Hackpad is migrating to Dropbox Paper

On July 19, 2017, Hackpad began to shut down. We're importing Hackpad pads into Paper over the next few months. Once the imports are complete, Hackpad will shut down.

Dropbox acquired Hackpad in 2014, and the code was open-sourced in April 2015. Since we acquired Hackpad, we've been building on Hackpad to create Dropbox Paper.

What happens to my Hackpad pads?

If you're a Hackpad user, you can manually import all your pads to Paper. All your Hackpad data will be accessible within Paper.

If you don't manually import your pads or opt out, we'll automatically import your pads for you in the coming months. Once we begin automatically importing your pads into Paper, your Hackpad becomes read-only. We'll send you an email once the auto-import is complete. You can then join your workspaces and access your pads in Paper. 

Note: If your admin opted your team out of importing pads, your pads won't be auto-imported into Paper, and will be deleted.

Dropbox Paper

Paper is a live collaboration application where you can work with your team to create docs, presentations, and much more. You can use Paper with a free Dropbox Basic account, a free team, or a Dropbox Business team.

Learn more about Dropbox Paper.

Move your Hackpad pads to Paper

It's easy to move all your Hackpad work into Paper. You can continue working with your team through Paper docs.

There are two parts of moving your pads to Paper: importing and joining. If we auto-import your pads, you'll still need to join them.

  • Importing: Only an admin of a workspace can import pads. Importing transfers your pads to Paper and makes them into Paper docs. After you import a workspace, all pads from the workspace are available in Paper. If you don't belong to a workspace, you can import personal pads.
  • Joining: After a workspace is imported, other members of the team can gain access by joining the workspace. When you join a workspace, you can access all content from that workspace in Paper.

Import your pads to Paper

If you're the admin of a workspace, you can import that workspace into Paper. Your workspace becomes a shared folder in Paper. If your pads are in your personal workspace, you can import them.

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with the account you want to import your Hackpad work to.
    • If you don't have a Dropbox account, create one to move your work to Paper.
  2. Go to paper.dropbox.com/hackpad.
  3. Enter the email address for your Hackpad account.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation email you receive. 
  5. You'll see a list of workspaces you can import and the pads or folders that you can join. To import a workspace, click Import next to the workspace you're interested in.
  6. Once the workspace is imported, it will appear under Previously imported. You can't import the same workspace twice.
Import a workspace

What happens to my pads once I move them to Paper?

As an admin, you automatically join the workspace with your Dropbox account. A folder called "[Your team name] (Hackpad Import)" will be created in Paper for any team workspaces. You won't have access to the private pads that your team members had in this workspace.

Your private pads will be added directly to your Paper account. The private pads of your team members are also imported, but remain private to those team members. Your team members will need to join their private docs to access them in Paper.

Note: If you're not an admin of your Hackpad team, you need to join your workspaces in order to access them in Paper.

Do I need to be a part of a Dropbox team to use Paper?

If you aren't a member of a Dropbox Business team or free team, you can work with your team by sharing docs. However, working on a Dropbox team makes it easier to share and collaborate. If you're on a Dropbox Business team, the admins of your team can administrate and manage Paper docs.

Learn more about Paper admin controls of Dropbox Business teams.

The import completed, but some of my pads weren't imported. What can I do?

It's possible that some pads can't be imported to Paper. Any pads we couldn't import are listed in the email you receive after the import completes.

If your pads were auto-imported and the import failed, we'll send you a zip file containing HTML of all your pads.

Join your pads

Once your pads are imported, you can join your pads:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com with the account you want to import your Hackpad work to.
    • If you don't have a Dropbox account, create one to move your work to Paper.
  2. Go to paper.dropbox.com/hackpad.
  3. Enter your Hackpad email address.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation email you receive. 
  5. You'll see a list of the pads or folders that you can join. Click Join next to the pads or folders you want to import to Paper.
Join a workspace

What happens if someone goes to my Hackpad pad after I import my workspace to Paper?

After the import is complete, anyone who visits your Hackpad pad is automatically redirected to the corresponding Paper doc.

What happens to my public workspaces when I move my work to Paper?

Paper doesn't support public workspaces. However, you can still share your work with whoever you’d like.

If you import your docs to Paper, people who had access to the workspace in Hackpad can join the workspace and access the docs in Paper.

You can also set a doc to the most open sharing setting in Paper: People with the link can edit. Anyone with the link to the doc and a Dropbox account can collaborate with you.

I don't have a Dropbox account. Can I still import my pads?

If you don't have a Dropbox account yet, you need to create one before you import your pads. Use your Dropbox account to sign in to Paper.

What happens if I can't contact the admin of my workspace?

All pads will be moved to Paper after July 19, 2017. You can join your pads once they have been imported to Paper.

If you can't contact the admin of your workspace, contact Dropbox Support for help.

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