Arcane Docs

Blockchain-based alternative to Google Docs.

#1 Product of the DayAugust 12, 2019
Arcane Docs is a full-featured private online document editor. You can create documents or import from Google Docs and Microsoft Word. All save and secure on blockchain-based cloud storage.
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Hi everyone ✌️, Walterion is here, and I'm excited to introduce you to Arcane Docs ✨, a secure and GDPR compliant alternative for Google Docs and Microsoft Word. As we keep hearing about data breach news of big companies like Dropbox or WhatsApp, it is harder for us to keep trusting them with our file and personal data, and it made us think about finding a better way. We believe the best way to keep data secure is not having them in the first place. That's why we choose the server-less solution, in another word, blockchain. The most challenging part for us was designing a blockchain app that doesn't look like a blockchain app! We wanted to make the transition from centralized to decentralized solutions as smoothly as possible. That is where Blockstack comes in to help us with a secure and decentralized authentication service, working on Bitcoin blockchain. Arcane Docs is a full-featured online document editor. You can create documents or import from Google Docs and Microsoft Word. All save and secure on blockchain-based cloud storage with high industry standard encryptions. You can also create a share link and start collaborating in private too. It is Free and available for use in any modern browser right now. I can't wait to hear what you think. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions. P.S. Don't miss out the first part of Arcane Office. The secure and private spreadsheet, Arcane Sheets. Check it out: https://www.producthunt.com/post... P.S.S. And here is the secure and easy to use, redact & annotate for images + with builtin encrypted sharing. https://www.producthunt.com/post...
@walterion1 What exactly does blockchain add here? And especially Bitcoin, with its high fees...
@hi_im_donglu Thanks Donglu for the excellent question. We use Blockstack for authentication. It is made on Bitcoin blockchain to store your private key that will be used to encrypt all of your stuff. Making the master key will be done just the first time, and after that, every file gets a new password from the master one. No matter what, all the files will be encrypted, so you always have control over your data β€” something like ProtonMail but for Office.
@walterion1 This seems like an amazing tool to have online, and I would love to check it out. For me what annoys me the most is that the product is actually locked in the Blockstack eco-system. I've been interested in Blockstack and followed them since the start, only to later figure out that you can only access apps made on Blockstack through the Blockstack browser. Honestly, I still think that this is not completely private and open. I wish I can just enter a URL on a browser and sign-in like usual. The second thing I don't like about Blockstack is the login flow. I already lost my two favorite id username's (one I lost the secret key, the other because I can't figure out how to change the password as I forgot it). That's a pity and a huge annoyance. I still think that there are other intuitive ways we can make privacy work - such as by disconnecting the user data from their login details. I think it's awesome what you're doing, but I wish you didn't depend on Blockstack - to me it feels like another Google but on blockchain. It's fine - you do get the security and optimal privacy, but you're based on another corporation, instead of the open web-platform.
@owenfar1 Hey Owen and welcome to our launch ✌️ Actually, you can use Blockstack apps from any browser. Please give Arcane Docs a try and let me know how it goes. I will share your thought with the Blockstack team too. Thanks.
@walterion1 Well I wish I could, but I can't because Blockstack's sign-up sucks. That was the whole point of my comment in the end.
Would love a dark theme
@brandon_clark1 Give it an upvote and we will add it into the roadmap :D
@walterion1 haha of course, my bad I thought I upvote
Biggest thing to replace google docs is comments & real-time collaboration. I know that's hard to achieve (code), but it's what makes google docs so productive for teams.
@adridder Thanks Alexander for your interest. Yes, that is a lifesaver, and we have it on our plan πŸ‘
Thanks to @aaronoleary for the Hunt ✌️
@walterion1 Very impressive. I think there is absolutely a use case here and I would certainly consider it for more private documents. I think your sales pitch should ape Protonmail and DuckDuckGo more and deemphasize the blockchain element. For example your tag line might be: "A private, cryptographically secure alternative to Google Docs". Some distinction to drive home that this is the home for sensitive documents that are important. One other thing I noticed is that you seem to be taking a lot of inspiration from Word, personally, I prefer the more minimal interface of GDocs. Good luck, it's really impressive what you have so far IMO.
@lui_kohl Thank you very much, Lui, for the very thoughtful comment. We will study it more to improve our work. Regards.