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For most offices, avoiding an avalanche of paper is a daily struggle. Even with so much content available online these days, paper still seems to pile up in offices and clutter workspaces. Doctape, a German based company, is launching a new service to fix that.
Doctape is an online space where personal and business files can be stored and shared. The company’s founders are proponents of paper-free offices, and Doctape was born out of their desire to store personal files online safely and keep them as organized as possible.
Instead of focusing on the files themselves, like Dropbox does, Doctape emphasizes the content of the file you store. Meaning, you can view PDFs and images and play video from Doctape without downloading the file.
Doctape was built off the Node.js platform, which eBay, LinkedIn and Microsoft use. There is no software download needed; everything is stored on the cloud. Files you upload are saved to your “tape,” also known as your digital file cabinet. Doctape supports several file types, including JPEG, PNG, PDF, MP4 and Word documents. Once a file is uploaded, it can be tagged, viewed, shared and downloaded. In addition to sharing individual documents, you can share your entire tape with another person.
One of Doctape’s greatest strengths is its clean and simple interface. All of your files, tags and shared documents are easy to find and color-coded for organization. Instead of folders, Doctape relies on tagging to keep everything organized. One really cool feature is the ability to drag and drop files into Doctape from your computer. All you have to do is drag a file onto the Doctape webpage and the file will automatically be uploaded.
The company was founded in March of 2011 by three entrepreneurs based in Germany who bootstrapped to get Doctape off the ground. Doctape will emerge from private beta later this year and will be pitched at the San Francisco Node Summit at the end of January.