Frequently Asked Questions
What is Aboard?
Aboard is a software platform that makes it easy for individuals or small groups to manage many different kinds of data in a highly visual, flexible way.
“Data” can mean anything, and Aboard is appropriately flexible. You can use it to manage a large project that takes place over many months, or use it with your child to keep track of holiday gift wishlists.
Aboard makes collaboration central. Data is easy to share, easy to discuss, and collaborative. It’s also possible to take the data you create and publish it to the world.
To learn more about the team behind Aboard and our motivations for creating it, check out the About page.
How does it work?
Aboard has four main components—boards, cards, stacks, and tags. Here’s a brief breakdown of each of them:
Boards: Aboard can’t exist without boards—they’re where your links go. You’ll probably want to create a board for whatever kinds of data you want to store—your favorite recipes, or your book club links, or stuff for planning a party. You’ll see all of your boards (and any boards that others have shared with you) on the main homepage of the app.
Cards: Boards are full of cards—the links you save, or the data you upload manually. You can create cards through the + Add Card modal at the bottom of any board, or via the Aboard extension. (More on that below!)
Stacks: Stacks are the way you sort and organize your cards—and you can even create a stack before you’ve saved any cards. Newly created cards wind up in the “Everything Else” stack by default; simply drag a card into the appropriate stack, and if you change your mind about where it belongs, drag it into another.
Tags: Tags are a way to label cards, whether you’re putting “yes/maybe/no” on shopping links or building a whole formal taxonomy for your data. They’re also a way to filter your cards: Click on a tag, and you’ll only see cards with that tag.
How do I save a link to my board?
You can save links and external data (images, PDFs, etc.) through the + Add Card modal at the bottom of any board. You can also save links through the Aboard extension, which is available for Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Arc (other browsers coming soon). Step-by-step instructions on installing the extension: Chrome / Safari.
Can I change information in a card?
Aboard parses your links and pulls in data from webpages to create a card, but you might want to alter that information in the card itself. Hit the Edit button on an individual card to change:
- The card title
- The card image
- Any other fields Aboard pulled in (e.g., author, price, recipe time)
The one thing you can’t change is the URL itself; if you want to alter that, you’ll have to archive the card and re-save the correct link.
You can also add information to cards via custom fields:
- Go to a card, click edit, and then click on + Add custom field OR
- Navigate to Settings —> Card Fields —> Add Custom Fields
Can I change my stacks and tags?
You can alter stack and tag names and the order they appear two ways:
- Double-click on a stack or tag to edit the text, and drag them up and down the sidebar to change the order.
- Navigate to Settings —> Board Settings to edit stacks, and Settings —> Card Tags to edit tags.
Can I rename a board?
In the board you’d like to rename, navigate to Settings —> Board Settings. You can change the board name, icon, and color scheme at any time.
How do I delete a card?
There are two ways to archive a card: Drag it into the Archive stack in the board’s sidebar, or open the card and hit Archive at the top. You can see them in the Archive stack, and if you change your mind about deleting it, open up the card and hit Restore.
How do I delete a board?
You can archive a board in two places:
- In My Boards on the app homepage, click the three dots in the bottom corner.
- In the board itself, navigate to Settings —> Board Settings and click on Archive entire board.
If you want to restore an archived board, navigate to My Boards and click on your avatar in the top right. Select Show Archived Boards and click Restore on the board you want to reactivate. All of your cards, stacks, and tags should be there, but note: If the board was public when you archived it, it will be set to private and you will have to make it public again.
Can I move a card from one board to another?
Not currently, though we may provide this functionality in the future—if it’s something you’d want, please get in touch and let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I combine two of my boards?
Also not yet—please tell us if this is something you’d like to see.
How do I share a board?
If you want to share a board with friends, colleagues, or anyone else, you can do that via the purple + Share button at the top of the sidebar. There are two different ways to share with individuals:
- Via email: Anyone you invite will receive an email to join your board.
- Via share link: Anyone with the link will be able to join your board.
Your board will still remain private, but invited members will be able to add or modify cards, stacks, and tags; leave comments in cards; and communicate in the chat.
As the board’s owner, you have the right to remove anyone you’ve added: Just navigate to + Share and hover over the name of the person you’d like to uninvite, then hit the trash can icon.
Other people can also share their boards with you—if you don’t accept the invite via email first, you can join by clicking on the board in My Boards on the app’s homepage.
What is a public board?
Boards are private by default; to make them publicly viewable, navigate to Settings —> Board Settings and toggle on Public Board Sharing. (Note: Only the board owner can do this.) You can also make your board public via the purple + Share button at the top of the board’s sidebar.
When a board is made public, anyone will be able to view the public version, which you can see via the Preview Public Board button in Board Settings. (In addition to your board emoji, public boards have titles and descriptions—your opportunity to explain what you’re sharing in your board!)
Public viewers will be able to see your stacks, tags, and cards—including card comments, ratings, and additional fields—and they will be able to see the names and avatars of board members. They will not be able to see your chats, anyone’s email addresses, or any cards you’ve archived, and they are not members of the board: They won’t be able to interact with it beyond clicking on your links unless you invite them.
Is there a mobile app?
Yes—iOS is currently being tested by users, and Android will follow soon after.
How do you use AI?
We use AI to extract structured data from web pages. We do not use AI to look at the contents of your boards and cards.
What does Aboard cost?
Right now? Nothing! In the future? We’re not sure. TL;DR, there will always be a free tier, but we’re still thinking about exactly what our paid tiers will look like.
What are your policies around content and privacy?
We worked to make it super-readable—take a look.
How do I report a bug?
Can I share other feedback?
Yes—we love hearing from you, whatever the topic. Email us at email@example.com.