When it comes to apps for your Mac the old adage ‘Different strokes for different folks’ definitely applies. And it explains why we have so many different Mac word processors, notes apps, photo enhancement apps. Almost every Mac user needs an app in those categories. Less popular are presentation apps on the order of Keynote, which is free for Mac users.
If necessity is the mother of invention, someone decided Keynote could be improved and developed Flowboard, arguably the most unique Mac (and iOS) presentation app you’ve never used, and probably won’t.
Flowboard is a bit like Hypercard Meets Keynote. Screens are interactive and may contain videos, galleries, links to other pages, documents– almost anything. The app plays well with an interactive audience where the presenter can delve deeper into a subject or topic, or move quickly to another area of interest.
Flowboard starts with a few dozen templates where you can add images, videos, documents, photos, and text, so in that regard it’s much like Apple’s popular and free Keynote. But you can also link to other Flowboards which makes it far more dynamic. Photo and image galleries are added easily to a Flowboard. PDF documents, too.
Much of what you like about Keynote you’ll like more in Flowboard. For example, you can export an entire Flowboard as a PDF to share, but export it to the web to share online. Flowboard can be displayed on a Mac or iPad, and can use AirPlay to run on a wide screen television.
As with Keynote, Flowboard also is cloud-based, too and you get 500MB a month upload and premium features that can be added later. A Flowboard saves your work locally as you work, but drafts can also be saved to the cloud account.
If you enjoy using Keynote and remember the interactivity that came with Hypercard back in the day, you’re likely to enjoy using Flowboard, too, and Keynote experience will help reduce the learning curve.
In the end, though, both apps produce classy presentations; one is free and mature, the other new, a bit different, but comes with more interactivity and a price tag.