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Creating Paper Document inside a Dropbox Folder

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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?

 

 

 

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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!

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!
bblu2095
Level 5

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...

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.

Martin1024
Level 4

I think you consider the way google docs & google drive do. The google docs synced on PC is a url for opening the docs in browser.

ESS88 Level 2
Level 2

Please add me to the list of dropbox customers that see the need to have paper contained within the dropbox folder system.  Otherwise, I don't see a realistic use case for paper. As others have mentioned, you would gain functionality similar to google drive if you added this feature.  If not, paper will not receive significant uptake in use in my opinion as it is a rather pointless non-compatible product. Thanks

JenniferM1 Level 2
Level 2

Add me to this request to consolidate Paper into the folder structure!

JenniferM1 Level 2
Level 2

Add me to this request to consolidate Paper into the folder structure!

reyjojo176 Level 2
Level 2

@mikaeljagelid wrote:

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?