- How does the "Rapid Modeler" support me in my daily work?
You are active in the field of business development, innovation management, or start your own business? Rapid Modeler helps you develop strategies and business models applying the principles of "Business Design" in your team. You can use the software in both local workshops and virtual telephone conferences.
- How is the software structured?
The software consists of your individual dashboard and a "virtual workspace" to collaborate with your colleagues. You can create your own "models" and fill them with virtual "post-its" to share ideas with your team members. All changes to a model are immediately synchronized with your colleagues. Through various add-on dialogs, you are able to customize the software to suit your needs. You can reach most dialogs via a central menu bar at the top of the software.
- What technical requirements are necessary?
- How do I start?
Sign up or just login to using your email address and password. The access is free of charge (for up to 10 users per team). After registration, you will see your individual dashboard, on which you create new models, open existing models and get the latest informations about activities in your teams.
- How do I create a new model?
Click the big "+" at the top left of your individual dashboard. In the subsequent dialog, give your model a name and select an appropriate template. Existing models can be opened later under the menu item "Models". The dialog lists only models which belong to your current team. In case you are a member of several teams, you can change your active team in the "Teams" dialog.
- Why do the models' templates improve my workflow?
You can overlay the models' workspace with a template, which can help you to structure your team discussions visually. In our library, you will find over 50 templates on "Business Design" and many other topics.
- Can I rename a model?
Yes, under the menu item "Model Settings", which can be found at the top right of the main screen, you can rename your model at any time.
- Can I connect models with each other?
Each model has a unique "hash code" (#). This code can be found in the dialog "Models". Use this "hash code" in post-its, notes, or in chat and the system will create an interactive button, which automatically links to the corresponding model.
- How do I place post-its on the workspace?
Load or create a model, click with the mouse on the empty post-it on the left pane and drag-and-drop it on the workspace. You can now fill in some text and format the post-it. To change the size of post-its later, click on the post-it and choose the desired size S, M, L or XL. You can modify other properties, such as color, font size etc. To connect two post-its, mark a post-it, click on one of the round junction points and draw a line to another post-it.
- Can I put pictures or videos on the workspace?
Simply highlight a post-it and drag a file from your computer desktop onto the workspace. The file will be uploaded to our server and attached to the post-it. To swith the displayed content of a post-it from text to icon or file, use the "Display" button.
- What is the icon library good for?
You can place icons on post-its to visualize systems and complex strucutures, such as processes and connections. Simply highlight a post-it, click the button "Icon" and select an icon from the library.
- How do I invite colleagues to my team?
Click on the menu item "Teams", select the respective team and invite your colleagues using the input fields. Your colleagues will then get an invitation by email.
- Can I create more teams or switch teams?
- Can I invite customers or partners as guests?
Guests can be invited via the dialog "Share Model" (top right). Guests have full access to one specific model, but can neither access other areas of the software nor jump to other models. To allow access for guests, you must change the privacy status of your model to "Public".
- How can I now work with colleagues or guests?
Open a model simultaneously with your colleagues and discuss your ideas, business models and hypotheses or distribute tasks within the team. All participants see the same content on the "Virtual Workspace" at any time.
- Can I export my models to be used in other applications?
Simply click on the menu item "Export", select the desired file format and export area (either template only or the entire workspace) and click on the "Export" button. A file will be created which can be downloaded a few seconds later.
- Can I "freeze" the current state of a model?
Yes, just click on a the camera icon in the menu bar of your active model. The system generates and archives a copy of the model as a result. Later, the copy can be opened in the dialog "Models" by simply clicking on the camera icon of the respective model.
- Why do I need "Types" for post-its?
Types give your post-its additional functions that will assist you in some templates. Define a post-it as a task to manage responsibilities, status and a due date. Other types include "Idea", "Hypothesis" and "User Story". Select a suitable type and fill in the textareas.
- Where and how are the data of my models stored?
Our database servers are exclusively located in Germany and are subject to the German data protection directives. Modern firewall systems and state-of-the-art data encryption protect your data from misuse and unauthorized access.
- Can the "Rapid Modeler" be customized?
We often customize the user interface (colors, your logo), develop new templates or special functions and technically to integrate the software into our clients' IT infrastructure (e.g. single sign-on). Simply give us a call or send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.