Mural.co, for when our team is doing collaborative brainstorming. It's not quite a whiteboard, but excellent for mapping out ideas via e-stickynote, etc.
The closest setup I can think of would be Figma + Wacom tablet.
The main benefit I get from a whiteboard is having the ability to quickly express and iterate on ideas that are hard to express through language. I struggle to see how this would work without having a way to draw on a digital canvas everyone else can also see and contribute to.
We have been using Miro for a couple of months to organize daily meetings and some remote retrospectives. Only complaint is that it takes some time to start up for large boards. I've been wanting to try out https://whimsical.com/, curious if someone here has had any experience with it.
Zoom's whiteboard feature together with a laptop that has a touch screen is kind of interesting. Now i need to get a pen for the touch screen.
Could be a normie one but we use Freehand by Invision to brainstorm ideas. If you are familiar with control key when screenshot, you can paste it straight in your freehand.
Another vote for Miro. It's a very accessible tool that can be easily taught in just a few minutes. I use it often for collaborative remote sessions. I've participated in groups as large as 40 simultaneous users without confusion or tech issues. The "guest pass" pricing on their consultant package is cost effective for ad-hoc collaboration across multiple teams/projects/clients.
Mural has been my go to. Great remote collaboration tool all around, including whiteboarding. A few on our team have started using Whimsical and like it, too.
There's a new app from the creator of Screenhero, Screen, that I'm curious to try. It just launched this week, and much like Screenhero is built to share anything on your screen, but designed to be fast and have a persistent shared virtual screen, with video calls for real-time work and persistent notes otherwise. You can collaborate on the same apps—so, say, use any drawing app on anyone's computer as a fake whiteboard—or can draw on its built-in whiteboard.
Looks like an interesting take on the whiteboard idea, along with a few other things.
On the iPad side, I'll go for a bit of self-promotion by mentioning my product, Muse. It doesn't (currently) have any collaboration capabilities but some of our users use Zoom screenshare (typically via Airplay or connecting to Quicktime mirroring) as a way to get a space to scribble with their Pencil.
We excessively use freehand from invision. I Believe there is a free version of freehand. Freehand works great for us because the design team shares comps into the conversation, and the dev team collaborates on flows and possible technical blockers in the design before the group starts coding. Realtime collaboration promotes change within the design cycle faster and more effectively, instead of sending PDFs with the comps and flow diagrams.
I really like Google Presentations as a quasi whiteboard - everyone gets edit rights - and you can share and build together.
Miro and freehand by Invision are the ones we use almost on a daily basis.
I'm curious what hardware most people are using for this.. I've tried using Miro on my phone but the screen size just wasn't enough to be useful, although the app looked solid
Do most people use an iPad, other tablet, laptop w/ touch screen, something else?
I use a ReMarkable for general note-taking and sticks-and-blobs. It has a screen mirroring function that you can use to share your notes. It's not collaborative at all, but for my own purposes it's A+.
We've been experimenting with Google Jamboard. We certainly aren't buying the hardware because it's silly expensive, but for those with an iPad, we've enabled it on our domain, and it's pretty great with Apple Pencil, and good to share with teams in a Meet chat. Works well, most folks have an iPad to use it, and gets the job done. Bonus is it can be emailed out to the team afterwards.
I've been wanting to try Board VR on Oculus for a while now. But it has yet to be ported to Oculus Quest (the only one I have). Once I get Oculus link set up I'll be able to give it a go.
I have read positive reviews about it though and it looks somewhat useful. I'm interested in seeing how VR effects remote work moving forward.
Have also been using Miro because they have an iPad app that can be used with Apple Pencil. I can sketch stuff out while other people in the call see the real-time results on the web app.
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