Hello guys, I am currently based in China as part of my PhD, and I noticed there are several challenges to Paperpile users if they wanna access and use it in / from China Mainland:
(1) Cloud Storage: Google Drive (just like all google services) is censored and can’t be used in China unless circumvented through time-consuming and VPN setups. It’d be great if users could connect the cloud storage of their choice for storing and syncing of their pdf library. Among the major global players in cloud storage, currently only OneDrive works reliably in China (dropbox is censored just like Google Drive). Of course there are tons of Chinese cloud storage providers which could be an asset to have on board as well.
(2) Word Processor: For the same reason (censorship) google docs is not a viable choice of word processor for users in China.Integration with MS Word would make it much more accessible.
(3) Resources used on the Site / App: For Paperpile to work smoothly in China, some of the resources used in the site / app would need to be modified (eg any scripts loaded from google servers, integration of censored social media, …) This is a process that other apps also circumvent, by directing users who access from mainland china to an alternative site / app, that doesn’t rely on these resources. (if you guys are interested, I can help point those out).
I believe China (with close to 3000 universities, over 8 million graduates yearly, of which many continue to postgrad education, and a gigantic number of academics) is a market that is worth a little extra effort to make a great service like Paperpile smooth and easy to use. CHinese students and academics are also by far more tech savvy and open to SaaS applications than the most of the rest of the world, so It’d really be great to see some progress into this direction.