Tilde – Review 2021 – PCMag France


Tilde (at Tilde.so) is a web-based collaborative application that combines whiteboards with audio and video calls. Compared to the best collaboration apps, it’s light and cute, but it lacks a lot of key features that we’d expect to see in professional whiteboard apps. For other uses, such as collaborating with students or projects with friends, it’s fast, convenient, and free. What sets it apart from other visual collaboration apps is that you can use it anonymously, just like your collaborators. If you are looking for a collaborative whiteboard for professional use, we suggest Miro, our Editor’s Choice winner instead.

If you’re looking for video conferencing software, we’ve got three Editors’ Choice winners: Zoom Meetings, Cisco WebEx, and Intermedia Anything.


Tilde is free (for now)

Currently, using Tilde is completely free. According to the website, the company behind Tilde will introduce premium paid plans in the future.

Although the app is free, there is a limit on the number of people who can actively collaborate in a room at any given time: 20.

When Tilde introduces paid plans, it will be helpful to know what other similar apps charge for their services, so here’s a rundown. Most competitors charge around $ 10 per person per month for a package suitable for small businesses or teams. Sometimes, however, you have to commit to an annual contract to get this rate.

Miro’s paid accounts start at $ 10 per person per month. The mural starts at $ 12 per person per month. Stormboard charges $ 10 per person per month for its Business accounts. And Conceptboard starts at $ 7.50 per person per month.


To start

Tilde is only available as a web application. There are no mobile apps or desktop apps at this time.

When you create a room to collaborate, the link to that room is perpetually active. In other words, if you generate a link, share it with people, collaborate with them, and then leave the room, the room is technically still there anytime someone wants to join it again.

Other visual collaboration apps do more or less the same thing, except that when you create a new space to collaborate (whether you call it “space” or “room” or “board” is questionable), most of the others applications save it to your account. The space you created basically looks like a file. When you log into your account, you see a list of all the spaces you have created and can easily open any of them at any time.

Tilde does not cleanly save a list of all the rooms you have created, as it does not allow you to have an account at all. Instead, the app allows for anonymous use. Therefore, if you want to reuse rooms, it’s up to you to put the URL somewhere to keep it safe. Perhaps the biggest downside to the app is having to keep track of the parts you create. If anonymity is important to you, the compromise may be worth it.

Anyone can join a room, and all they need is the URL. Before joining, the app shows you an avatar that will represent you in the room and asks you to provide a screen name. You can enter anything you want for the screen name and you can change the avatar image at any time.

When you and your coworkers use Tilde, the app automatically and perpetually records every change you make. It’s so fast that it happens before the change is rendered on your screen. However, there is no version history, so you cannot revert to a previous version.


Characteristics

Once you create and enter a room, Tilde gives you some pretty standard tools for adding content and interacting. You can create sticky notes for one person to write text or a notepad where multiple people can write in one place. You can post a link to a web page or embed YouTube videos that appear and play directly in the room. There is a function to create a whiteboard in a room for freehand drawing. You can upload files, share your screen, and open a separate chat box for chats.

You can also activate your audio and video at any time. When you activate your video, a small video window appears in the room. This layout is quite different from what you get in Zoom Meetings or Microsoft Teams, where your video window is usually on the side if you’re talking to your colleagues while simultaneously working on a whiteboard or participating in a sharing session. screen. With Zoom and Microsoft Teams, however, you can adjust the view as you see fit, as sometimes it makes sense to pin a person’s video in your interface so that you always see it, as in the case of a person. making a presentation. Tilde does not offer custom views.

One cool collaboration feature is called Huddle. A Huddle allows you to talk to some of your employees without disturbing them all. When you create a click, a small window appears in the room, and anyone who drags their avatar into that window is part of the click. Being in the Huddle just means you can hear what everyone else is saying in the Huddle. If you keep your avatar out of the Huddle, you cannot hear the audio. This means that if during a collaborative session two people need to chat verbally, they can do so without leaving the room. and without forcing all other collaborators to listen to them.

Tilde's single room


Collaboration models

Tilde doesn’t offer models like you might think, but they do offer different styles of parts for different uses. There are five: 1) Daily stand-up for short, recurring team meetings; 2) One-on-one for routine meetings between a manager and a direct report; 3) Weekly sync for weekly team meetings; 4) Brainstorm for a whiteboard type experiment; and 5) an empty room.

These templates are nothing more than pretty interfaces for these specific purposes. They don’t really contain any structure to interact with, or if they do, it’s extremely lightweight compared to what you get from other apps. For example, the one-on-one model is just a cute background image showing two people sitting in chairs talking to each other. The faces of the two people? This is where you see the video of you and your meeting partner. The template includes a notepad feature where both parties can write down goals and questions they want to discuss, but that’s all you get.

Other visual collaboration apps usually have templates that help you achieve something more specific, such as giving you a framework to create a flowchart, flowchart, Kanban board, or even to brainstorm ideas in a structured way. . Tilde offers no such thing.

Tilde standing collaboration room


Privacy and Security

According to its site Tilde “uses a web technology called WebRTC which uses encryption (SSL) between customers and Twilio, our service provider”. The company also uses Amazon servers to store content. You can read more about the company’s privacy policy and terms of service on its website.

When you create a room, Tilde automatically generates a URL which is quite difficult for anyone to guess, although anyone with access to that URL can view and edit anything in the room at any time. Automatically generated URLs let you know the link is on Tilde, indicate what type of room or model it is, and then have a 24 character alphanumeric string, something like this:

https://tilde.so/daily-stand-up-f5bb897k7nm2p5nr2m0ir7a2

As mentioned, when you join a Tilde room, you don’t have to register, create an account, or provide any information. In this sense, it is similar to the Jitsi online video chat app. All you need is the URL. Tilde Is ask that you provide a nickname so that others in the room can identify you, but you can enter whatever you want. In that sense, you can be more or less anonymous.

What you forgo by not having an account, however, is the ability to have all of your rooms registered and stored for you, as previously mentioned. For team and corporate use, having a list of all the collaboration spaces you’ve created is a huge plus. When you have an account, you can also manage team members and provide or revoke access to different rooms, which almost every other whiteboard app lets you do. What you potentially gain in privacy with Tilde, you lose in standard business features and amenities.


What is missing

Beyond what has already been mentioned, Tilde is missing some key features that one would expect to find in a collaborative whiteboard application. A very simple feature is text. In Tilde, you can write text in a sticky note or notepad, but there is no tool to add a single line of text. You also don’t have tools to put a frame around the content to turn it into a slide for later use in a presentation, and there are also no options to turn the room into a space. ready for presentation. These are features that are common to almost all other whiteboard apps.

You cannot export the content of your room or board, or export the room itself. However, you can export a whiteboard that is in a room, but only as a PNG file. You cannot import data to create tables and charts, which Miro and InVision Freehand allow you to do. We have already mentioned the lack of suitable models. There is also no way to share a read-only version of a room, which you can do when working with external partners.


Cute, light and anonymous

Tilde offers a cute interface for collaborating with others, with almost no barrier to entry. You can create and join rooms without having to create an account with Tilde, and the app is free (for now at least). However, the app lacks several features that you would expect to find in most virtual whiteboard apps. And because you don’t create an account to use Tilde, the app can’t list all of the rooms you’ve created, which is a big downside if you’re using the app for business.

There is no reason not to try Tilde, as there are almost no barriers to entry and it’s fun for occasional use. That said, it doesn’t offer all the tools you could possibly need for professional use. When you need to get serious, Miro remains our first choice for full collaborative visual applications, with Mural up close.

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