TL;DR: Punchlist is now free forever. No time limit. Use it for as long as you like, on unlimited projects, up to 25 comments. No credit card required. Happy dance emoji.
I started Punchlist after experiencing a massive pain around gathering feedback on website and design projects. Emails, video calls, Slack back-and-forth… none of those tools worked well for this process.
My first goal was to see if I could even learn how to write software. Teaching myself to code by night, in my basement while my kids slept, and working at a digital product agency by day, there were a lot of ups and downs in this process.
After doing this and building the early Punchlist app, I shifted to see if people would pay for the product. Things started to click with the initial use cases around web design and development. Fast forward to today, I’m blown away by all the different ways you’re using Punchlist.
We’ve seen the ways I initially envisioned — like website annotation, branding, and digital ad reviews. But then we started seeing people use Punchlist in some surprising and delightful ways.
- A snowboarding group in New Zealand annotated photos from the 90s, trying to identify who’s who.
- A career coach puts PDF resumes through Punchlist to give feedback to job seekers.
- An editor proofreads a book about Chernobyl, with 543 comments.
- Remote university classes collaborate on a final project by marking up notes on a Powerpoint.
- We even have a landscape design firm doing all their client feedback for their projects in Punchlist.
- And of course, countless agencies and creative teams redesign their websites, digital products and landing pages.
With all these use cases of the Punchlist app, how could we limit it to just one way of experiencing it?
We decided instead to give you some options.
Choose Your Own Adventure
It struck me that limiting Punchlist to only a 14-Day Trial had two inadvertent side effects:
- It prevented some of our users from having enough time to truly get value. Many creative projects take longer than 14 days to complete. (Some are 1-3 months, or more.) It’s the nature of the work, and sometimes you’re at the mercy of someone else’s timeline.
- It limited all the cool ways Punchlist could be used. The more people who use Punchlist, the more they figure out new and exciting ways to use it. And we love seeing that.
So today, we are announcing that Punchlist is entirely free. Unlimited projects and unlimited guests. Invite as many collaborators as you want and start as many projects as you want — it’s free.
And you can take as long as you need to explore the Free version.
The only caveat is that once you really start getting into the tool and getting a lot of feedback on your projects (e.g. you’ve gathered more than 25+ comments on a particular project), we’ll ask you to upgrade to the Solo plan for only $9.
Solo plan includes:
- Unlimited Comments on Unlimited Projects
- Assignments and @Mentions
- Statuses (In Progress, Ready for Review, Waiting for Feedback, Done)
We also still have a 14-Day Free Trial of the Team plan, with more advanced professional features suited to agencies and organizations. (Learn more about the different pricing plans and their features, here.)
Team plan includes:
- All the features of Free and Solo, plus:
- 5 Team Members with Advanced Permissions
- Shared Dashboard
- @Mention and Assign tasks to anyone in your Team
- Advanced Integrations with Task Management Tools (Asana, ClickUp, Trello, JIRA, and more)
- Premium Support
- Prioritized Feature Requests
After your free 14-Day Trial of testing out these advanced Team features, if you still decide that it’s not a fit for your workflow, then no harm done — your account gets downgraded to Free Forever.
Simply put, you have options.
We understand that creative work takes time, and every team is different. This is why we offer a few different ways you can get value from Punchlist and get your projects done.
Free Forever Plan
Once your Trial ends and reverts back to Free (assuming you haven’t upgraded by then), you may continue using Punchlist for as long as you’d like, and on as many projects as you need.
Free Forever plan includes:
- Rich Text Annotations & Attachments
- All Project Types: Websites, Images, or Multi-Page PDFs
- Record Video Commentary & Briefs
- Invite Unlimited “Guests” for Free
- Automatic Email Reminders and Due Dates
- Instantly Capture Screenshots & Browser Details with Each Comment
*Free Forever plan has a 25 comment limit.
No credit card is required for the Free Forever plan, nor the 14-Day Trial. No catches. No joke.
Whether you’re designing a website, optimizing a landing page, or finding innovative new ways to use the product, we’re excited for the doors this opens up for you.
For us — to learn from our users. For you — to get significant value from a free annotation tool.
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