Whether you need to make something to show of your science project, make the sale, or help museum patrons understand a work of art, chances are you’ll need to make a slideshow that incorporates images, text and other media. Sometimes, you might even need to make one on the fly.
FlowVella is a free slideshow creation app that works on your Mac, iPad, and now iPhone for making killer presentations both at home and on the go. Here’s how.
First off, you’ll want to launch FlowVella on your iPhone and tap on the big Plus button at the top of the screen to create your first “Flow,” or presentation.
Next, you’ll want to choose your template from over 40 well-designed options, from Industrial Graphic to Beauty to Science Experiment. Tap the Preview button to get a deeper look at the various title and content slides available and then tap the Choose button in the upper right to start editing your Flow.
You’ll want to tap into the field at the top and give your Flow a name, then tap on the initial title slide and tap into the text to edit the placeholders there. If you’ve used a template in Pages, you’ll feel right at home.
Tap on an image placeholder, then tap Change Image from the pop-up menu. Next, select an image from your iPhone, Google Search, iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, or any graphics from the Flow template. You can also add content sources here, as well, like your Camera Roll, Instagram, Box, Creative Cloud or One Drive.
Tap on Google Search, then type a term into the search box. FlowVella will place it into the image placeholder area and try to make it fit. You can tap and drag the outline of this placeholder box to fit it to the image you choose, as well.
Next, tap on the Title area twice and then type in your title or subheading, then do the same with the text box. You can set the font, its weight, size, alignment and color with the tools at the top of the screen. Add a link with a tap on the link button, too. When you’re finished, tap Done.
The tools around the edges of your iPhone screen will help you, too. You can undo and redo any steps with the buttons to the left, as well as enable or disable alignment guides. Tap the plus button in the lower left to add a new screen to your Flow.
The big Plus button in the upper right adds a new text object to your slide, while Preview takes you to a non-editable look at the current slide. You can save your flow to the cloud with the Save button, and share it to FlowVella’s online system with the Share button.
Tapping the add screen button gives you a slide out panel where you can choose from any of the template screens as well as basic presentation layouts that may be familiar to you from other software you’ve used like Keynote and Powerpoint. Add and edit as many screens as you like to create your Flow.
If you make a mistake and need to delete or rearrange your slides, head back into the Edit your Flow screen and tap the Arrange button. The slides will shrink down to thumbnails that you can then re-order by dragging around, or delete with a tap on the X button that appears. You can also save your Flow as a PDF and share via the regular services on your iPhone, like iMessage or AirDrop — perfect for collaborations.
There’s a ton more functionality here, making this perfect for anyone needing to make a presentation. Better yet, if you get the Mac version, you’ll be able to work on the same Flow on your Mac that you started on your iPhone.
If you need some inspiration, you can check out the Catalog, which has hundreds of Flows created by other folks. You can tap through to them all and see how other people are creating their own Flows. If you like one that you’ve downloaded to preview, you can tap on the little heart icon in the Library panel.
The free version of FlowVella will let you create up to four Flows with unlimited content uploads, and it’ll sync with the iPad and Mac versions. The Premium version ($4.99 per month) gives you unlimited Flows, password protection, analytics about who’s downloading and viewing your shared Flows, as well as 500 MB of space to upload your Flows in full. There’s also a Pro ($19.99 per month) version and one for Teams, as well.
Students can get FlowVella for free, while teachers get a discount at less than $10 a month, an account that gets them student management features along with all the cool creation content.
If you’re interested in making killer presentations yourself, head on over to FlowVella’s website and check it out for yourself.