13 comments

  • Joe Blau, 5 years ago

    Dropbox has been extremely confusing to me. I have no idea if they are trying to build services around storage or not. They start these apps then shut them down 1-2 years later. I have a hard time trusting anything they release now.

    14 points
    • Roy AbbinkRoy Abbink, 5 years ago

      Exactly how I feel. I really liked Carousel. And Paper looks appealing as well. But I don't want to invest time in a product that likely will be killed in 1-2 years.

      3 points
      • Joe Blau, 5 years ago

        I really liked Carousel as well and I loved Mailbox. The whole design Mailbox had with the .gifs that were coins that you used to unlock the app was brilliant.

        1 point
    • Jason KirtleyJason Kirtley, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      Totally agree with you. Carousel was great and appeared they had a user base. Never understood why they did away with it.

      0 points
  • Marc Olivier LapierreMarc Olivier Lapierre, 5 years ago

    Awesome! I switched most of my notes to Dropbox Paper a couple months ago and was starting to lose hope of seeing an iOS client. It's still very rough around the edges (where are my folders?), but it's a start!

    3 points
  • Ivan BjelajacIvan Bjelajac, 5 years ago

    I'm happy that they took their time and put out a polished iOS & Android app. I love using the product. But I agree with what Joe Blau said... I have a hard time committing to their products if they're gonna go willy nilly on them in a year or two. However, This seems to be here to stay.

    2 points
  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, 5 years ago

    Also available on Android. I switched over to this from Evernote a few months ago, and I couldn't be happier with the switch (auto-generating Table of Contents is killer)

    2 points
  • John PJohn P, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Find this product more confusing than anything (same goes for all dropbox endeavors to become more than a "dumb box") and don't appreciate how much it spam me just because one jerk on my team insists on using it.

    1 point
    • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, 5 years ago

      I don't understand insulting a company that has always been a great supporter of the Design community. Not to mention they have an amazing Design team themselves.

      The Dropbox service has consistently remained the only platform that reliably syncs files. When everywhere else was having problems syncing .sketch package files (before they switched to binary) Dropbox was syncing perfectly. Definitely not a "dumb box". Google Drive still screws up on a daily basis for me. Not to mention the menu bar interface is horrible.

      A major point of something like Paper is to communicate project updates...it makes sense that it is notifying you of updates. However, if you prefer to remain unaware...

      1. Open the Paper item in question
      2. Click the . . . in the right hand corner
      3. Deselect Follow

      I do agree that some prioritizing of updates would be nice. I'm sure things like that will see improvement as more and more people provide feedback. Remember it is a Beta.

      0 points
      • John PJohn P, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

        I don't understand insulting a company that has always been a great supporter of the Design community

        I on the other hand don't see why this should get them a free pass?

        The Dropbox service has consistently remained the only platform that reliably syncs files

        BTSync works fine for me and I can 100% guarantee my usage of syncing completely dwarfs yours.

        I use it to sync 3D projects up to 1TB in size with thousands of individual .png image sequence frames between a team of 5. Dropbox can't even do that and if it did it would probably cost more than our render farm usage.

        0 points
        • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, 5 years ago

          I on the other hand don't see why this should get them a free pass?

          It's not a matter of giving them a free pass. It's understanding that a company makes decisions based on profitability, and that they occasionally have to pivot to remain successful. Dropbox's product team helps make that decision, and my point was that they clearly have an excellent team (based on their design, ux, marketing, etc). I completely understand being upset when a service ends, but we all have to be realistic regarding why that occurs. And we shouldn't be jerks about it.

          BTSync works fine for me and I can 100% guarantee my usage of syncing completely dwarfs yours.

          Fantastic! I'm glad you've found a method that works for you. I've actually used a similar method back when I used to do 3D animation. We generally synced to an on location rack with numerous layers of redundancy built in. I'd love to hear more regarding how your setup works.

          My current way of measuring reliability isn't based on file size or quantity, but on the files correctly syncing. Sketch files were notoriously an issue with other methods, and Dropbox worked for me over other services. BTSync is just overkill for my current line of work, and requires either setting it up in-house or hunting for a reliable service. Dropbox has been around awhile, and that offers a level of security regarding them being around tomorrow. Plus Dropbox just has a great UI for reverting files, commenting on files, publicly sharing files, etc.

          0 points
  • Eric StevensEric Stevens, 5 years ago

    Its as open to your own structure as much as Trello, but much more clear than the card / list focus most of these apps have going on. My new jam!

    1 point
  • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, 5 years ago

    Paper is such a wonderful experience. It's better than Google Docs, Evernote, Onenote...Paper's design is clean, and puts the content first, and the integration with other platforms is amazing. Nothing quite like pasting a pinterest moodboard and seeing it render inline.

    Regarding Dropbox's various decisions to pivot from products...well I can assure you from personal experience that it's a tough decision to make, and sometimes you have to shut something down that is losing money.

    Mailbox was an experiment, and I imagine they bought it to integrate with their services to bring more users onto the Dropbox platform. They probably didn't see enough growth within their service to warrant the overhead.

    Carousel was always superfluous since Dropbox itself had photos backup capabilities for awhile, and even has a beautiful timeline to find help find photos.

    Paper has been in development for awhile now, and they use it internally. And I've heard of quite a few companies adopting the platform to manage projects. I doubt it's going anywhere.

    0 points