Re: Tools: annotation of Web sites

Subject: Re: Tools: annotation of Web sites
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>, "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 10:20:22 -0400

I have not looked at any of the "annotation" tools Geoff discusses, so I don't know how user-friendly their interfaces are. But what I have done to good effect is use Acrobat for collaborative site design.

Acrobat 4, including Acrobat Business Tools (a $79 package), lets you open a Web page as a PDF document. File-> Open Web Page brings up a dialog in which you type a URL (or UNC IIRC, which is helpful in early stages of development). When the page opens, you click links on the page to open further pages and add them to the document.

Then you use the Notes tool in Acrobat to drop little stickies all over the place with your comments--identified by contributor automatically, color-coded if you wish, arbitrarily long, and placed right next to the element you are commenting on.

This has proven effective for us and it is at least an alternative to the kind of tool Geoff talks about.


"Hart, Geoff" wrote:

>Just spotted an interesting article in Publish about tools for annotating
>Web sites (Stauffer, T. 2000. Annotate this! Publish, September:63-65).
>Probably the best known of these is "ThirdVoice", which lets you annotate a
>Web site so that only someone using the ThirdVoice software (a free
>download) can see your annotations. This software originally began as a kind
>of "graffiti" tool, so you could post comments on a Web site without the
>owner's permission, but seems to have evolved into a broader and more useful
>annotation and linking tool. As a result, it seems like it might be useful
>for groups collaborating on (e.g, peer-reviewing) a Web page or site design.

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