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Introducing whiteboards in Jitsi Meet

Published on: December 1, 2022 by Saúl Ibarra CorretgéCategories: Featured | Jitsi Meet | meet.jit.si | New Feature | Uncategorized

Trying to explain something to someone and they just don’t get it? If an image is worth a thousand words how about a diagram? Today we’re excited to announce the availability of whiteboards in Jitsi Meet – the missing piece for all those seeking an educational meeting solution and not only!

We decided to stand in the shoulders of giants on this one. The core implementation comes from Excalidraw, an excellent whiteboarding piece of software, which is Open Source, of course. We made some tweaks and adjustments to have it fit in with our vision. We seek to provide an easy to use feature that enables participants to share ideas and brainstorm without having to seek a third party solution. From now on, meeting moderators can open a whiteboard and have everyone in the call sketch away.

The interface supports a number of tools and settings that keep the collaboration interesting and effective. During a meeting, changes that a participant makes locally via the whiteboard are sent to a server to then distribute those updates only to devices of other participants in the meeting. The whiteboard content can be exported as a png or svg at any time during the meeting, so all that hard work doesn’t go to waste.

If you’re using meet.jit.si, you can go ahead and play with the whiteboard in your meetings right away! For those self-hosting, it can be enabled from the config file, and you’ll need to deploy this simple backend.

As you might already know, we’re firm believers in the power of Open Source, we seek to collaborate with other communities to build solutions everyone can use and we’re excited to bring more to this feature in the future!

❤️ Your personal meetings team.

Author: Mihaela Dumitru

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