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Apple lets you and 99 friends collaborate across iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the new Freeform app

By Ken Wong - on 14 Dec 2022, 11:26am

Apple lets you and 99 friends collaborate across iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the new Freeform app

Freeform makes it easy to share and collaborate: Image source: Apple.

Freeform is a new app that is available today across the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS is.

The app creates a canvas stored in iCloud, for collaboration among 100 users, giving them the ability to see, share, and collaborate all in one place without worrying about layouts or page sizes. The flexible canvas also lets users add photos, videos, PDFs, links, and more.

Collaborators can also be on an iPhone. Image source: Apple.

Within the app, users have access to a variety of brush styles and colour options to sketch ideas, add comments, and draw diagrams. iPad users can draw anywhere on the canvas with their fingers and their Apple Pencil.

Collaboration is simple as content is synced over iCloud. Image source: Apple.

With Quick Look, users can preview content with a double tap without ever leaving the board, and multiple video files can play at the same time to create a dynamic view. Content can also be locked into place on a board, and collaborators can then annotate on top of or around an object.

Apple announced Freeform during its WWDC keynote earlier this year, showing off the ability to add photos, files, drawings, links, notes, and more to a shared canvas. Freeform also integrates with other Apple apps so you can share what you’re working on with other collaborators over Messages or FaceTime.

It is easy to collaborate over FaceTime. Image source: Apple.

When using Messages simply creating a Messages thread starts things off and all can begin collaborating immediately. When someone makes an edit, activity updates will show up at the top of the Messages thread. When using FaceTime, all users can view others’ contributions as they add content or make edits with fast-sync capabilities and iCloud integration.

Freeform comes free on every iPhone, iPad, and Mac supporting iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, or macOS Ventura 13.1.

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