the document. Everyone that's sharing a document in Paper can work on it at the same time, so there's no need to email attachments back and forth. And collecting or offering feedback is easy, with tools that let users comment on a document and mention their colleagues to send them a notification. There are also plenty of fun stickers and emojis, for a lighthearted touch.
With Dropbox Paper, teams can work the way they want to, using the tools they're familiar with. Users can drag and drop photos and images right onto the page, creating beautiful wide-screen layouts or image galleries, effortlessly. Tasks are easy to create and assign, for turning ideas into action. And it's simple to embed documents, files, and media from popular apps and tools, including YouTube, Github, and Spotify. Paper also supports code snippets, and natively displays code from various programming languages.
People work best when they're free to work the way they want to, and Dropbox Paper offers the flexibility teams need to get things done. A simple, modern design sets Paper apart, but built-in task management tools and powerful embedding options offers everything teams need to get things done. With Dropbox Paper, teams are empowered to work better together.
Technology has empowered modern teams, creating new ways for individuals and teams to create and share ideas. But this new found freedom often comes at a cost: we're creating a lot of information, and much of it is scattered across tools, apps and services. At Dropbox we're committed to managing this information overload by creating powerful, simple tools that help modern teams work better together. So we've created Dropbox Paper, a real-time collaboration tool unlike anything else available today.
Dropbox Paper lets teams work the way they want to. It's a flexible workspace that offers fast real-time collaboration and powerful sharing functionality. Paper supports many of the tools our customers and users rely on every day, so teams can use Paper while working wherever, whenever, and however they want to.
The word "Paper" evokes ideas of writing and collaboration, a blank canvas for sharing ideas. And that's precisely what we've built. Like the physical object, Dropbox Paper is a familiar and flexible tool that makes it easy to share and collaborate on ideas. Dropbox Paper goes a further: a physical piece of paper is bound by the edges of the page. Traditional document editors are similarly constrained, optimized for creating documents that're meant to be printed. Dropbox Paper is focused on empowering modern teams, and creating modern documents. With Paper, words and ideas are shared freely, and joined by embedded videos, images, files, and many other things that modern teams need.
While building Dropbox Paper, we turned to our customers to better understand the problems they needed solved. The teams we spoke with communicate over email and instant messaging apps, and capture ideas in documents and internal wikis. This is often messy: collaboration slows to a crawl as team members try to sift through so many channels, to find the information they need. Juggling these systems presents its own problems, as apps designed with office computers and desks in mind typically don't work well with the cloud technologies that are popular with modern teams. We're tackling the pain points our customers and early adopters of Dropbox Paper are facing in a few different ways.
Dropbox serves as a central hub for all of a team's files and content, and we've designed Dropbox Paper to be the central hub for all of a team's knowledge. Early adopters who use Paper often use the collaborative workspace as a "source of truth," whether they're drafting a blog post or pulling together documentation for a project. Dropbox Paper is inherently collaborative; it's a great place to write down ideas, and multiple people on a team can work on a document simultaneously.
Dropbox Paper is also much more than a place to jot notes: Paper supports many of the apps and services that our customers and users rely on. Paper can display code blocks across several programming languages natively, which is useful for engineers who are creating documentation. Designers can drag and drop mockups and other images right onto the page, creating attractive layouts and galleries within their documents. Users can embed images from Instagram or videos from YouTube, among other popular services. And Paper users can even add documents from Microsoft Word or Excel, or Google Docs: with Paper, teams can use the tools they're familiar with the get things done.
Dropbox Paper's lightweight, minimalist interface helps make this all possible. In our case studies, teams report that the lightweight, elegant tools make for "a good thinking surface." Users at companies like InVision, Ben & Jerry's Australia, Getaround, Shopify and Patreon can focus on can focus on their ideas — and not the tools they're using — and work more effectively.
As we speak with teams to learn more about their needs, another recurring demand is a call for flexible tools. People work best when they can work the way they want to, on the tools and platforms they're most familiar with. These lessons informed Dropbox Paper's development: like Dropbox, Paper is available across all of the devices our users rely on every day. This means that all of the information a team stores in Paper will be readily available whether they're at their desk or away from the office and on their smartphone.
In interviews and case studies, Dropbox Paper early adopters tell us that they have come to rely on Paper to keep their projects and organizations running smoothly. This was the primary goal behind Paper. When teams store all of their ideas in Paper, they can replace clunkier tools with one that lets their ideas flow freely. As colleagues join in, the modern documents created in Paper become even more important.
Conversations that once resided on a dozen email threads can now sit in a single living document, streamlining an organization's thought process. Meetings and planning sessions are being held in Paper, and organizations are creating team-wide knowledge centers that centralize information and make it easy for all of a team's members to find what they're looking for. Couple Paper's easy to use sharing functionality with built-in task management tools, and teams have a suite of simple, powerful tools to be productive in a single package.
With Dropbox Paper we set out to create a simple and powerful tool to help teams collaborate, because we believe that teams do their best work when they can work together without constraints.