Use A Web White­board For Quick Online Sketch­ing and Collaboration

Saikat Basu

Steve Jobs strictly believed that great design had everything to do with user experience. Perhaps, that explains why it’s difficult to combine simplicity with effectiveness. A Web Whiteboard (AWN) manages to meet that yardstick. But I will leave the measure of the app to your own judgment while I try to describe its merits.

A Web Whiteboard is a touch-friendly whiteboard app that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and share them with the world.

If you have ever used a whiteboard in office for brainstorming then you know how useful they are. But it’s only an online app that can help you to collaborate and share your mental doodles with a colleague who is located on the other corner of the world.

Simply click on the large green Start Drawing button to launch the app. No sign-up required. This is what you see:

Is that it? Well, with a whiteboard what else do you need! AWN does give you a choice of pencil thickness types and an eraser to undo it all. Then there are few choices for color too.

Here’s my first attempt. Excuse my awful writing, but I guess I could do much better on a touch pad.

The real power of AWN lies in the ways you can use it in a collaborative environment. Click on Menu to bring up the options of Invite and Post.

The first click on Invite generates a URL that you can send to others. They can join in and collaborate in real time. The cool thing is that this collaboration can happen over a PC, a tablet, or even a mobile phone. The second click on Invite will turn-off the share.

A click on Post generates an image file which can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit, and also with a URL.

If you want to download the whiteboard session, click on Save to get it to your desktop as a PNG file.

Whiteboard apps like AWN may appear to be simple like paper, but they have loads of uses, especially in collaborative environments. How do you use a whiteboard? Where does AWN fit into your thinking and workflow?

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