I create a lot of screenshots of websites. Some of them find their way to this blog, but I also share them with product developers. One of the classic problems is annotating the screens with comments. I discovered a new free tool called Bounce from the nice folks at Zurb that allows me to select regions of a webpage and annotate. I can share the URL of the annotated page with others, who may also comment.
Zurb has a number of free apps related to design collaboration — some of which I can’t seem to get to work — but Bounce works as advertised.
Bounce is the free offshoot of a more feature-rich Zurb product called Notable, with plans starting at $19 per month. Notable has threaded discussions and can upload PDF files, which makes it very attractive to a writerly soul like me.
Here you can see various ways to comment on a PDF page. The numbered dot was created by clicking on the pdf image,and dragging around a region on the screen. Another user can see the list of annotations to the right or click into the doc and see the comments on the doc surface. There is also a chat-like interface at the bottom of the page, where text, images, or other Notable pages can be used as replies. There is also a description field, which I left blank in this case. Pages or images can be downloaded or replaced.
I am going to see if the tool is helpful enough to justify $19 per month during the month free trial. I have my doubts, since it charges $49 per month for premium features like putting pages into sets and $99 per month for separate workspaces for different groups of users. Admittedly, it allows unlimited numbers of users at all pricing tiers, but still, it’s pricey to collaborate in this way.
Another feature I like is that you can email a PDF of the annotated page with all comments. Very helpful.
Warning: Zurb sets up the free trial by taking your credit card and presumably will charge you if you don’t remember to cancel, an anti-pattern I dislike.