GridIron Flow

Unlike most media-management tools, Flow doesn’t attempt to change you or force you to work a certain way -- instead, it works around how you work now

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now 1
GridIron Flow
  • GridIron Flow
  • GridIron Flow
  • GridIron Flow

Pros

  • Keeps projects organised, behind-the-scenes time tracking and versioning, works almost seamlessly.

Cons

  • Won’t appeal to all creatives, lacks support for some applications (such as QuarkXPress)

Bottom Line

Flow won’t suit everyone -- creatives who mainly work on single-use, unrelated projects will have little use for it -- but if you spend a lot of time on multi-faceted projects with lots of different versions and shared assets, Flow could make your life so much easier.

Would you buy this?

  • Buy now (Selling at 1 store)

  • Undftd - Men Black Gridiron Shirt 53.69

The flowchart runs from left to right. Your project file (such as a Photoshop PSD, InDesign INDD or After Effects AEP) sits in the centre with its constituent elements to the left and any exported files to the right. For any file in your Map, you can view a thumbnail or open it up for an instant preview. You can scroll through the pages of a PDF, though not InDesign files.

You can also have a look at each file's internal attributes (above) -- these aren’t traditional metadata, but data relevant to the type of file it is. You can see the names of layers within PSDs, fonts and colour swatches within InDesign and Illustrator files, compositions within After Effects projects, and so on.

All of this information is searchable through panels in both the main Flow application and the Flow dashboard. So if you’re looking for a Photoshop composition but all you remember is that it had a layer called ‘Woman in Red’ in it or used the Plantin font, you can search for these.

Most of the time with Flow you won’t need to search, though. If, for example, you want to find a stock shot of a woman in a red dress that you comped into a PSD that you used in a brochure, you open the brochure in Flow and trace back to the original image. Flow remembers where that image was when you used it, even if it’s not accessible anymore – so can tell you what the name of the CD or external drive it was on so you can dig it out.

Moving around the Map is swift and easy, using the spacebar to Hand tool-move around and Cmd/Ctrl and your mouse’s scrollwheel to zoom in and out. There’s also a clickable overview in the bottom left, in case you get lost.

The flowcharts can get very large on complex projects, but they never get messy, due to the clear visual interface. Flow colour-codes different node types and greys out elements nodes that aren’t on the same to the selected file, and groups similar types of files together if there are more than 15 (or an amount you set) attached to a single project file. This clean layout is especially important if you expand the ‘stubs’ below media files that show which other projects they’re connected to -- say, to check where a logo is used either before you change it, or to quickly see which projects files need be opened and updated with the new version.

You can bookmark Maps of current or regularly used projects to quickly access them -- and share Maps with other Flow users on your network. With only a single licence, we couldn’t test this, but apparently it works without needing to be set up, through GridIron’s own networking technology.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Be the first to comment.

Post new comment

Users posting comments agree to the PC World comments policy.

Login or register to link comments to your user profile, or you may also post a comment without being logged in.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?