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Share, Communicate & Collaborate On Creative Work. Fast & Easy.

Friday, September 21st, 2012

As creatives, we depend on feedback within our teams and from clients. Most creative teams rely on email to capture and communicate feedback. The “feedback by email” loop is usually defined by miscommunication, tension and frustration.

To help convey messages clearly—sans the unnecessary time wastage, confusion and exasperation—ConceptShare has created a platform for creative professionals, organizations and their clients to more easily share, communicate and collaborate on creative work.

ConceptShare is a web-based application that combines the accuracy and the simplicity of the pen & paper review experience with the efficiency and organization enabled by a browser based system. Users can markup directly on top of creative work and tie each markup to a threaded discussion.

It solves the hassle of long, reply-to-all discussion threads that clog up inboxes. ConceptShare makes it easy to capture clear and actionable feedback, eliminating miscommunication, cutting down on revisions, acclerating reviews and getting to client approval much quicker.

SLEEK, INTUITIVE DESIGN



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The creative review and approval software has a sleek and intuitive design, and lets teams participate in ‘discussions’ about projects, and organize creative workflows with ease—even if the team members are located on different ends of the world.



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Users can store multiple projects on their account, and can upload various types of works: from prints and documents (such as Photoshop files), to videos, interactive work and web pages (from the web page URL itself).



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SHARE CREATIVE WORK

Within the project workspace, administrators can add as many team members, clients and files that are concerned.



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FEEDBACK, QUICK & EASY



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Files become easy to share and creative professionals no longer have to worry about a client saying “I don’t have the application to open the file you just sent me.” Whether it’s a PSD, MOV or a FLV, ConceptShare converts all major formats to a proxy that is easy for clients to view and playback in a private, secure workspace. No extra software required.

Users can easily and quickly provide feedback by marking up any type of file—image, document, web, audio, interactive, video—and tying it to a comment. Available markup tools include a pointer tool and pen tool. These tools are familiar to anyone that has ever scribbled their feedback on a piece of paper. Now a client can easily show you and tell you “I want to move the logo to the left, to there” by simply pointing at and drawing a circle around “there”.

The markups (or visual feedback) tied to the comments make it easy for other users to immediately understand the feedback being shared. No longer do you have to ask a client “what do you mean move it over a little bit to the left, how much to the left?” With the ability to markup directly on top of project files, that information can be easily and clearly communicated. No miscommunication. No misinterpretation. Whether it’s in real-time or hours, days or even weeks later other users are able to reply to existing comments—”I understand where you want me to move the log, I will make that change”—and create an easy-to-follow discussion thread. With each markup tied to a threaded discussion the review process becomes streamlined, structured and keeps everyone on the same page.



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Email notifications keep all users up-to-date on key review activities from new comments, replies to comments and new files that are ready to be reviewed. The notifications are filled with rich information that makes it easy for individual users to manage their part in the review process directly from their inbox. At any given moment they know what is being discussed and if they need to log in to provide new or additional feedback.



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COMPARE & CONTRAST



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ConceptShare also has a “Comparison Lab” that lets users compare two files with each other. It could be two versions of the same piece of work or any two files. Users can see a side-by-side comparison, getting a feel for what has changed. There are also various swipe modes and a pixel comparison feature that lets users see more visual details on what has changed.



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COMMENT BUT #DONTTELLCLIENT

Roles and permissions can be configured, making it easy to manage what individual users can do and see in the system.

For example, in a sneaky, yet interesting way, administrators can give clients limited-viewing access.

Clients may be prevented from seeing comments tagged with specific hashtags, such as ‘#donttellclient’.

So when team members leave a comment with the hashtag “#donttellclient” it would go unseen by the client. Just be mindful of when and where you apply the hashtags.



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SUMMARISE THE PROJECTS



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From the start to the end of the project, the platform documents all comments and changes made.

This can be exported at anytime it is needed in the form of a “review summary” report to be shared in-person with clients or the creative team—which protects creative professionals from being accused of making changes they weren’t asked of.



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For more information on what ConceptShare has to offer, or how to start using ConceptShare, visit http://www.conceptshare.com.

This review is sponsored by ConceptShare.

As creatives, we depend on feedback within our teams and from clients. Most creative teams rely on email to capture and communicate feedback. The “feedback by email” loop is usually defined by miscommunication, tension and frustration.

To help conve…