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Surfmark - screenshot webpage capture & annotate 3.16.1-signed
Take full screenshots of web pages and directly add your notes and highlights to them. Save pages continuously and automatically organize them around topics including travel plans, job searches, DIY projects and academic research. Full text search.
About this Add-on
Surfmark is the ONLY way to take full screenshots of web pages into organized topics, add annotations to them and share them with a single link. This flexibility allows for almost endless use cases. With Surfmark you can easily organize and save your online search/research, collaborate with others or build a continuously improving store of extremely valuable curated knowledge. Surfmark also provides a rich 'palette' for self-expression - you get the ease of micro-blogging and richness of blogging without worrying about grammar, composition and diction. Ultimately Surfmark is an "effort archiving" platform that allows users to fully capture the effort and thought they put into their Web based search / research.
It allows you to distill down hours and hours of your web-based research effort into a few most important and most relevant pages, arranged into editable collages, books and flow diagrams (which can also be downloaded as PDF's!) that you can preserve for your later reference or share with your friends and co-workers and also collaborate with them.
It is also the easiest way to create a blog or wiki based on what you read on the net:
Surfmark extension (we also provide a Bookmarklet) allows you to capture all aspects of your searches including screen capture - exact copies of the web pages - as images with hyperlinks still active, the different paths you take while browsing, the time you spent on each page and full range of annotations that you add on the pages while browsing, using the tools provided within the extension. It then allows you to filter these pages based on different criteria and automatically arrange them into books and process flows. These books and process flows are fully editable. The pages are automatically published to the ‘cloud’ hosted website so that they are available from any computer (no plugin required for that) and to share and collaborate with just your friends or with the wider community. All the recorded pages (yes, even though they are images) including your annotations are indexed and fully searchable.
You can also keep your research private by protecting it with passwords
You can read about the philosophy behind Surfmark on our blog:
Key functionalities of the extension and application are:
Full set of annotation tools to allow you to add notes, highlights and drawings directly to the pages while you are browsing;
Automatic recording or manual capture complete or partial pages so that they are available off-line while giving you control - recording only happens when you tell the plugin to record. You can make surfmarks private after they have been synched to the cloud hosted website;
Viewing recorded pages as a collage, a book or a flow graph. These views provide highlight different aspects of the saved knowledge;
Full-text search capability of your published Surfmarks;
Ability to further edit and add to published Surfmarks so that they remain live and relevant.
A few examples of how the community is using Surfmark: http://bit.ly/bRJZyq
The video on our homepage helps explain the concept behind Surfmark: http://www.surfmark.com/
Help documentation on our blog walks you through the process of recording, publishing, editing and enhancing Surfmarks:
Tags: annotate, archive, browser history, collaborate, curate, note taking, organize job search, organize websites, productivity, read later, screen capture, screen grab, screen save, screen shot, screenshot, screenshots, search, semantic search, social bookmarking, travel, collaboration, collaborative platform, archive effort
We are working hard to improve features and make the extension more robust. Please report any bugs or direct any questions to: support at surfmark dot net.
Since this is a unique concept, we have prepared an FAQ to address some of your questions, especially around Privacy:
* What is Surfmark?
Surfmark is simply collection of pages arranged in a way that reflects all the effort that you put into doing the research. It captures the knowledge you had generated while you were searching for information on the Internet and allows you to preserve it so that you can use it later, enhance it, share it with others and collaborate with others to enhance it.
* What problem is Surfmark really solving?
We believe that it is the most automated, easiest to use and most comprehensive way to preserve all the knowledge you gain while searching the web. It is also a pretty cool way to share a page with all your annotations and meta-commentary! It provides a way to enhance your productivity by letting you save the knowledge that you generate everyday when you are browsing the Web. Your research/search efforts are preserved in a way that you don’t have to start all over again. Surfmark also provides one of the easiest ways to do collaborative research over the web.
* How is different from the countless social bookmarking sites out there?
The best answer is, you got it to try it out!
Bookmarks save a tiny aspect of the effort that you put when you are doing online research - the links which may or may not work on a later date. A Surfmark preserves every aspect of your online research efforts in a way that it is reusable, shareable and extensible. Surfmark preserves the trail of how you searched for and consumed information and the time you spent on each page. It also captures the actual web pages along with the notes and annotations that you added to the web pages. In one sense a Surfmark is similar to a ‘way-back-machine’ – it preserves the content as you had seen at the time you had captured it. Most importantly, Surfmark allows you to preserve the context and the perspective that went into discovering that content by representing all this in an easy-to-navigate flow graph. Very soon we will allow you to see your surfmarks as books (for those who don't find flow graphs too appealing) and also download them as PDFs so that you can take them with you anywhere!
* It seems really complicated, how can someone start getting value immediately?
We offer three different ways to benefit from Surfmark. Depending upon your own needs and how much time you want to commit initially, you can choose the one, right for you:
1. You can go the website and start searching / browsing through the Surfmarks that our small but growing community has already published. This may be an excellent way for you to familiarize yourself with the concept. You can also create an account and start modifying the 'public' surfmarks since those are community property.
2. Download the extension for Firefox, which makes the whole process of saving your web-browsing and automatically creating a Surfmark very easy and intuitive (OK, we know it's relative!).
Best of all, the options are completely free at this time!
Surfmark has built a lot of features but all you need to remember is sign-up, start recording and stop recording (recording means saving pages one after another). That's all, everything else is done by the system. As you become more comfortable with the application, you can start experimenting with the many options that our website provides.
Please view details of the different features in our extended help section
We are in the process of creating video demos to explain the whole functionality which you can follow in our YouTube channel:
* So, how does Surfmark work?
Surfmark has 2 components: i) a browser extension, ii) a hosted website. The Firefox extension allows you to record your browsing sessions into Surfmarks and automatically sync them with the website. The website allows you to edit these Surfmark, make them private and access them from anywhere and collaborate with others to further enhance these without needing to download any application or add-on.
* How can I sign-up?
You can sign-up after you have installed the extension or you can sign-up by clicking on the link on the website. Just follow the prompts. We give you 3 options - create an account with Surfmark, use Facebook to login or use Google to Login. There is also a one-time email verification step after you have signed up.
However, you can try Surfmark anonymously and sign-up later.
* What about privacy?
We believe that the best way to maintain privacy is to minimize the need for information. Therefore, other than your contact email and your user ‘nickname’, we keep no other personally identifiable information. No profiling, no demographics - nothing! You have absolute control over what, when and if you want to publish any content and to keep it public or make it private (within the first 10 minute window after the Surfmark becomes available on the website)
Lets us make it very clearly – RECORDING/SAVING PAGES HAPPENS ONLY WHEN YOU EXPLICITLY TELL THE EXTENSION to start saving pages. If the record button is not on or you do not click on it to just 'Snap' a single page, the extension is as good as dead.
We do acknowledge the some of the proposes might seem too abrupt for a certain set of users, but we have made the changes based on user feedback. Changes also reflect our efforts to reduce friction while letting users have the control. We will keep on improving this (5 versions already!)
We sincerely believe that we are trying to change the world here and we can only do that by being absolutely transparent with our user community.
Why can we not see the name of the author for a particular Surfmark?
‘Public’ Surfmarks are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA) (Please read terms of service to get further details). So a particular Surfmark, although started by one person, could have inputs from quite a few people. This is similar to Wikipedia where many contribute to a topic yet you don’t see the name of the original author or the subsequent contributors. We believe that by hiding names we are encouraging full community participation and thus fulfilling our core mission to build a vast community supported knowledge base. However, we now beginning to question this assumption and will make suitable changes soon!
* What if I don’t want to share my Surfmarks?
You can mark your Surfmarks as ‘Private’ and protect them with passwords. We have currently kept this feature free but will subsequently introduce subscription plans around this. We will also be putting in place, much more robust mechanisms to protect your private content.
We would like to point out that currently there is no limit on how many Surfmarks you can publish in the public domain as long as they uphold our terms and conditions. We just hope that you will ‘pay’ us back by giving us constructive feedback.