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Hands-on: Adobe Slate takes another stab at "visual stories"

Jared Newman | April 6, 2015
Adobe just launched a new iPad app that aims to make anyone feel like a magazine editor.

Even the publishing element is confining. Stories show up at slate.adobe.com, and you're given a direct link to your story to share with others. When exporting, you can tap buttons to share your story via Facebook, Twitter, email, or Messages — but you can only select one option at a time. You can, however, go back and republish your Slate story in as many different formats as you'd like. You're given an embed code, too, but only for your story's title and cover image — which directs viewers back to the story hosted on Adobe's website. You can't host your entire story on your on website or blog, or embed them within other webpages.

Slate has some potential as a publishing tool, especially considering how easy it is to get started. Its built-in themes and pre-set animations make it easy for users to create slick presentations and online flyers without any technical know-how. But without more control over how stories look and where they can be published, the appeal is probably going to be limited.

Adobe Slate is an iPad-only app, available now in the App Store for iPads running iOS 8. 

 

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