Switching to Dropbox Paper

With the inclusion of the Paper mobile app, I think it’s time to switch

I’ve loved Dropbox Paper since the moment I received an email about the browser version. I was among the first of the general public to use Paper. I wasn’t disappointed even from the beginning. Although I loved it, I didn’t care to switch from Evernote.

I did a couple test documents when the browser version first came out. It was great. The interface was nice and sleek. The folder system was a nice way to organize all my files. I found that the way that Dropbox hid the text editor was clever. Even from the beginning, it was pretty good.

A couple months later

Things have changed since Paper was just announced. For starters, Evernote completely blindsided me, changing their free account settings. Now, if you have the free Evernote account, you won’t be able to use 3 devices on the same account. Complete deal breaker. I found an alternative immediately.

In the interim between Dropbox Paper’s release and now, I’ve been using a variety of services. None of those can replace Evernote. OneNote is about as good as it gets when it comes to an alternative, but I absolutely despise its mobile app. Google Drive is nice, but I don’t like it’s mobile app either. On top of that, I use Google Drive for my school work. I keep my Google Drive for school and another service for my personal work.

So, after Evernote changed their accounts, I jumped ship. No matter how good Evernote is, I can’t afford to spend $60 or even $40 on a note-taking software. That’s ludicrous. I jumped from Evernote straight into Quip. Quip is a nice alternative to Evernote, but it’s not as fully featured as Evernote or even OneNote. Quip has served me well, but I couldn’t see myself using Quip for much longer.

A big change

Dropbox Paper has already built a fanbase that is very active when it come to asking for improvements. Perhaps the biggest improvement that the fanbase has been asking for is a mobile app. Today, Dropbox released Paper Beta(AKA the answer to my problems).

When I first received the email about Paper Beta I downloaded the app immediately. In short, I am impressed. It’s not perfect. There are many issues that people have already noted, but that’s natural for a Beta.

The thing that I like most about the Paper mobile app is the streamlined design. The app looks almost exactly like the browser version. All the benefits I get from the browser version are present in the mobile app. Even the keyboard shortcuts work, which is a surprising inclusion. I wouldn’t think Dropbox would keep the keyboard shortcuts from the browser version.

I am blown away. It seemed that all was lost when Evernote changed their policy. Evernote has an unmatched app that is lightyears ahead of most similar apps. Dropbox Paper definitely isn’t there yet, but it’ll arrive at its destination shortly.

A cool feature that I’ve discovered while writing this article is the real-time edits. Previously, Google Drive was the only service where I could find real-time document updates. I wrote part of this article on my phone to further test Paper Beta. When I forgot to close the web page with the same document, I looked up to see the new changes appear on the screen. I could see whole sentences of changes at a lightning fast wait, in a way Google Drive had stood alone.

The Verdict

Dropbox Paper has a long way to go if they want to dethrone Evernote. Every day, however, that road is looking shorter and shorter. I thoroughly enjoy Dropbox Paper. With a killer browser version and the mobile app I’ve been waiting for, Dropbox is ready to compete with Evernote, Google and Microsoft. There might be still some growing pains, but right now, I’m switching to Dropbox Paper. I’m officially saying goodbye to Evernote, and hello to Dropbox.


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