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Ask DN: Bookmarking Tool for Designers

almost 4 years ago from , creative developer

I'm searching for a web based tool to organize bookmarks. This should allow to save whole websites that I frequently visit like inspiration and design news pages. On the other hand I wish the opportunity to save single design inspirations like images, gifs, videos like you can do it on pinterest.

I've tried tools like hypershoot and raindrop.io but I'm not quite happy.

How do you organize your website bookmarks and your design inspirations?

37 comments

  • Lucas MottaLucas Motta, almost 4 years ago

    I've been there, tried many different tools and I'm settled with Dropmark. Recently they updated their browser extension and it's pretty sweet now.

    6 points
    • Max LindMax Lind, almost 4 years ago

      +1 for Dropmark as well. Really, really good with the new browser extension.

      1 point
    • Robin SpielmannRobin Spielmann, almost 4 years ago

      Dropmark seems to be awesome! How do you guys use it? Everytime you see something inspiring you add it in a collection like "illustration", "web design" .. and when you start a new project you're watching the collections to see some nice work? Or how is your process in using Dropmark?

      0 points
    • Richard SisonRichard Sison, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

      Yeah Dropmark is awesome. I've tried so many other solutions and this feels like the one I'll settle on. Ember and Inboard were awesome Mac apps, but without sync it's just not going to work for me (because I can't see from home what I saved at work and vice versa.

      I use it to save little clippings of UI I find whether they're layouts, typography, navigation elements, use of colour or shadow, buttons, microcopy. And you can even use it to save websites (or screenshot a whole page — though it's annoying that you need to keep the chrome extension popup while you save a whole page…)

      So yeah, well worth the price of admission.

      Edit: What would make it perfect is if there was an iOS app… But this isn't critical for how I use it.

      1 point
  • Jonas Bucinskas, almost 4 years ago

    Dragdis is really nice tool to save everything with a simple drag&drop interface. Only supports Chrome though.

    3 points
  • Ian LambertIan Lambert, almost 4 years ago

    Hypershoot

    2 points
  • Tyler DeitzTyler Deitz, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Are.na – a collaborative information organizer. It's like pintrest but with a simpler interface and a more art/design-focused user base. I've been using it a lot recently and think it's really great!

    2 points
  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, almost 4 years ago

    Hypershoot

    2 points
  • Brad Siefert, almost 4 years ago

    So...I am actually working on a site to organize bookmarks. I wasn't going to post it on DN until it was fully tested, but since this thread came up, maybe some of you all could help me test it out! The main feature that we are still in progress on is a Chrome/Safari extension—I'm sure that'll be a nonstarter for many people. If you're interested, please check it out. I'd love for this to be something that other designers will use and enjoy.

    http://bookmarker.co/

    1 point
  • Rey AlejandroRey Alejandro, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Evernote? I'm using it for bookmark, article and screenshot. I like to keep my tools as few as possible.

    1 point
  • Jonathan KelleyJonathan Kelley, almost 4 years ago

    All these tools, but I still think there's a gap in the market for a tool that is specific for designers and developers. Even just 'code snippets' and store it in a block.

    1 point
  • Bertrand Bruandet, almost 4 years ago

    I'm curious, what you didn't like in Hypershoot.com & Raindrop.io?

    (note: I cofounded Hypershoot)

    1 point
    • Robin Spielmann, almost 4 years ago

      hypershoot is fine to save and organize visually appealing websites. But you can't save single images, gifs and or videos. On the other hand Raindrop.io is great for websites and single files. What bothers me here are bugs the usability.

      0 points
    • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, almost 4 years ago

      I love Hypershoot! Just wish it was a bit faster sometimes, are you guys using a CDN?

      1 point
      • Bertrand Bruandet, almost 4 years ago

        Thanks Luis! Yes we're using a CDN (Amazon CloudFront) but dealing with screenshots is heavy. We choose to not compress our images as but the downside of this is that we can have heavy images (sometimes 10+ mb per screenshot)

        0 points
        • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, almost 4 years ago

          Yeah, I get you! Also I have a little bit of feedback about the Board Situation. I want to create more Public Boards to share just to be cool on the Internet. And I would totally pay for Private Boards. But I think Public Boards should be free. Just cause I think the community would grow. However I know how expensive servers can get. Dropbox Model? Freemium Model? I am really excited about your product and I want to use it more. Still figuring out how to pay for it :)

          0 points
          • Bertrand Bruandet, almost 4 years ago

            We tried that before and it wasn't as effective as we may think. We're about to introduce a new plan for freelancer with unlimited boards and no ads (for the moment) cheaper than the plans for team.

            Thanks a lot for your feedbacks, I really appreciate it.

            1 point
  • Mark Talinn, over 3 years ago

    I've tried several bookmarking tools but found https://start.me to be the most effective in turns of organizing my bookmarks in a way that I can easily find them. start.me has a great visual interface and comes with a lot of useful additional features (e.g. embedding web pages, RSS feeds, note-taking).

    0 points
  • Ranit Sanyal, over 3 years ago

    You can try Basket. You will be able to add and access your collection easily from Web, Android, Chrome and Mozilla easily.

    I am co-founder of Basket and will be very glad to know your thoughts about Basket.

    0 points
  • Stefan Lechleitner, almost 4 years ago

    Why aren't you using pinterest? It works fine for me. cheers

    0 points
  • Eugene Zaycev, almost 4 years ago

    I use dragdis.com day by day, highly recommend.

    0 points
  • ミンニシオ 。ミンニシオ 。, almost 4 years ago

    Pinterest

    0 points
  • Daniel Iskhakov, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    I use raindrop.io, very convenient, easy to handle. And you can use free plan without strict restrictions. Also has extensions for Safari, Chrome, and desktop applications.

    0 points
  • Ricky SynnotRicky Synnot, almost 4 years ago

    Uuuggh. This issue actually annoys me to no end!

    Why is there not a simple, straightforward service with web access, chrome extension, Mac, iOS and Android app, with a nice clean 'out of the way' style like Rdio, which effortlessly syncs my collections of bookmarks and images across devices in the folders and tags that I specify.

    Imagine Rdio had a baby with InBoard and Instapaper.

    Why is it so hard for the design and product gods of the world to make something? Is it because the brief there is too large?

    Is it because the actual market for a product like that is too small?

    0 points
    • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, almost 4 years ago

      I imagine it's somewhere in between the technical problem of storing / serving high quality assets (no one wants to be inspired with compression artefacts in the way) and the philosophical problem of no one wanting to pay for a service the reorganises other people's content.

      0 points
    • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, almost 4 years ago

      I imagine you wanna build this.

      1 point
  • Artem Nosenko, almost 4 years ago

    I'm using Collectie app http://getcollectie.com for organize bookmarks, images and notes

    0 points
  • Brian FryerBrian Fryer, almost 4 years ago

    I <3 Papaly for saving/organizing interesting things on the web.

    0 points
  • Ken Em, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Pinboard, and the Simplepin app on the iOS side. I use this just for bookmarks. I don't collect clippings of anything.

    0 points