Useful for onboarding and brainstorming during hackathons
Updated October 12, 2022

Useful for onboarding and brainstorming during hackathons

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Freehand Free

Overall Satisfaction with Freehand by InVision

I use it during a hackathon event conducted by a fellow higher education institution. The InVision Freehand board my team and I used was already prepopulated by the organizing committee with information, notepads, charts, diagrams, and embedded videos. The board was a great way to onboard attendees with background information which was very useful since we were working on it asynchronously. Coupled with a voice and video app to coordinate our meeting, we use the board's notepads to record our ideas and put them in a shared vision "bin." The board then got to be referred to multiple times during the hackathon and guided our thinking for the deliverable solution.
  • Notepad sharing for brainstorming ideas
  • Asynchronous (and synchronous) ideation work
  • Embedding videos for onboarding reference
  • Navigation was a bit confusing, tracking down my arrow among multiple group members was a bit of an effort at first as everyone was swooshing back and forth
  • Not sure how you can implement this, but there are mouse movements intended to move the arrow within the board, and there are others intended to navigate between Window's desktop applications; would be best if only the first was captured and not the second (even though moving the arrow between applications may inadvertently pass the board)
  • Did not use this, but maybe embeddable API can be useful for certain board use
  • Sharing for synchronous and asynchronous work
  • Notepads for recording ideas
  • Flexibility in designing contents, including embedded media
  • Unknown, not long enough to determine

Do you think Freehand by InVision delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Freehand by InVision's feature set?

Yes

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?

Yes

Would you buy Freehand by InVision again?

Yes

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InVision Freehand is well suited for brainstorming tasks or similar activities where multiple individuals need to share and record ideas on a shared vision board. It simulates well whiteboard function similar to an in-person meeting where attendees shared their written ideas on a whiteboard building upon each others' contributions.

A less appropriate scenario is where the board session is being recorded or broadcasted but without a control or authorization mechanism in place since unauthorized participants can write or draw inappropriately during a session.