Monday, February 18, 2013

Smartboard: Real-Time Collaboration for Smartphones and Tablets

Founded by University of Southern California alums Elliot Lee and Thuy Truong, GreenGar Studios makes fun, simple, and useful mobile apps in several categories, from games to productivity. So far, the startup has released about a dozen apps for the iOS and Android platforms, surpassing 12 million downloads in June of 2012. With offices in Ho Chi Minh City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, GreenGar makes some of the most popular apps on the Apple App Store and has users from all over the world.

Recently, GreenGar announced its latest application, Smartboard, which the company claims to be the best real-time collaboration app for mobile devices. A spin-off of its popular Whiteboard app, Smartboard allows cross-platform collaboration, letting iOS and Android users work on the same project in real-time. Up to five smartphones and tablets on the same Wi-Fi network can collaborate on a Smartboard canvas. Whenever someone draws on their device, the changes they make will be reflected on all collaborators' devices instantly.

Smartboard also comes with plenty of handy features such as undo, redo, a color picker, quickly starting over with a new canvas, and opacity and width adjustments for each stroke. Users can save their notes and drawings to various cloud storage services including Evernote, Google Drive, and iCloud, ensuring that their ideas are never lost and can be accessed from any device. The iPad version of Smartboard is equipped with special features like text, layers, and natural markers. And with social integration, users can show off any artworks they're particularly proud of by submitting them to the Smartboard gallery, sharing them on Twitter, or posting them to Facebook.

Smartboard was one of the 10 finalists selected among 290 applicants for the 2013 Women 2.0 Pitch SF Startup Competition. Co-founder Thuy Truong presented the app onstage at the Women 2.0 Conference, where Smartboard was named the runner-up.

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