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Dropbox Paper vs Slack: What are the differences?

What is Dropbox Paper? A collaborative document-editing service. It is more than a doc, it’s a workspace that brings creation and coordination together in one place. You can write together, share comments, embed images, and more. If you have a Dropbox account, you can use Paper for free.

What is Slack? Bring all your communication together in one place. Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.

Dropbox Paper belongs to "Task Management" category of the tech stack, while Slack can be primarily classified under "Group Chat & Notifications".

Airbnb, Dropbox, and Medium are some of the popular companies that use Slack, whereas Dropbox Paper is used by Dropbox, Close, and NoRedInk. Slack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 6343 company stacks & 18539 developers stacks; compared to Dropbox Paper, which is listed in 14 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Arnaud Lemercier
Expert En Dveloppement Web Et Systmes Dinformations, Designer UX, UI, Co-grant at Wixiweb · | 4 upvotes · 168.8K views
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We use Discord to tracking some action and errors (logs / alerting / assertion). it's free and simple to use with mobile application et notifications

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Rebecca Driscoll
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We use Slack to increase productivity by simplifying communication and putting Slack in the middle of our communication workflow #Communications #Collaboration

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Michael Ionita
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We use Slack because we can let "tools talk to us" and automate processes in our dev team using bots.

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Julien Tanay
Lead DevOps. Every day product hacker. at Dior · | 2 upvotes · 164.7K views
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Our Discord Server is our n°1 community stop; we gather feedback from our users from here, discuss about new features, announce new releases, and so on.

We even use it for internal meetings and calls !

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Decisions about Dropbox Paper and Slack
Remotor Consulting
at Remotor Consulting Group · | 13 upvotes · 94K views

Keybase is a powerful and secure team-organizing software. And because Keybase is so transparently good at what it does, Keybase is a foundational software that facilitates the future of work: effective, inclusive, secure Remote Teams.

Keybase is a free, end-to-end encrypted, open-source program with almost limitless flexibility. Each Keybase user or team is a unique cryptographic identity. Each message or interaction that a user has with a team or other user, is verifiable and digitally-signed. Custom combinations of users/teams/bots, can be designed to catalyze Remote Teams of all kinds, this process can also be automated. Keybase includes Git integration for versioning, bots from multiple platforms to facilitate audio/video-conferencing, a Cryptocurrency wallet, and many advanced privacy features to make you more or less traceable.

Services like Slack and Discord are centralized platforms that perform analytics on your behavior and can sell or leak this data to 3rd parties. Any audio/video features available within Slack or Discord, are bound to be less secure and less flexible than excellent alternatives such as Jitsi. Slack and Discord do have a fun, causal feel to them, which can potentially facilitate social engagement in certain conditions (also many users are already on these platforms).

Centralized and Proprietary team platforms such as Discord and Slack have a large market presence (at least in the USA) based on their first-mover advantage, name recognition, and network effects from size. However these products do not have the flexibility or power of Keybase. Keybase excels on its own excellence, and also has an open and active developer community.

Find us on Keybase: @remotorteam (Keybase username) @remotor.public (Public Keybase Team)

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Stefan Schuchlenz

We chose RocketChat over other communications suites like Cliq or Slack mainly because we can self-host it on our own infrastructure. Since we have quite some projects going on which demand that we stay in touch with a lot of different stakeholders, pricing was an issue, too. With RocketChat, we have a huge set of features basically for free, RC offers apps for all major devices and systems and overall, we're very happy with it. The only downside is the limited amount of apps and integrations, but we can make due with what we have available.

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Mohammad Hossein Amri
Chief Technology Officer at Planally · | 3 upvotes · 198.6K views

we were using slack and at the same time we had a subscription with office 365. after a while we hit the slack free limitation quota. and it got annoying. the search ability was useless in free tier. and more annoying whenever you search, it opens a webpage and doesn't do it in the app.

on mobile there were many cases that I didn't get notification of important discussions. rooms was the way to separate a talk. but it become tedious. each time for a new subject that you wanted to discuss, you needed to add all the team members into a new room. and after a while the room goes silent. you will end up with a tons of not-in-use rooms that you don't want to clean up them for history purposes. also the slack UI for sub discussion is very stupid. if someone forget to check the checkbox to post the subdiscussion in the main discussion thread, other team members even won't notice such discussion is in progress.

we was paying for office 365 and thought why not give the teams a shot. we won't be in worth situation than we are. we moved to teams and we loved it instantly, we had a separate tab aggregated all the files upload. we could reply on other talk. no need of creating a new room. this way room belongs to a team and not a certain topic. our sub discussion was visible to the whole team. enjoyed integration with azure and unlimited history. the best part was integration with outlook. it was a full suit solution. our stats become busy on outlook meeting events. we get weekly analyse. we didn't need to host our wiki seperated. we've created wiki per team. the communication was much more fun.

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Pros of Dropbox Paper
Pros of Slack
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      Easy to integrate with
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      Excellent interface on multiple platforms
    • 850
      Free
    • 694
      Mobile friendly
    • 690
      People really enjoy using it
    • 331
      Great integrations
    • 315
      Flexible notification preferences
    • 198
      Unlimited users
    • 184
      Strong search and data archiving
    • 155
      Multi domain switching support
    • 82
      Easy to use
    • 40
      Beautiful
    • 27
      Hubot support
    • 22
      Unread/read control
    • 21
      Slackbot
    • 19
      Permalink for each messages
    • 17
      Text snippet with highlighting
    • 15
      Quote message easily
    • 14
      Per-room notification
    • 13
      Awesome integration support
    • 12
      IRC gateway
    • 12
      Star for each message / attached files
    • 11
      Good communication within a team
    • 11
      Dropbox Integration
    • 10
      Jira Integration
    • 10
      Slick, search is great
    • 9
      New Relic Integration
    • 8
      Asana Integration
    • 8
      Great communication tool
    • 8
      Combine All Services Quickly
    • 7
      XMPP gateway
    • 7
      Google Drive Integration
    • 7
      Awesomeness
    • 7
      This tool understands developers
    • 6
      Twitter Integration
    • 6
      Replaces email
    • 6
      Google Docs Integration
    • 6
      BitBucket integration
    • 5
      Guest and Restricted user control
    • 5
      GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
    • 5
      Jenkins Integration
    • 4
      Gathers all my communications in one place
    • 4
      Clean UI
    • 4
      Mention list view
    • 4
      GitHub integration
    • 4
      Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
    • 3
      Threaded chat
    • 3
      Easy
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      Visual Studio Integration
    • 3
      Easy to add a reaction
    • 3
      Easy to start working with
    • 3
      Timely while non intrusive
    • 3
      Android app
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      Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
    • 3
      Great on-boarding
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      Markdown
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      Message Actions
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      It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
    • 2
      Great Channel Customization
    • 2
      Simplicity
    • 2
      Great interface
    • 2
      Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
    • 2
      So much better than email
    • 2
      Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
    • 1
      Community
    • 1
      Integrates with just about everything
    • 1
      Better User Experience
    • 1
      Very customizable
    • 1
      Great API
    • 1
      Flexible and Accessible
    • 1
      API
    • 1
      Multi work-space support
    • 1
      Easy remote communication
    • 1
      Get less busy
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      Dev communication Made Easy
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      Great Support Team
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      Targetprocess integration
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      Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
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      Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
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      Archive Importing
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      I was 666 star :D
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      Travis CI integration
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      It's the coolest IM ever
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    Cons of Dropbox Paper
    Cons of Slack
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        Can be distracting depending on how you use it
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        Requires some management for large teams
      • 5
        Limit messages history
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        Too expensive
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        You don't really own your messages
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        Too many notifications by default

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      What is Dropbox Paper?

      It is more than a doc, it’s a workspace that brings creation and coordination together in one place. You can write together, share comments, embed images, and more. If you have a Dropbox account, you can use Paper for free.

      What is Slack?

      Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.

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        Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
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