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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 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: 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.

Take stock and head on to better creative goals

By Helena Palha Oct 23, 2016

Happy Halloween! Yes, time flew by as fast as ever. If you’re like me, you’ll be getting ready to start taking stock of your year right before mid November. This year I got off to an early start, focusing on my creative career. I did some soul searching and managed to boil my ideas down to just a few points. This blogpost is my way to share that insight and welcome you to share your ideas with the Sketchboard community.

Navigate the new normal

By Helena Palha Oct 10, 2016

The amount of time most of us spend scrolling down news feeds every week must be more than enough to understand the world of work keeps changing. We all know changes have only gotten faster since the financial crashes of the mid and late 2000s. And according to the latest LinkedIn studies, younger professionals are twice more likely to change jobs during their first decade out of college. There are many theories on why we’re seeing so many changes happen so fast.

New Organization Admin Features

By Saiki Tanabe Sep 18, 2016

Two weeks ago a customer reached out to us, commenting on how difficult it is to manage teams within an organization. The situation gets especially tricky when a separate IT team isn’t able to add or remove users whenever actual team admins aren’t around. We can’t expect to have an IT team admin included in each team, so as to add, remove or change users’ permissions. That would be difficult to scale as more teams get created within the organization, and eventually the other admins could forget to add an IT team admin to a team.