Whiteboard developer, Sven Resch, took me on a virtual tour of his app the other day and I came away impressed with Whiteboard’s features and its potential as a collaboration tool.
Logicopolis Technology, Resch’s company, set Whiteboard 1.0.1 loose in the App Store at the end of April. It hasn’t garnered much attention yet, but it’s certainly worth a look by people who prefer to show more than tell.
Whiteboard is a whiteboard. The difference between Whiteboard and the whiteboard in your conference room is that anyone who participates in the meeting can be anywhere and not in the same conference room.
Here’s how it works: Install and launch Whiteboard on your iPhone or iPod touch and then use email to send an invite to everyone who will participate in the meeting. Recipients will get an email with links to the app in the App Store (where they can buy, install and launch) and to a Web site where they can see Whiteboard in action (no iPhone or iPod touch needed, in other words).
If you initiate the meeting, you’re in control, and when you someone else needs to take over, you can pass control over to him or her. With Whiteboard you can draw in different colors and line widths and create circles, rectangles, straight lines and draw free hand. One neat option: You can import an image from your Camera Roll or take one during the session and then draw over it. You also can pinch and zoom.
In my trial run, the drawings I sent and received on my iPhone as well as on the Logicopolis Web site appeared on screen faster than I expected. Resch and I were on opposite sides of North America when we ran through the app. It’s not real-time, but close.
You won’t use Whiteboard for sophisticated or complex drawings. It’s interactive, sure, but there’s not much you can do on the screen of an iPhone, even with pinch and zoom. For $2.99, on the other hand, it’s pretty cool for the dosh.
One thing I would like to see with this Whiteboard , is the ability to enter text using a keyboard. It’s nearly impossible to enter readable text with your finger.
I also didn’t find using Whiteboard at all intuitive and tried putting it through its paces with two other iPhoners but none of us had the patience to figure it out. That’s when I reached out to the affable Resch. In retrospect, it’s not really all that complicated, but Sven agrees that he needs to build a Help section and plans to add that feature in an update. He also says that he will enhance Whiteboard with additional interactive features when OS 3.0 debuts over the summer.