10 things you can do with Freeform in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2

With iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2, Apple introduces the Freeform app, designed to share ideas, create drawings, and collaborate with others on projects. Freeform is a blank canvas that you can use for anything.

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In this guide, we’ve highlighted the different tools you can use with the Freeform app on a file Iphone and the IPAD.

Shapes

There are hundreds of pre-designed Clip Art shapes available in free form, across the following categories: Basic, Geometry, Objects, Animals, Food, Nature, Symbols, Education, Art, Science, People, Places, Activities, Transportation, Work and Ornaments.

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You can stack multiple shapes on top of each other using layers, change the color, draw on them, resize them with drag-and-drop gestures, break out component parts and manipulate the design, add different strokes, group them together, adjust opacity, and more. There are a large number of tools for working with shapes for your projects.

Photos, scans and documents

Freeform supports all types of documents. You can add photos and videos directly from the Camera Roll in a file Pictures app, or take a photo with your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad‌.

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Images and videos you add to your project can be resized using drag-and-drop gestures, cropped, fully displayed, and layered with other images and shapes.

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You can scan documents using the iPhone‌ or iPad‌ camera‌ in color or black and white, and add various documents from iCloud drive, or add any link from Safari. Links and files appear in small, card-like boxes and can also be rearranged on the canvas with drag-and-drop gestures and layered on top of shapes, images, and other files for a visual look at the documents you’ve added.

stabilizers

With the Freeform app, you can add digital notes, or sticky notes as Apple calls them. The Stickies is basically the same Stickies app available for Mac. You can change the color of the Stickies, choose from seven, and add text.

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On the ‌iPad‌, you can use a Apple Pencil to write directly on a label, but if you are using typed text, you also have various formatting options available such as bold lists, bullets, different font sizes, and more.

Insert text

With the text box, any typed text can be inserted anywhere on the freehand drawing board. Text can be as long or short as you want, and all the standard formatting options are available for changing font, color, size, and alignment, as well as adding styles like bolding and underlining.

Add free text

Freeform has the same set of drawing tools you might be familiar with from Markup. You can draw with your finger on iPhone‌ or iPad‌ using Apple Pencil‌. There are pens, markers, and crayons to choose from, all with adjustable opacity, color, and line thickness.

Free writing tools


You also get access to an eraser, a selection tool for targeted selections of items on the canvas, and a lasso fill tool that fills in the lines you draw.

Colors

Freeform supports a wide range of colors. You can choose a simple color from a grid, pick a color from a spectrum interface, use sliders, or manually type hex color codes for a specific shade. Favorite colors can be saved at the bottom of the interface, and opacity can also be set for any color.

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The eyedropper tool is available to match any color already on the canvas.

object movement

Any object in a Freeform document can be quickly rearranged and resized using drag-and-drop gestures. Click provides an interface where you can send an object to “back” or “forward” for styling purposes, but there are no real layers to work with.

Free manipulation of the object


Objects can be locked in place, iterated, and constrained or unconstrained proportionally, which is useful if you want to change one dimension and not another.

Files management

Freeform boards can be saved as a PDF document or printed, and can also be saved to apps like Files and Dropbox. You can also send emails, send text messages, and share links to boards with others.

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Multiple boards

You can have several free-form panels, which can be displayed as icons or a list, and sorted in different ways such as by name or date. Collections are available for organizing a large number of boards, and there are also separate sections for Recents, Shared, and Favorites.

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cooperation

Freeform is designed as a collaboration tool, and you can share Freeform boards with other iPhone‌ and iPad‌ users. All Freeform board participants can work on the same board, adding images, text, links and more for group brainstorming sessions.

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Changes made to the Freeform boards are synced to all users in real time, though it’s worth noting that collaboration hasn’t yet been fully fleshed out during the beta testing process.

Availability and device compatibility

Apple’s Freeform app is available on ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Mac. Requires iOS 16.2 or iPadOS 16.2 or later macOS Ventura 13.1 to work, and is a standalone app that will not be available on devices that are unable to run these updates.

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