I wasn’t searching for a storyboarding tool. At the time that I discovered this useful gem, I was simply researching a replacement for the Windows-based Sticky Notes app that I'd come to rely on over the years.
However, when I test-drove this new, free-to-use tool, it opened up a fresh playground for my imagination. As I began testing out its features, a realization struck me: this was the storyboarding tool my little fiction-writing heart has been yearning for.
The tool is called Note Board, and it’s a free-to-download app for your Chrome browser.
What’s so great about Note Board?
While this extension has a few pay-to-play features, the free platform has more than enough free tools to feed the visual thinker’s appetite, including:
Color codable sticky notes. These sticky notes have robust capabilities:
Formatting options (headlines, lists, etc).
A gradient color palette offering limitless color coding options
The ability to attach files and images to individual notes
A linking feature that groups separate notes together using linking arrows (see “Acts” notes in the screenshot below)
A pop-up feature you can add to individual notes
Multiple tabs so you can organize separate boards for individual projects.
Customizable backgrounds that can help set your storyboard’s mood.
A share feature so you can get feedback from friends and collaborators.
A search button to easily find the note you’re looking for.
Stickers to optimize visual ideation.
The ability to upload photos directly to your board.
Below is a screenshot of one of my storyboarding tabs (certain details have been redacted to preserve current works-in-progress), which demonstrates a bare-bones display of some of these capabilities, including tabs, color-coded sticky notes, the linking feature, and a photo upload of a character sketch of mine that I use for reference and inspiration.
For me, Note Board has proven to be the perfect tool; a one-stop-shop for my character sheets, synopsis, book outline, cut scenes, character references and sketches, and more.
Are you going to give it a try? If so, let me know what you think of it!
Have a storyboarding tool you already use and love? Tell me about it!