Adobe is launching a new app called Slate that should delight iPad users, especially those who are creatively inclined. The software company had already experimented with visual storytelling before, especially with the launch of its Voice app about a year ago. While Voice (which has also been recently updated by Adobe) focuses on allowing users to record their own stories and then illustrate them with pictures, Slate employs a simpler approach. It focuses instead on just putting text and images together.
Through the use of pre-designed templates, users of the Slate app can create anything from posters and articles to photo albums and digital scrapbooks. According to Brian Nemhauser, the director of product management for the Slate project, anybody can take full advantage of the app -- whether they are teachers who create visual aids for teaching lessons, or students who use the Slate app for their school projects. Even the professional sector can make use of Slate, and we are not just talking about graphic designers, illustrators, cartoonists, or animators here -- the app can be used for presentations and making reports, basically anything that employs text and pictures to convey a message.
After users are finished with their creations, they can publish them on Adobe's servers, and then share the link to their intended audience. On top of all that, Adobe even lets users embed their Slate creations on their own websites.
Incorporating text using the Slate app is as easy as choosing a headline style (you can select either list style or blockquote style). As for adding image elements, users can select the pictures they want to incorporate from their iPads, their Dropbox accounts, or their Adobe Cloud Libraries.
Trying to keep it as simple as possible, Adobe has not equipped the Slate app with any built-in image editor or advanced editing tools. Also, the final result has a dynamic and responsive layout, which means that it could be displayed differently depending on what platform is being used.
Adobe's Slate app may not be the first text-authoring app to appear in the market designed for iPad users, but it does appear to be one of the most easy to use, which could go a long way in encouraging as many users to give it a try. And since Slate has only just begun, we could see it continue to improve and add new features in its future versions. That is definitely worth waiting and maybe telling a story about.
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