What is our primary use case?
I was developing mostly personal charts. I was using the brainstorming function and mapping my thoughts. I was using the sticky notes and organizing different ideas into categories. I was just manually using all the different tools and functions, drawing arrows. Later, I saw that they also have templates, which I thought was really cool. However, I was just manually using it for creating charts for personal organization and organizational development as well as doing organization for my nonprofit.
I was mostly working on organization, like categorizing, where I would list different projects, as my team had so many different projects that we were working on. I was just listing, then categorizing them, like color coding the different projects. That was the main thing that I was using Lucidspark for.
I was using a web version. I didn't download anything.
How has it helped my organization?
It made my operations simpler, clearer, and easier to do what I had to do.
Lucidspark enabled us to spend less time creating charts. I feel like that is the biggest thing: Less time having to create the objects/charts and write stuff. That allows you to discuss topics with your team more easily, if you are working with the solution. It saved us about 20 minutes in time.
What is most valuable?
I really liked the sticky notes. They made it easy to change the colors, just click and add ideas, move those ideas around, and then connect them. I felt like they were very intuitive and easy to use.
I really liked how the virtual whiteboard can expand, then you can just move around. It is just one whiteboard, but you can make multiple ones. One whiteboard seems infinite; it seems like I could just keep scrolling and using the space however I want. So, I really liked that feature. I also liked zooming in and out, which is really helpful.
You can easily move things around. It's hassle-free. You can expand the whiteboard as much as you want and create more space. You don't have to manually alter the pixels of how big the canvas is. You can just keep scrolling if you want more whiteboard. It made my life so much easier. Zooming in and out of the whiteboard is an awesome feature that stuck out.
What needs improvement?
There are some things which are kind of complicated to know how to use. I would have to get used to them a bit more, or learn how to use them more, because I feel like there are a lot of features and I don't really know about all of them. I would need more tutorials, and that's one of the biggest things.
It's so nice when you're able to just hop onto a program and intuitively know how to use it. Also, it is so tedious to have to teach new team members how to use the program, especially if they don't collaborate consistently but are hopping on for one meeting. The easier that they could make it for people to learn, like improving the learning curve, the better that Lucidspark could be.
What drew me to Lucidspark was that I hopped on and it was easy and intuitive. It was very nice to look at and use. That caught me. However, there are advanced features that I would have to learn how to use, and if I want my other team members to use them, then I would have to be able to quickly and easily explain them. So, if they could make pop-up tutorials for new team collaborators, e.g., click here to do this and that as a very brief intro tutorial, then that would be helpful. I don't know if they have that already, but that would be helpful for collaborators.
There are still some things that are a little confusing or too advanced, which is why it's not easy to use and hop on. There could be some other features that could be added, like other templates. What I really liked was how there were templates that gave you examples of how you could use Lucidspark. I feel like that is helpful for people to see.
Adding more variety would be helpful for people.
The easier it is to use, the faster someone can just pick it up and start using it. I feel like that will improve the platform and get more people to join it. A lot of small organizations need these sorts of tools, but they don't have time to spend learning about what is good about this solution and how it can help them. I would recommend making it as easy as possible, especially for small organizations.
For how long have I used the solution?
Today, I attended a Lucidspark tutorial, but it was probably a few weeks ago when I was actually using the solution.
I used it a year ago for a few months. Each time that I was using it, I used it for about an hour, then I would go back to it and use it again for about an hour. I was using it to make some charts. I used it like 10 times.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The stability was pretty good. It didn't glitch or freeze.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I showed my charts to other people, but no one else used Lucidspark.
I feel like Lucidspark would be more useful for smaller teams, like five to seven people, because if there were a lot of team members, then that would get very complicated.
How are customer service and technical support?
I did not contact their technical support.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
Previously, I was just trying to make charts on my own using various software, even Photoshop, where it is kind of ridiculous to make shapes. I felt like it was so tedious and time consuming. Then, Lucidspark made it so easy to make charts. That was just so helpful. Lucidspark is so fun and eye-catching because of the different colors. Also, you can zoom in and out. Even with the dotted background (the whiteboard), it's easy and fun for the eyes, rather than some boring software that's so tedious where you have to manually draw all the shapes for the charts. It has a fresh user interface that is very modern.
I just Googled "online chart maker", or something like that. That is what I needed at first: To make charts easily. I was using Photoshop, and it was just a ridiculous, tedious process. Manually making circles and adding text was kind of crazy for me, so I thought, "Maybe there's an easier way to do this?" I was searching for a program on Google, then I found Lucidspark. I signed up, and I thought, "Wow, this is perfect. It's better than I expected."
How was the initial setup?
I created an account, saw the whiteboard, and then just started using it. It took a minute or two to get in and start using it. I don't remember seeing any instructions.
What was our ROI?
Return on investment depends on how much you use it, especially if people collaborate.
I was able to make boxes and objects for charts very easily, because it was just click and drag. That just made it faster. I didn't have to spend time manually making those parts of the chart, like boxes. That saved so much time where I could spend my time creating my ideas and thinking at the same time as I'm drawing it on the whiteboard. It's almost like doing it on paper, but even better. I felt like I was able to think and put it on paper at the same time, as if I were doing it on real hard paper.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
I was using the web version. I don't know what I signed up for, but I don't think I paid anything. It was just free.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
I have used other visual collaboration platforms, but Lucidspark is definitely the best one I have seen.
What other advice do I have?
This is a great intuitive platform for making charts. I liked how easy to use it was. You should try it.
There are tools that can make your life easier. It's good to invest in them because they will make the productivity and efficiency of your organization better.
I have not collaborated with anyone yet, but I did see that feature in the tutorial today. I thought it was really useful. So, I might try it the next time I can, but I haven't used it yet. However, I thought it was really good when I saw it.
If there are more tutorials in the future, it would be really useful.
The solution does have features to tag and automatically group ideas to help organize and synthesize ideas after a brainstorming session, but I didn't really use that feature yet. I was still manually categorizing my stuff. I didn't actually use that feature.
I actually do plan to increase my usage going forward. I hope they have more tutorials like the one I attended today. These days, I am teaching a lot online. So, I feel like I could use this sort of whiteboard for my teaching my students. I feel like I want to try something new and see how it works.
I was going to start exploring Lucidspark a bit more and trying to use it more to see if it helps me. If so, then I might possibly invest in it. However, that depends on how much I will use it and if it will be useful for what I'm going to need it for. I just tried it a few times, and for various uses, so I will keep trying it a little more.
I would rate Lucidspark as a seven out of 10.