SyncSpace Review

Our Review by Carter Dotson on January 3rd, 2013
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SPACE TO COLLABORATE
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SyncSpace is a an app for drawing and collaborating with other users over local wifi or the internet.

Developer: The Infinite Kind
Price: Free ($7.99 in-app purchase for full version, available as separate app
Version Reviewed: 3.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5, iPad 2

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

SyncSpace is a whiteboard collaboration app that makes it easy to share drawings and images with other people. Users have a simple set of actions: drawing with paint brushes of various thickness and dotted lines, an eraser, text entry, and image importation. Users over wifi or the internet can collaborate on a single drawing. The Android version can be collaborated with as well, though through internet-based sharing, and features like image importing from the iOS version won’t show in the Android one.

The app works incredibly well: changes made on one device show up on another almost instantaneously. It’s possible to share both locally, and over the internet, including over 3G. For internet sharing, links can be copied to the clipboard or shared via email and iMessage. Whiteboards can be saved to PDF and via image, or shared to Facebook, Twitter, or Campfire. While it has few features, necessarily, the fact that the app just works is part of its appeal.

SyncSpace is free to try out, and it actually comes with only one limitation: free users can only have three drawings before they have to upgrade, though these can be deleted as necessary. The free version can be upgraded for $7.99 via IAP, or the full version can be bought as a separate app on the App Store. However, otherwise all the features are still there, including the sharing and collaboration. Of course, $7.99 for basic features is kind of a steep fee – relative to the App Store as a whole, at least – and I could imagine that some would be hesitant to pay such a fee. I imagine the best usage pattern will be to use the app for a little while, find that it becomes invaluable, and then $7.99 doesn’t become such a steep cost.

For users who want a simple way to share and collaborate on whiteboards with other people, be they local or remote, SyncSpace is well worth trying out.

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