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Pearltrees Radically Redesigns Its Online Curation Service To Reach A Wider Audience

Pearltrees Radically Redesigns Its Online Curation Service To Reach A Wider Audience
Pearltrees, the Paris-based online curation service that launched in late 2009, was always known for its rather quirky Flash-based interface that allowed you to organize web bookmarks, photos, text snippets and documents into a mindmap-like structure. For users who got that metaphor, it was a very powerful service, but its interface also presented a barrier to entry for new users. Today, the company is launching a radical redesign that does away with most of the old baggage of Pearltrees 1.0. Gone are the Flash dependency, the tree diagrams, the little round pearls that represented your content and most everything else from the old interface. Here is what Pearltrees 1.0 looked like: And here is the new version: Pearltrees’ mission is still to allow you to organize everything you want on the service (in that respect, it almost competes with Evernote). 3. “We took what everybody liked about the old version and put it into a visualization that everybody could grasp right away,” Lamothe said.

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Pearltrees releases a new version, without any pearls nor trees The Paris-based startup founded in 2009 once declared: “We focus on the visual potential of Pearltrees to let people dive deeply into their interests and nearly feel them”. Their product, offering a digital curation tool, was unique because of the visual interface voluntareely original: links and folders symbolized by rounded pearls attached together like the branches of a tree. Today, pearls and trees have disappeared to make room for a brand new and larger organisation tool. Two years ago, everyone wanted to build products around “curation” and “interest graph”. Today the keywords have shifted to “collaborative SaaS tool” and “organizing data”.

Pearltrees Visualizes How You Organize the Web This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. Name: Pearltrees Quick Pitch: Pearltrees is a new visual way to organize content on the Web and connecting people's interests.

Social Curation Service Pearltrees Revamps Web and Mobile Apps Pearltrees, the service that allows you to arrange Web content, photos and more (‘pearls’) into mindmap-style ‘trees’, has updated its Web and mobile apps today in order to bring a more seamless user experience and new features to the platform. The company said the Web platform has been fully redesigned and rebuilt in HTML5, making it more easily accessible on a range of different devices, as well as introducing new features also now found in its iOS and Android apps. It seems it’s becoming a bit of a habit for Pearltrees to significantly revamp its website at about this time each year, and this time around it’s gone all-out to make collections, and collecting, “simpler, more accessible and more shareable,” CEO and co-founder Patrice Lamothe said. As well as rebuilding it using HTML 5, there are now new features like ‘extended drag-and-drop’ which allow you to quickly add ‘pearls’ from your hard drive, the Web or a document. ➤ Pearltrees | Google Play | App Store

How Pearltrees is the new bookmarketing tools? Since the Web first came online in 1991, it has grown and improved beyond anyone's predictions. Unlike the gray background, mono-spaced text and ugly graphics on the Web in those early years, today's Web is rich with video, interactive applications and other useful and distracting goodies. But even after all these years, the way we find, navigate and save content on the Web works pretty much like it always did. Here's a page with text. Some of the words are hyperlinked, so when you click on them, you open another page. If you want to save something, there's a wide variety of tools that help you do so, but most people use the bookmarking feature built into their browsers, or social bookmarking sites.

Pearltrees Develops its New Interface Further with 'Meaning' Content and file curation and sharing platform Pearltrees has been updated today with new features that include ‘Meaning’, a new organization system. ‘Meaning’ is based on a traditional grid and allows users to drag and drop content into collections that can be shared with others and collaborated on with real-time synchronization. Pearltrees tells us that it hopes the new layout will encourage more collaboration between users.

Take Your Inspiration with You: Social Bookmarking Service Pearltrees Releases iPad App Like to save the stuff you find online? What about carrying your inspiration and ideas with you when you are decorating your apartment, shopping for the holidays, or planning an event? Pearltrees, a social bookmarking service and direct competitor to Pinterest, which I covered this summer and which just received $27m in funding from Andreessen Horotwitz, is for you. They are releasing their iPad app today, making the above scenarios possible. At Pearltrees, you build a webpage that looks like – wait for it! – a tree made of pearls, alone or in a group, massing the fabulous, funny, or just plain freaky digital content you come across while surfing the web.

How can Pearltrees help in the classroom? EduTip: Content Curation with Pearltrees by Linnea Sudduth Ward Content curation tools—or tools designed to collect, store, and share ideas on a particular topic—are great tools for allowing your students to delve more deeply into a given concept. Perhaps the most well-known content curation platform is Pinterest, which boasts 1.36 unique visitors a day. A less popular tool, though perhaps a more useful tool for education, is Pearltrees. Indeed, Pearltrees is such a useful platform that the Department of Academic Innovation & eLearning created an entire project (the Instructional Design Core Toolset) with this platform.

Curating the Best of Tech and Social Media for Families Many people search the web, read content every day and share that content. While advances in search technology has made finding information easier and easier, saving and organizing information in a way that captures a story or conversation can still be very challenging. I just posted on Techmamas.com about my first experience with Pearltrees.com; I was on a Traveling Geeks trip to LeWeb and Pearltrees was one of the French companies we met. Being a visual person, the Pearltrees online application offered me the tools to capture and organize online information in a visual format that also reflected the storyline behind the issue being discussed.

Pearltrees Brings New Editing Features To Its Curation Service Pearltrees, the Paris-based curation and bookmarking service, is launching a major update to its service today that brings a number of new editing tools to the site. Pearltrees users were already able to write and save notes, as well as store images and other content on the service. Now, they will also be able to annotate the texts they saved from around the web, caption images and use the service’s new WYSIWYG text editor to write more complex notes. The service is also adding a couple of new personalization features that allow users to add a new background to their collections and change the overall look and feel of the collection. The new editor, as well as the ability to caption images and illustrate their collections with handpicked images will be available to all users, while the more advanced personalization and annotation tools will only be available for paying Pearltrees Premium subscribers. 2.

Pearltrees releases a new version, without any pearls nor trees The Paris-based startup founded in 2009 once declared: “We focus on the visual potential of Pearltrees to let people dive deeply into their interests and nearly feel them”. Their product, offering a digital curation tool, was unique because of the visual interface voluntareely original: links and folders symbolized by rounded pearls attached together like the branches of a tree. Today, pearls and trees have disappeared to make room for a brand new and larger organisation tool. Two years ago, everyone wanted to build products around “curation” and “interest graph”. Today the keywords have shifted to “collaborative SaaS tool” and “organizing data”.

except that what curators wish to share is the curation not just an rss equivalent in a boîte by mojojuju Nov 24

As the first version wouldn't be available from 1ft of December on, I am leaving Pearltrees for ever. It will lost for me all of its efficience and innovation and would become a waste of time for me. I keep my account just to take back slowly my contents... by le_chene Nov 9

That's pretty bad, because then you even cannot export your stuff to another app / tool. by deuxpont Jun 2

version #1 crashes now on my pc. by healingshores Jun 2

ver #1 used to tell me when someone ad the same pearl as me in their pearltree... this has not happened in #2 yet... is this function there.. or is #2 about collecting a load of boxes noone else wants to sort through with no structure to it??? by healingshores Jun 1

@amsika Also, why were pearltrees replaced with collections? Did you need a more accurate name? by elliottbelardo2 Jun 1

Some features are still missing, and will be implemented soon. As I said, this version 2.0 is a first version, and we'll improve it regularly, with 2.1, 2.2 etc... For the moment we couldn't implement the export feature in Pearltrees 2, that's why you have to go back to PT1 to do it. But be sure that it will be done soon. by amsika May 31

Another really weird thing in the ver#2 version of Pearltrees: The export feature (some people tend to save their data from too aggressive upgrade activities) in the new Pearltrees version is missing. I read the Pearltrees FAQ and learned that I can export my pearls to the HTML format (using them later as Firefox bookmarks for example - works actually; I tried it out) when I open the menu, then choose "settings" - but heck, there's no export feature at all. So I had to get back to "Check back Pearltrees 1" and open the ver#1 settings menu to get that feature. So, amsika, please don't tell me that ver#2 became easier to use! Again, I must say: P#1 thumbs up; P#2 thumbs down. by deuxpont May 31

Of course I am interested and like to know more about that. I'll stay in touch. by deuxpont May 31

@deuxponts Just in complement about your "and the really need to enligten the danger of public sharing "pearled" web content". I think HTML5 can help for to progress in that. If you are interested for example (I dont know) in : - what is really the cloud ? - what is really DRM ? Perhaps we can discuss about that after two or three weeks (or months), when enough people expressed their ideas about organization Pearltrees. Keep in touch. by reel May 31

Hello, Yes, the default format is now Pearltrees 2.0, so when you share your collections, they are seen in Pearltrees 2.0. It's very hard to maintain two different versions of Pearltrees. We manage to do it for the members who used to use Pearltrees 1, but we can't maintain it as a default version. Beside, the new format is even more easy to understand for everybody ;) Unfortunately, it's also very complex to manage and maintain two different apps on the App Stores, that's why we can only have one app. by amsika May 31

Well, the copyright problem is not a ver#2 novelty. In ver#1 it was less obvious due to the restriction of collectable items of a single treebranch. So, in any case there's some need of customer information IMO. Regarding the still available ver#1 view option, I have 2 problems: Pearltrees is designed to share content. So, if I want to share my ver#1 content, I also want my fellow pearlers to see a ver#1 tree structure, but they get collections without seeing my tree structure. 2nd problem: Guess I am using 40% of my work via smartphone. So I actually lost the special features of my mind-mapping work after getting the new app. The best thing that I can imagine would be to provide the fantastically working (guess HTML5 programmed) ver#1 app and the new ver#2 app. by deuxpont May 31

Thanks for your feedback deuxponts. Mixing both versions would have made it more complicated for everybody and it wouldn't have help us going toward our initial gaol: democratizing organization and sharing of digital contents. But please remember yet that if you're on a computer you can still access Pt1 from the left menu. Nothing is and will be lost. I'm not sure to understand your point about privacy. Nothing has changed in term of privacy with the new format. Collections has always been public by default. by amsika May 31

Hi healingshores, Creating ( and maintain) another entire site requires a lot of time and work. We' re just a small team of 15 people so we can't do this. But you can still use Pt 1 from the left menu of your account. by amsika May 31

Guess that's not easy. Ver #1 looks as if there's a lot of work and brainpower behind. But there is one thing that I don't understand: They could have left almost everything as it was (well, ver #2 actually has some improved capture/curatory features) and just add a new object class called "collection", having similar features like a "pearltree" plus the ability of containing more than a dozen items and using a grid structure instead of the bubble structure. If so, everybody was able to build ver#2-like collection "trees" or, alternatively ver#1-like trees containing collections as well, plus not leaving a lot of disappointed uses with ruined ver#1-pearltrees. There's a second problem with ver#2: The new concept is designed to share and extend non-professional collections quickly, and all collections are public by default. In Germany (where I live) exists a restrictive copyright law: Passionate pearltree-ver#2-users usually don't think about that and already have one foot in jail or will be forced to pay a lot of money for copyright-infringement by adhortatory chambers. So it is not unlikely that some affected persons might try to hold Pearltrees responsible for enticement of breaking laws. Actually I made my peace with ver#2: That’s why although Pearltrees lost it’s mindmap ability, I did not find a mindmap/curatory app with comparable social features (and pricing). There exist some great curatory apps like keeeb, but eg keeeb lacks in hierarchically organizing information; there exist great mindmap tools likewise, but their pricing structure is awkward: They restrain their social key features to the paid version, hence their social community remains pretty small. So thought it was easier to re-organize my pearltrees, replacing a lot of former text-formatted junctions by collections than recreating that stuff with a combination of a mindmap tool and keeeb. And heck - if I want to visualize my collection structure anyway, I still can use one of these nice’n fully fledged mindmap apps. In brief: After some days of crisis I got back to business. However, I am not happy with Pearltree’s game plan. It is self-destructive; they could have done better - and they really need to enlighten their members about the danger of public sharing “pearled” web contents. by deuxpont May 30

maybe recreate ver 1 as another site? by healingshores May 30

Hello deuxpont ! Let's talk about it by email. We're very interested in your feedback! participation@pearltrees.com Thanks! by amsika May 23

I am not convinced by this pearl-unlike design. Moreover, I'm badly missing the visual structure of pearltrees#1. by deuxpont May 23

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