These days an online presence is a near-essential for creatives. But with many options available, how do you choose which kind of presence to have? Well, if you’re a dab hand at web design you might want to build your own personal website, however this can be time consuming and it’s not a luxury everyone has. For others, there are a number of online solutions which can make the process easier; each one providing different tools and support for different types of media.
Dropr is a new online portfolio platform that makes managing your online presence easy, fast and fun. With support for over 30 file types, Dropr aims to break the walls that are currently separating different types of media online. No matter what kind of content you want to share (music, interactive, image etc.) you can do it on Dropr.
Let’s take a look at some of Dropr’s features:
After a quick setup wizard, the first page you land on is the dashboard. This is where you can see updates related to your portfolio e.g. notifications about new comments, collections and followers. This is also the location of the “Cup of Inspiration” feature, which every 2 hours gives you a personalized suggestion of content from the network. The accuracy of the suggestion is affected by your levels of previous interaction with other content.
The next thing you’ll want to do is start adding your content. This is where Dropr really shines. It’s portfolio management features are extremely easy to use. Uploading is a breeze; you can either click the upload button and select some files or just drag your files right from your desktop onto the website. There is also a very handy import tool for anyone who is migrating from an older platform and doesn’t want to go through the hassle of uploading all their content again.
As well as it being simple to add your content, it’s equally simple to customize the look and feel of your page. There are a number of preset color schemes to get you started, but you are also free to create your own as well as change fonts, the background image and a few other settings.
If you need to manage multiple portfolios, for example you want a page for your photography as well as one for your band, you don’t need to create multiple accounts. Additional portfolios can be added from the dashboard and each one can have multiple members; this makes collaboration easy.
With Dropr’s explore system you can search by multiple criteria to find exactly what you’re looking for. As well as being able to filter by media type and skill set, it’s also possible to filter by criteria such as location, freelance availability and copyright licenses making it a great tool for potential clients to find you with.
Splash Up! is Drop’s full screen browsing application which acts as an additional layer to the site. On any page where the “Splash Up!” button can be seen, clicking it will launch a beautiful full screen representation of the work on display, giving the browser an immersive experience into to content.
Dropr adapts well to both tablet and mobile devices meaning that not only will your work reach the largest audience possible, it is also possible for you to keep track of your portfolio on the go.
Some other noteworthy features are Dropr’s support for HTM5 embeddable widgets as well as their support for 6 languages, with even more currently being translated by the community.
The guys behind Dropr have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help support the continued development of the platform. Some interesting new features they want to add include digital artwork sales, 3D object support and even more portfolio design options. They are offering some nice rewards for contributors, so if you like the sound of their platform head over to their campaign page and support it.
All in all, Dropr is a pretty impressive portfolio platform. With lots of functionality already in place and even more in the pipeline it won’t be long until you start hearing the name Dropr a lot more. Have you had a chance to use Dropr? Let us know what you think in the comments.