Paper by Dropbox


Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Productivity 98.2 Aug 07, 2016 Jun 04, 2018 147.9 MB iOS 10.0 or later 4+
New in version 98.2

Bug fixes and performance improvements


You can work with everything from video and images, to code and sound—all in a single place. And it comes free with Dropbox.

Create new docs or edit existing ones, and share them with your team right from the app, so you can capture inspiration wherever you are.

Post and reply to comments, so you can keep projects moving forward even if you’re not at your desk.

See everything that’s incoming from your team—like comments, shares, and @mentions—so you can catch up while on the go.

No internet connection? You can still access, edit, and comment on your starred and recent docs—or create new docs—while offline, to keep the ideas flowing.

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Full of productivity killing bugs
BradGess on 6/18/2018
I want to love Paper, but I can’t because they haven’t fixed the MOST BASIC bugs for over a year. Here’s a list: 1. Drag and drop doesn’t work. You can easily drop photos into a document. 2. Undo doesn’t work on iPad with a keyboard. When you hit Cmd Z, nothing happens. 3. Undo corrupts the document. This is worse than above, but sometimes “Undo” in paper doesn’t undo properly. If you select a bunch of text, delete it, and undo, it may add it back twice. Sometimes you can’t get old content back that you deleted. 4. I just lost an entire Paper doc, prompting me to write this review, after it threw a “Can’t connect and sync to Dropbox”. The most frustrating thing is that no matter what I do or who I contact from the support team at Paper, they simply don’t care enough about these bugs to prioritize fixing them. Instead they’re busy sending out surveys about “what should we do next?” and rolling out new features that are probably broken. Very very very frustrating.
Bah bahahaha on 6/12/2018
So unorganized its crazy.
I can’t sign in
KObano on 6/1/2018
My company has google SSO, so when I log in with google, it tells me to press “continue” but there is no continue button on mobile So I entirely can’t sign in
Love it
TarekHoteit on 5/29/2018
I love the markdown formatting support and the todo.
*The* Best Cloud Word Processing/Notetaking Application Available
DepravedInfant on 5/22/2018
Dropbox Paper is the most profound single productivity tool I’ve ever added to my life. It’s so incredibly rare to encounter software to which I would not recommend a single change! I’d managed to integrate it so seamlessly into my daily work since its launch that it hadn’t occurred to me for far too long to write a review. I can’t stand clutter or Google properties, and Evernote has been showing its age for years, so I was extremely excited when Dropbox Paper was announced. I’ve used it heavily and almost daily since its release in both my writing job and elsewhere. You would not believe how handy it is to have a clean, smooth, and live-synced word entry space so close at hand. I don’t see much reason to complain about what it *can’t* do considering that the alternative clumsy, feature-pumped legacy notetaking services will always be available should you need them, but you won’t. I can only hope that Dropbox won’t feel the need to add more features.
Tables don’t function in iPhone app, but love paper on desktop
CNthinks on 5/18/2018
Update: just gets worse. Use the web version- app is substandard. Cannot: - Can’t use ANY iOS share extensions to add anything to paper. - Can’t add anything from your Dropbox account either! Basically a typing only note taking app, to which you can add at a time. There are MUCH better note taking apps out there. So, stick to the web version of PaperByDBox if you really need to build mood boards, otherwise for document creation, stick with existing apps from the major contenders - their iOS Apps are infinitely superior. Original review: I truly deeply want to love this app. It brings sexy fast & fun functionality to boring document building. Its integration with Slack is great, it can be used by creatives, or by techies working with non techies. However, a huge problem is the tables. They don’t work on the iPhone. You can’t add a row or column and they don’t visually work, as scrolling is unintuitive within a document on the iPhone. This really limits the ability to use paper on mobile for anything but starting drafts, you need to switch devices to really use paper properly. I can’t justify upgrading, nor pushing this product to my team, until this is resolved. I would love hopefully they fix this. Final quick note: if you ever need to build a quick quasi-mood board for personal projects (e.g: home renovation/ redecorating), the desktop version is great fun & easy to use for everyone. Dragging from Pinterest works well 70% of the time. A native Mac app would be great though, as the web interface can be a little glitchy with importing images/links/files into your doc. It frequently doesn’t place it in the document, but instead launches the url of the item you are trying to add.
Doesn’t work well with ipad
SCoreyB on 5/14/2018
Just started trying to use this and not a good tool for me since it doesn’t work well with iPad...hope to see improvements to make more feasible
Does not sync with computers
Shaka444 on 5/7/2018
Sorry but this app is useless if it doesn't sync with a Dropbox folder on my computer. And as of now it doesn't. You have to jump thru hoops to manually download every document. Also, you can't delete a folder once you create it. Really? If it allowed me to sync like any other file I put in Dropbox and I'd give it a good rating.
Good could be better
ronlllllllllll on 4/12/2018
I love how simplistic it is, but I’d try to leave a comment on something in mobile tgere doesn’t seem to be an option. Also notification emails and notifications on my phone come hours later rather than within a few mins. The notifications need to be way faster especially if someone tags me in something.
Love it
Vrwang on 4/4/2018
I’m a diehard Dropbox fan, love the simplicity and integration of this app!
Love and Hate
wingzinco on 4/3/2018
I’ve been using Paper since Dropbox first released it. I’ve loved the simplicity of it, great interface, easy to share, etc. It’s great for documents I need to share with clients or keeping notes, and planning. I want to use this all the time, but sadly, there have been too many little bugs to use it for anything too serious. I have written project proposals in Paper in the past without much issue, but these days, a long document with copy, pasting and other editing, it’s super inconsistent and erratic. I would think that basic undo/redo would be a no-brainer but, unfortunately, it doesn’t work in Paper. I will have made 5 changes, hit undo, and it undoes something I did 8 steps ago. Content that I copied a while ago gets pasted randomly in the document, content shifts, I touch the screen to edit specific text and it jumps to the bottom of the document, it’s crazy and sometimes impossible to recover from. Too much time spent dealing with the bugs and not enough time just writing and knowing it’s reliable. Again, I want to love it and use it more, but I had to give up on the app with document I’m currently working on.
Awesome! But a note about formatting with copy and paste
Ghostbar38 on 3/31/2018
I love it! Except when it comes to copy and paste. I can’t copy and paste my templates in the mobile because it will lose all the formatting. So I have to make the copy and paste in my computer of the template and then I can move to the mobile.
Currently “fine”, could be incredible with some work
Rob Forge on 3/28/2018
The concept and makeup of paper is absolutely brilliant. Your markdown-style input paired with the enormous level of flexibility make this one of the the best platforms for capturing free-form ideas — at least in concept. A couple of (relatively basic) things are holding it back from being basically the best organizational tool on the market. Currently, sorting is limited in iOS and it’s kind of difficult to find stuff. Having the ability to sort my stuff in a few “standard” ways (alphabetically, create date, modified date) is pretty important for me, and honestly it seems like table stakes for a modern organization/productivity app. The ability to embed a file from the dropbox filesystem seems lost in Paper for iOS. I make heavy use of this feature. My manual work around is to copy a link to a file in dropbox and paste it into my paper doc, but it’s exactly that: manual. My last suggestion is less of a must-have and more of a nice-to-have. I would love stylus support. You’ve built the app around the idea of flexibility in input — you get the freedom to choose the best way to transfer an idea from your brain to the app, with few limitations. Unfortunately, hand-written text and sketches are amongst those limitations. As a data scientist and engineer who does a lot of diagramming and mathematical writing, this would provide a new level of freedom in capturing ideas. In summary, please add support for basic changes that bring the iOS app into parity with the web app (like proper sorting and navigation options) and please consider new input mechanisms. Paper has the opportunity to be game-changing with a few tweaks.
Awesome note taking and collaboration tool but...
betoinbeta on 3/21/2018
Looking for a simple note creation tool and this fits the bill. The layout and formatting options have the perfect amount of detail. A few big gripes navigating the hierarchy of your folders is a chore. I appreciate the last viewed mode but it’s not the way I want to navigate. I wish there was simple drag and drop editing for the web view and a faster way of moving files via the mobile app. I wish they had a client based app running on the Mac since the web version feels a little slow. Fix those and you get 5 stars
Jakedkham on 3/15/2018
Most crucial for me is lack of handwriting features.
Crashing a second after start
Benita1 on 1/29/2018
On iPad Air 2, iOS 11, latest subversion. Useless.
Deliberately Overcharged
bluestreak426 on 1/25/2018
Dropbox trying to use the same story as the others, appears they no longer know how refunds work either.
What a brilliant app!
MidasTay on 1/24/2018
I agree with other reviewers, it has its kinks to be worked out. But, I was able to replace FOUR apps off my phone for Paper (Slack, Notes, Reminders & Evernote). But, I swear to God.. Dropbox, don’t get me so dependent on this app & then take it away like you did the Email app!! I have trust issues with y’all from back then 😂
Can’t print, can’t find files
Cauliflower child on 1/21/2018
There are a lot of promising features, but some extremely basic ones are missing: you can’t print from the mobile app, and it’s difficult to find where documents are stored.
Love it!
JaredStarr on 1/18/2018
I like how this backs up all my notes. My phone is on it’s last legs, so this is indispensable! I put everything here like my to do lists, personal recipes, grocery list, lists of things to pack for a trip, names of all the guests to invite to my different parties, etc
EggplantMcGee on 1/3/2018
It’s crashing every time I open a document.
Nice App that Needs Some Work
timwright12 on 12/30/2017
I use this app because I wanted to consolidate the services on my phone. It is mainly my new go-to for shareable to do lists (replacing the national be notes app) They recently removed the option to easily select different heading sizes, which is really annoying and almost made me switch apps, but the biggest bug that bothers me is when you’re creating a new check list item the (add new item and press return to create another) previous word mashes up with the new word you’re typing (you can see the mangled word in autocorrect). So you either need to accept the word is wrong or go back and manually add a space. Again, overall I think the app is acceptable for my purposes, but if I wasn’t already paying for Dropbox I probably wouldn’t use it as much as I do.
Guess what you can’t do in Dropbox Paper? Access Dropbox
SF81 on 12/26/2017
Why would I use this app if I can’t even access simple text documents from my Dropbox folder?
Don’t commit to this app
Jarrett711 on 12/23/2017
Drop box is good. Paper is terrible It lost several documents
Clunky, buggy, not a viable Evernote alternative
Daveandviv on 12/16/2017
App is clunky, buggy, slow. Takes a ton of storage space even though I only have a few text files stored. Really wanted to like it, but moved on to OneNote.
What is it for? Who is it for?
aloomba on 12/4/2017
I didn’t understand what Paper was when it launched and now... years later, I’m still scratching my head. Do they think it will replace Google docs? Or MS Office? Or even just the Notes app on iOS? It’s really hard to imagine it doing any of those things. It seems like a functional app, I just don’t understand WHY it exists.
Don’t rely on it
ModestyPrevails on 11/22/2017
I was hoping to find an Evernote alternative and since Dropbox is pitching heavily toward the creatives, I thought I might find that in Paper. While I do find the features nice, there are too many bugs for me to rely on it for any work of value. The app often undoes work I have entered or on the opposite end of that spectrum won’t let me edit work I have already done. As an artist I use the app to brainstorm ideas, label titles of work, or keep measurements of artwork readily available. I’m hoping that the glitches get worked out and this turns into an app I can rely on to do my work without the worry of losing precious time spent.
Super buggy, unusable
Rthsiung on 11/21/2017
Just spent upwards of 30 minutes trying to create a simple checklist for myself. Tapping in the document doesn’t consistently bring up the keyboard, and when you lucky enough to finally get the keyboard, your text is pushed off the visible screen so you can’t even see what you’re editing. On top of that, the UI for adding special types of text is cumbersome and there’s no way to link text. Useless and unusable. What a waste of the last 30 minutes of my life.
Getting Worse Over Time
Crispy9090 on 11/19/2017
Worked well when it first came out, but now nearly unusable. The screen jumps around when you start typing (totally unlike every other app on iOS), making it impossible to see what you wrote earlier. A similar screen jump happens whenever you move the cursor, so now selecting text is basically impossible. On my wife's phone, every checkbox shows weird words ("Be a superhero today") before you enter any text - as if people need hints on how to use a checkbox in a document?? It's probably time to look for a new app for sharing simple docs....
Trending down
Jsgarretson on 11/19/2017
Editing has been mostly broken on iPhones and iPads for weeks.
Doesn't even load all your files
The Bobs on 11/9/2017
Took 45 minutes to load one of two text documents and never loaded the second, always crashing on an error. Completely unacceptable
GeorgeBenson1970 on 11/9/2017
This is such an incredible tool. Thank you.
Great Tool
HolyAmbition on 11/7/2017
Love this tool, it has been a great boost to productivity. Our team is using it more and more! scroll
Westguy86 on 11/6/2017
For the love, please auto scroll the view when my typing goes beneath the page view.
Going Downhill All of Dropbox
Ben111198789 on 11/6/2017
This app became pretty good once they got it to a stable place. Unfortunately, Dropbox has proven time and again that they can’t just make a god product and leave it alone. Much like the Dropbox app, their constant “improvements” are constantly introducing new bugs. With this latest update, every time I open the keyboard, it shifts all of my content to the top, off of the screen so I can’t even see what I’m editing. It would be nice if Dropbox decided to focus on making decent products rather than pushing out unnecessary, unwanted, hideous branding and clunky UI updates.
Applecocoa on 10/29/2017
The only reason that I’m using Paper is TOC (Table of Contents) But, iOS app has no TOC
Confusing file structure
Njdhshs on 10/26/2017
I’d like to put a paper file in a Dropbox folder but it seems to have another place for these files. Not sure how this works and rather not figure it out. Sticking to what works for now.
Best Mobile Collaborative Document Writing
SamS4141 on 10/26/2017
My whole office loves it.
I want this to be good...
dtemple11 on 10/21/2017
Great idea, great look, but the app is buggy. On iPad, iOS 11: When I try to move the cursor to edit, it tries to scroll the page instead. “Done” button halfway covered by formatting bar, etc. Generally not finished cooking.
App crashes just after load
BradvinZA on 10/20/2017
I really love paper on the desktop, but this app crashes 100% of the time just after it loads. I see my docs for about 1 second and then the app crashes. Please fix this bug as I would love to use this app more on my phone. Using iOS 11.0.3 on iPhone 6 Plus
Crashes every time it opens : (
Hail Yes on 10/5/2017
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Idea is good but not this app
Atxmob on 10/5/2017
Has great potential and I like it decent enough in a browser. I'll use it more and more I think. However, this app is so buggy. Clicks do funky things, I can't swap out pics because it thinks I've selected a different image than the intended one, things select and highlight that I didn't click, keyboard pops up when I'm not editing anything, etc.. so far there's little intuitive interaction. So, for now this is only useful for viewing and maybe check lists, not full editing and collaboration.
Cannot login, showing SSL error
cpc@xm on 9/30/2017
Cannot login, showing SSL error, please fix!
Useless on 3G connection
HershyJones on 9/29/2017
The app is not optimized for slow connections. It takes FOREVER to load with "preparing your docs". Then, 8 minutes later, opening a doc hangs again for several minutes. These are very small docs! Only a few sentences. Why does it take so long to load a small doc to edit? And the mobile web version, whilst Much faster to load, doesn't allow editing! VERY frustrating.
Good Things, But Incomplete
Stefan804 on 9/28/2017
I need consistency between the web version and the iOS version and right now it’s simply not there. I should be able edit a table, add cells and such, but you can’t do that on here. I also need the ability to add Dropbox documents and right now that is a no go. The possibilities are there. The implementation has not caught up.
Love it!
Ngauge357 on 9/28/2017
I’ve been using this since its first days in beta and it has become my go to note taking app. The subtle design features and integration with Dropbox make this a must have app for anyone taking notes or writing throughout the day.
Love it!
Henrique89robot on 9/22/2017
Can write on the go
Invalid certificate on signup on 9/18/2017
I love the editing experience on my desktop, and hoped I could start a new document from my phone. I started typing a document name and it just froze the document, presented a stupid message to the tune of, "Can't connect or save. Copy the entire document and paste it into a new one..." FYI Devs, don't let UX hacks into production! Please allow local edits and sync when connection is available.
Hope it gets better.
JSK44 on 9/17/2017
I do not like the way Paper presents folders and documents. I have a hard time finding the files and folders I have created.
Very promising
sawbilly on 9/16/2017
Paper seems to have a lot of potential (and on my devices anyway, hasn't yet crashed), and it's great to have the potential for this kind of thing built into Dropbox too. That said, Paper has what's to me an annoying way of presenting folders and documents. As far as I can tell, it doesn't want to show you the actual folder structure that you've set up, it does that thing of showing a list of ALL your folders at one time, whether or not you've nested them inside each other, and it orders folders and/or documents by Recently Viewed -- with no option to have them displayed alphabetically by name instead. I hate that. My brain wants to see and work with the folder structure that I've set up, and wants the folders and documents listed alphabetically by name. So until those options are offered in Paper I won't be using it. But otherwise it seems like a nice app, and if you aren't bugged by the All Folders (and listed by Recently Viewed) thang, maybe it's for you.
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