OfficeDrop Partnership

I’m pretty excited about a new partnership my company has that just launched. OfficeDrop is working with Nuance’s PaperPort desktop filing system to bring the newest version of PaperPort, PaperPort 14, to the cloud.

The team here at OfficeDrop was able to connect our APIs to PaperPort 14′s desktop client, making it simple to right click any folder from within PaperPort 14 and automatically sync all files to the cloud. If you include the mobile apps we developed this means you can right click a folder and the text search, browse and share the folder and it’s contents from your phone. It’s pretty cool and the tech press seems to be getting it. You can buy PaperPort 14 at paperport.com, where you can also sign up for a free PaperPort Anywhere account. And the mobile apps are here:

Obviously preparing for this was a ton of work, which is why I’ve been totally silent on the blogging front. Hopefully now that we are launched I”ll have time to get back to posting more frequently!

Below is the press release by Nuance talking about PaperPort Anywhere.

Nuance Launches PaperPort Anywhere Cloud Service

Making it Easy for Millions to Organize, Access and Share All of Their Paper and Digital Documents, Anywhere and Anytime

BURLINGTON, Mass., August 2, 2011 — Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, today introduced PaperPort® Anywhere, a new cloud-based service that makes it easy to organize, access and share documents from nearly any PC and mobile device. PaperPort Anywhere lets users manage and access their documents in the cloud using web browsers, as well as using free apps from Nuance for Apple® and Google® Android® mobile devices.

The service uses the market-leading Nuance OmniPage® OCR (optical character recognition) engine to automatically create searchable documents from scanned and camera-captured documents, as well as faxes, making paper content as easy to search and find as digital documents. As a result, users can organize, access and share all of their document content on PaperPort Anywhere.

“There is a reason that recent surveys show over 51% of people still use paper files – it is in large part because current cloud services treat paper content as an afterthought,” said Robert Weideman, vice president and general manager for the Nuance Document Imaging Division. “PaperPort Anywhere goes further than other services by closing the content gap between paper and digital documents – making it easy to scan to the cloud, improving the way users manage both their scanned and digital documents, and by making cloud access easy and convenient.”

PaperPort Anywhere also integrates with the new release of Nuance PaperPort 14 for Windows®, the world’s most popular scanning and document management application for the PC, which was also announced today. PaperPort 14 provides automatic synchronization of Windows folders and files with PaperPort Anywhere. It also adds conversion of scanned and PDF documents into fully formatted word and spreadsheet files that can be edited on Windows, the Macintosh and through cloud services such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365. PaperPort 14 provides robust PDF capabilities, including the ability to create PDF from practically any application, and includes PDF-MRC, which creates scanned files that are up to eight times smaller than scanned PDF files without compression.

PaperPort Anywhere is valuable to anyone that works with documents, including the over 20 million registered users of Nuance desktop applications, and users of the more than five million seats of PaperPort that are deployed each year. PaperPort Anywhere includes free apps for Apple iPhone, iPad and Google Android devices, and is free for up to one gigabyte of searchable storage space. PaperPort Anywhere subscription plans include $9.99 per month for 10 gigabytes and $24.99 per month for 50 gigabytes of storage space.

PaperPort Anywhere Key Features and Benefits

PaperPort Anywhere makes it easy to organize, access, and share any document – both paper and digital – anywhere and anytime. Key features and benefits include:

  • Organize All Your Documents in the Cloud. PaperPort Anywhere is more than cloud storage – it provides a better way to organize and use your documents. PaperPort Anywhere’s thumbnail and clip views of paper and digital documents are key features that help you quickly organize documents.
  • Search and Find both Paper and Digital Documents. PaperPort Anywhere is powered by the Nuance OmniPage OCR engine, which provides the highest levels of accuracy for scanned documents and image PDF files, such as those from fax services. The best OCR means users can find indexed paper documents just as they do Word and spreadsheet files.
  • Access and Use, Anywhere and Anytime. PaperPort Anywhere is accessible through any web browser at www.PaperPort.com, the web gateway to PaperPort Anywhere cloud services. Nuance also provides free apps for the Apple iPhone®, iPad® and Google Android devices, and supports Microsoft Windows through PaperPort 14.
  • Share and Collaborate. PaperPort Anywhere makes it easy to share links to files stored on the site. The service also supports secure and permission-based emailing of files into PaperPort Anywhere accounts, making it easier than ever to collaborate and share documents with others.
  • One Click Scan to Cloud. Only PaperPort Anywhere integrates with PaperPort 14 – the world’s most popular scanning and document management application for the PC. The combination results in unmatched document productivity and convenience.

Pricing and Availability

PaperPort Anywhere with up to one gigabyte of searchable storage is free. PaperPort Anywhere Premium with up to 10 gigabytes of storage is $9.99 per month and $24.99 a month for 50 gigabytes of storage. For additional information on PaperPort Anywhere visit www.PaperPort.com.

About PaperPort Anywhere

PaperPort Anywhere is a new, innovative cloud service from Nuance that makes it easy to scan, organize and share documents – anytime, from anywhere. PaperPort Anywhere is powered by OfficeDrop. It delivers enhanced search-indexing capabilities using Nuance OmniPage OCR.

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Trademark reference: Nuance, the Nuance logo, and OmniPage and PaperPort are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.

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Media and Industry Analyst Contact:

Jennifer Shelgren

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Tel: (781) 565-4758

Email: jennifer.shelgren@nuance.com

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Recent OfficeDrop Press

Ok I’ve got to brag a little here. OfficeDrop recently launched our newest mobile app, the OfficeDrop Android Paper-to-Go app, and we’ve had great success with new users and downloads. I’m working on a post about how SEO may be dying, at least for SaaS services, since the huge majority of our new users are coming from app marketplaces these days. I really think we are undergoing a significant shift in the way people find and buy software and web services… and I’m personally having a ton of fun trying to figure it out!

Anyways, here is some of the recent press OfficeDrop has gotten on our new Android app:

May 18, 2011

OfficeDrop: Scan Docs, Turn Them into PDF & Make Searchable (Android)

Using Paper-to-Go you can scan physical documents using your smartphone’s camera and store these documents … other file formats can be uploaded and processed as well. Read OfficeDrop’s Paper-to-Go Review on makeuseof…


May 16, 2011

Android app OfficeDrop Paper-To-Go turns paper documents into electronic ones.

Just snap a photo with your phone, then sit back while it converts the page into a searchable PDF and uploads it to cloud storage. How crazy-handy is that?  Read OfficeDrop’s Paper-to-Go App on bNET…


May 13, 2011

OfficeDrop’s Paper-to-Go for Android Scans Your Documents

Paper-to-Go is a document scanner that uses your device’s camera and converts the image into a PDF. The app is directly tied to OfficeDrop’s cloud service, where the PDF documents get processed with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to make any text in them searchable. Processed documents can be searched from both the app and through the web site at any time.  Read OfficeDrop’s Paper-to-Go App on LifeHacker…


May 12, 2011

Digital Filing Service OfficeDrop Now on Android – this one also got reposted on the New York Times

OfficeDrop, an application for scanning, accessing and sharing paper and digital files via the cloud has been rolling out onto a variety of platforms. The company has announced that the OfficeDrop Paper-to-Go app for Android is now available, in addition to existing applications for Mac Windows and iPad.  Read OfficeDrop Now on Android…

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OfficeDrop Post on Techcrunch – Competing in the Cloud

Prasad just had a post published on TechCrunch. It’s about something we’ve been focusing on for a while – the cloud is making companies who should be competitors friendly. Entitled “Competing in the Cloud – Let’s be Frenemies,” it is our current “cloud manifesto.”

We are really thinking a lot about how to grow a cloud based SaaS business, and have learned a ton over the past year. OfficeDrop was one of the first startups to get into Amazon’s cloud services back in 2007, and we’ve noticed that cloud/SaaS software is very different from the packaged software business model.

Open APIs and integrations are really changing the way companies interact with each other. Startups that would once have tried to aggressively compete with larger players are now helping the big platform companies round out their product offerings, and large players who once would have squashed every startup in sight are now helping distribute competitive offerings.

OfficeDrop is really benefiting from these “frenemy” integrations – Google Docs, Evernote, FreshBooks and more have helped grow our business and make for happy customers. We aren’t trying to lock customers in and keep their data hostage. We understand that people want data portability and that our service is not a soup to nuts solution for all business cases. Anyways, we are really pleased that TC let us publish our thoughts. Please check out the post!

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Couple of recent articles

I’ve just had a couple of articles published on other sites. I guess that is my excuse as to why I haven’t been posting very much on Startable recently…

Raising prices without causing a customer meltdown

If you recall, OfficeDrop changed prices last year. The pricing change went very smoothly – unlike some other pricing fiascos we’ve witnessed recently. I discuss the reasons I think our pricing change went smoothly. In particular, I think SaaS companies are challenged when they try to raise prices because of the recurring, generally non-contractually bound, relationships they have with their customers.

Press release tool for small businesses

I love some of the Grader products offered by Hubspot. In particular, when I was first learning to write press releases their free Press Release Grader was very helpful. I explain on DIYMarketers why I like this press release tool and recommend it to other business owners.

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Recent quotes on Customers and Blogging

I was recently quoted in a couple of places on how OfficeDrop treats customers, and also about how we made some mistakes when we first started the OfficeDrop Document Management Blog. It’s fun to speak with other bloggers and let them know some of the things I’m learning at OfficeDrop as we grow the business here! I can’t believe how much more effective I am today than I was just one year ago.

Ways to Keep Your Long-Term Customers Happy by Zendesk – For SaaS businesses, existing paying customer retention id critical, and OfficeDrop tries hard to keep our existing customers happy with our service. The Zendesk blog post talks about how we ask “best customers for advice and involves them in big decisions.” And also “OfficeDrop also involves existing customers in new product development, in the form of beta testing. “They are excited to see the new stuff that we are cooking up, and it is fun and exciting for them to be the very first people to try new things.””

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Company’s Blog on Mashable – This is a great post on Mashable about simple mistakes company’s make when they start blogging. We are quoted about how we originally did not effectively link back to the OfficeDrop main site when we first started blogging, but there are some other great tips on here about how to be a better blogger.

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How OfficeDrop almost doubled our pricing page conversion

Anand Rajaram, co-founder of OfficeDrop, (i.e. my coworker) recently penned a piece on Kissmetric’s blog about how we almost doubled the conversion rate of our pricing page. Check it out!

Obviously this is very important for a SaaS company!

pricing-page-funnel

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