I’m a visual learner, so physically viewing something is my preferred experience in life. It is this characteristic that causes me to find a lot of great images and videos on the web. In fact, I find so much interesting stuff that sometimes I just want to save it, so I turn to bookmarking and web clipping apps.
I also like web design and social media, so I save some things as creative inspiration and I like to share others with my friends and followers. Now that I’ve found Zootool, everything just got a lot easier.
In this article, I am going to give you several reasons why you should be using Zootool.
Whether you’re a web designer, photographer, artist, visual observer, or you just like to collect cool stuff you find online, you should find this app useful.
1. Extremely Easy To Use
First of all, you won’t get a headache trying to figure out how to use this thing, which is a plus in and of itself. Zootool has what they call a Lasso button.
When you first sign up, you will be taken to the quick-tour page where you can drag the Lasso button up to your bookmarks bar. Just click the button whenever you’re on a page to save your favorite images, videos, documents, and webpages in Zootool.
2. Collect Tons Of Cool Stuff
Zootool basically allows you to build your own little library of interesting things you find on the web. You can collect images, videos, documents, or whatever else you can think of. Collect whatever you want and you can view it all later. This is what visual bookmarking is all about.
3. Organize ‘Stuff’ Easily
After collecting lots of cool stuff you find, it helps to have a way to keep it organized. Zootool allows you to do that quite easily. With its intuitive interface your ‘Zoo’ is really easy to browse and you can use the tagging features to keep everything filed neatly.
Zootool has a great thumbnail feature that allows you to browse your collection visually, instead of by just searching for keywords like you might be used to with other services.
4. Amazing With Evernote
Rather than pitch Zootool as an alternative to Evernote, I feel the two programs work really well together. I’m a huge fan of Evernote as a note-taking/web clipping tool – and yes, technically Evernote can do most of what Zootool does – but I like to keep Evernote for my notes when I work and leave the visual stuff (e.g. images, videos) to Zootool.
If you’re a frequent user of Evernote, Zootool can also keep your monthly usage down. For free accounts, Evernote allows you 40MB per month which – if you want to save big images – isn’t very much. I will be using these tools in conjunction with one another to stay organized going forward.
5. Massive Sharing Abilities
Sharing web content has never been easier. Here is a list of accounts you can connect Zootool with:
6. Works Well With Blogs
You may have noticed that there are a couple of blogging platforms in the above list. Since Zootool connects with platforms like Blogger, Tumblr, and Posterous, you can post all the interesting images and videos you find to your blog for all to see. Just be sure you aren’t violating any of the original image creator’s rights!
7. Sync With Your Other Bookmarking Accounts
You can also sync your current bookmarks with Zootool. You can upload any bookmark file from Delicious, Safari, Firefox, or any other browser or service, as well as export your Zootool bookmarks for use with other services.
8. Enjoy Fancy Previews Of Your Images
I can’t get over how great everything looks in Zootool. When viewing your collection, you are already looking at decently sized thumbnails of all your bookmarks, but if you double-click an image or hit the space bar, you can view a bigger version of the image (with information), not unlike Google’s Picasa program.
9. See What Others In The Community Have Saved
If you’re looking for ideas on what to bookmark, look no further than your Zootool homepage. There you can view what everyone in the community is saving, and you can filter the results by everyone, just those you’re following, and the most popular of the day, week, month, year, or all-time.
10. There Is A Chrome Extension
Last but not least, Zootool has an unofficial Chrome extension. If you’re not keen on the Lasso button or would just rather have the Chrome extension – which you can disable and re-enable at any time – you can download that.
I could easily go on and give you 10 more reasons to use Zootool, but I don’t want to hold you up any more than I already have. Anyone who is into design will appreciate this app’s simplicity and functionality. When you break it down, the concept behind Zootool is so simple, yet it delivers a great experience and it will help you accomplish most anything you could think of using it for.
Will you be adding Zootool to your arsenal? Leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below. If you found this article useful, share it with your friends/followers!