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Best Digital Whiteboard Apps

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With everyone staying and working from home these days, due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, the amount of online meetings and video conferences have skyrocketed. Many schools and design companies require systems that allow for collaborative sessions. Some companies use apps like Slack or Airtable to collaborate on team projects and pipelines. However,  if you require more of a live visual aspect to your multi-team collaborations, then a digital whiteboard for presentations is exactly what you need. 

We recently posted on our blog about E-Learning, and how education systems can benefit from digital classrooms and a Wacom display. Drawing on a whiteboard in a conference room is very different compared to trying to write with a mouse at home. Some programs integrate line smoothing or ‘auto-shapes’, but nothing beats having a drawing tablet or pen display. Brainstorming teams who are producing multiple infrastructures and outlines need digital tools that allow them to quickly sketch out ideas and edit their concepts freely.

Further in the blog we’ll discuss more about how beneficial Wacom tablets can be in this scenario.

We checked out a handful of apps and came up with 13 of the best digital whiteboards for your team. The beginning of the list starts with apps better for flowcharts and layout designs, then transition into apps more focused on free-form sketching. Although, any of these apps can be used for any team’s brainstorming or annotation purposes.

 

1. Stormboard 

(Web)

    Stormboard is more like a pinboard for sticky-note style concepts, but you can nest entire whiteboards within those notes. This organization method lets teams create multiple iterations for each version of their project. This almost turns your whiteboards into a Kanban-esque organization system.

    Most of the templates are pretty mechanical, but within the whiteboards you have basic drawing features you can use to get more free-form with your ideas.

    You can also integrate the app with other tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and custom API’s. Anyone on your team has access to the boards

    See More:
    https://youtu.be/h78ExtmvhSA
    https://youtu.be/VypTHizWapo

    Pricing: Free or $10+/mo paid plans.

     

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    2. InVision Freehand

    (Web, Android, iOS)

     

     

      Freehand is a great collaborative whiteboard for designers who want to get strategic with brainstorming and wireframe designs.

      Communication between team members is limited, but uploading design files for quick overviews and sharing is pretty solid.

      Drawing tools are very smooth as well, smoothing out your lines or even auto detecting and transforming your basic shapes.

      See More:
      https://youtu.be/zd65qDvLZF0

      Pricing: Free or $15+/mo paid plans.

       

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      3. Sketchboard 

      (Web)

        Sketchboard features drag and drop assets to quickly build diagrams and flowcharts before you start annotating by hand. Great to collaborate with teams on mindmaps and diagrams.

        More of the noteworthy features are stuck behind the paid plans, including Slack integration.

        See More:
        https://youtu.be/Bquft7NXwA8

        Pricing: Free or $7+/mo paid plans.

         

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        4. Explain Everything 

        (Web, iOS, Android, ChromeOS)

          This whiteboard app has the education system in mind first. Its perfect for video lectures, demos, and workshops. It has the unique feature of annotating over embedded videos, recording your session, and then afterwards editing the session, all within the app. Those recording features are very limited in the free version though.

          See More:
          https://youtu.be/FTCxtUyPZHk

          Pricing: Free or $7+/mo paid plans.

           

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          5. MURAL 

          (Web)

            Although there is no real free version, Mural has some wonderful premium features for large teams, working within multiple divisions, on multiple artboards. Their templates vary from mind-mapping to storyboarding.

            Many of their tool facilitate productivity within your meeting so you don’t waste time being indecisive. You can add timers to sessions and even enable voting features.

            See More:
            https://youtu.be/mBFFpsy-RUo

            Pricing: $12+/mo paid plans.

             

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            6. Miro 

            (Web, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)

              Miro offers multiple templates that are probably better suited for more corporate sided brainstorming, but still has some choices for UX design.

              Within the Miro marketplace, you can also integrate multiple plugins that add features for Google Drive, Slack, and much more.

              The live collaboration features are just part of this great app, it’s well suited for presentations of your team’s progress so far. You can simply screenshare the infinite canvas or create individual frames to switch between like slides.  

              See More:
              https://youtu.be/7L1-0DOGHDY
              https://youtu.be/_EqhjlxgG88

              Pricing: Free or $8+/mo paid plans.

               

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              7. Conceptboard 

              (Web)

                Conceptboard is one of the better thought out apps, with a clean design and lots of features. If the huge canvas gets a little confusing you can bookmark different sections to stay organized.

                You can import multiple types of media and collaborate with others to make very complex boards. Also, integrate with other apps like Trello and Google Drive.

                One of the few downsides is you’ll have to sign up for a paid plan if you want audio/video conferencing.

                See More:
                https://youtu.be/2iYae8zCMAI

                Pricing: Free or $6+/mo paid plans.

                  

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                8. OpenBoard 

                (Windows, macOS and Linux)

                A free and powerful digital whiteboard to quickly handwrite and demonstrate during lectures. It comes with many built in tools like rulers, drawing tools, calculators, and much more.

                You can create sticky notes to brainstorm multiple ideas, but without multi-team features, this is also another platform better suited for presenters and the educational system.

                See More:
                https://youtu.be/G8WKxCiXahY

                Pricing: Free.

                 

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                9. IPEVO Annotator 

                (macOS, iOS, Windows, Android)

                IPEVO was built for interactive whiteboards, but with the Annotator app you can live broadcast to your team and draw directly on top of your desktop. Open any document, video, or design and you can annotate your thoughts and ideas over your team’s work. There is a whiteboard mode where you have a blank slate to work on.

                You cant integrate it with other apps, but it does have some great features like rulers and protractors. So, it’s more suited for marking up designs on the fly than actually brainstorming with a team. Similar to Openboard, this might be a better fit for the educational systems.

                See More:
                https://youtu.be/6dcKcwHuRfc

                Pricing: Free.

                 

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                10. Microsoft Whiteboard 

                (Windows, iOS)

                  Microsoft has been improving Microsoft Teams lately and this is one app they are pushing to be full integrated together. Microsoft includes a lot of natural whiteboard characteristics that make it feel both modern and familiar. It works well with touch screen devices and pen input, including ‘ink to shape’ and ‘ink to table’. Those refinements make flowcharts and brainstorming much cleaner!

                  See More:
                  https://youtu.be/UunJleM0m-c

                  Pricing: Free. 

                   

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                  11. Limnu 

                  (Web, Android, iOS)

                  Limnu creates a very natural whiteboard experience. With limited annotation and brainstorming features, its better for collaborating with a team on simple ideas you’d want to sketch out quickly. Or for a teacher, it might be the perfect tool to pick up and get right into your lectures.

                  They are also in the process of integrating with other apps like Slack.

                  See More:
                  https://youtu.be/71L-cuQBgsE

                  Pricing: Free or $5+/mo paid plans.

                   

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                  12. AWW 

                  (Web)

                  A quick and easy way to jump into a whiteboard and add multiple collaborators, all without signing up (unless you’re saving the board).

                  Drawing features are nice and smooth, with simple shapes, text, and sticky-note features too. You can even upload images and PDFs to annotate over,

                  Downside to the free version is you’ll see ads on your board.

                  See More:
                  https://youtu.be/kUeZAB2SqxU

                  Pricing: Free or $10+/mo paid plans.

                   

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                  13. Aggie.io 

                  (Web) 

                  Aggie.io is a collaborative, Photoshop-esque, painting application. You can draw a picture with peers in real-time, over the internet, in your browser. Teachers could use this to have multiple students write their problems on the whiteboard, and give live critiques to their work.

                  No accounts required, just start a new "canvas" then invite your class or creative team with a url link! 

                  Pricing: Free.

                   

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                  THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU

                  I believe the best app you can get will ultimately depend on the frequency you need it and how much you collaborate with others. If you make use of a whiteboard every day then you'll probably want to invest in a paid plan that offers more features. If you work within a team, you'll most likely need a whiteboard with multi-team live collaboration. Realistically you can do a lot with just pen features, you dont need a hundred stick-notes in an infinite board to plan your ideas. But they can make it easier to understand when sending to the rest of your team.

                  Regardless of the features you choose, you will undoubtedly make handwritten annotations, and for that, a Wacom Creative Display is absolutely essential. As I said before, trying to write with a mouse is horrible. Getting a Cintiq or tablet makes your notes more legible and improves your process when switching between written notes and diagrams.

                  There are many Cintiqs and tablets you can choose from, so checkout this full list of Wacom tablets and Cintiqs on our site, machollywood.com.

                  Intuos, An entry level tablet in small and medium size.
                  Intuos Pro, Professional tablet with more sensitivity, features, and sizes.

                  Wacom One, 13 inch entry level Cintiq with basic features.
                  Cintiq 16, A 16 inch display with standard features.
                  Cintiq Pro 13, Similar to the Wacom one but a better display and touch features.
                  Cintiq Pro 16, A 16 inch version of the Pro 13, but is 4K.
                  Cintiq 22, Same features as the Cintiq 16, but larger.
                  Cintiq Pro 24, Is 4K and comes in Touch and Non-Touch version.
                  Cintiq Pro 32, Is 4K and only comes in a Touch version.

                   

                  If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to email sales@machollywood or message us on Facebook.

                   

                   


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