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Tools for storyboarding in OS X and iOS

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When it comes to creating a storyboard, technology offers certain options that, if it is a project of a certain size, are useful and practical. Not to mention that not having to carry around a lot of paper is always appreciated. That’s why I’ve been looking for Mac and iOS applications that allow us to create a storyboard.

Tools for storyboarding in OS X and iOS
Tools for storyboarding in OS X and iOS

Of course, there is a bit of everything on the list, some of them will seem to be from the past as their interfaces are not at all attractive but if they do their job it is enough in this case. Let’s start with the Mac ones.

Storyboarding in OS X

The first one is StoryBoard Quick. Basically it is a base of images that we will be able to insert to recreate the different scenes of our short film, movie, advertising spot,… These elements in turn can be rotated, modified in size and of course position. It is not at all visually pleasant but it does not seem a bad option.

The same developer offers a slightly more complete version, StoryBoard Quick Studio, and a take-away version on our iPad as well as other options that you can consult on their website, PowerProduction Software. Although its price, $249, will make more than one discard it quickly.

Another option is Storyboard Pro by Toonboom. We could define it as a drawing application where each of them will be one of the plans of our project. These will be organized in the application itself and we will be able to rearrange them with just drag and drop. FrameForge Previz Studio is not only an application for storyboard creation, but also a tool capable of animating scenes, something that may be useful to some people but that requires extra work that may not be necessary.

Storyboarding in iOS

Storyboards, simple and effective application. Similar to the views on a Mac but with a better finish at the interface level and with the advantages of working on the iPad. Where we can also take our storyboard with us at all times. Storyboard composer, it’s paid but interesting. We can place elements such as notes, camera position, camera movements and more. We can also add photos taken with our iPad or iPhone which can be useful if we are in the location of the shoot.

Technology and the Analog World

Strangely enough, there are not many applications of this kind. Actually, for large productions there are already teams dedicated to making the storyboard and make use of applications such as Photoshop and are organizing the scenes differently.

So looking for more alternatives I came across a very simple but practical method. This consists in using the drawing application that we like the most, such as Paper, Penultimate in iOS or Gimp and similar in Mac. Then, those drawings that will outline each scene we take to ComicLife. Yes, it’s simple, it’s something we could do in a thousand other ways but if you try it I think you’ll like it.

And of course if there are not many scenes or you simply prefer to be more analogical, we will always have the pencil and paper.

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