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shared whiteboard

allows two or more people to view and draw on a shared drawing surface even when they’re at a distance. This may be used, for instance, during a phone call, where each person can jot down notes (e.g. a name, phone number, or map) or they can work together on a visual problem.

Typical shared whiteboards are designed for informal conversation, but they may also serve structured communications or more sophisticated drawing tasks, such as collaborative graphic design, publishing, or engineering applications. Shared whiteboards may indicate where each person is drawing or pointing by showing telepointers, which are color-coded or labeled to identify each person.

The illustration shows 2 users views on the Conversation Board, a multi-user tool for supporting conversational drawing (the 2nd person’s view is shown in miniature to the lower-right).