Online Collaboration Tools: Twiddla Reviewed
If you're looking for a versatile online collaboration tool, Twiddla may be right for you. There are merits and drawbacks to this program, and whether you want to use it will likely depend on factors like budget. Keep reading to learn more about this program.
What Is It?
Twiddla is one of the more complex collaboration tools that I looked at. The web-based program allows you to hold meetings online while adding text, shapes and drawings to an on-screen background. Background options include webpages, a whiteboard screen and imported images and documents.
That Twiddla allows users to markup shared backgrounds could make it useful for giving out instructions, highlighting certain information or making specific critiques. Another feature is the EtherPad, which creates a text document that can be edited by everyone invited to a meeting. One educational application I can see for this feature is collaborative note-taking during a lecture.
Like some other programs, Twiddla allows you to share your work with others by sending them a unique link. The users you invite don't need to have an account with the site. When you invite others to join a live meeting, they can opt to join in on audio, allowing for a conference-like setting. There is also a text chat function, making it possible to conduct meetings without using any other applications.
What Makes It Cool?
Twiddla is versatile and carefully designed. There is such a wide variety of tools and document creation options, it's as if the basic ideas used in other collaboration tools have been combined into a single product. You can use this program to doodle, make text documents and develop content in a virtual meeting. With its array of functions and settings, Twiddla has some applications that may not be apparent to new users, but which can become clear with use.
What Are Its Drawbacks?
One thing that sets this program apart from the other collaboration tools I reviewed is its cost. Twiddla is only available for free for 30 days. After that trial is up, you can subscribe to one of three account levels ranging in price from $14-$189 a month. The biggest difference between the subscription levels is the number of possible user accounts and simultaneous meetings available to the subscriber.
However, if you are an educator or student with a .edu email address, Twiddla will give you an entry-level paid membership for free. This makes its use as a free educational tool more viable.
Where Can I Find It?
Follow this link to check out Twiddla and take advantage of its free trial.