Seattle-based iPad storytelling app Flowboard just updated its platform to allow users to embed YouTube videos and PDFs into their presentations.
Flowboard, which launched this past April, lets anyone create touch-enabled stories, whether it’s for business, school, or something simple like sharing travel photos or cooking recipes.
Now in version 1.2, you can add YouTube clips and PDF files into your presentations. There’s also a new video compression feature and a undo/redo button, on top of all the other features the app offers.
Flowboard is free, but the premium version that runs at $5/month offers more monthly upload quota, larger file size limits, and that new PDF feature. All templates are free, but Flowboard plans on adding premium ones in the future.
“There are several other ways we can monetize the service down the road,” said CEO Brent Brookler, an entrepreneur who previously served as president of games and entertainment at Mobliss.
“Haiku Deck doesn’t handle slideshows or real interactivity,” Brookler said. “They’re good at what they do, which is simple, good-looking presentations. Ours is a little deeper.”
Flowboard was formed after being rebranded from a company Brookler founded seven years ago called Treemo Labs. Treemo is still doing business with its existing customers, but the company is now representing itself as Flowboard first.
“Flowboard is leveraging all that we have learned,” Brookler said. “It’s our product, our vision and we own it 100 percent.”