Ask DN: Static site collaboration feedback tool

over 5 years ago from , ✪ Product Designer

Hi DN'ers!

I can't find it maybe you can help me!

The tool I use now for collaboration on design work is InVision. I really like it only it doesn't work great with large projects (more than 100 screens). But that aside I want to get the same collaboration only on a static website.

I found this together.js from Mozilla Labs: https://togetherjs.com/ This would be perfect but I miss is the function to give comments and react on those.

I found Red Pen as well: https://redpen.io/ But I'm not sure if you can implement this on your own website. Probably not, they use an app as well.

Do any of you have used together.js or found something to do this?


  • Derrick GriggDerrick Grigg, almost 4 years ago

    A little late to the thread but PageProofer is a great option for what you are looking for. It works similar to InVision except it's built to work on websites not images. It works across all major browsers and devices from desktop down to phone size and fully supports responsive websites. Full disclosure, I created PageProofer after years of dealing with feedback and collaboration pain.

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  • Nick AdamsNick Adams, over 5 years ago

    Another option, though maybe a bit more roundabout than you would like, is the new Genius feature for annotating web pages: http://genius.com/beta

    Basically you just put genius.it/ in front of any URL.

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  • Lindsey Redinger, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Hey Bob,

    I'm glad to hear you're using InVision and really happy with it. :)

    One thing I would suggest here is using our Chrome extension, InVision LiveCapture. Using LiveCapture, you can grab full-length snapshots of live websites and add detailed feedback just like you would on a normal screen inside InVision. This lets you keep all of your feedback and collaboration in one ecosystem.

    It's also worth mentioning that you can generate a .zip export of your project to produce a static display that can be thrown onto a web server, but that doesn't quite seem to be the functionality you're looking for here...

    If you have any additional feedback, or want to discuss this further, I'd be happy to jump on a Skype call or Google hangout. :) Feel free to email me directly if you'd like: lindseycampbell [at] invisionapp [dot] com.

    Update: Someone from our Support team will be in touch shortly regarding your performance experience. Sorry about that, but we can get to the bottom of this. :)



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    • Bob Muller, over 5 years ago

      Hi Lindsey,

      Thanks for tip. I will not use LiveCapture, as you can't go through the site as you can normally. Also any transitions or animations will not work.

      I appreciate the support, and already got an email from your support team! :)

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  • Tristam GochTristam Goch, over 5 years ago

    Something like BugHerd might do the trick

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  • Karolis MalceviciusKarolis Malcevicius, over 5 years ago

    https://trackduck.com should perfectly fit yours needs :)

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    • Bob MullerBob Muller, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Yes! Many thanks, I will give this a try!

      • Wow this is exactly what I was searching for!
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  • Claudio SemeraroClaudio Semeraro, over 5 years ago

    have you tried https://usabilla.com ?

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  • Matthew SaforrianMatthew Saforrian, over 5 years ago

    Hi Bob, I've been working on creating a tool/framework that would hopefully make prototyping HTML/CSS websites easier. Would love to hear about your process if you have the time. Hit me up at matthew dot forr at gmail dot com


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  • Crys T. T. NguyenCrys T. T. Nguyen, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I suppose you mean the ability to leave comments on a static HTML site, right? It is a tricky thing, I think, since it would require a database to store those comments. Hence it wouldn't be just a JS library.

    I'd love to see such tool, too, though.

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    • Bob MullerBob Muller, over 5 years ago

      Yes that's what I mean. If there is a company that can provide something like that, than I would even pay for such a service..

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    • Todd MoreyTodd Morey, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      I've solved this before by just embedding Disqus[1] on the static site. It's free and easy to set up. Each unique URL then gets a comment thread, just like a blog post. You just have to do something to visually separate it from the actual site content, or have it appear with a click on a feedback button, etc.

      Some of the other feedback tools have more features, but I found this approach to work really well.

      [1] https://disqus.com

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