January 27, 2014

RealtimeBoard – A Modern Take on Whiteboards

There’s a reason why whiteboards have become so ubiquitous in offices around the world. When it comes to visualizing ideas and collaborating with groups, it can be hard to beat the speed and simplicity of a traditional whiteboard. RealtimeBoard believes it has found a way to make the whiteboard even better, developing a web-based platform where groups can brainstorm and manage projects with people located around the globe.

The most glaring flaw in the traditional whiteboard is that people usually have to be sitting in same room in order to see what’s being written on it. When you use RealtimeBoard, you can stick images, videos, and documents from your device (or the web) directly onto your board. Write and draw on the board just as you always would, or create simple shapes and sticky notes using RealtimeBoard’s tools. Use the commenting feature to start a discussion about any particular point on the board. Invite colleagues to view your board via email and participate from their desktops or mobile devices.

Interactions with your board are displayed for all participants to see in real-time. When you’re satisfied with where your board is at, table the discussion and export your work as a PDF or an image file. These files can easily be embedded in websites, blogs, or Youtube videos. They can also be emailed to colleagues who couldn’t attend the virtual brainstorming session. As a RealtimeBoard user, you have the option to sign up to receive immediate notifications when colleagues have made updates to the boards you’re participating in.

Practical Uses:

  • Brainstorm ideas with employees who telecommute from home
  • Manage big projects with the entire team
  • Export completed whiteboards to post on a company intranet
  • Cut down on back-and-forth emails when working on team projects

Insider Tips:

  • Integrate RealtimeBoard with your Google Drive account
  • Select ‘Presentation mode’ when presenting projects to clients
  • Export completed boards as high-resolution image files
  • Create an infographic based on the content added to your whiteboard
  • Use the API to integrate Realtimeboard into other web tools

What we liked:

  • Users with upgraded plans can create an unlimited number of private boards
  • Whiteboards have no size limitations
  • RealtimeBoard supports voice and video calls among team members
  • Companies can embed boards into their websites or blogs

What we didn’t like:

  • Users with Pro accounts are limited to 3GB of storage space


Company Info:


  • Free plan
  • Professional plan is $10 per month
  • Team plan is $50 per team, per month

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