Visual Storytelling Apps: “Slate” Joins The Crowd

Visual Storytelling Apps: “Slate” Joins The Crowd

Last June in “How to Tell a Travel Story Visually with Photos,” I reviewed these three options for visual storytelling:

  • Google+ “Stories”
  • Storehouse “Stories” created with an iPad/iPhone app
  • “Posts” using Exposure.co

I found too many flaws with Google+ “Stories” to recommend using them to “Show & Tell” people about your trip.

On the other hand, both Storehouse and Exposure were easy to use, could include text, still photos and videos, and could be shared via social media, e-mail, and by embedding in Websites and blogs.

Storehouse won that “horse race” for me because it is completely free, while Exposure only gave one the ability to create three free posts before ponying up money to create more.

Slate Cover IMG_0575

But now there’s a “new kid on the block,” the “Slate” app for iPad from Adobe, the folks who created the photo editing program and new English language verb, “Photoshop.”

In this video, Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue demonstrates how the “Slate” app works.

As you can see, “Slate” seems to be a snap to use and the price (“free”) is right. And like Storehouse, Slate employs the popular “parallax scrolling” for creating photo-centric Websites.

And while I view the app from a travel storyteller’s perspective, as this Adobe promotional video shows, you can use it for any project that combines photos and text.

So how does Slate stack up against Storehouse?

Here’s “Yosemite in Winter,” a story I wrote with Storehouse.

Compare that to my “Yosemite in Winter” Slate creation and you’ll see that visually they look almost identical.

Yosemite in Winter
Here are the main differences between these two apps:

  • Storehouse works on the iPhone and iPad, Slate only on the iPad.
  • Storehouse lets you use video as well as still photos, while you can only include still photos in Slate.
  • Storehouse lets you quickly re-size and re-order photos in your story, Slate only permits minimal re-ordering of photos.
  • Both apps embed a large “thumbnail” of the story’s title photo in Websites and social media sites that when clicked on take the reader to the Storehouse/Slate Websites where the entire story and all of its visual elements can be seen.
  • Sharing stories seemed slightly easier to me using Storehouse (which permits you to do so from both the app and its Website) than with Slate.

Storehouse gets my nod over Adobe’s Slate primarily because of the ability to include video clips as well as still photos, and the ability to easily re-size and reorder both the visual and textual elements of the story.

But both apps provide a great opportunity for you to create compelling stories of your “world travels.”

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