For those keeping an eye on team collaboration app news, you know that Box recently released an updated version of Box Notes - a collaborative note taking app for teams with a new approach. After catching up on the news, we still had a few questions, because at first glance, Box Notes looks a lot like Dropbox Paper. How does Box Notes compare to Dropbox Paper, and how does Samepage compare?
So they all have real-time editing?
With Dropbox Paper, you can edit everything with your collaborators in real-time. Add videos, photos, and share comments on the side. It's even possible to add tasks. Dropbox Paper gives teams a place where they can work together in real time, with more than just text or a spreadsheet options.
Box Notes operates on the same philosophy. You create notes in your Box folder, in their example to start a project with some team members. Box Notes allows you to add team members to the note, and everyone can edit together, adding text, multi-media, tables, and checklists.
Samepage has fully collaborative pages too. We call them Team Pages. Team Pages are a lot like Dropbox Paper pages, or Box Notes notes, but with more content types. Samepage supports more media types, and more cloud services than Dropbox Paper, which only works with Dropbox and Box Notes, which only works with Box. If you work with files on Google Drive, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, or Egnyte, your team should look into Samepage.
What about other project collaboration features?
Box Notes and Dropbox Paper sell themselves as light weight project collaboration tools. The demo videos outline how they're great options for teams to organize around events and projects. Beyond the basic co-editing, @ mentions, and checklists, there aren't many more project specific features on offer.
At Samepage we think that going a little bit further into project management features makes a tool a lot more useful, but too many make a tool unwieldy. That's why instead of checklists, Samepage has tasks which have built-in progress tracking, assignee management, and the ability to assign copies of tasks to others all with a deadline. This makes it easy to divide work and track progress against a deadline. Samepage also has team calendars which teams can use to track projects over time and keep on top of important dates and deadlines.
What about mobile apps?
Dropbox Paper is available on mobile so you can collaborate on the go, but the mobile apps are in beta and aren't fully featured yet. Box Notes has apps for web and Mac and PC, but not mobile. A fully featured Box Notes mobile app is in development. For now, Box Notes users can access Box Notes on-the-go using the regular Box app for mobile. Samepage's app is fully-functional on mobile, so anything you can do on the web or desktop apps, you can do on the Samepage mobile apps.
The bottom line?
Dropbox Paper and Box Notes are collaborative note taking apps. They're designed as companion applications that will find a place sandwiched in with all of the other apps your team already uses. Which is great if you're already a Box or Dropbox user, and your team has a separate messaging, and separate project management softwares. But if your team is looking for one app to simplify teamwork - it's time to consider an application that does more than one thing, something like Samepage.