The 19 Most Popular Feedback Tools for Creative Projects
Nowadays, feedback tools are crucial if you’re collaborating with several people on creative projects. That’s why we did an extensive internet search and picked the most prominent feedback tools used in creative projects. Feel free to browse through the list and choose your favorite. To simplify your decision-making, we have listed the most significant pros and cons of each tool:
Filestage is an online feedback tool to share, review and approve creative projects with clients and co-workers in your browser. It works for reviews of videos, designs, audio files, and PDFs. You can even brand it with your own logo.
Because of its slick yet elegant interface, it’s easy to use and very intuitive. With its dashboard, you can easily manage all file approvals at one place. Filestage helps you to keep track of the progress and reduce project management overhead.
Pros: All kinds of creative files (audio, video, images, and PDFs), easy and intuitive, different roles (reviewers and teams), branding with your logo, secure servers, Google login available.
Cons: PDF reviews with more than 200 pages might get a little laggy.
Redpen is a simple tool for small teams who need to review designs and images – not more. Its main focus lies in fastening the process of visual feedback. You can invite unlimited reviewers and team members. You only pay for the number of active projects you need.
Pros: Fast, easy pricing.
Cons: Only image files.
Skitch is probably the most basic feedback tool in this list. (And it’s only available on Macs.) It doesn’t offer any cloud or web services whatsoever. You can take screenshots or open image files to draw and write directly on them. But to give this feedback to another person, you have to use email or a file-sharing service.
Pros: Super-fast screenshot functionality.
Cons: Since it runs on your machine you can only comment on images. You cannot share reviewed files.
CloudApp is best described as “Dropbox+”. You can upload and share files with everyone by simply sharing a link. For images, GIFs, and video files, you can add annotations and drawings into your uploaded file. However, this tool works best on static images, and giving lengthy feedback can become quite messy, as everything is right in the annotated file. There’s no dedicated area for written feedback.
Pros: Many different integrations like Slack, Google Slides & Docs or Trello.
Cons: No folders, no bulk download, and textual feedback can get messy.
Bounce is very useful if you want to review websites. You can just enter a URL and Bounce will take a screenshot of the site. Alternatively, you can just upload an image file. Afterward, you can mark rectangular areas and add comments. You can share your reviewed file via a link after saving it.
Pros: Very easy to use, awesome for quick website-reviews.
Cons: No roles or branding.
Prevue is primarily designed for photographers and designers. Its strong suit is speed and compatibility. Even the slowest of machines will be able to run it, which is a good way to make sure everyone can review your files. It’s very affordable and allows for commenting and annotating in all your image files. There are also some limited editing options for your images.
Pros: Easy, very stable, and lightweight. Organize your images into projects, and edit uploaded files.
Cons: Size limit of 5MB per file, no “undo” in editing mode, only image files.
GoVisually is another feedback tool mostly meant for designers and photographers. You can upload image files, PDFs, and even PSD files. It’s very affordable for freelancers.
Pros: Support for regular image and even PSD files.
Cons: Very basic, and long comment chains in your image files can become messy.
DesignDrop is focused on the needs of solo designers and freelancers although it only offers support for JPG and PNG files.
Pros: Quick setup, easy pricing.
Cons: No version history, no teams.
ConceptInbox supports image and movie files. In addition to annotating and marking these files, you can use ConceptInbox to manage your team collaboration on creative projects. Very notable is the “Prototyping” feature, which allows you to create prototypes for apps with only image files and a few clicks. You can also integrate your Google Drive or Dropbox accounts to make exchanging files super-easy.
Pros: Present designs that “feel alive”.
Cons: No comment chains. Markers in your files can be hard to spot.
Skwibl is a very basic tool. It comes with basic annotation features for image files, such as markers and freehand drawing. It combines task, project management, and feedback tool.
Pros: Real-time communication about tasks and design feedback.
Cons: PDFs aren’t supported, and it’s very early in development.
Apollo is a very rudimentary feedback tool for image reviews. It’s basic in functionality but robust and accessible.
Pros: Very simplistic concept, unlimited members.
Cons: No video files are supported. You can’t upload a file without inviting at least one person to review it.
Workfront is way more than just a feedback tool. It includes advanced functionality for teams and project management, but if you don’t need them, you should skip this one. The feedback component of workfront is also mostly designed for internal use. But it’s still really useful and especially interesting for new design companies who don’t have established processes and specific workflow tools.
Pros: Prioritize tasks and projects, and online classes are offered.
Cons: The interface is hard to grasp at first. It’s best for process-heavy and task-based projects. If you just want a feedback tool, it’s overpriced.
Conceptboard takes a really special take on the formula of feedback tools. Instead of having individual files you can comment on, Conceptboard offers a whiteboard, where you can upload all kinds of files. On this infinite whiteboard, you can arrange files however you like and leave comments and annotations. Just as an office whiteboard would be, it’s best used for internal reviewing processes.
Pros: Offers a very visual take on feedback processes, and organizes big projects, instead of single files.
Cons: It’s only for internal use. It has a steep pricing curve, and its multitude of options can be overwhelming.
Redmark is very different from the other feedback tools listed here. It doesn’t offer any team functionality, and is thus best suited for freelancers. After your uploaded files have been reviewed and approved by your clients, it’s automatically added to your portfolio. Potential future clients can then find you based on this portfolio.
Pros: It’s simple and easy, and reviewers never need to sign in.
Cons: Works for images only.
ProofHub is another all-in-one-solution that includes functions for review and feedback processes. It’s focused on providing tools for managing tasks, dates, and projects. It’s great if you don’t have other tools for these tasks yet, as the feedback part is really well-incorporated into them. Otherwise, you should look for another solution.
Pros: Good all-around project management.
Cons: The feedback-tool component is hard to integrate into existing work processes.
Pros: Version control, stage tracking.
Cons: More tailored to videos than to image files.
Concept.vu is purely a feedback tool. You can upload JPGs, PNGs, GIFs, MP3s, and MP4s for your clients to review. They can click on the uploaded file and leave a visual marker and a comment.
Pros: Customized URLs, very simple.
Cons: Doesn’t support PDFs and a lot of other file formats.
InMotionNow was initially founded in 1999 as Proof-it-Online before it evolved from a mere approval tool into a more complex project management tool. The tool that evolved from this starting point was created in 2012. It’s basically a tool for marketing managers, which is why its functions are way more complex and tailored to the management aspect of creating ad campaigns.
Pros: Nice concept and mobile app available. You can mark areas within the file.
Cons: Very complex user interface, and not very easy to understand at first.
Frankie is a browser-based tool from Australia. It specializes in videos and images, but it also works for PDFs. You can invite reviewers by simply using a simple link-via-email invite. An interesting feature is that the review process is synchronized, which means that the team members can see recently added comments right away without being bound to refresh the browser page.
Pros: You can draw into the file with a synchronized live review.
Cons: Not optimized for mobile use. The review status is unclear. You can’t process the comments on the file, sort, search, or filter them. Also, it's quite expensive compared to its features.
Of course, there are tons of solutions out there for collecting feedback from your team members and clients. Thus, the list of feedback tools can be extended even further. But we tried to offer you a quite wide-ranging selection, while simultaneously trying to keep it brief. We hope you’ll find an adequate feedback tool that will fulfill your needs on this list.