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Collaborative Document Annotation Tools

Published 07/13/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

LetsAnnotate is a service offered for users who want to share PDF files and get feedback from others. The possibilities are limitless, from use within a business or freelance working relationship to getting input from others in a non-profit organization or group. LetsAnnotate lets users easily send a PDF without emailing an enormous file. The process is streamlined so others can take a look and supply their input or feedback to the original sender. By eliminating the need for cumbersome files to be sent, downloaded and opened, LetsAnnotate makes getting input easy, even if it is needed frequently.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

LetsAnnotate was founded by Benjamin Freundorfer and Martin Schurrer of Austria. The concept was born out of a desire to streamline the process of obtaining feedback and sharing information. While there are many benefits to using a PDF, this format can be very large and hard to manage. LetsAnnotate was born out of the need for something more user-friendly that would not weigh down an email inbox or cause load times to drag on and on. A user can send a file to those who need to see it and get fast feedback, reducing the amount of time required for comments and discussion on a project.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are a number of ways to send a file. However, LetsAnnotate is even more attractive in its simplicity. Users do not have to download any special reader or software, and the tool does not require Flash or a plugin. Regardless of what the other user may have, the PDF is easily viewable using LetsAnnotate. The feedback process is even easier through real time collaboration discussions. Users can make notes and the original sender can get them right away, speeding up the creation process.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

LetsAnnotate maintains a low key appearance, with a few well placed hints of color in the logo and throughout the homepage. The layout is very well organized, if not a bit sparse. Users can quickly navigate the site using the links across the top of the page. The site also offers the convenience of live help, easily accessible using the grey bar positioned at the bottom of the homepage. The position and size of the live help link make it ideal, users do not feel pressured to speak to someone but they can find help if they need it.

How does the registration process work?

A new account can be created on LetsAnnotate by clicking the eye-catching blue button at the top right hand corner of the homepage. Users are required to choose one of the three available membership types. After selecting the appropriate membership level, users are asked to provide a valid email address and password. A verification email is sent, but not required to immediately access the account and website features.

What does it cost to use the application?

LetsAnnotate offers three different membership types. The most affordable is the free plan. This account comes with up to 5 MB of storage space and up to two collaborators per document as well as unlimited uploads. The Collaborator membership costs just over $6 and upgrades to 100 MB of storage and up to five collaborators per document. The most expensive account, called the Teamplayer membership, costs nearly $25 per month and provides up to 1 GB of storage and as many as ten collaborators per document.

Who would you recommend the application to?

LetsAnnotate is ideal for anyone who works frequently with others online. Freelancers can get a lot out of the tool, with the ability to send very convenient images of important files to clients and others working on a project. Any team-based undertaking can also benefit from the tools offered on LetsAnnotate.

  • Three varied membership types, including a free subscription
  • Real time collaboration feature for instant feedback
  • Hassel free use, with no plugin or download required to view files
  • Upcoming iPhone application for mobile use
  • Custom fast PDF viewer that significantly reduces load times on large files

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Letsannotate pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : €5.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : €19.00
Free storage space (mb): 5




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