This short guide will walk you through how to:

  1. Open the piece of creative content (proof) that needs your input

  2. Add comments and markups

  3. Reply to other reviewers’ comments

  4. Compare multiple versions of a proof

  5. Finalize your decision or finish your review of a proof


Opening a Proof

The review process begins with an email notifying you that a new proof was created and requires your input. The email contains a personalized link to the proof. Because every reviewer may have different access rights, you shouldn’t share this link. Every reviewer added to the proof will receive their own personalized email and link to access the proof.

The email will show a preview of the asset to be reviewed. It also contains a workflow snapshot of where exactly it is in the review process. To start reviewing the file, click on the green Open Proof button, which will take you to the Ziflow Proof Viewer.

Now you’re in! This is where you will spend your time reviewing and providing feedback on the content.


Annotating, Commenting, and Drawing Markups

Commenting

If a reviewer wants to post a comment, they need to click on the Comment button in the upper right corner of the screen, enter a message in the comment box and publish it by clicking Post.

Drawing a markup

Once you’ve accessed the proof, you can start the process of providing feedback using markups and comments. With Ziflow, you can create markups directly on all file types to communicate what you’d like to see changed. The easiest way to get started is simply by clicking where you want to start drawing or highlighting text. When drawing a markup, you have several options to choose from rectangle, circle, arrow, line, freehand drawing, text selection.

You can move the toolbar around the screen, selecting and using the appropriate drawing option to indicate wherever you have feedback. Add your message in the comment box, click Post, and your markup and comment will be published. This process can be also done in reverse. First, type your message in the comment box, add a markup, and click Post.

Annotating text

Marking up text is easy in Ziflow. Simply use the text selection tool to highlight, replace, delete or insert text, adding any additional notes on the changes in the comment box as needed.

As with the drawing tool, the text selection tool can be used simply by clicking on the word or phrase you want to select. Whichever tool option you last used (highlight, replace, delete, insert) will be the default, but you can easily select another option. In this scenario, I chose the Replace Text tool. Add a comment describing what should be changed, and click Post to publish the markup and the comment.


Replying to comments

Let's say that a reviewer opens a proof after some comments/markups and annotations were made. The reviewer should read the content that was posted and give their feedback to the team.

Reading comments

If a reviewer clicks on a comment inside the comment box they will be automatically redirected to the page where the comment/annotation was made (replies to this comment will also be displayed). Comments can also be switched by clicking on the arrow buttons above the comment bar.

Replying to the comments

If you’d like to reply to a comment, simply click the Reply button in the comment box. That will open a box where you can add a new message.


Submitting decisions & Completing the review

When you’ve completed your markups, there are a few ways to complete your review - and that depends on what role you were given by the Proof Owner.

Submitting decisions (if you have decision rights)

If you have decision rights, you’ll be able to select an action indicating the results of your review, including Approved, Approved with changes, Not relevant, Pending, Changes required. Once you’ve made all of your markups and annotations, you can click the Make Decision button and then choose a decision from the list.

Account administrators on Business & Enterprise accounts can also set custom decision labels for their reviewers.

Once a decision is selected, the Proof Owner will be notified. When all reviewers submit their decisions, the final decision will be calculated automatically by Ziflow.

Completing review (if you don't have decision rights)

Reviewers that do not have decision permissions can still notify the Proof Owner that they have finished working on a proof. Their decision does not affect the final decision for the whole proof. It is just a way of notifying about the reviewer’s work status.


Comparing proofs

Sometimes, there is more than one version of a proof routed before final approval is reached. In these cases, you can use the handy Compare Mode to compare two versions (older and newer). Compare Mode can be accessed from the upper left portion of the screen. The top toolbar offers multiple ways to compare proofs, including:

  • Using pixel-by-pixel comparison;

  • Locking navigation for compared proofs;

  • Re-syncing compared proofs;

  • Using the Overlay Mode.

Plus, you still have access to all of the usual markup/commenting tools at the bottom of the screen in Compare Mode.

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