App Review: Mural.ly

September 25, 2013
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If you haven’t heard of Mural.ly yet, let me tell you about what you’re missing! Yes, that is real, live enthusiasm from an otherwise quite sarcastic young lady.

Mural.ly is an online tool that allows users to have a shared visual workspace. It’s great for all different kinds of creative or visual work (or in my case, non-visual work done by visual people). Each project workspace, or canvas, can be kept private or shared at the owner’s discretion, and your work is auto-saved remotely. It can be used as a means of communication on the project as well… changes, comments and chats are logged, so that everyone can see-what-you-did-there and communications that explain the “why” aren’t disconnected and scattered all over the place. The chat function is great for remote collaborators—because who says we all have to work in the same room to work together?murally3

So what exactly can you add to a mural? You can create sticky notes, add in images by upload or URL, toss in some online content by simply adding the link, link to your EverNote account and import notes of your choice, upload documents of any type, or link with your Google Drive to import from there… All of which are fully customizable by color, size, font and position. Of course, you can zoom in and out at will to see the big picture or focus in on one particular area of the mural. Yeah, I could go on.

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Another reason why I’m such a Mural.ly fan girl: If you’re on-the-go you can add snapshots, doodles, sticky notes, or web links to your murals by using the Mural.ly Catcher app, which is surprisingly functional and easy-to-use!

Most Mural.ly users work/play in fields that require a visual workspace—it’s great for storyboarding, compiling architectural or interior design elements and laying out product workflow.  However, I love the idea of using it as a visual desktop; I can see everything I’m working on, group notes, documents, and other info by project, and have a clear visual of all the plates I’m spinning at once. I can share my murals at will with a variety of access levels, and track changes, too.

Want to know more about Mural.ly? Well guess what, it’s free to use. Just go to Mural.ly and click on Sign Up to get started… Don’t forget to explore the Sample Mural for inspiration.

Happy collaborating!

 

 

 

 

 

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