Gathering feedback on the image annotation tool

Subject: Gathering feedback on the image annotation tool
From: "Alex Masycheff" <alexm -at- fototagger -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 19:00:09 +0200

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Dear technical communicators,

I would like to ask your help. Our company has developed a product, called FotoTagger that enables users to annotate digital images, including photos, screenshots, or drawings. I would like to gather feedback from technical writers, like you, in order to understand whether this product could satisfy the needs of specialists involved in developing technical documentation and/or identify additional features that might be useful.

The main features include:

- Placing textual comments (annotations) that relate to specific objects directly on an image.
- Creating callouts to pinpoint a specific object.
- Creating regions to assign a single comment to multiple objects and/or identify boundaries of compound objects.
- Hiding annotations to view an original image.
- Editing annotations at any time after the image is saved.
- Publishing annotated images on a Web page with an ability to hide comments.
- Imprinting annotations into an image to enable people who do not have FotoTagger to view annotations.
- Searching across textual comments.
- Printing an image with the annotations.
- Exporting annotations to an XML file and importing them back onto the image.

FotoTagger works with JPEG files and stores annotations along with positioning information in the metadata section of the JPEG file. You can try FotoTagger for free at I would be happy if you could share your thoughts on the program and how it could be used for your documentation needs:

1. Can you use it for recording notes (e.g. on a product photo or drawing) while interviewing programmers/engineers?
2. Can programmers/engineers in your organization use it for recording important information (e.g. explaining GUI) that should be delivered to technical writers?
3. Are there any additional features that you would like to see in a tool, like FotoTagger?

Thank you in advance,
Alex Masycheff
Product Manager
Cogitum LC
alexm -at- fototagger -dot- com

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