Preview of Freeform, Apple’s collaboration board on iOS/iPadOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1

The final versions of iOS/iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura deployed this evening finally allow you to take control of the Freeform application.

Freeform: a collaboration whiteboard made in Apple

The Freeform app was showcased at WWDC, but wasn’t part of the iOS 16 arsenal at launch (neither was iPadOS 16.1 and the first version of macOS Ventura launched on October 24). This digital whiteboard designed for collaboration makes its debut tonight with the final versions of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1. To take advantage of it, simply launch the appropriate application on each platform. For Apple, this was a new feature designed to facilitate teamwork and bring your group’s ideas to life. Plan projects, collect your sources of inspiration, think of more or draw together. Also share files and insert URLs, documents, videos or audio content.

Freeform on iPadOS 16.2
Freeform on iPadOS 16.2

A good idea to refine

With Freeform, users have a huge whiteboard where they can write notes, draw (with their finger or with the Apple Pencil on an iPad), add icons that can be chosen from a fairly extensive catalog that offers categories such as elementary, geometry, objects , animals, nature, food, symbols, studies, art, science, people, places, activities, transport, work or decoration, as well as the integration of photos, videos or links. It is possible to move and zoom within the whiteboard to take up all the necessary space in case of inspiration. Real-time collaboration is also included (although there are still some bugs), which will be perfect for brainstorming sessions. If the grip doesn’t cause too many problems, the application still lacks a bit of finish. It’s really easy to delete or change any part of the content accidentally (the famous Command-Z will be a lifesaver) and the co-op mode is still in its infancy on this first version. Let’s bet Apple will improve these points with future updates.

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