Dropbox launches final version of the Paper notes service in 21 languages, including Portuguese; Smart Sync feature is announced

Dropbox launches final version of the Paper notes service in 21 languages, including Portuguese; Smart Sync feature is announced

THE Dropbox today launched two new tools that promise to further improve the experience of using one of the main competitors of the very competitive cloud market (and that, I think most of us will agree, go round and round around iCloud).

One of them Paper, which we have talked about here a few times and which has been in testing for some time. The rival Google Docs annotation / word processing service has finally won its final version and is now officially available in 21 languages ​​including our beloved Portuguese from Brazil (no Portugal yet).

The most interesting part of Paper is the possibility of connecting Dropbox's totally robust cloud structure, allowing real-time collaborations without major complications. In addition, the company is also already planning the next steps of the tool, as a new feature (still in beta) that automatically divides documents saved in Paper into "Projects". From there, the user can view and filter their projects in the way they prefer, as well as distribute tasks and assign deadlines to other work participants.

The other interesting novelty of the day is a feature called Smart Sync, which allows documents saved only in the cloud to be accessed directly from a computer. Basically, what happens is the creation of a folder on the system that shows all the files saved in a given Dropbox account (even if these files are not synchronized with the computer in question). When you click on a file to edit it, it is instantly downloaded and opened. When the changes are completed, the software saves the changed file and deletes it from local memory, keeping it just in the cloud, as before.

The idea behind the Smart Sync (which has also been in beta for some time under the name Dropbox Infinite) relieving users of the trouble of having to download and resend files in a browser window all the time. The feature works even between Macs and PCs without distinction, so you can work smoothly on any platform. It remains to be seen just how he will cope with huge files. One thing is to quickly download a Word document, another to get a video file of several gigabytes. Anyway, we will see its use in practice.

O Smart Sync be available in initial access for Dropbox Business and business plan subscribers; it is not yet known when (or if) the resource will reach the “common” users of the platform.


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(via The Verge)