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InVision is a collaborative wireframing platform built around the concept of real-time sharing
InVision is a collaborative wireframing platform built around the concept of real-time sharing. It’s great for designers, developers, illustrators and other creative types, as well as providing hefty support for business projects – all the while enabling teams to share their perspectives as well as facilitating comments, chat and feedback on work done.
There have been plenty of similar platforms released in recent years however, so let’s now take a closer look at what InVision offers… and see how it shapes up against the competition.
How it Works
Using InVision is simple – create your project, and select an input device that you’ll use to build your mockups. Thanks for extensive cross-format compatibility, InVision supports a range of devices including desktop computers and online apps, Android and iPhone, plus a whole wave of tablet devices. You’ll select a source for synchronisation, too – be it a folder on your computer, or a cloud-based storage facility.
The next step is to assign users. This is where InVision shines, as it really is a platform geared up towards mass collaboration. You’ll be able to create teams, adding users with a range of different security and access privileges – from editors, down to clients who are merely able to view and comment. You’ll be able to work on unlimited projects at a time (which gives InVision a clear advantage over some of its competitors), although there are certain upgrades you’ll need to purchase if you want to assign larger teams to any given project.
And then you just do whatever it is you do – work on your project takes place from a virtual ‘white board’, which other users can be invited to view and interact with. A timeline down one side records progress over time, while comments, chat and annotation are offered throughout by project members. The timeline is also a nice touch, in that it allows you to go back and review changes as they happen. You’ll be able to track any major developments with the project, as well as reviewing when new users were added.
Inviting new users to the debate is easy, too. Much of InVision’s sharing system is link-based, which means you can also share links in email, chat rooms and social media. A live portion of the whiteboard is dedicated to group chat, and it’s here that all assigned users can debate progress and spitball suggestions for project development.
All in all it’s a nice, clean and easy platform to use.
Back of House
Usually at this point in a review we would pull back the bonnet, and have a look at the engine inside… but in the case of InVision, there isn’t really a whole lot going on aside from the centralised whiteboard work space.
The interface is sleek and easy to use, but besides from that InVision doesn’t feature a whole lot of support for wireframing. Sure, you can import your own images, you can synchronise storage folders and facilities, plus it’s a very versatile format – this web-based app can be accessed from virtually any machine, be it a desktop, tablet or even a phone. All you’ll need is Internet access. All that aside though, InVision doesn’t quite pack the same punch as some of the other collaborative software packages on the market.
The system is still under construction, so it may be that additional project capabilities are on their way… and given how much we enjoyed using InVision, that would make this a tool worth watching. For the time being though, it really is a case of ‘what you see is what you get’.
You can pick up InVision from the official website, over at invisionapp.com. If you’re only working on a single project, then you’ll be able to try it for free – though subscriptions plans are available to cater to larger workflows. These start at $13 per month for three projects, and run through to a full $90 per month for unlimited projects and up to five team members.
- InVision looks great, and it couldn’t be simpler to use.
- The platform is massively compatible and features a range of useful tools for commenting on and sharing projects.
- It’s worth noting that InVision is a web app – so if you’re suffering from downtime for any reason, it’ll rule out any progress on your projects.
- InVision isn’t the only software package to offer these collaborative functions, and to be honest, it doesn’t have as many features as some of its (cheaper) competitors.
- Other than its interactive whiteboard, InVision doesn’t provide a whole lot of support for developing apps.
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