Dropbox is planning its own Web app for collaborative document editing, similar to Pages for iCloud and Google Docs. The upcoming app, according to a recent article from TechCrunch, is called Paper and will allow you to edit a document in real time with your Dropbox contacts.
Paper allows you to create a document and type text right away, but it has very few rich-text editing features. You can, however, add images or videos by adding a Dropbox link directly into the document. Paper automatically changes these links into images and videos, doing the same for things like YouTube videos, SoundCloud songs, and other Web content.
The new Web app will also support creating to-do lists, notifying your Dropbox contacts when you need their feedback, and leaving comments next to individual paragraphs.
From the description, it seems to be a handy way to start off a document’s text and even include graphics and Web content, even allowing you to collaborate with others on the draft. Without much in the way of rich text editing, however, I can’t see Paper being much competition for Pages for iWork or Google Docs.
If you want to try out Paper for yourself, you’ll have to join the waiting list for the app. It’s unclear how quickly Dropbox is adding people from the waiting list, but we will be sure to watch this interesting new Web app.
For more news on document editing and Web apps, check out Apple updates the iWork suite for iOS 9 with 3D Touch, multitasking and more and Apple’s iWork for iCloud apps get new features and exit beta.