Dropbox fosters the design community with acquisition of Pixelapse

27 Jan 2015

Cloud storage giant Dropbox has acquired Pixelapse, a cloud and collaboration hub that is used every day around the world by tens of thousands of designers and creative teams.

Pixelapse is a former Y Combinator start-up that was founded in 2011 in California. Terms of the acquisition by Dropbox were not disclosed.

The acquisition is the latest in Dropbox’s spending spree that has seen the company snap up tech firms that include CloudON, Audiogalaxy, PiCloud, Loom, and Snapjoy, to name a few.

It is understood that Pixelapse will for the coming year continue to operate as a standalone product but will eventually migrate its customers over to Dropbox.

“We started Pixelapse with the mission of building the definitive version control and collaboration platform for creative,” the company’s founders said.

“Since then, we’ve been fortunate to become a part of the daily workflow of tens of thousands of freelance designers and creative teams. The prospect of developing products at Dropbox that expand this vision to millions of users is tremendously exciting.

“Our new development efforts will be focused on bringing the same kinds of collaboration and workflow experiences that you’re used to in Pixelapse over to the core Dropbox product. Pixelapse as a standalone product will continue to operate and be supported for the next year as we work towards this goal, at which point we’ll offer a migration plan for your work,” the company told its community of designers and creatives.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years