SAN FRANCISCO--A handful of products at the TechCrunch50 conference are working on better ways to help people get business done. Many are new plays on old ideas, while a few offer a new approach for existing systems.
Clientshow is the latest collaborative tool pitched at creative professionals. Like ProofHQ and Conceptshare it's designed to let designers get together with clients and share works in progress, as well as get sign-offs on projects.
The service is split up into different modules. One lets you upload all your work, while the other lets users go through and leave notes on it, including comments and sign-offs. The third module is a presentation mode that lets you do a live demo of the files to clients.
Its big difference from some of the existing services is that it's an Adobe AIR application, and that it offers a ready-to-print version of a project's entire history so that attendees or project coordinators can print it out and get a quick heads up on what's changed.
Metricly is a free tool that lets users create their own analytics dashboard from a number of sources. It hooks into Google Analytics, QuickBooks, and Salesforce and can grab similar numbers from each and slap them onto one graph. It also plugs into Twitter and Facebook and can show you graphs of how many tweets or followers you've accumulated, as well as fans on Facebook. Services that aren't on its list of presets, but that have API keys, can be plugged in too.
Metricly got hounded on by the judges for not having enough depth to fulfill the needs of hardcore users as well as it not launching with a price tag. The initial offering is free of charge, but its creators are planning to launch a paid premium version that adds extra API connections and data tracking features that will run somewhere between $10 to $100 a month when it's launched.
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