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[iPhone] Whiteboard Free makes collaborating with others over WiFi a breeze

[1]Whiteboard Free, developed by Raizlabs Corporation, is a handy app for collaborating with friends and colleagues over Bluetooth. Raizlabs also offers a Pro version of this app for 99 cents, which basically only differs because it has more marker colors than the Free version.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Whiteboard Free can be used solo as a time wasting tool for making doodles. More usefully, you can also use it to collaborate with other Whiteboard users. Whiteboard Free automatically connects you with other nearby users who are running Whiteboard Pro or Whiteboard Free, using Bluetooth technology. Once connected you can collaboratively draw and sketch together to create art or brainstorm ideas during business meetings.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

[2]Whiteboard Free is a cheap app, both in terms of price and quality. It’s functional, to be sure, but it’s a little too stripped down. Rather than feeling like an intentionally bare, minimalist app, it instead feels a bit slapdash.

It’s not all bad: the ability to collaborate with colleagues over Bluetooth automatically is a really excellent touch. Additionally, there are a number of ways to share beyond Bluetooth, such as exporting to social networking sites.

One thing that is really great about Whiteboard Free is the fact that it stays open until you shut it down. Even if you have your iPhone set to turn off its screen after a minute in your settings, Whiteboard Free stays open. That makes it perfect for extended meetings or brainstorming sessions where you don’t want to have to keep tapping your phone to keep it from going dark.

But as great as that selling point is, the eraser tool completely depletes any goodwill that Whiteboard Free generated from making the screen stay open. The eraser is way, way too small. Worse, it’s not adjustable at all. The eraser tool seems to be exactly the same size as the tip of the marker tool, which means it takes FOREVER to erase every line you make.

Conclusion and download link

Whiteboard Free isn’t a bad app, but it’s not exactly a good one, either. There is something to be said for the way it works across so many various iOS platforms, however. In situations where you want to collaborate with people who maybe aren’t the most tech-savvy, the lack of bells and whistles here is actually kind of a selling point.

There are more robust whiteboard apps out there, and some of them are even free. Download Whiteboard Free and try it out, but chances are you’ll delete it to make room for a better, free whiteboard app with more tools.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.5.1

Requires iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS version 3.0 or later

Download size: 1.6 MB

Whiteboard Free on Apple App Store [3]