TheCommentor provides users with a place to receive honest feedback on their visual creations. A “visual” can be anything from an image to a website design, interface or set of icons. The user uploads their visual and shares it with clients, coworkers, friends, colleagues and anyone else who can provide feedback. The invited individual can post comments directly on the visual so the user can see what they are talking about. Along with text feedback, reviewers can apply basic shapes to enhance their suggestions. TheCommentor provides the user with files so they can organize and store multiple visuals. Multiple items can be placed in a folder and shared as a whole project. The application currently supports .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, .BMP, .PSD, .TFF and multi page .PDF file types.
TheCommentor was founded by Jean Mauris. The application was officially introduced in March of 2010. The application was intended to make it much easier for professionals to share their visual work with others and get feedback to help them improve. TheCommentor has lived up to expectations so far by providing a number of tools that allow the user to share their work and receive feedback quickly and without asking the reviewer to jump through too many hoops in the process.
TheCommentor stands out because it is a feedback gathering application geared specifically towards visual projects. The application can handle a number of popular image file types so designers and others can share their work as is. Reviewers can even comment directly on the image with both text and shapes so the user can get a better perspective on what might need changed without having the reviewer explain where the item is.
TheCommentor is designed for professionals, and this really shows in the interface. The image is presented with an overlay that stays tucked along the left side and does not encroach on the viewing area. The reviewer can easily find simple tools, including shapes, that allow them to draw directly on the image. Organized boxes contain text comments and point right to the item on the image. The user can even reply to those comments in the same box. TheCommentor manages to streamline the review process so designers and other professionals can get the feedback they need to create a better finished product.
New users can begin by clicking the large, green “Get Your First Feedback” button found near the center of the application’s homepage. A pop up box appears and asks the user to select a file to upload to TheCommentor. Next, the box asks the user for their email address as well as the email addresses of anyone they would like to collaborate with. The user is advised that they must check their email inbox for a confirmation message before continuing. After doing so, the user is taken back to TheCommentor and asked to provide a password. This begins the 15 day free trial.
TheCommentor offers users three membership plans to choose from. The first is the Basic plan which costs $9.99 per month and includes unlimited projects, unlimited users, up to 500 MBs of storage space and sharing tools. The Pro plan costs $19.99 per month and includes up to 2 GBs of storage space. The Max plan upgrades to offer 5 GBS of storage space. The Pro and Max plans will have access to upcoming features, including the Air Uploader, audio comments and BaseCamp integration. Even more additions are planned for the Max subscription, which include a desktop client and iPad version.
TheCommentor.com is an online feedback tool for anyone who deals with visual projects. Designers will find it especially helpful, with a number of simple features that allow anyone to easily comment on an image file. Users can even package multiple images as an entire project, which could come in handy for website designers and others who work on multiple parts of a larger finished product.