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Serverless image resize with Amazon Lambda function

By Saiki Tanabe May 25, 2017

Did you know that you can implement image resize on the fly without maintaining your servers, just by deploying a logic how to resize images. With Amazon AWS Lambda you can achieve that. There are some natural benefits when you use Lambda functions. E.g., you don’t need to apply security patches to the operating system, and you can just concentrate on the logic. The following mixed architecture and flow chart diagram describes how we implemented user profile image resize with AWS CloudFront, Amazon API Gateway, S3 and AWS Lambda.

Add your profile icon directly on Sketchboard

By Saiki Tanabe May 16, 2017

Direct profile icon support for users mean that you don’t any longer need to leave Sketchboard to add your picture quickly. When you add your picture, collaboration in real-time becomes more natural, and you can see the other person image moving on a board according to user’s mouse movements or while reading board comments. Earlier Sketchboard supported only Gravatar icons. We’ve got feedback that this was not practical when users had already uploaded, e.g., their profile images on Slack and Google, and didn’t use Gravatar.

Organization is the most powerful and flexible way of using Sketchboard

By Saiki Tanabe Apr 5, 2017

Team collaboration is written in Sketchboard’s DNA. Everything that you have in Sketchboard is visible for the whole team, and that makes sharing easy and straightforward. But sometimes one single team is not enough. Perhaps you have multiple projects, working with different people, and you need to restrict access for those separately, and that is when Organization comes into the picture. Organization plan is the most powerful and flexible way of using Sketchboard.

Restoring connection Notification

By Saiki Tanabe Apr 4, 2017

Thanks for using Sketchboard! Sketchboard community is now over 130,000 users. The amount of users also brings some challenges for the infrastructure, and we have decided to make some actions to serve current active users as well as possible and reduce some idle sessions. You might have noticed that there is a new Restoring connection notification. When this notification shows up, it most probably means that you have not been active on Sketchboard for a while.

Powerful image pasting

By Tomasz Mucha Feb 20, 2017

While this is an extremely simple idea, it is very powerful. Image pasting feature is based on Sketchboard user feedback. It is a good illustration of how valuable your input is to Sketchboard community, which is now already over 120,000 users. Thank you for all the comments we’re getting. We really appreciate that! While the old way of uploading images into Sketchboard still works as previously, we see that the ability to add images without having them saved on the local drive streamlines the process.

Contracts for collaboration - the easy way

By Talitha Kalago Feb 16, 2017

Not many people enjoy thinking about, or reading, contracts. However they are vital to collaboration projects. Remember that the aim of a contract is to protect you and be sure everyone clearly understands their roles and deadlines. When put that way, contracts sound pretty good. There’s no need for them to be confusing, long or tedious. In fact, it’s often better when they aren’t. However there are a lot of vital points a contract should cover.

Is Sketch UML for me?

By Tomasz Mucha Jan 24, 2017

As in the cartoon below, it is possible to be misunderstood even when using grammatically correct sentence where all the words are individually clear. In this short blog post, I will walk you through why this is of importance while diagramming and whiteboarding when working on software development project. This is especially relevant if you need to interact with other people during the project. Let’s have a look at how Peter’s message gets understood differently by two different people, simply because they have different background and typically operate in different context.

Good Collaboration Starts With The Team

By Talitha Kalago Jan 23, 2017

Often, attempting to do everything alone results in a sub-par end result. Individual passion and dedication lead to a fantastic skill-set, however it’s rare that any of us can do everything well. Working as a part of a team lessens the workload and allows team members to focus on the things they are best at, which promotes a better end result and a higher quality product. Finding the right people However finding the right people to work with can be a daunting prospect.

Getting Things Done

By Helena Palha Dec 15, 2016

If you follow Sketchboard, you’ve probably noticed me blogging at you for the last few months. I get to research and write on a lot of topics related to visual thinking and remote work, but there aren’t as many chances to tell you about the people behind Sketchboard. This tool was created by Saiki. Since meeting Saiki, I’ve been inspired to change my approach to how I take notes, how I sketch and how I prioritize work.

Cool kids embrace multiple interests

By Helena Palha Nov 15, 2016

Remember the first time someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? It’s a harmless question to most 5-year-olds. But as we grow older, the same question keeps being asked in many different ways. At some point, it stops being a fun conversation starter and turns into the problem that keeps us up at night. How do we know our answer is right? What if we’d like to give 20 different answers?

Edit Invoice Billing Details

By Saiki Tanabe Nov 1, 2016

Never needed to have more details on your Sketchboard.io invoice? It might be because of your Account department or for some other reason. Now it is possible to add billing details that will be shown on your future invoices. Team subscribers can edit billing details through: Menu > Add Teammates > Manage Subscription > Change Company & Billing Details Organization subscribers can edit billing details from: Menu > Settings > Organization Settings Pick your organization and select: Your Organization Billing > Change Billing Details Billing details form shows on the right hand side what will be currently added to your invoices.

Sketchboard.io hit 100K users

By Saiki Tanabe Oct 24, 2016

Thank you for making Sketchboard possible! Sketchboard has reached 100,000 users, and continues on bootstrapped path on a grazy startup world where VC funding is mostly everything. We have taken slightly different approach, and in current state Sketchboard’s monthly revenue stream has reached brake even. We are working towards long lasting sustainable business. Sketchboard is still far from perfect and there is lot to do, but you have shown that there is definitely a need for an online team whiteboard tool like Sketchboard.