Concept development tool AND presentation design?

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I've had f-a-c for a few years now and it's become a big part of my daily workflow.

Am I an animator? Nope. Exploring animation? Not really.

What I use f-a-c for is something it wasn't really designed for: as a 'pocket' concept/presentation/storyboard development tool.

I love it because it gives me a great little set of natural drawing tools and a way to create and manage 'slides' (frames) very quickly and intuitively.

The latest edition of the Text tool has gone a long way to make me thinking it would be awesome if there were just a couple more tools to make this a bonafide presentation editor.

But I don't want to suggest that we need to get away from the great basic ease of use and well-thought out set of features that are already in f-a-c. With the exception of maybe one optional tool, most of my ideas have nothing to do with the main drawing/editing window.

So what are they?


ONE: a way to set the pause time for each slide [frame] for playback. You have this in gif animation editors, and I wonder how hard it would be to implement here. For me, I could see doing this in the frame sorter, in its long-press pop-up. A little slider bar, number input line? This value would be read by the playback function and (hopefully) in the next idea: a presentation export file option.


TWO: Export all (or selected?) frames as slides [pages] in a PDF presentation file. Maybe include page transition choices? I know many would prefer PowerPoint export, but for me, PDF is the most flexible cross-platform solution.


THREE: Type as editable special 'Text layers'? I'm sure that I'm not the only one to ask for that, but I could see it being big for presentation work.

The thing is, the power of f-a-c in a presentation context is its hand-drawn look. This is a powerful tool for psychological reasons. Hand-drawn slides add a degree of honest, fresh authenticity and wider scope to what can be addressed. It's more engaging! Flip-a-clip has the power to make that kind of process easily accessible on pen-enabled devices. So that's my pitch for making and possibly promoting the product as something more creatives can use outside of the animation crowd: a great way to flesh out and even present idea development.

Anyone else feeling or using f-a-c in this way?

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Jona
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Thanks for your feedback about how you use FlipaClip. This does help us understand how some users use the app. The focus of the app is not really a presentation type of app but I do see why it can be very useful for this.


  1. This is a key feature animators want and we are working on some ideas that hopefully early next year we can test out with some users.
  2. Very interesting request to export to PDF. I'll set this as nice to have feature. We'll look at it early next year.
  3. Interesting idea too. We are having some thoughts on some key changes to the app that might make this very possible.

Thanks for your feedback again and it's really funny you call it f-a-c... :P

Jona
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Thanks for your feedback about how you use FlipaClip. This does help us understand how some users use the app. The focus of the app is not really a presentation type of app but I do see why it can be very useful for this.


  1. This is a key feature animators want and we are working on some ideas that hopefully early next year we can test out with some users.
  2. Very interesting request to export to PDF. I'll set this as nice to have feature. We'll look at it early next year.
  3. Interesting idea too. We are having some thoughts on some key changes to the app that might make this very possible.

Thanks for your feedback again and it's really funny you call it f-a-c... :P