Gridiron Software on Wednesday released its much anticipated workflow tool, Flow, as a public beta for Mac users.
Targeted to creative professionals with large, expansive workflows, Flow was designed to help keep track of everything on your hard drive that is being used in a particular project. Flow will track the relationship of documents to your project regardless of where they are located, even if they are offline.
Flow has been in development for a couple of years, but company officials said the public beta is worth the wait.
“We wanted to make sure we had a stellar out of box experience,” Steve Forde, president of GridIron Software, told Macworld. “We really took our time and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.”
Forde said that as Flow developed in private testing some creative users have been using the tool as their desktop, constantly keeping track of what’s happening in their projects.
In addition to being a tracking tool, Flow will also show you what’s missing in a project visually. For example, if a font has been deleted from your system and it was being used in a project, Flow will let you know with alert. It will also highlight the portion of the project affected by the missing file.
“We designed this for creative pros, people that put food on their table by the doing creative work,” said Forde.
Flow also allows you to track the history of a document and revert to any version during the creative process. Of course, by tracking all of the documents associated with a project, you can also gather all of the files and package them to hand the project off.
Forde said one of the great things about Flow is time tracking. You can automatically record how much time is spent on a file or group of files, allowing you to better track whether you are making money on a project.
“Obviously you want to please the client, but if you’re not making any money at it, does it really make sense,” said Forde.
Flow works with a variety of creative software including Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Final Cut Studio and Microsoft Office.
Gridiron Flow is available for download from the company’s Web site.