The 18 best tools for online collaboration

These real-time collaboration tools make your design work easier... wherever you are in the world.

11. Conceptboard

Online collaboration tools ConceptBoard

Conceptboard is an instant whiteboard tool

Conceptboard is an instant whiteboard tool for teams and projects, and designers can also reap benefits by using this tool to collaborate. Inded, it's optimised for creatives and is more like a one-stop solution for crafting concepts, managing projects, and providing feedback at any time.

12. Ideaflip

Online collaboration tools IdeaFlip

Compose, collect and clarify your ideas with Ideaflip

Ideaflip makes it easy for your team to quickly turn thoughts into ideas, and share or refine them – whether your collaborator is in the same room or on the other side of the world. A beautifully simple web app, Ideaflip is perfect for group brainstorming and individual ideas. A great way to compose, collect and clarify your ideas.

13. Scribblar

Online collaboration tools Scribblar

Scribblar is the only app here with live audio chat

Scribblar is similar to a chat room – it even has audio available – and as such it is very useful indeed. Creative brainstorming and artwork revision can be collaborated in the 'room' you create. It's an effective online collaboration tool and is available for free.

14. BinFire

Online collaboration tools BinFire

An all-in-one project management collaboration tool

Binfire is an all-round project management tool. It's described as being designed for team project follow-ups and collaboration, but the whiteboard and markup function make it useful for designers too. If you are looking for a collaboration tool that have powerful project management features, this is the one to try.

15. Basecamp

Online collaboration tools Basecamp

Basecamp has been around for over 10 years

The daddy of project management, Basecamp was created when 37Signals couldn't find a project management app that wasn't insanely complicated, and so decided to build its own. It worked so well that clients wanted to use it, too, and things grew from there.

Featuring a whole suite of collaborative tools including to-do lists, wiki-style documents, file sharing and messaging, it packs in just about everything you need to keep any project running smoothly. You can use it via the web or with iOS and Android apps, and if you want to get a feel for it you can sign up for a 60-day free trial.

16. ProofHub

Another web-based project management and collaboration tool, ProofHub promises that it'll enable you to plan, organise and deliver projects of all sizes faster. It offers all the tools you'd expect, including Gantt charts to help schedule and track multiple tasks, and a proofing tool that aims to ease the whole process of approving and reviewing designs. 

Want to give it a try? You can sign up for a free 30-day trial right now.

17. Concept inbox

Online collaboration tools Concept inbox

The latest version of Concept inbox features visual feedback and real-time collaboration

Describing itself as the simple way for designers, teams and clients to collaborate, Concept inbox provides you with a straightforward dashboard where you can upload images, get fast feedback from clients and add revisions with full version control. It also enables you to create interactive prototypes; just the thing if you have a brilliant idea for an app and want to communicate how it would work.

18. Cage

Online collaboration tools Cage

If you want an online collaboration tool that's specifically for designers, try Cage

Cage is one of those online collaboration tools that is specifically built for designers. The original app allowed you share images of designs and get contextual feedback on them, but in the latest iteration collaboration is more comprehensive.

You can add tasks, approve files, and even explore a more engaging experience with web-based presentations. If project management features like to-do lists were included, this would virtually be a one-stop solution for designer collaboration.

Contributors: Natalie Brandweiner and Justin He

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Craig Stewart is the editor of Creative Bloq. Craig has written about everything from cars and design to football and tech for numerous national newspapers, websites and magazines, including Classic Ford, Haynes and T3.