December 13, 2022
Apple Launches Freeform: A Powerful New App Designed for Creative Thinking and Collaboration
Freeform for iPhone, iPad and Mac makes visual collaboration easier than ever
Freeform is a brand new app available today, included in the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS. Freeform helps users organize and visually organize content on a flexible canvas, allowing them to view, share and collaborate in one place without worrying about layout or page size. Users can add a wide range of files and view them without leaving the dashboard. Built for collaboration, Freeform makes it easy to invite others to work together on a whiteboard. Users can collaborate with others even during a FaceTime call. Freeform boards are stored in iCloud so users can stay in sync across devices.
“Freeform opens endless possibilities for iPhone, iPad and Mac users to collaborate visually,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing. “With infinite canvases, support for uploading a wide range of files, iCloud integration and collaboration capabilities, Freeform creates a shared space for brainstorming that users can take anywhere.”
A canvas designed for creativity with easy-to-use tools
Freeform is the perfect whiteboard experience for gathering inspiration and ideas in one place. The infinite canvas expands as content is added to the board for unlimited flexibility when working with many files or collaborating with others. Users can move seamlessly across the board with built-in gesture support.
The app offers a variety of brush styles and color options for sketching ideas, adding comments, and drawing diagrams. iPhone and iPad users can draw with their finger anywhere on the canvas, and with Apple Pencil support, Freeform makes it easier than ever to sketch ideas on the go on the iPad.
Freeform supports a wide range of files, including photos, videos, audios, documents, PDFs, links to websites and map locations, sticky notes, forms, charts, and more. iPhone and iPad cameras can be used to embed an image or scanned document directly onto the whiteboard. With a full form library, Freeform gives users over 700 options to choose from, allowing users to change color and size, add text, and even create and save personalized forms.
Users can drag and drop content onto the board from other apps, including Files and Finder, and with built-in alignment guides, it’s easy to organize the board. With Quick Look, users can preview content with a double tap without leaving the dashboard, while playing multiple video files simultaneously to create a dynamic view. Content like images and PDFs can be pinned to a whiteboard, and collaborators can annotate on top of or around an object—making Freeform ideas for sketching ideas for a home improvement project or coaching. A map of toys in the image of a basketball court.
Whether the user works at a desk or on the go, Freeform is incredibly useful for independent projects or collaborating with others. With the ability to work with up to 100 collaborators in the same forum, Freeform creates a shared space for creativity when working on group projects or even planning a vacation with friends.
Freeform is rolling out new collaboration features in Messages, allowing users to invite others to a Freeform board by simply dragging it into the Messages thread. All members of this community will be automatically invited to the boards and can start collaborating immediately. When someone edits, activity updates will appear at the top of the Messages thread.
With FaceTime built into the app, users can start a FaceTime call to Freeform by clicking the collaboration button in the top right corner of the screen. All collaborators can see others’ contributions as they add content or make edits with quick sync capabilities and iCloud integration. Free-form boards sync across iPhone, iPad and Mac, and users can invite others via link or email, and even export the board as a PDF or take a screenshot.
Starting today, Freeform is free on all iPhones, iPads and Macs running iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 or macOS Ventura 13.1.
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