Top 3 Whiteboarding Tools
Now that online collaboration has been standardized, here are the top three whiteboarding tools you should know.
BY TOMA TOMONARI
Part of a designer’s job is to collaborate. Before the pandemic, the best tool for that job was a physical whiteboard. With many still online, we need to adjust with the times. Here are the top 3 whiteboarding tools you can use to brainstorm and jam with others:
Figma lives up to its claim to be “the only platform that brings together powerful design features you already love and a more efficient workflow to boot.” With FigJam, you and your coworkers can easily whiteboard a solution.
Figma operates on Windows, Mac, and Linux as a desktop app and within the browser. Figma also has a mobile app called Figma Mirror, which allows users to run mockups on their mobile devices
Figma’s biggest focus is on design features. It boasts plenty of tools to design anything from simple slides or social media posts to interactive prototypes. Real-time collaboration features, in which users can share a board and work on projects together simultaneously, are also offered.
Figma offers three plans: Free, Professional, and Organization.
With the Free plan, you are limited to three editable and shareable files but can have unlimited files in your draft. You can upgrade to Professional ($12/month) or Organization ($45/month) plans if you would like to have more projects or are concerned about privacy.
While Figma focuses more on design features, Miro emphasizes its collaboration features.
Miro operates on Windows, Mac, and Linux as a desktop app and within the browser.
Miro’s biggest and the most remarkable feature is the number of templates offered. You can choose from more than 150 custom templates designed for a variety of use cases. Some of the most common use cases are Brainstorming & Ideation, Agile Workflow, and Research & Design. You can explore even more templates on their website.
There are four plans on Miro: Free, Team ($8 per member/month), Business ($16 per member/month), and Enterprise (Custom pricing and need consulting).
With its Free plan, you will have 3 editable and shareable boards with core integration features. If you would like to have more than 3 boards or more integration features within your design team, the other plans with unlimited boards might be better choices.
Mural focuses more on collaboration features for enterprises than Miro or Figma. They have more features that help enterprises improve their online working environment.
Miro operates on Windows, Mac, and Linux as a desktop app and within the browser. There’s also an app for both iOS and Android devices.
In addition to common whiteboarding tools, Mural offers enterprise-focused features such as voting, timers, and celebration features. You can even message & video chat within the site, enabling even smoother online collaboration.
There are three plans on Mural – Starter ($12 per membership/month), Plus ($20 per membership/month), and Enterprise Network (Custom pricing and need consulting).
Mural’s pricing is different from the other two tools in that they don’t offer a free plan. If you want to use Mural, you need to pay at least $12/month. Their starter plan offers all the necessary features for a team to collaborate online, including unlimited visitors and a number of boards. Although they don’t have a free plan, they offer a free trial, so you can see if it is worth spending some money.
These 3 whiteboarding tools are all amazing and somewhat unique. You will need to explore a bit to find the best tool for you. Try them all and pick the one most suited to your work style and needs.
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