A few weeks ago I wrote about Flowboard, a Web- and iPad-based presentation service (you create presentations on an iPad that are uploaded to the Flowboard Web site for display) that I think has a great future. As if to goad me into writing again about the product, the developers of Flowboard have just released an OS X-based editing tool, Flowboard for Mac.
The new tool is essentially the same as the iPad version but because you have a mouse and can drag and drop content into your presentations from the filesystem it’s faster and easier to use.
A feature of the service I didn’t mention in my previous review is stats: Flowboard tracks a lot of stats that are incredibly useful particularly to marketers including the number of views of the presentation, number of social likes, number of comments, number of shares, views by device, and a breakdown of views by specific screens within the presentation. The only thing missing are analytics for time on screen and path analysis to examine how presentations are actually used.
New to the Mac version are shapes (such as rectangles, rounded rectangles, circles, triangles, arrows, etc.), color wheel and opacity support, rich text, Vimeo video support, Dimensions, XY Palette, 1/10 Pixel Nudging, and Mac keyboard commands.
The iPad version is still free and, at present, Flowboard for Mac is priced at $9.99 but when 10,000 copies have been sold the price will go up (the current installation count is just under 6,500 so move fast).
Sure, there are lots of features that could be added to Flowboard and while that would be great the elegance and simplicity of the product as it stands makes it one of the best presentation tools available.
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