My various careers through the years include a stint working for an engineering company. That’s where I learned to think with my hand. Whiteboards where everywhere. Engineers carried around spiral bound notebooks with details on every aspect of every meeting, but it’s the whiteboard and how it was used that got me to thinking. Literally.
A whiteboard lets you sketch and doodle, of course, but more importantly it’s also a graphic way to make thoughts, problems, perspectives, and solutions visible, graphic; where they’re easier to view, digest, and even improve.
Here’s a cheap way to do much the same thing on your Mac. In fact, it’s called Whiteboard and it’s literally a whiteboard on your Mac’s screen. Does this look familiar?
There’s not much to a real whiteboard in an office or classroom. Markers. Erasers. Whiteboard on the Mac has a toggle for both modes (erase works without dust). The Toolbar at the top of the app has controls to change the marker tip size (3), marker tip hardness (3), and both color and opacity of the marker. One click clears the whole whiteboard so you can start over. Another click invokes the undo or redo commands.
Unlike the basic whiteboard, Whiteboard can be saved and shared with a click, but it fulfills much the same purpose. A whiteboard can be infinitely useful and is a good way for people to share ideas, brainstorm, solve problems, setup a workflow, and more. Whiteboard does the same thing without the dust or marker ink on your fingers and clothes, and it’s much easier to share.
Whiteboard is priced right, too.