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Draw.Chat is a free online collaborative Whiteboard with useful features like chat, video call, etc. You can use it to easily brainstorm and discuss ideas and issues with your colleagues, employees, teams, etc. by drawing on a Whiteboard. You get a digital canvas where you can draw with tools like pen, highlighter, mandala, shapes, etc. It also lets you add text and images to the canvas for making the ongoing discussion more clear. These tools can come in handy to seamlessly visualize mapping or process of your business or organization by collaborating with others. You can invite as many collaborators as you want just by sharing the Whiteboard URL.
Apart from letting you draw on a Whiteboard, it also comes with the option to chat with the participants by sending text messages. It also comes with a unique feature that lets you video chat with collaborators. There are many other collaborative Whiteboard websites available which also have the option to text chat with participants. But, none of them has the option to do video chat with collaborators. So, if you want to use a Whiteboard and also video chat with others at the same time, then use Draw.Chat.
Note: There are certain limitations on the free features like 10 MB of history per Whiteboard room, 10 per file upload, and 1-month storage on the cloud.
How to Use this Online Collaborative Whiteboard:
To get started, all you need to do is visit the homepage of Draw.Chat and click on the “Start New Whiteboard” button. When you do that, a Whiteboard will appear with a blank canvas and all the drawing tools at the top.
The toolbar will include tools like a pen, highlighter, mandala, shapes, an eraser, option to add text, images, and more. You can simply select the pen and start drawing on the Whiteboard. You will also be able to change the size and color of the pen. It also lets you add images to the canvas from your PC and even add custom text.
How to Invite Collaborators:
To collaborate on the Whiteboard, you would need to invite others. For this, simply scroll down on the Whiteboard page and there you will sharing URL which you can copy to the clipboard and share anywhere you want. The users can use the link to directly join the Whiteboard session and start collaborating.
Do note that for each user including the owner of the Whiteboard session, Draw.Chat will assign a random name and color code. This can be helpful in identifying who is drawing or adding objects to the Whiteboard. It even shows a cursor highlighter with the color code of each user.
How to Text Chat with Collaborators:
Apart from drawing on the canvas, the collaborators will also be able to chat with you by sending text messages. The chat section is visible on the right of the Whiteboard. Anyone who is a participant in the Whiteboard session will be able to send text messages. The messages will also be visible to all collaborators.
How to Video Chat with Collaborators:
One of the best and unique features of this free online collaborative Whiteboard is “Video Chat”. You can use this feature to video chat with all the collaborators alongside the Whiteboard. Remember, you can only see and video chat with a single participant at a time. The video chat section will be visible at the top of the text chat section.
To start a video chat, simply click on the “Video” icon at the top and allow access to your webcam. Once done, tell the other participant to do the same. When he/she enables the video option, you can click on the username and start video chatting.
Draw.Chat is a pretty useful online collaborative Whiteboard which makes it simple for you to collaborate with others on ideas just by drawing on a digital canvas. Personally, I like it as apart from letting you send text messages, it also allows you to video chat with the collaborators for free.