Mural is a collaboration app for team brainstorming and mind-mapping. You use it to make virtual canvases and whiteboards where a team of people can draw, add notes, pin images and files, and otherwise interact with one another in real time. We like its broad file support and excellent templates, too. Among Mural’s drawbacks, however, are its price—which is on the high side—and missing support for interactive charts and reports.
How Is Mural Different From the Competition?
While Mural is a fast and flexible app for collaboration, some of its closest competitors offer more than just a virtual whiteboard space and have special differentiating features.
For example, Prezi is not only a collaborative brainstorming tool, but also a deluxe presentation app. In fairness, you can use Mural for presentations, but it’s not as full-featured as other software in that category. Another example is Visme, which includes a rich set of templates for designing digital marketing assets, in addition to collaborative canvasing features. There is also very capable and specialized mind-mapping software, such as Mindomo, and flowchart and diagramming software, such as Lucidchart and Draw.io. People tend to use mind-mapping and flowchart software differently than whiteboarding software, but there is some overlap.
Miro, Mural’s closest competitor among the apps we’ve tested, is our Editors’ Choice winner for whiteboarding and collaborative canvassing software because it is slightly more intuitive…