Flipbook has changed its meaning from the conventional still pictures which give an illusion of a simulating motion to digital printed magazine or catalogue. It is a digital media which makes for easy & attractive marketing material. Although a pdf file or a single page catalog can look simple & elegant but it can appear dull and long for the users who are not fond of much reading, a flipbook catalog in this scenario can attract more customers with its glossy & magazine feel to read & view in any device. Needless to say content illustrations have to be catchy and irresistible to get the customers attention. The biggest advantage of creating a flipbook is its compatibility to use with any device iOS, Android, or Windows.
There are much flipbook software on the web which allows users an ease of creation & multitude of features to add to the respective digital magazines. Most of these softwares also have an option to upload an existing pdf and later work on its aesthetics, however if you don’t have an existing pdf the user has the option to create one using the flipbook software.
It’s extremely easy to create a PDF document, and can be done using Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office (save document as PDF)or Google Docs (Download as PDF).
Although all flipbook softwares are available for a Free Trial but they do have certain limitations, some have a page limit to publish and others don’t allow uploading a pre-existing pdf. There are a few services which makes for easy flipbook creation, some of them are paid and others free. One of the many flipbook softwares is www.yumpu.com.
Yumpu is web based application, and thus nothing needs to be downloaded or setup by the user. It has a 30-day free trial period which includes unlimited published magazines with no page limit. A user would surely have to pay for the service if you require an advertisement free environment and would like to use some Google Analytics features. Of course the higher the subscription cost, the better benefits a user can get such as iPhone and iPad app and no Add-ons.
The user can upload a PDF from the desktop and create a digital magazine from it. The following are the key features:
- Unlimited access to publishing & no page limit are amongst the best Yumpu features in free trial.
- The magazinecan be shared on all social media platforms; and can be integrated on websites & blogs or downloaded for other purposes.
- Magazine is compatible & can be published or viewed across all devices.
- Security is also not a concern in Yumpu as it provides various protection (password protect)& permissions levels.
- By upgrading the Yumpu to a paid subscription, we can use extensive statistics from Google Analytics.
- One of the major drawbacks is the absence of visual effects while turning pages.
Yumpu.com is a great start; however there is no dearth of tools or websites to help user create a digital html5 magazine. Some of the other good websites are:
It is a web based application in which a user can create a flipbook by uploading an existing pdf or start a project from scratch. It has vast library of templates and images which can incorporated in the project. The major limitation in this application is its limitation to publishing 15-page magazine in a free version.
It is a part of iSpring Suite which integrates well with PowerPoint and helps the user create 3D Books, catalogs and much more. The tool is very intuitive and easy to use and does not require any advance training. With this tool, the user can publish flipbooks or magazines to a mobile ready HTML5 format. The only drawback is that a user has to create everything from scratch as an existing pdf document cannot be uploaded.
This is an all-rounder, and can help create everything ranging from books to catalogues, documents & even phot albums. It is a windows application which needs to be installed before use. It also allows embedding videos, pop-up images inside a flipbook and has extraordinary page flipping effects. Similar to flipsnack.com it has extensive library of templates which vary based on the document being created. A paid subscription of this tool is the key to generating amazing flipbooks.
It provides both a web-based application and a windows tool to create an html5 magazine. It is a versatile tool, with several examples to reference. It offers several publishing options to choose from such as HTML5, EXE, ZIP etc. It doesn’t provide a rich and comfortable feature set to try and execute.
It is a web based application with nothing to install and provides versatile solution. H5mag provides very rich animations to create any element on the screen and has multitude of useful features. It supports Google Analytics & makes e-commerce interaction very simple. It is also search engine optimized.
Above mentioned tools provide similar yet divergent features, and would completely depend on an individual’s requirement as to which tool he selects.