Not a Stand Out, but a Perfectly Solid Solution
June 06, 2022

Not a Stand Out, but a Perfectly Solid Solution

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

Software Version

Freehand Free

Overall Satisfaction with InVision Freehand

In a time of distributed work, our company used InVision Freehand to cultivate collaboration and recreate both formal and impromptu "white-boarding sessions". We often used InVision Freehand for brainstorming, workshops, or other real-time collaborations and discussions, where visual ideation and conversation were necessary. As a Product Designer, I often used InVision Freehand for quick wire-framing, particularly real-time wire-framing with a peer designer or product partner in design reviews or co-designing sessions.
  • I liked the "no-fuss" sharing of boards for collaboration, especially with non-InVision Freehand users.
  • The pen tool felt accurate and intuitive for freehand sketching.
  • The interface feels simple, easy-to-use, and familiar.
  • We switched away from InVision Freehand to Miro and FigJam because it felt "behind" the competition in terms of features and the overall collaboration experience. Nothing was particularly bad about it.
  • There could be a more intuitive or helpful management structure for InVision Freehand boards rather than just relying on search or filters.
  • Features could go beyond basic functionality and be innovated to improve the experiences for which InVision Freehand is used. For example, we're often using InVision Freehand for real-time collaboration and workshopping, which isn't always fun in the remote setting, but it could take opportunities to create moments of fun and delight for users/participants.
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Ability to share and quickly get everyone on the same board
  • Ability to export as a high-quality, shareable document for Slack, presentations, etc.
  • It increased team collaboration.
  • It has allowed for more impactful and efficient meetings, workshops, and brainstorms.
  • Negative ROI— The tool felt duplicative to other tools already in our ecosystem (e.g. FigJam), so it was ultimately an additional and unnecessary expense.
We were using inVision Freehand at the time based on a team member's suggestion. They were familiar with it, having used it at their prior organization, so we naturally adopted it after they introduced it to the organization. However, the team quickly moved on to other alternatives, such as MURAL and Miro, purely because of the overall product experience, feature set, and public "hype". Our current organization has even moved on from Miro to FigJam because we already use Figma as our main design tool. At the end of the day, it made sense to keep everything within the same ecosystem. We used to use InVision Freehand for both white-boarding and prototyping, but it started to feel "outdated" or not as intuitive or fun to use compared to Figma's native prototyping and FigJam.

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With so many collaborative, virtual whiteboard products on the market, my recommendation would likely be based on overall experience, feature-set, and reputation rather than a specific scenario or need. For users who need a quick virtual whiteboard option without requiring a paid membership, I would recommend InVision Freehand purely because it has all the features one would need with a pretty hassle-free ability to share for collaboration.