REVIEW: Flowboard for iPad

This free iPad app enables you to create portfolios, presentations and photo slideshows. But is it any good?

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Our Verdict

Flowboard is a little fiddly, but the results are terrific, especially for a free app. It’s a shame there aren’t more ways to share them.

For

  • Nicely designed interface
  • User-friendly
  • Good selection of templates
  • Free

Against

  • The smart guides could be smarter
  • Sharing options limited

Should you ever find yourself having to prove the iPad's credentials as a tool for creativity, you could do worse than turn to Flowboard. This elegantly designed app allows you to create portfolios, presentations and photo slideshows, and it produces beautiful results.

There are free and premium versions of the app

You can start from scratch or choose from a large number of templates. After selecting a template option, you tap on a box and add an image, video or some text.

Use the app to create portfolios, presentations and photo slideshows

The boxes themselves can be dragged around and re-sized, and their content can be scaled using the familiar two-fingered pinch and un-pinch gestures.

Our only complaint here is that while there are smart guides to help you align boxes, they pop up arbitrarily and not when you need them most.

Choose from a number of templates

You can share your work, but only on Flowboard's servers. That's not a huge issue unless you run up against the 20GB storage limit, at which point you can pay £2.99/$4.99 for the premium version.

Key info

Price: Free
Universal: No
Version: 1.1
App size: 37.4MB
Developer: Flowboard LLC
Age rating: 4+

The Verdict

8

out of 10

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Flowboard is a little fiddly, but the results are terrific, especially for a free app. It’s a shame there aren’t more ways to share them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.

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