Dropmark turns 10

Once upon a time, ten whole internet years ago, a little software service called Dropmark was born. (We mention internet years because that’s like, at least 70 in people years.)

It all started in 2011 when we noticed a problem with our client workflow. It was too easy to get sucked into scroll holes while trying to be productive, and even easier for our work to get buried in email leading to confusion and frustration. We decided to build something better; a tool that wasn’t a time suck and let you get back to what’s important.

That’s part of what makes us different.

At Dropmark, our goals continue to be: simplicity, effectiveness, and privacy. We want to be a breath of fresh air in the software cloud that you can rely on. We developed Dropmark with a sustainable mindframe and hope to be here until the end of time. By allowing you to control who sees your collections, who can collaborate with you, and never showing you ads or an endless wall of posts to distract, your work will shine.

To celebrate this milestone, we’re looking back on the past decade of Dropmark. Celebrate with us → dropmark.com/ten

Import from Wake

Illustration: Import from Wake to Dropmark

After being acquired by InVision in 2018, design collaboration tool Wake announced it will be shutting down as of October 15, 2020. Wake’s users were unfortunately left without a tool to export their data, but Dropmark is here to help!

To preserve your team’s important work, you can now import your content from Wake to Dropmark. All your images, videos, sets, and tags will be safely imported so you can continue collaborating with your team.

If you’re new here, Dropmark is a visual collaboration tool for creative people and teams. We’ve been around since 2011 (nearly 10 years!) and are trusted by thousands of creative and productive companies like Apple, Pentagram, and The Atlantic. To date our users have uploaded nearly 25 million items, and growing every day. Find out more about Dropmark on our home page and get a free 30 day trial for your team.

Use Dropmark on a variety of devices

Dropmark is everything your team needs in one super searchable platform: links, images, files, videos, and more. Organize your content with stacks and #tags, and gather feedback with comments and annotations. To help your team continue to share work and keep in sync, Dropmark has native apps available for macOS, iPhone, and iPad, browser extensions for all major web browsers, and integration with Slack.

To import your data from Wake, head over to import.dropmark.com before October 15, 2020.

If you have any questions setting up your team or migrating your data from Wake (or elsewhere), drop us a line 👋

Happy collaborating!

Resources for remote teams

We’ve been seeing a lot of remote teams join Dropmark recently, especially with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Whether you are new to Dropmark or new to working remotely, we thought we’d share some resources to help you and your team remain productive during this trying time.

Here’s where to get started:

As a remote-friendly team ourselves, we designed Dropmark Teams to make collaboration easy and highly visual. With all your resources in one place, there’s no time wasted endlessly scrolling or scrambling across multiple platforms. It’s easy to use whether your colleagues are in the same office or across different time zones.

How do teams use Dropmark to get things done? Here are a few of our favorite interviews from real teams using Dropmark every day:

Bonus resources:

If your team is new to Dropmark, send us a note to team@dropmark.com and we’ll give you 3 months free to get you started.

Our new iOS share extension

It’s faster, more powerful, and it looks pretty too.

You want to be able to use Dropmark from anywhere, which is why in our latest iOS update supercharges our share extension. Rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up to give you everything you need at your fingertips.

With our share extension, you can add photos, files, links, and more from any app that supports sharing. Follow these steps to add Dropmark to your sharing menu:

  1. View an Apple application like Safari and look for the share icon.
  2. When the sharing menu appears, scroll the apps from right to left until you see ‘more’. Click on ‘more’ to view all the different apps you can choose to share with.
  3. When you see Dropmark, tap the slider icon to enable easy sharing.

There’s a great visual how-to here should you need. Plus, you can rearrange the order the apps appear using the three lines next to the slider. Once you’ve enabled Dropmark on your sharing menu, wherever you see the sharing icon, you can share directly to Dropmark.

Nicer, better, faster, stronger

Our new extension is more powerful, so you can add more to Dropmark in one go - including supporting long videos and large files. Using the share extension makes it easy to share from your camera, web browser, as well as apps like YouTube and Instagram.

It’s frustrating to see perfect decor inspo on Instagram, but struggle to remember who shared it later on. That’s where saving via the share extension comes in. Start by clicking on the ellipsis button at the top of the image in Instagram, when the pop-up menu appears, choose ‘Share to…’, which will open your iOS sharing menu. Then you can choose which collection to save it to, as well as adding tags, choosing a stack, changing the description within the Dropmark share extension.

Here are a few ways we’ve been using the share extension to get you started:

  • Alex saves tasty looking vegetarian recipes from the NYT Cooking app
  • Skylar collects gift ideas from the Amazon app and personally sorts them into stacks for each recipient
  • Jojo saves quotes from her Kindle app to use as inspiration for embroidery
  • Tylee saves inspiration from the streets of Brooklyn by uploading images she takes from her Photos app


Having one place for all your resources is invaluable for creating mood boards and a million other ways to get stuff done with Dropmark.

With the Dropmark iOS app upload a bunch of photos, links, and files all on your device in one go. You can also generate a quick, private collection that you can share with anyone. With our iOS app, you can snap a photo series on your way to work and share it with your team before you even get there. Or edit your presentation while standing in line your morning coffee.

Making significant changes to our back end gave the share extension some extra oomph for all the heavy lifting our users put it through. Plus, it allows us to better support your ability to save inspiration from where ever you find it. Whatever you’re using Dropmark for, we’ve got the power to get you there.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be Dropmark without being able to drag and drop from other apps using iPad multitasking.

If you love Dropmark, we’d love for you to leave us a review on the App store to help reach more people!

Bookmarking made beautiful

The internet is a magical place. When you find a gem, whether that be an article, image, or website and you know you’re going to want to reference it later, it makes sense to save it.

Sometimes the perfect time for that inspiration is in a few short weeks, but sometimes it’s a few years. Inspiration is a funny creature. It worms its way into your brain, and suddenly you need to look at that stained glass series from 2015.

You could trawl your Slack messages, hope it was funny enough to have tweeted about, or if you’re smart you can log onto Dropmark.

Browsers have been able to bookmark webpages for years, and for some people that was enough. All you had to do was click on the heading, scroll down to the site you wanted and boom: you were back on Lolcats. But the internet has moved on, and bookmarking has too.

Dropmark is a visual bookmarking resource. You can scroll through your collections to find what you’re looking for. Forget where you saw what, but remember the important things - like how it made you feel. Saving your inspiration to Dropmark pays off in so many ways; but we’ve broken down the top four for you.


Share your vision

With Dropmark, you can always find the exact article, image, or website you need. Share with a client or co-worker so they can understand what you’re thinking. Get on the same page quickly, and then get going on your project.

Get unstuck

Feeling uninspired? Scroll through a collection of inspiration that you curated to get those creative juices flowing. Having a folder of color palettes, for example, can help you come up with the perfect color scheme for your next project.

Never lose anything

You ensure that your favorite pieces aren’t lost to the sands of time. Should a blog shut down, or a product be discontinued, you can still have a record of it in Dropmark. Make sure you save the imagery or took a full page screenshot using our browser extension to archive. Read more about using Dropmark as an archive.

Search your stuff

Dropmark’s global search helps you narrow down your millions of items with just a few words. Supercharge your search capabilities and find connections between your items using tags.


How do you use Dropmark to supercharge your visual bookmarking? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram.

How Trade Coffee gets things done

Trade is a tailored subscription service that helps you get up in the morning, giving you access to over 400 different coffees from specialty third-wave roasters.

No matter how much you do or don’t know about coffee, Trade will help find the right bean for your brew. Their easy quiz helps you identify what you need; from single origin beans to the perfect sweet and smooth blend for cold brew.

We chatted with Erika (Director of Coffee) and Linda (Senior Graphic Designer) from Trade about inspiration, their process, and how they use Dropmark to get things done.

Can you tell me a little about Trade Coffee, how did it get started?

Linda: Trade believes that every cup you make should be your best ever — no matter how you take your coffee! Launched in 2018, we unite the nation’s top roasters directly with drinkers, offering 400+ coffees at an incredible value and freshness you won’t find anywhere else. Most people don’t drink freshly roasted, personalized coffee that supports roasters and farmers. Trade was started to introduce everyday coffee drinkers to their best coffees and positively impact the world of specialty coffee. It started with our company seeing these problems and creating something meaningful to address them.


How does being in New York impact your work & do you have any favorite NY roasters?

Erika: Joe, Irving Farm, and Gimme!

If you had to describe your brand with three flavor notes, what would they be?

Erika: Sweet, Inviting, and Fun

How does design fit into Trade’s culture?

Design is at the center of everything that we do. We believe that great coffee should be for everyone, and we are committed to helping our customers find the right coffees — regardless of their experience level. Through design, we strive to make specialty coffee fun and accessible — turning coffee drinkers into coffee lovers.


What does your team’s creative process look like?

Linda: We begin all of our work by defining the problems that we are trying to solve. We think about the best experiences that we can bring to our customers and what we are trying to build as a brand and as a business. From there, we create briefs and have content planning meetings to see what projects need new assets to be shot.

If we require new assets, we have brainstorming sessions, which get translated into a shot list. Once the shot list is approved by everyone collaborating, I will purchase props and ingredients to shoot the images with our photographer.


After that, we have creative reviews to make sure we’ve checked off all the objectives and finesse the design and copy until everyone gives their stamp of approval.

If you could only make coffee one way for the rest of your days, what would it be?

Erika: An automatic drip, haha. It’s so consistent and easy, and you can play around with ratio and grind size if you really want to get experimental, but I love the ease and consistency of an automatic drip.


How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

Linda: We use Dropmark to collect ideas and swipe for everything. Not just for day-to-day design projects, but we also have collections that we add to when we find something interesting. It’s like saving them for a rainy day. Some of these collections are categorized for art direction inspiration, email layouts, illustration styles, and content ideas.

What’s great about Dropmark is that anyone can add to them, so we get to share these collections with each other to help communicate our ideas.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve Dropmarked recently?

Linda: All kinds of cocktail garnishes! We have a Summer Sips series featuring cold brew-based cocktail and mocktail recipes created by baristas around the country and by our Trade Ambassadors. I’ve been Dropmarking swipe of cold drinks and cocktails as a reference on how to style cocktails. Our design team is small, so I am also in charge of art direction and prop and food styling on set and need all the reference I can gather.


See more about Trade at drinktrade.com and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.