Invaluable tool for remote teams
April 08, 2022

Invaluable tool for remote teams

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Freehand Pro

Overall Satisfaction with InVision Freehand

Having mainly gone remote in response to Covid, having a virtual whiteboard to do brainstorms has been valuable. I recently used it to document a business problem I was attempting to solve for a client, with 'current state / future state' swim lanes and screenshots of potential design solutions. This helped me gather my thoughts, define the resolution, and then use it as a visual aid while reviewing the solution with the client. Finally, my creative team used it recently to compile and then check our ideas about our 2021 retrospective and 2022 goal-setting.
  • Quick and dirty wireframes - a digital version of a napkin sketch
  • Multiple contributors operating real-time
  • Great templates as the basis to get started quickly
  • Playful colors and a generally whimsical feel to the artifacts created within Freehand
  • Slightly awkward to resize text, often requiring a two-part process of resizing the text box width and then diagonally shrinking or expanding. It would be great if there were small/med/large text shortcuts or numerical text sizes—A similar challenge for resizing stick notes.
  • I'd love more options when inserting a shape to blank Freehand. Options now include rectangles, triangles, ovals, and lines. I'd like to have more to make quick illustrations of brainstorms like brackets, speech bubbles, and other symbols.
  • I find dropping in a text box that I want to make a bulleted or text list is clunky. The applied bullet seems oddly placed, the text box is sized poorly for the text, and the placement of the text box containers adjacent to the reader is displayed. It always seems to take a lot of manipulation.
  • The eraser is accessible from the marker/drawing action, and that could be more top-level. Its placement with the marker option as the colors is available once you've selected the eraser is confusing as there is no color selection relevant to erasing.
  • Concurrent users/contributors whose actions you can easily observe.
  • Boundless sizing and ease of use for moving to another section or establishing another area without having several pages, sheets, etc.
  • Quick and easy color controls for color-coding.
  • Rich and inspiring templates so that you aren't always starting 'from scratch.
  • It has been instrumental in easing the transition to fully remote work, allowing us to collaborate as if working from a physical whiteboard, but while being geographically separated.

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Team brainstorms / sticky noting. Rough workflow diagramming. Digital 'napkin sketch' alternative for wire framing.