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Notable’s relaunch aims for simplicity in Web design collaboration

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Zurb, interaction design and strategy firm that specializes in online and mobile applications, has gone back to the drawing board for its Web-design collaboration tool Notable. By stripping away unnecessary features, lowering its pricing, and removing storage and user limits, the company is aiming to shine a new light on Notable.

Zurb marketing head Dmitry Dragilev admits that Notable’s previous iteration “got a bit clunky and unfocused” in a blog post today. So the company took to redesigning and refocusing the app to avoid feature creep — the point in which adding new features only makes your program more complicated and slow. It’s a lesson that many developers should take note of: it’s never too late to put a stop to feature creep and start from scratch.

The new Notable still serves the same function as the older version. It’s a Web-based app that allows multiple users to collaborate on web-page design, either via screenshots of sites or pictures of wire-frame design concepts. Collaborators can take notes directly on the designs, or add comments.

Here’s how the new Notable works: Paid plans start at only $19 a month, which gives you the ability to work on an unlimited amount of posts, share them with anybody, and add an unlimited amount of team members to a project. You can also export annotated posts as PDFs to share with clients. The $49 Plus plan adds more customization options, while the $99 Premium plan offers a wealth of organizational features for hardcore designers.

To give you a taste of what Notable has to offer, the company also offers free accounts that let you work on up to 10 pages with an unlimited amount of team members.

Zurb has also made it easier to capture web pages to collaborate on with capture plugins for every major browser, apps for the iPhone and iPad, and desktop screen capturing tools for Windows and Mac OS X. Sharing posts with others outside of your organization has also gotten easier: every Notable post has a private URL that can be shared with anyone, and they will also be able to add comments and notes without logging into the site.

Competitors include design collaboration tools like ConceptShare, but Notable differs from most other options by allowing for unlimited projects, storage and users.

Campbell, Calif.,-based Zurb has been in the design consulting business for more than 12 years. It presented its Verify app at DEMO Spring 2010.


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