I'm sure this is an awesome tool, but seriously: how many of these annotations/feedback tools do we need?
If you want to create one more power to you, but I honestly don't get it. Why spend your time duplicating features that already exist in dozens of other similar products?
I don't want this to come across as negative, because there's always room for improvement, and this looks like one of the best tools in this category. I'm just genuinely curious to know why people feel the need to create more of these things.
We actually came out about a year ago into closed beta. We've been in closed beta ever since. Shame on us for taking so long to go open... But our actual product came out before Redpen, and many of the others who have launched since.
We've been anything but idle though, our feature set is quite solid but I urge you to give it a shot and see for yourself before completely counting us out just yet ;).
We're also going in a bit of a different direction to the likes of Invision. We have no interest in prototyping or controlling more of the project management flow. Instead we will be integrating with the likes of Trello, Basecamp, Pivotal tracker to simply be the feedback layer.
That doesn't necessarily just mean design stills either...
This looks pretty darn good. I'm curious as to how Conjure will work with Basecamp? If you guys can wrangle Basecamp, that would be pretty darn awesome.
That said, I like the idea of everything being in one place: conversations, revisions, versions, etc. And while I do love Red Pen's simplicity, it's better suited towards an individual design, and not necessarily a suite or collection of designs--and while I get that it's just a feature away, I think that the two services are different enough.
After seeing tools like this and Sketch coming out, It makes me wonder what Adobe is doing? What is 37 Signals doing? What is Axure doing? Are they planning their next master move or sitting idly by? Because it seems to me that we have begun crafting our own tools and compensating for long-standing shortcomings and feature requests for what could be considered main-stays in our industry's tool-belt. Or, maybe they are just waiting to see what these smaller companies do, waiting for them to mature and then gobble them up and add them to their roster of acquisitions.
I hope that doesn't happen though, and I am excited to what's next for everyone who's been making awesome things!
Nice, but I'm in love with https://redpen.io and its simplicity.
Also, I find that the most productive feedback sessions are always in person.
100% agree most productive is always in person. I wish that could always be the case, but unfortunately with many peoples schedules, traveling/meetings means that sometimes its impossible to get all stake holders in one room together. So we've tried to make it as close to the real thing as possible. The other great thing is just being able to track where you have come from on a design with versions and archive unapproved designs.
Redpen is great with it's simplicity, and perfect for just quickly sharing one design, however it doesn't have all the same functionality like versioning, archiving, notifications (including email) that make this product for freelancers and teams.
Love the landing page!
Looks really nice, but as a pretty loyal InVision user (my clients are routinely very impressed with the prototype + commenting workflow they can participate in), it's hard to see how this could draw me away.
And in general, it's hard to see how the competitors in this space really compare. I guess we have Red Pen all the way on the simple side (though I liked it better when it was even simpler, and unsustainably free). Conjure is a bit more complex. InVision is yet more complex. And then crappy enterprise tools out there are yet more complex (I'm sure these exist).