Over the years, we’ve seen what happens when teams get specific, visual feedback. Everyone is on the same page, revisions are quicker, and overall, creatives get to spend more time being creative instead of getting lost in the feedback weeds.
It’s been an incredible adventure and we’re grateful to all of our customers who helped us make Oroson a success. Now, it’s time to broaden our ecosystem to help creatives address difficulties around visual collaboration.
Earlier this year, we announced that Oroson had been acquired by MarkUp.io. Well, the time has come for the merge to go into effect. Like Oroson, MarkUp is a visual commenting platform that empowers individuals and teams to give real-time, collaborative feedback on live websites, videos, and other forms of digital content.
MarkUp.io is one of the products created by Ceros, a cloud-based experiential content creation platform, and plays an important role in Ceros’ growing ecosystem. MarkUp is the first step Ceros is taking toward its end goal: building an integrated creative suite for all designers and marketers, from enterprise clients to citizen creators.
We would love for all Oroson customers to check out MarkUp.io and join us on this next leg of our amazing journey!
Keep two important dates in mind: on June 30th, the Oroson desktop app will no longer be available to users. On July 31st, Oroson’s server will shut down.
Though MarkUp.io shares most of the core functionalities of Oroson, the platform is still developing. Currently, MarkUp.io users employ the tool to annotate live websites, images, PDFs, and videos. Files created within MarkUp.io (known as “MarkUps”) are stored in a user-controlled workspace. Like Oroson, there is no limit to the number of projects, reviewers, or collaborators you can add on MarkUp.io, allowing you to improve how you share and get feedback.
While MarkUp.io lacks some features now, the platform will eventually surpass Oroson’s capabilities. Future plans include building out a suite of integrations alongside an open API so that teams can more easily embed MarkUp into their workflow and technology stack.
The MarkUp.io team is constantly enhancing user management in the short term, and this area will see even more upgrades this year.
To improve project organization and role management, MarkUp.io will offer Folders within Workspace for teams starting in July. This new feature should help users better group their projects. It will also give managers control over who has access rights to each folder — a great way of ensuring only appropriate people are working together when needed.
Two other notable differences between MarkUp and Oroson are the lack of a desktop app and that, for now, you can’t draw or add shapes to a MarkUp. Fortunately, visual annotation is coming in H2 2022. While there’s no word yet on when we’ll get our desktop version, rest assured that this feature is being considered very heavily right now and will likely be added to the future roadmap.
MarkUp.io will be free until July 2022 for all users. After that, two more plans will be introduced (on top of the existing free plan). Here are the details:
Ultimately, the Growth and Enterprise plans will allow for advanced user management and enhanced security controls.
As we’re unable to migrate Oroson’s user projects to MarkUp, all Oroson users who plan on making the switch should do so before July 31st.
Once Oroson is officially shut down, all data will be deleted. We will likely store data offline for a period of time, but eventually, all that data will be deleted as well.
Currently, MarkUp.io does not directly integrate with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive. However, the MarkUp for Chrome extension allows users to bypass authentication for password-protected sites. Additionally, we have partnered with Loom so users can record, embed, view, and interact with Loom videos directly on a MarkUp; this integration adds clarity and context to feedback.
We hope you’ll come with us on this next leg of our voyage. For now, Oroson will be around until July. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. In the meantime, give MarkUp a try and let us know what you think! We can’t wait to hear from you.