HowDo is an intriguing little startup. Based in Berlin, the company’s platform offers a very simple way to create instructional storyboards: you just take a series of photos with your phone, make a slideshow out of them with a voiceover, and post the result. It’s very much geared towards the maker movement although, as I noted last year, the same mechanism could also plausibly find an application in citizen journalism.
And now it’s on the web too. You can’t create HowDo guides on the desktop — that’s still an iOS app-only task — but you can now embed them in blogs or websites, or search through profiles from the browser. It was previously possible to view HowDo guides on the web, but only if someone had sent you a link, and even then the guides were in no way interactive.
In keeping with the original app, HowDo’s web player interface is quite simplistic: you can click forwards and backwards through the frames, and that’s it. It’s enough to do the job, though, and I can see it working well in the context of Tumblr or Pinterest embeds.