When I need to describe Zootool, I most often say something like: “Zootool is about bookmarking images, videos, documents and links from all over the web”.
Today I want to lead you into the dark chambers of our content detection engine and tell you some more about, what you really can bookmark with Zootool.
Our goal is not only to make it possible, to bookmark all kinds of image files from websites, but build smart detection for images from photo- and file-sharing sites. URLs of images from Flickr, Dribbble, FFFFOUND, CloudApp, Instagram and Twitpic, will automatically be detected and we gather tag suggestions, the correct title and the biggest possible thumbnail from their APIs for you.
When you bookmark a video from one of those sites, the video will automatically be embedded in your Zoo and you can play it there anytime. We also gather tags, the title and the best possible thumbnail from their APIs.
You can also bookmark presentations from Slideshare or documents from Scribd and Docstoc, which will be embedded right in your Zoo. You can even bookmark Wikipedia articles and we have a nice custom viewer for them as well.
We can’t support every site and type of content – yet :) and so it will always be possible to save a simple bookmark to a plain old website or whatever you find and which is not recognized by Zootool. We do our best to provide as much information about those sites as well. We try to find the proper title, gather tag suggestions and automatically generate a screenshot of that site, so you will find it easier next time.
There are hundreds of awesome RSS-readers out there and Zootool does not want to replace them at all, but sometimes you need to bookmark a RSS-feed without adding it to your precious every-day-feed-collection – that’s where Zootool comes in handy. Whenever you bookmark a RSS-feed with Zootool it will be added to your Zoo with a stripped down viewer. So you will be able to read that feed without adding it to your feed reader.
Help us make it better
We are always trying to make our content detection engine smarter and more powerful, so if you’ve got suggestions for great content, just let us know and we see what we can do. You can also help us make it better by reporting bugs. So next time you find a video, image or document, which does not get recognized correctly, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org