Recently there has been a latest addition to the catalog of Apple applications. We talk about free forman application that allows us jot down ideas in a whiteboard format that we can use virtually on our iPhone, iPad or Mac to manage or plan almost anything.
A blackboard that, in addition, we can share with multiple people to work collaboratively in real time. We can even do it while we are FaceTimed with the participants, so Freeform becomes a kind of canvas with thousands of possibilities. too many? Let’s see some usage ideas.
A canvas with endless possibilities
Although Freeform will be available in a few weeks with the release of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1, it is an application that it’s already attracting a lot of attention. It does, in fact, since it was presented at the last WWDC. An app that we can use as soon as possible to plan a trip or an article.
Generally, the application stands out with annotations that have to do with the specialty. In other words, when there are arrows, steps, annotations in the margin and this type of content, the app shines. If we need a to-do list, or something more linear, the Notes or even Reminders app may be more practical. That said, let’s come up with a list of possible uses:
- Organise a travel: save the hotel information, order the itinerary, add the PDF of the plane tickets, propose what to visit, in what order and set schedules, perhaps also transport, for the best trips, make suggestions of places to eat and everything from a single site.
- Organize a collaborative work: write down the brainstorming, propose a preliminary index of the sections, annotating the content that will go in each section, perhaps keeping reference PDFs on the topic next to each section. An organization with the freedom to move content around to reorder as the project unfolds.
- Propose the layout of a book or magazine: with various design proposals. Propose different options for justification, image page design and cover. To be able to write down corrections and save the elements that we already have (the logo of the magazine, the header images or diagrams, to name a few examples) in their different variants and try combinations.
- Develop the plot of a story: Whether it’s a plot for a movie or a novel, being able to annotate the characters —attach references, photos, and texts—, lay out the thread of the story, the development in chapters, or the main and secondary threads of events, is very interesting. A resource that is also used for mounting small videos, being able to save a preview of the fragments and reorder them, proposing ideas, styles and others.
- Sketch the basic interface of an application: and not only the interface itself, but how the different buttons, menus and options interrelate with each other. The basic logic behind how the user moves through the application. Maybe annotate some of the features already and start adding graphics assets as they are developed to move the project forward.
Beyond these ideas, the use can be extended to almost anything. Like we have already said, It depends a lot on our own way of organizing ideas.. While some will prefer more schematic annotations, others will appreciate being able to move simple annotations up or down to order concepts or approaches.
In any case, whether we are talking about planning done on a personal level or in collaboration with others, Freeform becomes a hub for everything. One where we can so quickly put together a to-do list, try out layouts for the cover of our memoir, plan chapters for our bestseller, or sketch out the icon design for our next hit on the App Store. The possibilities are endless.