Want to create dynamic, interactive content while you’re on the road? Forget the desktop and the laptop – now you can create truly interactive content over a Starbucks on your iPad, thanks to Seattle-based startup Flowboard. Looking after this little baby as it develops will be a product manager’s dream job.
Touch-sensitive screens are great for viewing videos, playing games, reading and shopping, but to date most people still prefer a physical keyboard and mouse to write, lay out a presentation or upload content to make a slideshow. But according to CEO Brent Brookler, Flowboard is about to inaugurate the age of “touch publishing.”
Brookler says it will debunk the myth that killer content can’t be created on tablets. Currently available for the iPad, plans are already in the pipeline for Android and iPhone versions. But seasoned product managers will want to know just how this clever little app debunks the myth.
Flowboard, Brookler claims, is “a next-generation storytelling, presentation builder, or publishing platform.” It offers a series of different templates (17 currently but more are in the pipeline), and then allows the user to tap on a field in the layout for, say, a photo menu. Product managers will probably agree that what happens next effectively solves one of the biggest challenges for content creation on the iPad: placing media files onto the gadget. The menu lets the user select photos from the device’s camera, or from other sources like DropBox, Instagram, Facebook, and Google image searches. Then the photo can be sized and aligned with a few simple taps, and captions can be added just by tapping the text beneath the image (a keyboard appears).
But the added beauty is that users can add internal links to other screens, along with photo galleries and videos featured as a full-screen slideshow. Unlike PowerPoint, it’s got highly interactive and multimedia capabilities
The resulting “Flowboards” can be saved to the cloud. Each individual one has a unique URL, which means that they can be accessed on any device. The app is free along with the first 200MB of cloud storage. One Gigabyte of cloud-stored Flowboards will cost just $5 per month.
An “undo” function along with YouTube integration is coming shortly.
From now on, people won’t be making presentations. They’ll be making Floorboards.