Hey DN - excited to let you know we’re introducing a new content type inside of InVision today alongside Prototypes and Boards; we call them Freehands.
The Freehand format was introduced via Craft a few months back and we've been blown away A) by how quickly it has been adopted into design workflows and B) by how many unique scenarios the tool provides value in. Here’s a few fun ways we’ve been seeing it used today:
Wireframing - Internally we’re using it for ALL of our wireframing these days. Shape detection is the killer feature here enabling you to create perfect lines, rectangles, and ovals simply by holding the 'option' key while marking. Its crazy quick, meaningfully constrained, and 100% collaborative.
Team Standups & Critiques - Many teams are using the Craft Freehand plugin to quickly drop in their Sketch or Photoshop art boards for quick design crits with stakeholders (bonus tip: this means your devs won't need to have Sketch/PS installed to collaborate!).
Redlining & Annotation - Jon Moore expounds on how Freehand has completely changed his redlining process when working with his team.
Digital Sketching - We’ve even seen some great digital sketches popping up including this amazing one by Jason Roache.
It’s live on all InVision accounts today. Check out the use cases above, give it a go here, and let us know what you think. :)
You planning to do app for iPad Pro ?:)
hhhnnnggg, I may have to drop all my tools for inVision.
Played around with this on the iPad Pro / Pencil / Macbook / Duet Display App.
It felt nice, like doing wireframes on a whiteboard! Can't wait to see a native app.
Oooohhh... James I totally have Duet on my iPad here and I never even thought to try it like that. Brilliant. Going to do so now!
Handing out points with the stylus on my iPad pro like á boss
I used it on the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil but without palm detection it was painful, at best.
This looks awesome! Gonna try sketching comics with it! lol
Now that I know who you are, I see you everywhere... and it validates me.
Hey, Nathan. You're ok :)
I created a test project for my team at work and this is what happened.
All in all, it works great and can see this being apart of my workflow. We have a handful of remote employees and pointing a camera at a whiteboard hasn't been very successful.
me: reads 'Introducing F...' omg can it be?? '...reehand'
(p.s. Freehand looks neat, can't wait to try it!)
Keeping this GIF train rocking... thanks for your patience- help is on the way!
There's a lot of bugs in the Invision web app. It's cool to see these new feature releases, but part of me wishes your team focused on making the core product as good as possible instead of adding new feature after new feature.
Hey Philip I hear you loud and clear. Oftentimes it can be difficult to show all the work that's going on in the background. Recently we've been doing a 'spring cleaning' of sorts on the backend of things. Optimizing/cleaning code, retiring unused services, and overall leaning out the stack a bit. This is a herculean effort that you'll see results from incrementally over the coming weeks/months and culminating in a major architectural optimization at the end.
We'll try to do a better job of communicating this 'less showy' work in the meantime as I know feature releases can sometimes have the effect of up-leveling fears that core architecture aren't getting as much attention. I assure you thats not the case here. Happy to chat more by phone, email, or carrier pigeon if you feel so inclined. :) Hit me at stephen[at]invisionapp.com and we'll make it happen. Thanks for your trust and patience as we seek to continually improve!
hmm, sounds good but I'm a bit sceptical -there are so many little usability bugs, which are so obvious and frustrating and making working with core invision features super inefficient - and there has been literally no progress on that since years
Agnes- I just chatted with product team this morning and you should have an email in your inbox right now from that team. They want to dig in and find out directly which bits are still plaguing you so we can make life better sooner than later. Thx!
Stephen, I really appreciate the reply. I realize it may have just been my perception, and not what's actually going on behind the scenes. Great to hear that the core product has not been forgotten :)
Got excited thinking Macromedia Freehand was back for a second.
I may finally have a reason to break down and by a stylus or wacom or whatever the cool kids are using... Looks dope!