Ashore: Automated Workflow Staging
Ashore is a tool that can help fast-track deliverables through the client approval process with automated workflow staging.
Features and Benefits of Ashore
👉 Proofing – This feature will allow you to streamline review and approval. This way, you can save more time and resources for you and for your team.
👉 Approvers – The approvers won’t need an accoun when proofing. They can click on the review link you’ve given them or Ashore can send them the link.
👉 Proof Options – You will also have plenty of options such as allowing approvers to download files, view all comments, approve the proof with changes, and approve individual files.
👉 Website Capture – This feature allows you to add any website URL to your proof for review. Ashore will take a full-length screenshot of the webpage at common breakpoints, allowing approvers to see the page at different screen widths.
👉 Contextual Commenting – The comments made on a proof will be tied to a specific point on the page. So, clicking on a comment will automatically take you to the location it was made.
👉 Markup Tools – The approvers will also have the ability to single-click anywhere on proof to specify what they mean with the help of rectangles and arrows.
👉 Video Proofing – You can also proof video files in this software. The comments will be tied to a specific area on the page and the time in the video in which it was created.
👉 Comment Threads – This feature will help keep the conversions organized. And, in this software, you can respond to comments others have made and resolve comment threads when the discussion has ended.
👉 Checklists – You can also include a checklist with any proof that must acknowledge prior to making a decision.
👉 Version Stacking – This software will keep all the versions of a certain proof grouped together and allows approvers to easily move between them to see past iterations and discussions.
👉 White-Labeled Review Screens – The software also allows the users to white-label their proofing dashboards with your company logo. You can also keep it professional with every client.
👉 Review Links –After creating the proof, you can simply copy and paste the review link into the messaging app of your choice.
👉 Limitless Sharing Options – You won’t have to worry about sharing the link because there won’t be any limits as to where you can share the link and to whom.
👉 Approvers Adding Themselves – If the someone clicks the review link, they will be able to add themselves as an approver to a proof and then to the approver archive.
👉 Review Links + Workflows – You can also use review links to add large groups of people to the current stage of your workflow.
👉 Custom Review Links – Since Ashore has white-labeling capabilities, you can create custom review links with your company’s name on them instead of that of Ashore’s.
👉 Workflow – Using your Ashore account, you will be able to create and save as many workflows as you need to, and then use them over and over again for returning clients or fixed internal approval processes.
👉 Workflow Staging – You can also add an infinite number of stages to any workflow. You will also name each stage, choose your approvers, customize your email messages, and more.
👉 Non-Approvers – Ashore also enables you to add non-approvers to your workflows. They can then receive all of the same emails as the sender.
👉 Email Templates – You are also able to create email templates for approvers in each workflow stage. There will also be template variables that can help autofill with person information when sent.
👉 Auditing – There is a feature called proof timeline that helps record absolutely evey action taken on the proof including each time a new version is sent, each time a new approver is registered to a proof, each time approvers view and give decisions on files, and anytime a new message is sent.
👉 Tracking Workflows – You can also easily determine what stage of the workflow your proofs are in on the proof timeline.
👉 Tracking Decisions – So when an approver makes a decision on a proof, the timeline will include all the files for which there was a decision as well as the checklist.
👉 Central Record of All Communications – You can also find a record of all correspondence including every email sent, all the automatic reminders sent, any versions sent and more all on the proof timeline.
👉 Export Timeline – This feature allows you to export a copy of the proof timeline to save with your records and prove due diligence for every project that has been completed.
👉 White-Labeling – This feature allows you to upload your company logo to Ashore and display it on all review screens and emails sent from the software. You can also integrate your email with Ashore and ensure that all the emails sent to clients will come from your branded email address.
👉 Change Your URLs – Once the custom domain URL has been added, all of your review links will use your new subdomain instead of Ashore’s URL.
👉 Uploading Your Logo – You can upload a custom logo to Ashore, and take advantage of white-labeling the review screens and all Ashore-generated emails.
👉 Integrate Your Email – Integrate with Ashore’s email delivery service, Postmark, and send emails right from your account.
👉 Reminders – This feature will help you select account-wide default reminder settings that will automatically apply to every new approver added to any of your proofs.
👉 Individual Approver Preferences – You can also specify the days of the week and time of the day that you would like Ashore to send reminders to each of the approvers.
👉 Account-Wide Default Reminder Settings – This feature will help you set default reminder settings for your entire account which will be automatically appended to every new approver.
👉 Pick the Days and Times – You can also control the deployment of reminders down to particular days of the week and the time of each day.
👉 Template Variables – These will auto-fill personal information allowing reminders to be customized for each approver.
👉 Acknowledgement – Aside from approved and not approved, another option has been added by the software which is approve with changes. Through this option, they will let you know that with a few changes, the project will be good to go, saving everyone from another round of revisions.
👉 Approval Checklists – Creating checklists can help you add requirements to each proof that your approvers must acknowledge before giving their approval.
👉 Approve with Changes – Selecting this option will trat a proof as approved and will notify you that they would like to see some changes.
👉 Approve Individual Files – The software asks for one approval for all the files in a proof. With this, the files can be approved on a case-to-case basis.
👉 Organization – There are also various organization tools in Ashore which includes version stacking, tagging, proof dashboard, proof status, proof archive, workflows, and proof timeline.
👉 API + Zapier – Ashore has API and Zapier integrations that can help make your workflow more efficient.
Who is Ashore for?
👉 Creative agencies that are looking for the best tool to help them with their automated client and peer feedback to improve collaboration as you move through creative stages.
👉 Product Designers who are also looking for a platform that will help them with their content and approvals thereof.
Things to Note About Ashore
👉 There is no offer of a gallery view of your files on proof review screens.
👉 It also does not directly integrate with Google Drive or Google Docs.
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