With the iPad’s large 9.7″ screen, zippy 1Ghz A4 processor, and 256MB RAM, the door really is wide open for a lot of apps that simply wouldn’t have worked very well on the iPhone and iPod Touch. For me, the Whiteboard HD iPad app is one of those applications that really benefit from the additional screen estate that Apple has offered developers.
What is Whiteboard HD? The clue is in the name. Imagine a whiteboard on the wall with all of your notes and doodles scribbled all over it, and then imagine the same whiteboard on your Apple iPad tablet, except this time you can change the background from plain, to lined, to a grid.
Now imagine that you have millions of possible colour combinations that would leave your house full to the brim of whiteboard markers, and put them in there too. This isn’t even counting the various levels of thickness you can set for your marker either! This is just the surface of an application that completely changes the way you use a regular whiteboard, so lets get to the rest of it, shall we?
Whiteboard HD goes really well with an accessory such as the Pogo Sketch iPad Stylus when you’re writing notes on a whiteboard, but it isn’t completely necessary to use a stylus to get the most out of the application.
All of your drawing and writing tools are located on the bottom left of the screen, and you can get more complex options by holding on to the icon, which reveals a pop-up box. Here, you can change things such as the width and dash pattern of your lines. Similarly, when you tap and hold on the text icon, you can change the font size and style too.
You can also utilise the inspector to change the properties of the object, such as its position, its size and its rotation settings. There are also other little additions that make whiteboard an incredibly useful productivity application, such as the symbols option on the software keyboard for mathematical functions.
If you’re preparing a lecture or a presentation with Whiteboard HD, then you will undoubtedly appreciate the ability to utilise the VGA output on the iPad, as Whiteboard HD can detect an external monitor.
With the ability to have your presentation on the big screen, you can also use a virtual laser pen to highlight things. The best feature for me, though, isn’t the ability to highlight what’s on the screen, or add text of different widths, but to export your file straight to Dropbox right from the app. You can choose a transparent image, a white image, a PDF files, or a Whiteboard HD file.
If you want to give the Whiteboard HD iPad app a go yourself, you can buy it for £3.99 off the App Store.