Clipsi is for clip curation, but it’s not ready for the enterprise

I was notified recently that Clipsi, an enterprise co-curation tool like, had announced some new features, so I finally got around to fooling with it. Aside from a slight overemphasis on images, I think the tool is a promising entrant in the work management co-curation sector.

Clipsi operates as both a browser plugin — for capturing images and text on websites — and as a web service allowing users to manage clips, share and comment on them, and to create text notes, and clips from documents as well.

Here’s the browser clipper in use. After clicking on the browser bookmark (in my case, a Chrome extension), an image panel pops up, allowing an easy way to clip images. An alternative for text clips allows the user to select text.

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The clip is then stored in the web service, as shown below. In this case, I have opened by Research board, and you can see one of the new features recently added: zones. These are the various categorized regions. Users can drop clips from one zone, like the default zone in every board, to others.

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Clicking the Share button brings up a menu of options for publicizing your board, like Twitter, Facebook, email, and embedding into other websites. At this time, all Clipsi boards are public, aside from a single private one in each account. In the future the company plans a fuller spectrum of accessibility controls.

When a single clip is opened, the clipped content is displayed, and a comment thread is available.

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In this case, the clip was from a website, and clicking on the Website button opens that page in your browser, but not highlighting the text or image in the document (as, for example, Pullquote does). If the source was a document, however, the clipped region is highlighted, although in that case the clipped material is an image, like a screen capture, even if originally a text, as shown below.

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Note that Clipsi uploads ┬áthe entire document into your account, so that it can be displayed, but there doesn’t seem to be a document repository accessible to the user.

Clipsi supports integration with Dropbox, and clipping from a Dropbox document does lead to that clip and the document being viewable by others, although they can’t edit the file or download it.

Another strange omission is that clips aren’t titled, which is a fatal flaw for my personal use, and probably for many others. Likewise, there is no search capability, which also rules it out for serious use.

The Bottom Line

Clipsi does a good job of the capture side of co-curation, and has an intuitive layout in its boards and zones. But the absence of search and lack of titles shows that Clipsi has a long way to go before being the enterprise tool the company says they want it to be.