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Create Flash-based eBooks.   Demo ($299.00)
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Flip PDF Professional is a useful utility to create Flash-based eBooks with a real, life-like page-flipping effect. With it, you are able to edit imported PDF pages by embedding video, adding Web/page links, inserting background music, JavaScript actions, and so on. Once you've created your page-flipping masterpiece, you can publish it to the Web, send it via email, and even distribute it on CD/DVD ROM, all without paying royalties!

Features:
  • Import. Import from Adobe PDF files and keep the exact style, bookmarks, and
What's New
Version 2.1.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Flash Player 10 or later



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Bowlerboy_jmb commented on 27 Jan 2014
Actually I wish someone would do an in-depth review and comparison of what appears to be a glut of software designed to turn PDF files into page-flipping documents, whether the trick is done with Flash or with HTML5.

What I find very curious is that—with a few exceptions—all of the vendors in this market offer a standard product for $100 and a "pro" product for $300, which I find rather steep for a product that is essentially a flashy (excuse the pun) one-trick pony.

In addition to the identical pricing, I observe a remarkable similarity in the design of the websites offering virtually the same product with the same set of features. While I have no evidence to back up my suspicions, it seems entirely possible that there may only be one software who has developed the basic engine to perform this trick, but there are multiple clones of that company strewn about (mostly China, it appears) to sell the same product under a different company name.

Something doesn't smell right. But, as I said, I cannot prove this, and only if someone had access to all of the products and did an exhaustive, comparative analysis of the features, capabilities, and user Interfaces would we ever glean a glimmer of truth in this matter. I'm not saying anything illegal is going on, but if my suspicions are correct, this is certainly a new way to market a product: spin off several divisions to sell exactly the same thing under a different name! What a monopolistic concept that is!

As for the "exceptions" to the $100/$300 pricing model, there are a few companies which seem to want to outdo Adobe in their attempt to set extraordinarily high prices for their flipping page-flipping software. I guess they're milking the big corporations who are milking us, so everyone has a target they're ought to exploit with this flipping new software gimmick.
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Prince_Isaac replied on 01 Feb 2014
@ Bowlerboy...

As noted below I was able to get the non-pro version for $50 and it fills a need. Having said that, I really hate that I have to resort to a Flash-based solution.

Since buying that product in late 2013 I've only come across one "clone" product (1st Flipbook Creator). I have the same feelings and experience of a Wondershare product (Video Converter Ultimate) (I just read your comments on it.) 1st Flipbook creator is a mile behind this product in features but what's interesting is that I could import the FlipPDF settings.txt file into 1st Flipbook and suddenly all the standard settings had changed to my custom settings, so that's another datapoint in the "clone" argument.

If you can recall other clones, please list them here; I'd like to put them to the settings test.

As to the single basic engine powering these clones and so many clones scattered around, the question becomes one of choice: You need only one of these one-trick ponies so what's the advantage of multiple sellers selling the same thing? Once you have a copy, why would you go looking at the competition? IBM PC clone wars of 1983 all over again.
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Bowlerboy_jmb replied on 28 Feb 2014
@ Prince_Issac ... MacUpdate is offering a promo today for this 1st Flipbook Creator product you mentioned, at 60% off the regular $100 price. Their marketing says that it can convert a static PDF file into an animated, page-flipping thing of beauty. I like that promise!

Since I am at the point where my PDF eBook is ready (but my website for its development is not), and since it sounds like you have been having a positive experience with this 1stFlip Book Creator software, I am going to buy it and give it a whirl.

While this product does not seem to offer all the advanced features of a much more expensive iteration—like videos and other special effects—I like the features set it offers and the flexibility it provides in its distribution choices as a Flash-free HTML 5 file, a zip file, and an app, as well as its ability to generate a version the mobile platforms.

Anyway, at $40, it's worth taking a look at. Hopefully, it will do the job for me just fine. Thanks for sharing your insights.
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Prince_Isaac replied on 28 Feb 2014
@ Bowlerboy...
Thanks for responding. I hope it works out for you but be prepared for a "flash" surprise. Even though the specs say it outputs to HTML5, buried in the FAQs is this line:

"HTML format contains a .html file, a .swf file and a folder named “files”. "

So it appears to use Flash (the .swf suffix is a giveaway). The mobile version does NOT use Flash and works perfectly well on desktop PCs and Macs.

Good luck and here's hoping it meets your expectations at that price.
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Derekcurrie commented on 30 Nov 2013
'Flash-based eBooks'? Seriously? Aren't we well past having to bother with Adobe Flash, which is one of the most insecure and CPU hogging technologies on the Internet?

Try an HTML5 development app.
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Prince_Isaac replied on 26 Jan 2014
@ Derekcurrie: Yeah, such a shame. I totally agree

However, I'm of two minds on this as I tried this out and found that it produces a decent flip-book. I bought a copy, which I use a couple of times a month to provide internet access to a couple of newsletters. The upside is that it also creates a Flash-free mobile version of the flip-book, which looks every bit as good on desktop/laptop computers as on iPads.
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Prince_Isaac replied on 26 Jan 2014
Edit: Actually I bought the much less expensive standard version with half off. I don't need the "pro" features.
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Type:Multimedia Design : Author Tools
License:Demo
Date:26 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Flip PDF Professional is a useful utility to create Flash-based eBooks with a real, life-like page-flipping effect. With it, you are able to edit imported PDF pages by embedding video, adding Web/page links, inserting background music, JavaScript actions, and so on. Once you've created your page-flipping masterpiece, you can publish it to the Web, send it via email, and even distribute it on CD/DVD ROM, all without paying royalties!

Features:
  • Import. Import from Adobe PDF files and keep the exact style, bookmarks, and hyperlinks.
  • Templates. There are dozens of pre-designed template, hundreds of themes, and sense for you to save a lot of time.
  • Customization. Branding your eBook with your logo, background, color, and music. Tune your eBook with size, shadow, hard cover, toolbar buttons, and more.
  • Edit. Add movie, audio, button, text, image, Flash, and more to pages.
  • Output. Publish to online, email, CD-ROM, EXE, and Mac App.
  • Mobile compatible. The output eBooks can be viewed on PC and mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, Android device, etc.
  • Social networks integration. Let your reader share your digital books with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
  • Google Analytics Integration.
  • Multiple language supported. You can define the language of the template UI.
  • Command line. Use command-line mode to automate the creation of the Flash eBooks without the need for interaction.


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