Can this web-friendly presentation tool compete with Apple’s Keynote?
FlowVella is the new name for Flowboard, a presentations tool that allows you to create interactive slideshows, known as ‘flows’, which are stored online at the FlowVella website. Once published, flows are available for public consumption, and can be embedded elsewhere: your blog or a social media post, for example. You can even track how popular they are via a series of analytical tools.
You’re limited to uploading 500MB of data a month for free. A premium subscription ($4.99 per month) doubles this, and allows you to password-protect flows and obtain more detailed analytics.
The app tries to keep things simple by providing you with 26 colourful and well-designed templates, and the obligatory blank canvas. Each offers a wide variety of individual slide layouts for you to include any combination of text, graphics, video (including YouTube clips), shapes and even PDF files. You can also add interactive links to these elements to jump between slides and even flows, but it’s here FlowVella starts to fall short.
Content can easily be moved and resized once imported, but editing tools are disappointingly limited – you can crop images, for example, but you can’t place a frame around them or remove their background. The lack of support for charts and tables is a major omission given the app’s attempt to appeal to marketers and business types.
Part of the problem can be attributed to FlowVella’s origins – the iPad version came first. The Mac app is quickly adding new features, but still feels incomplete. There’s definite potential here, but unless your needs are basic, FlowVella can’t hold a candle to better known tools. Nick Peers
Easy to use and to share your flows online, but FlowVella is let down by its lack of advanced editing tools and data visualisations.