Easy real time collaboration without all the hassle
April 07, 2022

Easy real time collaboration without all the hassle

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Freehand Enterprise

Overall Satisfaction with InVision Freehand

We use InVision Freehand as a real-time whiteboard collaboration tool. With the introduction of working asynchronously and remotely, we found that we were missing a big gap in the collaboration space that we used to have. Freehand helped us bridge that gap to make sure we could have a space to "add to the pool of meaning" as we call it, and make sure that we're all looking and aiming at the same target. We also use it to document the current best thinking and also align with stakeholders, both cross-functionally and with executive audiences.
  • Collaboration
  • Whiteboarding
  • Low fidelity wireframing
  • Screenshot documentation
  • Competitive analysis
  • Better onboarding
  • Limited text implementation
  • Weird zooming behavior (1000% vs 10%).
  • Co-creation
  • Real time collaboration
  • Dot voting
  • low fidelity drawing for wireframes
  • Saved time
  • Saved effort (due to alignment)
  • Easier collaboration (remotely)
We've used and evaluated Whimsical, Lucidchart, and Figjam. I think each of these products is comparable, but the ability to have anyone join asynchronously and anonymously on a whiteboard is the key differentiator. There's no paywall or login gate either, so the barrier to entry is virtually non-existent, with the exception of the learning curve of the tool. Lucidchart has limitations, both on the size of the file, and the number of objects (as does Whimsical) so doesn't really allow for full free thinking.

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I think the best cases in which InVision Freehand is best suited are for conversations where alignment is the key objective. A lot of times we find ourselves having an idea of some scope of work, but what's required is that we have a 2-way verbal conversation with visuals (the highest level of communication). We lost the ability to meet in person during the pandemic, and fortunately, we had InVision Freehand to fall back on, so this has been kind of our saving grace during the last 2 years. It's become a really critical key tool in our tool belt. I think it's capable but less appropriate for being a robust presentation tool because it's just a giant whiteboard you can draw and paste things into. I think it actually depends on the audience, and maybe in some cases, low fidelity back of napkin-type artifacts is what makes the most sense instead of a polished presentation.