Easel is a visual design tool built for the web. Since the web is viewed in a browser, we believe it should be built in one too.

Collaborative Design Through Comments

Have you ever worked on a design project with multiple people? Did it involve complicated email threads, or maybe interruptions throughout the day to stand around a desk? We’ve had those experiences and wished there was a better way to collaborate. That’s why we added the ability to comment directly on documents within Easel. These comments allow you to both highlight a specific area of a document and connect it with a thread of comments. This approach allows you to give feedback on your own schedule while maintaining the context of the conversation.

To get started, open an Easel document, go to the Document menu and select “Enable comment mode”. Once in comment mode, you can click and drag to select the area you’d like to start a discussion about. After releasing the mouse, the comment dialog will appear and you can enter your feedback. You can even use Markdown for additional formatting.

If you’re the creator of the document or have already commented on the document, you’ll receive an email for any new comments on that document. When a conversation has concluded, you can mark the thread as resolved to hide it. Don’t worry, you can always access previous discussions by disabling the resolved filter in the bottom right hand corner of the comment mode.

We’ve already found this feature helpful as we develop new features at Easel. We’d love to hear how you find it useful in your own projects.