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Emily Kirkman
Emily Kirkman Updated

Have you tried Freehand?!

Have you tried Freehand?!

It's been an absolute time saver for my team and I. Eliminating all the guessing work that can come with group collaboration. A lot of our ideas are drawn out through Freehand. The new pre-built UI elements and templates give us a great starting point so we can get stuck in with things like:

  • Brainstorming
  • Wireframes
  • Diagrams & Flows

How do you incorporate Freehand into your work? Do you use it on your own or with a team?

Tip: Don't forget you can easily take screenshots of your Freehand work and add them to your portfolio to show-off your process!

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Jessica Eisner
InVision ambassador Jessica Eisner , ambassador Edited

We just announced an exciting update to Freehand! 🚀 

Check out its new collection of templates from industry leaders to transform how you brainstorm, plan, and align as a team. 🙌

Katie Glenn
InVision ambassador Katie Glenn , InVision Employee , ambassador

I use the Diagrams & Flows template all the time! I do a lot of cross-functional work and it's been such a help to be able to spin up a quick freehand (using the shortcut, and having everyone piece together workflows of how several teams will dovetail their workflows together. It takes 10 min to do a freehand vs. us talking back and forth for 30 min trying to explain it to each other.

Eliz D'Agostin
InVision ambassador Eliz D'Agostin , InVision Employee , ambassador

In the Customer Success team we are heavy users of Freehand for onboarding flows, account planning and stakeholder mapping.
Diagrams and Flows have really made this much quicker (and prettier as I can't draw!) and straightforward.
As a team we really like to use the Daily Standup option for aligning on weekly priorities.

I also use Freehand with my clients for Workflow sessions - it gives everyone a space to really draw out their way of working and it make calls much more interactive and productive.

Jessica Eisner
InVision ambassador Jessica Eisner , ambassador

I love the Brainstorm and Retrospective templates and have tailored them both to use for ideation sessions and retrospectives. Freehand has become an essential tool for me when mapping workflows, project planning, or goal setting with my team. It streamlines our ability to collaborate and get alignment remotely. Reactions were a game changer too! 

Bob Mann-Francis
InVision ambassador Bob Mann-Francis , InVision Employee , ambassador

Freehand really helps my team get all our ideas on 'paper' quickly and brainstorm from there. We love using Templates to help start quickly and consistently and once our ideas have started to form, we use flow charts to help us to build the process or workflow. It has become a central space for everyone with the recent new features like reactions and locking elements, we've taken it even further.

Oh and we have a lot of team fun in Freehand too and I'm currently using it to plan the improvements to our garden.

InVision ambassador Philipp , ambassador

We have used InVision Freehand for a couple of collaborative/creative workshops with clients and really like the product!

What we found limiting, however, is that our clients (without licenses for our agency InVision Enterprise account) can't edit texts/objects that were prepared by our team members - this limits the possibilites for using Freehand for in-depth collaborative workshops with various clients... any ideas/comments on this?

Thank you & keep up the great work,


Camille M
InVision ambassador Camille M , InVision Employee , ambassador

Hi Philipp,

Thanks for reaching out with your Freehand feedback!

Users outside of the Enterprise would be able to view freehands as Guests and, depending on the link permissions, add their own content. However, they would not be able to edit content created by other users. 

In order to have edit access to the Freehand, these users would need to be added to the Enterprise.

I'm sorry about the inconvenience here! The ability to allow guests to modify Freehands in an Enterprise account is a feature request we're monitoring interest levels for. I will open a ticket on your behalf to track your interest for this potential feature. Please keep an eye out for an email indicating that we’ve formally tracked your feedback.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!



Oscar Goldman
InVision ambassador Oscar Goldman , ambassador

Sure. I used Freehand the first time in 1989. Adobe bought it in 2005 and killed it. Then they abandoned Illustrator.

So... what's this about?

Camille M
InVision ambassador Camille M , InVision Employee , ambassador

Hi Oscar,

InVision Freehand is a completely different product to Adobe's FreeHand, which was sunset many years ago.

If you'd like to take a look into InVision's Freehand, we have a great course to give you an overview and help you get started: 

If you have any questions about our Freehand product, we'd be glad to assist further.




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