Improve annotations for Box Previewer UI element
One of the main feature of our proof-of-concept utilizes Box’s concept of collaborations. We want to demonstrate beyond the capability of the basic file/folder sharing by utilizing the Box Previewer UI element and enabling the annotation feature. The annotation is such a great feature to enhance business and client relationship in the digital space. We implemented this feature however we found there are some challenges and we are hoping Box can help us find a solution to create a better experience.
We were able to activate the annotation but only within app users. Both our employee entities and customer entities are able to share and view these annotation. When it requires a non-app user to see these annotation (e.g. customer sharing an annotation with a managed-user created from Box.com) those annotation are not viewable by managed users and they cannot make further annotation to the same document. We are really hoping that the annotation feature in the previewer will come out of beta and be implemented in the public Box.com domain for all to use. This would complete the full user experience that we are hoping for.
The highlighter, pen and comment bubble is a great start in annotation tools, however, we think that these tools can evolve a bit more with some more choices. Having control on color, pen style and perhaps dropping larger “sticky” notes to help readers to see these annotation more vividly and the ability to have finer control on how users annotate would enhance the experience to digitally markup a document with ease. You can also see with only one choice in color, it conflicts with the stardard black colored text of the document.
Our teachers would love to be able to use a stylus when doing annotation. This feature is missing, but they can annotate with their mouse or trackpad, which is clunky.