Dropbox Paper vs. VMware Socialcast (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Dropbox Paper
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Dropbox Paper is a web-based, co-editing tool that includes word processing, document creation and coordination features. The tool is free to use and allows multiple people to collaborate on a document.N/A
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Socialcast was an enterprise social networking and collaboration platform by VMware. The VMware Socialcast platform allowed an organization's employees to share information and documents with co-workers in real time through a Facebook- or Twitter-like news feed. VMware announced its end of availability (EOA) effective May 2018.
$250
per month
Pricing
Dropbox PaperVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Dropbox PaperVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Dropbox PaperVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Dropbox Paper
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Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
6.3
4 Ratings
23% below category average
Task Management00 Ratings7.74 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings6.33 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings3.83 Ratings
Search00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Visual planning tools00 Ratings3.43 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Dropbox Paper
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Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
7.5
4 Ratings
6% below category average
Chat00 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Notifications00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Discussions00 Ratings8.14 Ratings
Surveys00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase00 Ratings6.14 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Dropbox Paper
-
Ratings
VMware Socialcast (discontinued)
5.7
4 Ratings
35% below category average
Versioning00 Ratings2.12 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings6.74 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Advanced security features00 Ratings5.83 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings4.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
Dropbox PaperVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(10 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Dropbox PaperVMware Socialcast (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Dropbox
When collaborating with a team on content creation with the purpose of bringing multiple inputs in a nonstructured or nonfixed media type, this is a great choice because of its diversity of content and collaboration tools, however, if you are looking to have high flexibility in a particular content creation stream, for example, sophisticated text editing or presentation, there are a lot of strong competitors out there.
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VMware
Socialcast has been a great tool for FactSet. I would recommend it to any firm looking for an easy-to-use tool to centralize communication and collaborate on a global scale.
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Pros
Dropbox
  • With Dropbox Paper, I can insert images and videos into your document, to make the document more visual, which is helpful for creating newsletters and simple flyers.
  • Once you create a document, you can save it as a template to be reused as a starting point for creating new documents.
  • Dropbox Paper has some basic formatting features like bolding text, adding links, and creating H1 and H2 headings.
  • You can insert tables into your Dropbox Paper document
  • Dropbox Paper also has an unusual but helpful feature, and that is the time line feature.
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VMware
  • Socialcast has an exceptional user experience. With very few idiosyncrasies, it works well on every platform I've tried.
  • The platform has such a high level of ease of use, it becomes somewhat addicting.
  • Social analytics are superb.
  • The platform is highly intuitive and requires zero training or coaching in order for network members to become productive with it.
  • It's extremely reliable. Only once in 4 years, was the product not available, and that was only for about a half-hour. In that half-hour, we realized how dependent we were on it. (Very.)
  • The multi-device and deployment options are excellent. On-premise, Private Cloud, and Multi-tenant SaaS all available.
  • The mobile apps for iPhone, tablets, and Android render well with a beautiful UI/UX. The desktop AIR app is equally highly usable.
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Cons
Dropbox
  • No spell check feature.
  • No going back to "old versions" once changes are made they are permanent, with no restriction setting or ability to see previous versions.
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VMware
  • The software is a little bit pricey because it is charged by user/month and depending on the deployment method.
  • For companies with a lot of workers the price can increase significantly.
  • The mobile app usability and notifications are poor. Need to be improved.
  • If there were more administrative features available the product would be improved
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Likelihood to Renew
Dropbox
No answers on this topic
VMware
Beyond the value FactSet derives from using the platform, Socialcast (the firm) has been a good partner to FactSet. We've experienced very little downtime with the service and they have been responsive and fair with enhancement requests and questions
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Usability
Dropbox
No answers on this topic
VMware
The UX is its best feature
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Support Rating
Dropbox
No answers on this topic
VMware
Excellent support; of course not perfect. :-)
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Implementation Rating
Dropbox
No answers on this topic
VMware
Not applicable, as it is a SaaS platform with minimal implementation
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Alternatives Considered
Dropbox
I was not part of the decision making to acquire the Dropbox tool against any of the other options and competitors. However, I can assume that the fact that we have been using Dropbox File Management for many years and many important files are stored and shared in the tool everyday, the adding of Dropbox Paper should have been felt very natural.
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VMware
Socialcast is great for collaboration & light project management, but anything complex doesn't work well.

Using it as an email notification curator works nice for us.
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Return on Investment
Dropbox
  • Dropbox Paper has allowed all of our employees to be much more productive and on track even when we can't be in the office, which from a management standpoint is a huge positive impact. They know that productivity isn't slowing or lacking when everyone isn't actually sitting in the office under their watchful eye.
  • It has had a huge impact on our turn around time and speed of getting more work and projects completed. The more work you can effectively get done in a time period means more money for the bottom line.
  • It has made the majority of our team members more accountable and reliable when they know everyone is working together on something and each person has their own checklist of items to complete. It is especially helpful that everyone can see the same checklist, so everyone knows what each other is accomplishing.
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VMware
  • Definitely more organized project management and team collaboration.
  • Efficiency in carrying out tasks.
  • Creates a spirit of collaboration and friendliness among colleagues.
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