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Saving Paper docs to existing Dropbox folder structure/file-system.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Hi

A number of us have started using dropbox paper at work. We want to save documents that we create in paper to an existing Team folder but I can't see how to do this. Any ideas anyone?

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New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

I agree with others that this limitation on placing paper docs within other dropbox files makes this application clunky and much less usable.  I am using dropbox to organize work with multiple non-profits and organizations (i.e. not within a single organization) and adding this additional layer of folders is prompting some of these folks to ask for a return to Google Drive where everything can be in the same place. Without linking back and forth. 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey there J (@smetj) - sorry for the tardy response and I hope my message finds you well.

Thanks for taking the time to share your desire for more integration between the Dropbox application and Paper.

Since we’re actively tracking this and actively working on improving Paper, I’ve recorded this feedback for the team to inform the ongoing development of Paper.

Please let me know if you have any other feedback or questions. Thank you!

Helpful | Level 5

Coming from a Google Apps for Business environment, I'm used to create new documents within the folder structure.

I see that Dropbox allows me to create new Office files within a folder but not a new Paper doc. Is there a good reason why? I would like to have my team use Paper for notes, plans and other text-heavy documents instead of the bloated Word, but it's hard if the Paper option is perceived as less simple. Just the option to create a new Paper doc and place a link to that document in the Dropbox folder would do just fine.

1. Can I create a Paper doc (or link to a Paper doc) from within a Dropbox Folder?

2. If not, why?

3. What are best practices to work with Paper with a Dropbox folder structure?

 

 

 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
Hi Mikael, since Paper docs don’t have a specific format to them (unlike Word files which are docx), then they can’t ‘sync’ as such to your machine.
 
Since the folders in Dropbox are synced to your machine, it isn’t possible to have Paper docs there, since those files would never sync to the computer, and vice-versa.
 
Dropbox, where your files are stored, and Dropbox Paper should be seen as separate services, and can’t directly interact with each other like you wish them to. You can attach files from Dropbox into a Paper doc, and leave comments on those files which would appear in Dropbox, but this is the current extent of the link between the two.
 
Hope this helps to clarify matters!
Helpful | Level 5

Hi Jay,

 

Thank you for the rapid response. 

I can see your answer making perfect sense when talking about the synced folders on the desktop. My question was rather based on the Dropbox web interface.

Your final paragraph however explains it, that Paper and Dropbox are two separate services. From my perspective I sincerly hope that will not be the case in the future, since it would be a much better product to have Paper docs living side-by-side with legacy Office documents in Dropbox folders. 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer
We’re tracking this feedback and actively working on improving Paper for more integration between the Dropbox application and Paper.
 
I’ve recorded your comments for the dev team to inform the ongoing development of Paper!
New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Hi! I'm a big fan of Paper and have been using it more and more frequently. One thing that would definitely improve my work is the option to save Paper files to other folders - for example team folders. Any idea if / when this will be possible.

Thanks!

Super User
Super User

Great idea, and I'm just checking - do you mean dropbox folders? or paper folders? Currently the two don't interact like that. You can embed DB files in a paper doc, but you can't store a paper doc in a DB folder.

Also - if you share your idea here then others can comment and vote on it!

Best

Luke

Helpful | Level 6

It seems that Google Drive/Docs has found a way to do this (.gdoc files), so I imagine there should be a way for Dropbox to do it as well. It would improve Paper a lot to have its files be available with our complete folder (and Team Folder) structure...

Helpful | Level 5

Exactly my point! There's no need for a fileformat, just a link to the Paper "document" that can be placed within any Dropbox folder.