If Evernote and Pinterest Ever Had a Kid, She Would Look Like The Moxtra App [Daily Freebie]

If Evernote and Pinterest Ever Had a Kid, She Would Look Like The Moxtra App [Daily Freebie]

A year ago I was working on a pretty large project with a buddy. We were hundreds of miles apart, but since we both had iPads, we figured, hey, no problem — collaboration will be easy.

But it wasn’t. Despite the wealth of iPad apps, none of them were quite the collaboration tool we wanted; too expensive, or lacking a particular feature, or not easy enough to use. I wish Moxtra had been around a year ago.

I’ve just messed around with the app briefly, but it seems like a great way for a group to collaborate with media as a centerpiece — even in realtime.

The concept is simple and elegant. You create binders (yes, go ahead and insert your Romney joke here), which are shareable bins that you can add media like images, PDFs or videos to. The media can be annotated in a variety of different ways: with drawing tools, or you can record you voice or capture a screencast. Then each binder can be shared with a group of people, shared on Facebook or kept completely private.

There’s even a way to collaborate in realtime with a group of people — not surprising, since Moxtra shares genes from Cisco’s Webex virtual-meeting platform.

There are holes, like the fact that you can’t collaborate on documents as you might with something like Google Docs. Otherwise,  it’s a slick, shockingly easy-to-use, unique little tool and a fun app to boot. Check it out.

  • Michael Kleinpaste

    So it’s a Springpad clone. http://springpad.com/

  • elimilchman

    There’s some overlap, but no, it’s not a clone. Springpad lacks the markup and realtime collaboration features of Moxtra. Springpad is also geared toward products, while Moxtra isn’t. Although you have a good point: Springpad could also be described as a blend of Pinterest and Evernote.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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