How do you typically collaborate with others on projects? By email? Or do you try to get everyone to sign up for the latest cloud file sharing service that you use? Neither of those options are very practical. This is where most collaboration tools fall short – everyone involved must have an account to work together and access the information.
There are some great ways to share files, some of which don’t require signing up for, but in exchange their feature set is pretty sparse. Dropmark is different – it combines the ease of collaborating with others who don’t have an account with the ability to organize and add virtually anything – documents, links, videos, music, pictures, even maps.
Quickly Add Anything From The Web Or Your Desktop
Do you know what’s simpler than dragging and dropping a file from one location to another? Nothing – and that is why Dropmark has built its service around the ability to do that. Simply drag a file, such as an image, document or video, from your desktop and drop it into Dropmark.
Aaron, you said earlier it can save maps?! Yep, that’s right – and that brings me to my next point. Dropmark integrates with a variety of services from Twitter to SoundCloud to Vimeo to Google Maps and more. No matter what webpage you’re on, you can drag content from it into Dropmark. This same integration continues even for websites that you want to save. By adding a link to Dropmark, you can then interact with the webpage directly within Dropmark. You can even add multiple links at once.
As the video points out, you do have the option to add content via the “+” icon as well.
Dropmark also has a browser extension, which currently supports Firefox, Chrome and Safari. They also have a bookmarklet [Dropmark sidebar] for Internet Explorer users or those of you who prefer bookmarklets over extensions. And although Dropmark doesn’t specify Opera, the bookmarklet should work in that browser as well.
Organization Made Simple
When you want to organize things, Dropmark allows you to do so by creating “collections”. In essence, it’s simply a folder and you can have as many collections as you want.
From the Dashboard, you can click on the “down arrow” in the top left corner next to your name. Then click New collection. If you already have a collection open, you can do the same action of clicking the “down arrow”, but instead of the text being your name, it will be the name of the collection that you have open.
If you want to change the name of a collection, just click the Settings (gear icon) in the top right corner, and make the desired changes in the first text box of the dropdown menu.
Easy To Share & Collaborate
You might have seen some other options in the Settings dropdown menu that I mentioned at the end of the last section. These are the settings that allow you to very easily share any Dropmark collection – each collection has its own settings.
From this menu, you can copy the short link, adjust who can view the collection and add people by email to allow them access to the collection.
Easily Accessible For You And Your Audience
This is perhaps a bit of an extension from the previous section, but just as it’s easy to share your collections with others, it’s also easy for them to access them, which is just as important, if not more so. All your audience (e.g. colleagues, clients, classmate, friends, family members) needs to do is click on the collection link that you provided them with.
Browser support also falls into the ease of accessibility – you want to use a tool that others can use no matter what operating system or browser that they use. According to the Dropmark Browser support page, they support the following:
- Google Chrome 7+ (Mac, Windows, Linux)
- Apple Safari 5+ (Mac, Windows)
- Mozilla Firefox 4+ (Mac, Windows, Linux)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 9+ (Windows)
NOTE: Internet Explorer doesn’t currently support drag and drop file uploads, but if your audience simply needs to view a collection, they won’t need to drag and drop files anyway.
We’ve already talked about the browser extension/bookmarklet, which allows you to easily access your Dropmarks at any time, without being on the Dropmark website.
Features: Free VS. Pro
The great thing about Dropmark is that the majority of its features are available for free. However, there are some extras that come with the pro version that should be mentioned. These include 25 gigabytes of storage, custom domains, email uploads, early access to new features, and display options and search. The price is $5 per month or $48 per year (which is 20% less than the monthly route).
Lots Of Ideas & Options For Using Dropmark
As you read this, did any ideas come to mind in how you could integrate Dropmark into your workflow? What about using it to create collaborative music and video playlists, or photo albums? Did you know Dropmark syncs with iPhoto and also has a Mac app? They actually have several 3rd party apps and add-ons that they’re compatible with.
Dropmark is one of the easiest collaboration tools because it combines so many aspects of collaboration in one place, as well as integrating so many web services directly in its interface.
Have you thought of some ways you think Dropmark can help you? And if you already do use Dropmark, how has it improved your productivity and collaboration with others?