Let’s talk today a little about Fliphtml5 the flagship product of our prestigious partner.
I used Fliphtml5 since its first version and before the company became our interactive project’s partner.
What attracted me at first?
While maybe I’m not a techs savvy, I’m an experienced director and multimedia producer as well as a proven designer.
At first glance was the smoothness and realistic book animation that attracted me.
I had tested other free platforms but they still look clumsy today (i.e. Càlameo, Isuu to cite some of.)
Have a look at my first creations with the earlier basic Fliphtml5 just click on the pictures below
Why I chose it?
Again, once more the comparison with other software revealed that Fliphtml5 was more a complete suite than a simple converter. It permitted me not only create a simple flipbook from a PDF but also make some customizations and the most important was I found a very experienced and kind technical support.
I sent my feedback about issues got in using or viewing in either PC or tablet and they used it to create a better version. As the new version was stable I created a new kind of flipbook, see below
Future updates improved some features and arrived a new animation editor that appealed me.
Below, you see some products created to test the animation editor. They include background music, hotspot, slideshow and other animations.
The Fliphtml5 software evolution and the animation editor quality improved in a very short time, while due to browser progress and that some tags were included in epub3 format, the html5 became a new de facto standard for flipbooks and ebooks in general.
What’s new today?
I haven’t updated the software for a while because my products were more video based than Fliphtml5 book but three days ago, I decided to update to newer Fliphtml5 version hoping it worked even in my 32 bit laptop.
Well, not only the installation went on smooth but I was astounded looking at the new editor and improved UI.
Let’s explore some details!
Here below find a serial of shots taken in sequence during the creation of a simple flipbook for some Buddhist French friends, from the importing PDF to final result with some customization and other features about the Animation Editor not included in the final book.
Building a new flipbook – Step By step
1- Main UI
1e – OCR downloading
Besides, you can also choose quality, rendering engine, importing links, TOC and more.
2- Choosing the template
Once imported the PDF you can start selecting the preferred template. You see a wide range of template available in above picture.
Once chosen the template the following step is theme selection among the supplied variety which includes animated background or you can of course use your custom background like I did.
3b – TOC and Bookmarks
Using the related Tabs you can check and modify TOC and Bookmarks but also export or import.
3c – Custom Settings
You can import and save custom settings from previous flipbooks to have similar look.
To achieve a more realistic look I made a serial of customization Binding, TOC and Pagination, see pictures below
Among several choices I selected Hardcover
3e – TOC
3f – Pagination
That’s one of the most important feature to create a professional product.
I chose to set in Roman first two pages and Arabic following pages.
4 – Login
To accomplish some steps and saving settings you must be logged in.
Register or login using the related panel.
After login you can also publish freely online your flipbook.
At this point, I suggest you to download the free version and dip your finger into or if you like continue reading to know more features.
5 – Using the Page Editor
The main Page Editor UI is very intuitive and at glance you can choose among the several options offered from removing or adding pages to set specific effects. I chose to add a link to a page area 5a and selected to open a webpage among the many action options offered 5b
5a – adding link area
5b – Select Action options
Another very impressive feature is the html5 animation editor.
Practically, you can add anything from a PayPal button, to Html code, Slideshow, etc.
In my example, I added an hotspot and text line linked to related URLs.
6a – Adding an Hotspot
That’s an animated attractive feature that you can resize and customize as you like, I just selected a standard colour, resized and linked to a web URL.
6b – Adding a weblinked Text Line
You can insert several type of text and also animated it after customizing font, size, etc.
8- Sprite improved animation – New Feature with sprite customization
If you look at below pictures there’s no need to explain how great is the improving of sprite animation. You can manage it in any details not only choosing the character but also the movement customizing duration and gests as well as you can add a custom message or speach from file or record a new one on spot.
8a – Selecting Sprite from Menu More
8c – Selecting Character Mood
8e – Resizing Character Sprite
8f – Adding or Recording a Sound File
8g – Look on the page
There’s a plenty to tell more about this fantastic suite for creating html5 flipping books and I will write soon again.
I’ve been using it since 4 years ago and my products look professional and atractive, that’s a great satisfaction achieved thanks to this software.
Of course, Fliphtml5 like any other software needs some little refinements just because browsers are continuosly evolving and so new features emerge but I find it working pretty good. I had a very little issue after stressing the UI for one entirely day but was my fault cause I was using a not updated template.
I selected a new released template and it works fine till the final product you can freel browse clicking on the picture below.
There’s no limitation except cannot make use of Animation Editor and Page Editor features but you can preview how they work and if you like then can upgrade to paid plans.
Stay tuned, new in-depth test coming soon!