Freehand is mostly OK
April 06, 2022
Freehand is mostly OK
Score 7 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with InVision Freehand
We use InVision Freehand to quickly display conceptual, iterative design work like we would see our artboards in Sketch. We also use it for getting feedback on large sets of icons. It helps us gain a birds-eye view of many artboards at one time, allowing us to see if icons look good as a set, and also allowing us to show engineers and product managers how the flows of our concept work go without requiring them to click through a prototype. It also lets us compare versions side-by-side as we design.
- Easy use and editing of text and stickers
- Nice drawing tools for quickly imagining new icons or feature work concepts
- It's easy and clear to see who created everything in Freehand
- Commenting is not as easy or as visible as just adding text to the canvas, and showing a number rather than who added the comment means we have to click to see who left it, which is frustrating. The number labels on comments are confusing and every time I see them I have to remind myself that it has nothing to do with how many comments are in that individual thread. I understand it helps people differentiate between comments on an ambiguous canvas, but I think it adds more confusion than it solves.
- It's really impossible to achieve any sort of consistency with resizing or placement, although the alignment tools did help placement considerably.
- I wish I could set a default font size for my user rather than typing based on how zoomed in I am
- I can't easily give engineers or product managers a link to view this without them needing a basic login.
- It's not possible to easily switch between a prototype and a freehand with the same screens.
- The ability to see who did everything on the canvas
- The ability to bulk add images
Figma is much better suited for our needs and we'll be switching to it in the months to come. We've been testing them against each other for a while. I believe it's largely the inability of engineers and product managers to easily view a project and the clumsiness of needing multiple tools for a proper design workflow that have shaped that decision.
Do you think Freehand by InVision delivers good value for the price?
Are you happy with Freehand by InVision's feature set?
Did Freehand by InVision live up to sales and marketing promises?
I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process
Did implementation of Freehand by InVision go as expected?
I wasn't involved with the implementation phase
Would you buy Freehand by InVision again?
Freehand does a great job at allowing for quick feedback, comparisons between versions or concept work, and tasks in which a lot of visuals are being added at once and there's a need to make sure they all look good as a set. I would not use it for user testing or validating that the UX or flow of a UI makes sense.