Five Card Superpowers

By Paul Ford

What Are Cards?

Aboard organizes the world into Workspaces and Cards. Cards are just little bundles of data—think index cards—that anyone who is invited to a Workspace can access. Let’s take a look at a sample card. Here’s what Aboard looks like—the “Project Alpha” section is the card.

Screenshots of an Aboard workspace in Kanban view and a Card for Project Alpha.

Cards look simple but they have software superpowers. Let’s look inside.

The Power of Conversation

You can “Talk” with cards in multiple ways. The most obvious is chat—just start talking to anyone else who’s been invited to this workspace. Chat works like a typical chat client, but the chat always stays with the card. You never have to go scrolling up through chat channels to see what’s happening.

The Power of Movement

Cards have statuses. Which means that you can organize them. Statuses can be anything you want—you can use them to organize workflow, or to organize by topic. You can quickly move lots of cards between statuses to keep things organized, whether in the kanban view or in the card list of the left.

The Power of Linking

Aboard is built on the web, and each card has a web address—a URL—that you can cut, paste, and share. When you paste a card URL into chat, Aboard will figure that out and give you a small preview link to the card. Of course you can share other links, too, and we’ll do our best to figure out what they are (image, Google Doc, and so forth) and give you a preview. Animated GIFs work fine.

The Power of Listening

Aboard is a tool for collaboration, so it’s important that people can hear each other and know where they are. When someone changes something in Aboard it changes right away for everyone. When you move cards, they announce that they’ve been moved in the chat—this way everyone knows where everything is.

The Power of Change

Things are going to change. If you are keeping track of books you want to read, you’re going to want to add author names. Then cover images. Aboard makes it as easy as possible to add fields to any card, and when you do that, that field is available on every card—to every user. You can erase fields too, of course. So all you have to do to adapt your data is change it once, and it’s changed everywhere. And now everyone who shares your workspace and work on it together. This makes it easy, fast, and social to upgrade your data, whatever it might be.