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Fabrie whiteboard basics

This is a large whiteboard without boundaries, perfect for designers to freely express their ideas without constraints, and unleash their creativity with infinite possibilities!

No matter what kind of work you do, a boundary-less whiteboard is a powerful tool for expressing ideas and generating creativity. It can be used for collecting visual materials, brainstorming, presenting results, flat and visual communication... There are many more usage scenarios waiting for you to explore!

A summary of the powerful Fabrie whiteboard in one image:



Whiteboard Tools



Whiteboard navigation:


Navigation - Select or move | Zooming or panning (keyboard shortcuts: V, H), you can also move by holding the middle mouse button;

Fabrie Imagine



Fabrie integrates AI functionality~ Use the whiteboard for a more efficient design workflow! For more details, please refer to Whiteboard+AI=Creative Magic Wand (Beta)

Pencil case/draw (Supports Mouse or Apple Pencil)



Click to activate the pen holder tool on the whiteboard, allowing you to freely draw with different brushes, colors, and thicknesses (keyboard shortcut: P). To erase drawn lines, simply select the eraser and erase. We provide two types of brushes: regular brush and highlighter, which are perfect for simple drawing, annotation, and handwriting. You can adjust the brush thickness and customize the brush color, which allows you to create rich content!

Currently, the brush is only suitable for simple drawing, annotation, or handwriting purposes. You can express unlimited creativity with limited choices. If you have higher requirements, please feel free to give us feedback!



Text/Text Box



Click to draw a text box on the whiteboard (keyboard shortcut: T). The text box allows you to input text, and you can freely set the color, bold, italics, underline, and strikethrough styles for the text.

Sticky Notes



Click to place an authentic sticky note on the whiteboard (keyboard shortcut: N). Double-click the sticky note to enter text.

Basic Shapes



Click to create basic shapes on the whiteboard, such as circle (keyboard shortcut: O), rectangle (keyboard shortcut: R), rounded rectangle, isosceles triangle, diamond, parallelogram, and polygon. These shapes are convenient for drawing flowcharts and other elements. Basic shapes can be easily converted into other objects on the whiteboard, such as text boxes, sticky notes, and images. You can check Object Style Type Conversion for more details.

Tip: Hold Shift while drawing a shape to create a perfect circle, square, or rounded rectangle with fixed proportions.

Basic shapes offer a variety of options, including pentagon, arrow, dialogue box, label, subprocess, etc. After drawing one shape, you can click and drag to automatically create the next shape. This is particularly useful for efficiently drawing flowcharts and optimizing content layout.

Lines (Connectors)



Click to draw straight or arrow lines on the whiteboard (keyboard shortcut: L). Lines can be used to connect multiple graphic elements and quickly create flowcharts and other visual styles. You can click on the blue dots on the line to add nodes. Lines offer various style editing options:

- Line endpoints: choose from corner arrow, diamond arrow, circle arrow, and triangle arrow;

- Line types: straight (with bend angles) and curved (freeform), with options for solid and dashed lines;

- Line border: freely configure line thickness, color, and saturation.

Tip: Hold Shift while drawing lines to quickly create horizontal, diagonal, and vertical lines with fixed angles.

Frames



Click to create frames of any size on the whiteboard, allowing you to organize and categorize various content elements (keyboard shortcut: F). Frames are especially useful for content layout scenarios. Frames can be used for slide presentations and can also be exported as images or PDF files. For more information about using frames, please refer to Whiteboard+Frames=Brand New PPT Experience.

Stickers and Emojis



Yes, Fabrie provides exclusive stickers that add fun to collaboration and communication. You can use stickers for voting, cheering, and more! Additionally, there are basic emojis that can be added to text and comments, adding an extra touch of expressiveness.

Tables



Tables tool allows you to add a table on whiteboard that is editable, mergeable, and draggable. It is like the Excel tables you are familiar with, but with a new experience. The table rows and columns are very easy to edit, support merging cells, and can also drag other objects into table cells. Learn more about Tables here.


File Upload



Click to upload local files to the whiteboard. Currently, you can also drag and drop files from folders or WeChat on the computer to upload materials. Please see Whiteboard Material Management (Import/Export) for more details. This section also provides access to the material hub, making it easy to download and use the image collection plugin for material collection and usage. Check out Fabrie Collection Plugin/Service for information on plugin installation and usage.

Mind Maps



Click to create mind maps on the whiteboard, allowing you to quickly add central and branch topics. It supports layout switching and automatic layout for more efficient organization of thoughts. For more information on using mind maps, please refer to Clearer Design Thinking with Mind Maps.

Tip: Fabrie supports importing .xmind and .mm format third-party mind map files for editing!

Template Marketplace



Starting a new design and need attractive and useful templates? Click to browse the template marketplace and find the content templates you want, such as mood boards, empathy maps, user journey maps, and more!

Whiteboard Navigation



Mini-Map



Feeling lost on the whiteboard or having trouble viewing the content? Click to open the global overview map of the whiteboard, which provides a quick way to locate and navigate the content on the whiteboard.

Show All



This is another way to quickly locate content. Click to display all the contents on the whiteboard at once.

Frame List



Click to browse all frames, supporting slideshow mode (drag to adjust the order) and exporting all frames as a PDF.

Whiteboard Collaboration



Comments



Adding comments in the whiteboard allows for quick feedback on collaborative content. Comments support @mentions and real-time notifications, making communication more efficient!

Notifications



Comments and feedback in the document will be instantly notified in the notifications panel. Clicking on the latest notification will jump to the corresponding comment, making it easy to view and follow up on feedback.

Collaborative Cursor/Perspective Following



In collaborative documents, collaborators will appear as collaborative cursors and interact with each other. During collaboration, you can click on a collaborative cursor to "follow the perspective," which allows you to follow others or invite others to follow you. This feature is useful for synchronizing collaboration context, whether in remote meetings or face-to-face document collaboration.

Others



Help and Support



Click the "?" button in the bottom right corner of the workspace or document interface to quickly access the task achievement list, keyboard shortcuts, help, and feedback information.

Tips



- Whiteboard Zooming: You can zoom in or out of the interface by using the mouse scroll wheel or pinch-to-zoom gesture on a trackpad. Clicking on the zoom percentage in the bottom right corner of the whiteboard restores the default 100% zoom level.

- Deleting Content or Elements: Select the content or elements you want to delete, then press the Delete key on the keyboard to complete the deletion.

- Undoing Actions: If you accidentally delete something, you can click the undo and redo buttons on the toolbar, or use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Z or CMD+Z to undo or redo actions.

Have you learned everything? If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to join our Official Community for discussion!

Updated on: 24/11/2023

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