I first heard about this app when Scott Kelby talked about ‘Project Luca‘. It seems they implemented much of his feedback before releasing the app as Adobe Slate, a free ‘storytelling’ app. Pictures can be displayed in different ways and combined with text, to create a visual story. Once finished, these can be shared online, publicly or privately. The obvious use for me would be for holidays and special occasions, but there are a number of other different examples (recipes, reports, newsletters, for instance) on the Adobe Slate page to get you inspired.
I gave it a go to create a little picture story for last year’s holiday in Cornwall. I found it quite intuitive to use, picking a theme and adding my own pictures and words. It was enjoyable to create. I have to ensure the finished images I want to use are synced to my iPad so they are available within the app, but I would usually do that anyway. The finished story looks great – the layout is stylish yet clean, giving the spotlight to the words and pictures themselves. I can imagine it’s more interesting for people to scroll through a story of your travels than swipe through a folder of images – it’s nice to put a few words of description or explanation with the pictures. It’s probable you could create something resembling a visual story within a blog post, however (for me, anyway) it would take quite some time to bend the template to my will! It also feels more ‘direct’ to just share a link to the story, without other distractions.