I am looking for a setup to share a virtual whiteboard in
geographically distributed design sessions.
- runs on Mac and Win, or (even better) platform-independent
- supports free-hand drawing
- imports bitmap files or screen shots to draw on
- more than one user can draw simultaneously
- runs without installing very complicated dedicated server software
- freeware, shareware or affordable payware
My intention is to use it together with audio/video conf such as
Skype for a small project team (2-4 people) to run focused creative
sessions across geographic locations.
So far, I have looked at the following products and deemed them
unsuitable: Yugma, Persony, uSeeToo, Sketch Pad, TalkAndWrite,
Whiteboard Meeting and Skype 3.0 beta sketchpad extra.
Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
Microsoft Communicator may be worth your consideration even if it
falls short of your requirements.
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This looks like a tall order. I can think of products that meet three
out of four of the "needs-to-have" requirements, but not all.
GE Imagination Cubed
Multiuser, freehand drawing, platform independent, but no image
Freehand drawing, image annotation, Mac/PC, but no collaborative
editing (only broadcast).
Multiuser, freehand drawing, image annotation, but PC-only.
Some of your discarded options (like TalkAndWrite) seem to do
everything you need except run on a Mac. Have you considered
installing a copy of Parallels to eliminate this fourth hurdle? If
that's not an option, what about hooking up a few of these solutions
in serial? Screenshare a TalkAndWrite session through WebEx so the Mac
crowd can at least follow along...
On Feb 29, 2008, at 8:57 AM, Jonas Löwgren wrote:
> I am looking for a setup to share a virtual whiteboard in
> geographically distributed design sessions.
> - runs on Mac and Win, or (even better) platform-independent
> - supports free-hand drawing
> - imports bitmap files or screen shots to draw on
> - more than one user can draw simultaneously
> - runs without installing very complicated dedicated server software
> - freeware, shareware or affordable payware
Adobe Acrobat Connect, formerly Macromedia Breeze, nearly meets all
of your "Needs-to-have" criteria. While viewing presentations works
on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Solaris, collaboration features (sharing,
annotating) requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later or Windows 98SE or later.
It supports multiple users freehand drawing simultaneously. Document
formats supported include PPT, SWF, JPEG, MP3, and FLV so you may
need to convert your bitmaps/screen shots.
In terms of the "nice-to-have" criteria, it isn't free but there are
several hosted options available so you don't have to install any
server software. You'll need to define what "affordable" means but I
suspect it will be on the high end of the price spectrum for you.
On the client end you'll need the free browser add-in component which
installs and auto-launches easily enough. This enables any client to
become a presenter and share their desktop, documents, or
whiteboards. It also has an audio/video sharing feature that is, as
might be expected, bandwidth dependent.
The Proof Group
free, browser based so multi-platform.
free for individual use, browser based so multi-platform.
free, browser based so multi-platform.
free, browser based so multi-platform, rather geared to specific diagram types, so may fettered.
$10 per month, browser based so multi-platform, describes itself as an online whiteboard.
free, browser based so multi-platform, describes itself as an online whiteboard.
I got these all from http://www.mind-mapping.org which has more than
just mindmapping software using the Refine Software List tab to pick
"diagramming". I haven't used any of them.
Add ConceptShare to the list http://www.conceptshare.com/howitworks/
Try ProofHQ as well (www.proofhq.com)
Might I suggest Coccinella? It is Jabber-based, free & open-source,
and it is cross-platform (Linux, Mac, Windows).
This is a tips & tricks document I wrote for its usage in Linux. I
have not tried the Mac or Windows clients:
Hope this helps,
You may want to give our online collaboration service Octopz a try.
It's based on Flash and runs completely in the web browser.
You can upload a range of standard office documents, wireframe and
design comps and rich media files, including video, to a private and
secure Octopz room and invite others to brainstorm, markup and
comment on designs in real-time or asynchronously. Octopz also has
built-in text, voice and video chat to facilitate live discussions.
Check out the free trial and testimonials at www.octopz.com
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Hope this helps.
Here is a new, simple but rather capable and quick evolving application - http://whiteboard.megascopes.com/. The only thing you need is a HTML5 compatible browser. It doesn't require any plug-ins, registration or login.