Documents load in 2-Pane View, with the document in the left-hand (LH) pane and comments in the right-hand (RH) pane. Paragraphs are automatically numbered along the LH pane's right margin.
Here's an example:
A “comment balloon” next to a paragraph number indicates how many comments that paragraph has (e.g. there are five comments on paragraph #6 in the screenshot above).
Comments can be on:
Once you click somewhere in the document's text, comment balloons will also appear at the end of all sentences that have sentence-level comments. For example, paragraph #42 below has a total of 4 paragraph-level comments (2 sentence-level and 2 paragraph-level):
Mousing over the document highlights the sentence you're on in blue and outlines the paragraph in gray.
Document passages and comments about them are synced; single clicking a document passage scrolls the screen to highlight and show any related comments. Similarly, clicking on a comment or comment header will scroll the document to highlight and show the corresponding passage.
Full vs. Summaries mode — When you first load a document, NowComment shows all the comments in Full mode (both the Summary and Full Comment fields). But if you don't want to read all the comments in full right away, choose “Summaries” to just see the Summary field for each comment; this lets you quickly skim what people are talking about. The screenshot above shows comments in Summaries mode.
Sorted mode — sorts comments by Last Name, by First Name, by the Date the comment was made, or by Tag rather than in document order. Here's an example using Last Name:
An “Edit” button will appear for each of your comments; you can edit a comment at any time until someone else replies to it; the comment will show that it's been edited.
When you mouse over any part of a comment, a “Comment Options” button will appear; mousing over that button will pull down a menu with additional commenting features.
The Document Owner (the person who uploaded the document) has the most options:
All these options are available to you when the comment is yours even if you're not the Document Owner, but you can only edit or delete your comment if no one has replied to it yet.
If you're neither the Document Owner nor the Commenter then you can't edit or delete it, but you have all the other options.
and an “Add Comment” window will pop up:
Once the commenting window is open, specify whether your comment is about a Sentence, a Paragraph (includes images and video/audio players), or the Document in general.
The pop-windows offer two Advanced Options, “Private Reply” and “Tags” (available by clicking the arrow next to “Advanced Options”). We describe these on our Features Gallery page.
In addition to writing text, users can add these multimodal elements to their comments: links to an image or embed code to a video or other media. Links to other resources on the web may also be added, and can be live links on public documents .if permitted by the document owner.
When you finish writing and proofing your comment, adding a link to an image, or embedding code for a video, click the blue button at the bottom right of the pop-up to submit it. There can be a time lag of several seconds, but only click the button once!
[Note: the “Suggest Revision” feature in the upper right corner of this pop-up is a special kind of sentence comment used to recommend wording, spelling, punctuation, and similar small changes to the Document Owner. It's described here.]
Click on the “Reply” button at the bottom left corner of a comment and a window similar to the one above will pop up. After you finish writing and submitting your comment it will appear slightly below and indented to the right of the comment you replied to.
Note that images and video embeds can be added to replies as well.
Here's a quick explanation of the controls on the light blue (horizontal) navigation strip near the top of the page (some show all the time, others only under some circumstances):
By default, a document uploaded to NowComment is private; no person or Group you don't invite to it can see it. Public Documents, described on our Features Gallery page, can be found and seen by others through search engines and by browsing our Public Documents page without an invitation (but sending invitations to a Public Document is a good way to get people to it!).
Anyone can invite people and NowComment Groups to a Public Document, but only the Document Owner can invite others to a Private Document.
To invite people, click the “Invite” link in the blue navigation strip to get to the Invite page (if the document is a Private Document that's not yours this link will be inactive):
where you can:
Each of the above has its own tab. For more information see our Sharing (Inviting) page.
Click to print your document in Combined View (described below).
Mousing over the icon provides basic information about the document (e.g. who uploaded it, when it was uploaded).
Our highlighting tool gives you 5 public and 5 private highlighting colors; each can have a customizable meaning. This very powerful NowComment feature is described in its own Highlighting help file.
File Download, File Copy, Tag, Reports, access to Document Properties, and other features are available off this menu; explore at your leisure!
NowComment always offers you two different views:
In both views, comments show in this sequence:
Here's a picture:
This feature (if turned on) will send you an email notification of each comment made on that document (either right away or as part of your Daily Digest email, depending on what you chose in your Comment Notifications.
If shown, the Document Owner has set Time Controls (via Document Properties) that don't allow new comments on the document at this time.
Public Documents have clickable icon links that let you post about those documents for Facebook, Twitter, and (via the “AddThis&rldquo; plug-in) other social media services. These social media links aren't given for Private Documents since they're supposed to be private!
Note: if you're running a web privacy tool it may block these; if so, you'll need to customize it to allow (“whitelist”) nowcomment.com .
That covers the basics of using NowComment; it's easy! More information on each of these and other topics is available on our Help pages.
[Last updated September 12, 2017]