To be honest, I was hesitant to write about Dragdis. There are many excellent services you can use to collect what you find online. I've even profiled some of them, like Dropmark and GimmeBar. Do we really need another player in this game?
Then I used Dragdis, and I couldn't not write up this post. Why? Dragdis is just so simple to use. In fact, it may be the simplest, most elegant way to save things you find on the web.
Once you've created an account, you'll head to the homepage. There, you'll be asked to install the browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). Once the extension is installed, you simply drag and drop anything you find that you want to save, from anywhere on the web. Start dragging an image, and the Dragdis sidebar will automagically appear. Highlight some text, start dragging, and you'll see the sidebar. Drag it into the relevant Dragdis folder, and you're done.
You can even drag videos: when a capturable video appears on the page you're viewing, you'll see a small Dragdis icon in the top left corner. Drag the video by that icon to save it. By default, Dragdis even creates a "Watch Later" folder for your videos, along with an "Ideas" and an "Inspiration" folder.
Go back to your Dragdis homepage to see and interact with your collection. The site itself, while I wouldn't call it striking, is clean and uncluttered. It has a very Windows 8 feel to it (Modern, Metro, whatever you'd like to call it). There's not much here; your content is front and center. You can rearrange your collections as you'd like, rename, redrag.
The search feature is quite handy, as it searches through the text snippets you've saved. Image search can be a bit trickier. That's because, to make the saving process as seamless as possible, entries aren't given a name (or any other identifying feature, for that matter). This is the sacrifice for frictionless capture of the things you want to save. You can, however, add identifying notes or tags later.
Click on an existing item to view it. From there, you can add your notes and tags. You can also share directly with Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, or copy a unique short url.
I'm not sure what the future holds for Dragdis. Frankly, I don't know if it can compete in such a crowded market. I, for one, am rooting for this underdog, though. They've made a product that almost completely eliminates the friction between thought and action. The result is an web app that is quite a pleasure to use. There's no news of a mobile option just yet; hopefully, it's somewhere on the horizon.
Head over to the homepage to sign up for the beta. I've got a few invites left, so if you want one, send me an email from the address with which you'd like to sign up.
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Correction: an earlier version of this article stated that only a Chrome extension was available for Dragdis. Thanks to @malcevicius for the heads up.