With Slate, Adobe is introducing a brand-new text- and photo-centric storytelling application for the iPad today.
About a year earlier, Adobe introduced Voice, its first standalone storytelling application that lets individuals videotape their own tales and after that illustrate them with images (the Voice application is also getting an upgrade today, incidentally). Slate takes a various (as well as rather much less experimental) technique as well as concentrates on message and also pictures rather. At its core, it integrates the simpleness of the modifying side of Medium with the design chops of Adobe.
Using a collection of pre-designed templates, Slate individuals could produce anything from magazine-like traveling tales and also picture albums to newsletters and also records. As Brian Nemhauser, Adobe’s director of product administration for this task, informed me, the company is intending this app at teachers, students, nonprofits, small companies, business employees and also anyone else who intends to assemble a highly visual discussion that combines fundamental content and also imagery. As soon as completed, customers could publish their creations on Adobe’s servers and share the relate to their audiences. Adobe additionally permits users to install their Slate stories on their websites.
Editing content in Slate is rather simple (Nemhauser called it “fail-proof” in our discussion). You could select in between 2 heading kinds, listings and also blockquotes. The application utilizes Adobe’s computer animation engine to use transitions and also other visual aspects as needed.
Users can pick graphics from their iPad, Dropbox accounts, and also Adobe Cloud Libraries (if they have them– a Creative Cloud membership is not had to use Slate).
While Slate does not feature a built-in publisher or other sophisticated image-centric devices, Adobe is doing a few clever tips with aesthetic content in the app. The last Slate tale features a responsive layout, as an example, however that suggests that your pictures may be cropped differently throughout systems. So to make sure the photo isn’t really cropped in strange means, you can tell Slate exactly what’s one of the most vital part of a graphic as well as the app will certainly then make certain that part is always noticeable, whatever platform the individual is on.
Overall, Slate doesn’t feel as cutting-edge as Voice considered that there are already a couple of other iPad text-authoring apps around. It does, nevertheless, feel really sleek and also I could view myself utilizing it to place with each other a traveling story after a trip, for example.
Adobe recently revealed a very early invite-only variation of Slate under Project Luca moniker.