Pix­el­board Pro

White­boards for vir­tual meet­ings

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Car­rie Mar­shall

Free trial ($19.99 af­ter) From Black Pixel LLC, get­pix­el­boar­d­app.com Made for iPad Needs iOS 11 or later

Vir­tual meet­ings can be use­ful, but they of­ten lack a cru­cial com­po­nent: a vir­tual white­board where you can sketch ideas or high­light things. That’s some­thing Black Pixel en­coun­tered, and so cre­ated a vir­tual white­board app for iOS. Pix­el­board Pro en­ables you to share up to three boards with nine other peo­ple si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The free app is fully-fea­tured for two weeks, and if you don’t then un­lock it (for a rea­son­able $19.99, cur­rently dis­counted to $9.99), the app is re­duced to one board with­out col­lab­o­ra­tion or ges­ture sup­port. By then you’ll know if it’s right for you.

The in­ter­face is very sim­ple and straight­for­ward, so no­body’s wast­ing time try­ing to make it work when you’re sup­posed to be work­ing to­gether. It works just like a real white­board, with the use­ful ad­di­tion of dis­ap­pear­ing ink that re­mains on the board for only a short time. The ges­ture tools make it easy to high­light or point to el­e­ments of the cur­rent board, and you can save screen­shots to re­fer to them later.

It’s not per­fect, though. You can save images but not im­port them, and if you don’t have a sty­lus, your scrib­bles (like ours) will look rather child­ish — even on an iPad Pro. Also, the app re­quires iOS 11, so older iPads aren’t in­vited to the Pix­el­board Pro party. How­ever, if you have dainty fin­gers and up-to-date iPads to work with, then it’s a use­ful and well-priced col­lab­o­ra­tion tool.

The bot­tom line. It may be too sim­ple for some, but Pix­el­board Pro is clever and use­ful.

The pur­ple high­light ef­fect moves with your fin­ger and dis­ap­pears af­ter a short while.

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