When the pandemic first hit in 2020 and we all began working from home, I really struggled to host and participate in live collaboration sessions with my colleagues. After multiple failed attempts using online whiteboards and other collaboration tools, like Google Docs, to conduct brainstorming sessions, I thought it wasn't possible to generate the same level of engagement as you can get in person. That was until I first experienced the power of FigJam. Out of the box, FigJam is a one-stop shop for all your collaboration needs. With its level of interaction, templates and tools, FigJam makes online collaboration not just easy, but also fun!
In this article, I’m going to share with you some banging plugins and widgets that will make collaborating in FigJam an absolute breeze. Whether you work in a team of two or 200, these amazing tools will boost engagement, productivity, and all-around enjoyment levels in your future collaboration sessions.
Conducting an online poll when hosting a live session can be a downright pain. Typically, you have to either use a third-party software, which someone always struggles to connect to or have to do a manual count of raised hands. Both of these methods take time to set up and conduct, are frustrating to manage and, most importantly, are not on the canvas. That’s where Simple Vote comes in to save the day. Simple Vote is a widget in FigJam that allows you to conduct live polls directly on the canvas. With a click, you can have your team vote on which design is more appealing for the new landing page, the focus of the team’s next sprint, or their favourite flavour of ice cream!
While simple, this widget provides you with just enough customisable options, where you can conduct almost any type of poll. Want to avoid awkward confrontations? Easy, make the poll anonymous. Want to limit the number of times someone can vote? Simply, set a response limit per user. It’s as easy as A, B, C.
This next plugin is one of my personal faves. FlyOver basically turns your FigJam, or Figma Design file, into a presentation. So sorry, Bill, it’s finally time to leave PowerPoint in the past. Insert tears of joy. FlyOver is fantastic for when you need to walk your clients, team members or other stakeholders through a project. With a few clicks, you build a custom path through your file to blow your audience away with a guided tour of your amazing work.
With smooth transitions and simple navigation controls, FlyOver is a fantastic tool that will not only make you look like a pro but save you from ever having to panic scroll and zoom in/out on a trackpad again…a feeling I’m sure we’d all like to leave behind.
Sometimes there is nothing better than a good collaboration session to boost inspiration, creativity, and morale. The momentum generated in these sessions is often lost as soon as the session ends, with people left unclear on the next steps or their responsibilities. Lil Todo is a super cool widget that allows you to capture all the required actions your team has agreed upon in the form of a to-do list. Items can be instantly added, removed, or marked as complete by anyone in the file, reducing the reliance on one person to capture all notes and actions from the discussion. If you’ve ever had to be the note-taker, you’ll understand how much of a relief this is. Similar to Simple Vote, Lil Todo lives on the canvas, making it there for reference long after the session has finished.