Apple has released a new app called Freeform for Mac which is designed as a free whiteboard and brainstorming software that works across Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Freeform was released for free on the 13th of December with the latest update to iOS, iPadOS and macOS 13.1 Ventura.
Freeform is free on every iPhone, iPad and Mac that has updated to iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 or macOS Ventura 13.1.
Freeform is an app created to help users organize and visually lay out their content on a canvas in order to see and share their work and ideas without the restrictions from layouts and page sizes.
Freeform is set to be a popular alternative to Microsoft Whiteboard which isn’t available for Mac.
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Apple said of Freeform on its release:
Freeform helps users organize and visually lay out content on a flexible canvas, giving them the ability to see, share, and collaborate all in one place without worrying about layouts or page sizes. Users can add a wide range of files and preview them inline without ever leaving the board. Designed for collaboration, Freeform makes it easier than ever to invite others to work on a board together. Users can even collaborate with others while on a FaceTime call. Freeform boards are stored in iCloud, so users can stay in sync across devices.
Freeform has been created with connecting and sharing in mind and allows you to easily invite others to work together on a board.
You can invite up to 100 other collaborators on the same board for free, making it ideal for group and corporate projects.
Freeform is integrated through all Apple devices so you can work seamlessly between iOS, iPadOS and macOS thanks to integration with iCloud.
Freeform includes a range of brush styles and color options for freehand drawing diagrams or flowcharts, mind mapping and sketching ideas, add comments or simply just draw on a Mac.
iPad and iPhone users can draw directly on the screen with their fingers but if you need something a bit more sophisticated, Freeform supports the iPad’s Apple Pencil as well.
However, there’s no integration as yet with any drawing tablets apart from of course, the iPad.
Freeform is also integrated with Files and Finder and allows you to drag and drop content directly into Freeform.
FaceTime is integrated allowing you to invite others onto any whiteboard directly and collaborators can see all added content or make edits themselves.
To get Freeform on your Mac simply go to the Apple logo in the top left of your screen and select About This Mac > Software Update or select Mac App Store and update to macOS Ventura 13.1.
As always, we recommend backing-up your Mac with Time Machine before any system update in case important apps and software are not compatible with the latest version of macOS.
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