Vittle Review

Vittle Review

For when pictures can say it better than words

Vittle is effectively a whiteboard. But it is not just any whiteboard. It allows you to draw using a multitude of colours and the ability to include photographs from your Camera Roll, but it also lets you record what you are producing. By capturing your drawing, you are able to create videos that can then be played back. It enhances presentations, allows you to get points across clearly and even have a bit of fun.

The app is intended for serious use first and foremost, although the interface is certainly not business-like. It is as user-friendly as you would hope most apps to be these days and so across the top, you have options to draw, erase, select, point and add as well as an assortment of colours and some recording facilities.

This intuitive nature allows for frivolous use as well and, indeed, the in-built video showcases the less serious uses for the app. You could create a video that spells out ‘I love you’ and send it to your other half, for example. If you so wish, you could put it on YouTube or Vimeo immediately after you have recorded them. Videos can also be emailed or put up on company servers if you wish to use them in a presentation.

As well as being able to draw and add photos, you can include a voice over too. This will enable you to explain what you are doing as you are actually doing it. The recording facilities are simple enough to enable this. You tap Rec and then either Stop or Pause if you want to get your thought process into order or work on some magic in terms of how your video is seen by others.

You are not confined to producing work on the one screen. As well as support for multiple projects, you can have several pages and scenes within them. By using different scenes, you are better able to edit later, moving them around, deleting and re-ordering so that you have the perfect end result. The length of the project is left entirely up to you as there are no limits, so you could go on for hours if you so wished.

As if to underline the business use, there is a PDF import option so that work from PowerPoint or Keynote can be added. There is a camera lock tool to let users smoothly pan the recorded view and there is a laser point tool if you have an image on the screen that you want to point to and record while you are doing it.

Videos are exported in 720p HD which is more than adequate and, even better, Vittle does not lay claim to anything you create. The introduction video also tells you that it would be interested to see what people come up with. It’s an open-natured product that will allow for a lot of creative flourish.

There is a free version of the app should you want to try it before you plunge in and pay. You will see that you can quickly produce storyboards but only the full, paid-for version has the unlimited recording length, customisable colour palette and pen setting, camera lock, laser pointer and PDF import. You can only have single projects with the free version too.

Still, many people may find that more than adequate so it is worth downloading the free version to try out first. That said, the full version – if you do decide to upgrade – is very much worth the asking price. We like the way it places those options at the top of the screen and keeps the actual main drawing screen as large and as uncluttered as it could ever hope to be. Menus do drop down into the drawing space but it’s a temporary thing while you sort out and decide what you want, whether it be opacity or a thicker brush, for example.

The playback is also great. There is a little shimmering on the lines that you create which gives the presentations a lift and makes them appear more fun and less straight. It’s like the effect you see in Rhubarb and Custard and it makes it more enjoyable to watch back.

Vittle is a fabulous app that is loaded with features and can really aid with both productivity as well as perhaps providing a bit of fun among friends.

Rated 5 out of 5

An outstanding application for storyboarding and presenting that has a wide range of uses.