Black Pixel has launched a new collaborative whiteboard app for iPad called Pixelboard. We take a closer look at all its features.
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If you run a business, you are sure to have conference calls, review meetings and more with in house and remote teams. Having a virtual whiteboard will help you better explore and discuss your ideas. If your quest for a good collaboration tool has not yielded anything yet, then you ought to try Pixelboard.
Pixelboard is an app for iPad from Black Pixel that the company themselves use to communicate with their remote teams. So, is this the right whiteboarding app for you? Let’s find out.
Pixelboard – Your Collaborative Whiteboard App for iPad
PixelBoard lets you invite up to 9 users to collaborate on ideas in real time and use up to 3 whiteboards during a session. You just need to tap the + icon at the top of the screen to invite people. You can then send an invitation link via Messages, email or other apps.
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For the hosting sessions to work, you will need to configure your router to run Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) or NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP). Currently, the app does not support hosting a session over LTE but you should be able to join a session using LTE as a guest.
All the members who have connected to the Pixelboard session by clicking on the invitation link will be represented by an avatar. The avatar is a uniquely colored circle with an emoji, single letter, or image. You cannot change the background color of the avatar but you can edit it to use a photo or your name instead.
In a session, you can use the app almost like a drawing board. There are different pen colors with stroke weights and a wipe board or eraser to clean out your work. Pixelboard also allows use of gestures to point and reference items on the whiteboard. Motion animations and disappearing ink are the gesturing tools that make this communicate possible. Pixelboard also allows you to save snapshots of your boards to your camera roll after a session is complete.
Pixelboard is free to download but that’s just a fully functional 14-day trial version to test the app in a work environment. After the two-week trial ends, You’ll need to cough up $19.99 via in-app purchase to retain the full functionality of the app. If you don’t upgrade to the Pro version, you only get limited access to the app. You can use one board but collaboration and gestures will not be available.