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How cloud-based doodling helps complete projects faster and better

What is the benefit of doodling?

There are people who tend to doodle in classes, meetings and such, and while it may seem like they are not paying attention, it can actually be beneficial. Scribbling keeps the attention of the person in the present, and prevents them from daydreaming while listening to a lecture. Surprisingly, this means that doodling helps them focus more on the meeting, on what is being said in the lecture, instead of allowing their attention to fly away, causing them to daydream.

However, mindless scribbling is not something people do only in meetings and lectures when they appear bored. In many projects, drawing and doodling is the first stage of presenting the idea behind the project in a visual manner. This means that some of the greatest ideas and concepts have been initially presented in a manner that might seem crude, when you look at the results. However, every product design begins this way – not in a sophisticated computer program, with correct measurements and renderings, but with doodles on a whiteboard or a page.

Whiteboards and think tank doodling

Whiteboards are boards covered in dry erase board paint, either transparent or in color. These days, full walls can be converted into whiteboards, which is highly beneficial for companies that need a lot of space to convey their ideas. Any business company or firm can benefit from using whiteboards, because they allow the participants in the initial planning of a project to capture all their ideas as they appear. Many different scenarios can be developed, and a large amount of what appears on the whiteboard almost always ends up being used in the development process of the project, and then during its execution.

Think tanks, groups comprised of several people who focus on looking for solutions to various projects. Plenty of new designs and ideas are originally developed by think tanks, and they, in turn, are known to use whiteboard drawings, sketches and doodles to create the skeletons of their ideas.

Many people think that you need to be good at drawing to use this method to develop ideas. However, the exact opposite is true. If you’re focusing too much on the artistic side of drawing initial sketches, your mind will focus more on what is being drawn instead of what is being conveyed. In fact, in a think tank session, the person who will be able to convey their ideas with drawings and doodles will have a bigger impact than the person who is good at drawing, but is unable to present their ideas on the whiteboard. 

In general, doodles appear as sketches and drawings. However, diagrams, initial designs, illustrated plans can also be developed in these situations, which makes doodling and drawing an invaluable part of every meeting, every think tank session, making these sessions an invaluable part of every business environment.

Benefits of Cloud-Based Doodling

While whiteboard drawing, and taking notes and creating doodles during lectures are highly beneficial, there are a few drawbacks as well. First of all, once the session is over, the whiteboard is erased, to be used anew for a different purpose, a different topic, so the only way to save what has been drawn is to take a photo of it, or not save it all. Also, even when you’re using a notebook, having data on paper is not overly convenient. Notebooks and papers can get lost, or something can happen to them and they are easily destroyable by the slightest accident.

Having digital copies is also not very convenient. Not that long ago, before we had the opportunity to save data on clouds, we had to use floppy disks, which had very little flesh memory, and CDs which were an improvement, but not a big one. Today, with USB drives and external hard drives, we can store plenty of data in any form, but once again – they can be lost, damaged easily, and data can get easily lost even inside the computer. This has made cloud storage seem like a dream. Not only is the data safe from being lost, it can also be easily shared and accessed by any type of device, be it a smartphone, tablet or a computer.

So, what would cloud-based doodling look like?

Cloud-based doodling, or drawing, means having your sketches and drawings saved on cloud storage as it is being created. It could be accessed at any point in time afterwards, because the data will be immediately sent to the cloud, where it will be maintained and kept. The cloud, as it is called, functions very simply – it is a software that saves data on remote servers. So, even though your drawings are saved away from you, and not on your computer or server, it will be saved for future usage and you will have immediate access to it via the internet.

Possibilities of Annodex technology

Annodex will primarily make it easier for you to reach your saved data, no matter whether it is an image, an audio recording, or video. In fact, by using Annodex, you can create videos that will later be easily accessed, without using special media players or browsers. So not only would you be able to save, indefinitely, your drawings and sketches, but you will also be able to view how you created those sketches and drawings in the first place.

Annodex makes this possible by using a new type of deep hyperlinking and proxying to allow for what they are calling video surfing. It means searching and indexing videos and audio files in the same way as text on the World Wide Web, and with your progress saved on cloud storage, finding it and reviewing the process has never been easier. Annodex has vastly improved web surfing, and its users can now annotate any type of content with immense ease, allowing for the user to stream time-continuous data and get access do audio and videos directly, as well as offering you the opportunity to manipulate the data in your storage with special annotation and indexing methods. Annodex is also free software, available under an open-source license, and offer plenty of information, in the form of guidelines and documents for its new users, because the Annodex team has a goal to revolutionize how we share information online. The Annodex technology is capable of changing the nature of the development of projects, both online and offline, as well as enable us to maximize our use of the internet, cloud storage, and online data sharing.

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