[Design-team] Flickr style notes for the Design Team

Jef van Schendel jefvanschendel at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 21:41:26 UTC 2010

Hi all,

As some of you may remember, in Máirín's design-pony post [1] one of the
ideas was to have Flickr-style note-taking for designers to communicate more
efficiently. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, try it out by
rolling your mouse over this image [2].

The obvious benefit of this is that even though we're all over the globe, we
can still "point at the screen" and comment on different parts of a design.
I think this would be especially great for UI and web design. :)

So I did a little research and it seems that Flickr's implementation is
based on a standard called Fotonotes [3]. Fotonotes also provides a
Javascript client and it's all open source. I even found a MediaWiki
extension [4], but you need to patch MediaWiki to get it to work so I'm not
sure if it's suitable for our own wiki. An example can be found here [5]

I tried it out and it's very simple to set up. You can see an instance on my
fpo space [6], though it doesn't save anything. I also tried out Tipmage [7]
here [8], which is about the same thing, also in Javascript and open source.
Double-click to add a note! Again, this doesn't yet save anything.

Anyhow, I was thinking that we should really set something like this up for
the Design Team. Like fpaste.org for designers. It doesn't seem too hard
(even I could get it working!) and it's really extremely cool IMO.

Has anyone ever tried these before? Any experiences or comments?

Do you guys think this is possible to set up somewhere? :)


[2] http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjl20/2218551175/
[3] http://fotonotes.net/
[4] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Fotonotes
[5] http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Image:Test_image.jpg
[6] http://schendje.fedorapeople.org/fotonotes/docs/test_dog.html
[7] http://digitalhymn.com/argilla/tipmage/
[8] http://schendje.fedorapeople.org/fotonotes2/test.htm
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