Hightail’s newest feature, Spaces, offers lots of online proofing and collaboration tools (see previous post for review of using Spaces video proofing). In addition, Spaces is able to upload and review a variety of different file formats.


Video files (.mp4, .wmv, .mov, etc.):

Allows you to view the video directly in the Spaces browser window (not necessary to download), comments can be placed on specific frames throughout the video as well.

1 Spaces Proofing

PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx):

Allows you to view previews of the slides but the preview is a static rendering of each slide – no animation/transitions/videos (like a PDF proof).

2 Spaces Proofing

Photoshop (.psd), Illustrator (.ai), Image (.png, .jpg, etc.), and PDF:

All show a preview image of the file, which is fantastic to preview the editable files, but only on the viewable layers when the files were saved.

3 Spaces Proofing

Word (.doc, .docx):

Only shows a preview of the file – again like a static PDF proof; however, you can use the comment feature to highlight changes needed.

4 Spaces Proofing

Overall, the features offered by Spaces are very useful to anyone reviewing and collaborating on a project of any kind.  The only real drawback is the limitation with previewing PowerPoint files directly in the browser (which is a big deal to us!). Other than that, proofing is very simple and worthwhile to ensure a smooth collaboration process.


-Troy @ TLC