We trust that everyone is busy to wrap up their projects before x-mas with only 2 weeks left before holidays start. Our latest release touches all our products. We have also spent some time during November to touch up our web site as we have a number of things rolling out in relation to our cloud service that needed a better shape and form in order to be easier to access. We will be releasing Zine first and follow on with Classic being released shortly after.
Fixed an issue where the cloud upload was using the custom output directory instead of the source directory causing the upload to fail in some cases (Desktop Publisher)
Improved the ‘Show folder’ functionality in the desktop publisher so that it now brings the folder to front in Windows (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where the font conversion cloud service wasn’t able to convert some documents with very large number of fonts (500+) (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue related to invisible text being incorrectly displayed in certain Elements publications
Added social sharing to the FlowPaper Elements viewer (Desktop Publisher)
Improved transition zoom animation for Elements so that it is smoother (Desktop Publisher)
Improved zoom speed in Elements significantly (Desktop Publisher)
Option to include download of the original PDF added to Elements (Desktop Publisher)
Improved the ability to sign in to the desktop publisher even if our servers would be down (Desktop Publisher)
Fix applied that prevents page from scrolling when mouse wheel zooming into Elements Publications (Desktop Publisher)
FlowPaper account area updated (Web Site)
Performance improvements for Zine related to Chrome 54 and its latest changes to will-change and the re-rasterization of transformed objects (Zine)
New design on our web site (Web Site)
Improved caching on our cloud services (Web Site)
Further improvements to printing to make sure printed pages fit on one page size (A4, A3 etc) (Zine, Classic)
Added the ability to add your logo to the viewer for commercial license holders (Zine)
Fixed an issue where zooming into Elements publications when included inside an iframe would cause the parent window to resize (Elements)
SSL support added for our cloud service
Fixed an issue related to PDFs with uppercase “.PDF” which were not displaying properly in some scenarios (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue for desktop Safari related to zooming and defaulting to HTML4 for desktop Safari when available (Zine)
Fixed an issue related to text selection having incorrect behaviour on IE11 edge (Zine)
Our newest release of our Desktop Publisher is here! We’re especially excited to finally announce version 2.5.0 as it includes things that we know many of you have been requesting for quite a while. The big item in version 2.5.0 is that it supports integrated cloud hosting which will allow you to upload and share publications using our cloud service (powered by Amazon S3 + CloudFlare). This service was built with the people in mind who do not have any hosting set up yet or simply do not want to set up their own hosting to share their publications. You’ll find this new method for sharing your publications after clicking on the “Publish” button in the top right corner of the desktop publisher. You can find more details about this service on our download page.
Here’s the full list of changes in this release:
Fixed an issue where encrypted Zine publications would load corrupted images on some web servers
Fixed an issue where the viewer was being show too early causing the size of the viewer to be incorrectly calculated (Zine)
Fixed an issue where the viewer would not fit its width after performing a search even if FitWidthOnLoad was set (Classic)
Removed unintentional hover shadow on links (Zine)
Increased max zoom factor for touch devices (Zine)
Fixed an issue where sub pixel rounding would cause blurryness in Elements publications under Chrome on Windows (Elements)
Fixed an issue where two fold publications were not being adjusted properly in Flash mode (Zine)
Fixed an issue where the last page of publications with odd page numbers would still show the nav bar (Zine)
Fixed an issue where the bottom (fisheye style) thumbnails would not resize back to their original size in certain scenarios (Zine)
Added the ability to set page animation style to each Zine publication in the publisher (Zine)
Annotations viewer now using the annotated PDF to trigger print for better printing quality (Annotations)
Moved video snapshots, backgrounds and images into images/ for publications created for Zine in the Desktop Publisher for consistency and improved resource sharing (Zine)
Improved cross domain image loading for Zine to avoid security exceptions being thrown if images are located on a different server (Zine)
Fixed an issue related to differently sized pages (Classic)
Added the ability to upload and share publications on FlowPaper cloud (Powered by Amazon Web Services) (Desktop Publisher)
Added additional checks for the output size in Zine to avoid some publications from creating too large outputs when split into individual files (Desktop Publisher)
Improved the way the Desktop Publisher processes the output formats to avoid reprocessing formats that are already created (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue for two fold publications which were using incorrect dimensions for their thumbnails (Zine, Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where all pages would not be republished properly on Windows in some scenarios (Desktop Publisher)
Desktop Publisher now supporting proxy settings. Supply the “–[email protected]:address:port” parameter to the Desktop Publisher if you want to start it with proxy support (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where having the sharing dialgoue open would still cause the viewer to flip pages in some cases if corners were clicked (Zine)
Fixed a few issues for Elements where it wasn’t possible to edit the TOC properly for publications with no TOC as start (Desktop Publisher)
We’re releasing Zine at the beginning of this week, with Classic following shortly after.
We hope all of you on the northern hemisphere had a good summer, we have been super busy to rebrand our product and to also provide you with a new fresh build. We know some clients have had to wait for this longer than usual due to the extra work we had to do when changing product name from FlexPaper to FlowPaper, but we feel that we’re back on track now and should be quick to respond to requests going forward. We’re sorry for any inconvenience in this.
There are a couple of interesting new features this month, mainly the ability to create web publications for Adobe Cordova (PhoneGap) and greater control over individual elements in FlowPaper Elements. This area will be further expanded in the coming months. We’re rolling out our desktop publisher first this week with the server builds for Classic and Zine following shortly after.
Here’s the list of changes that were made during August:
Fixed an issue related to the color selector not withdrawing after changing annotations tool (Classic)
Fixed an issue related to fitting the page horizontally when the page is rotated caused incorrect fitting (Classic)
Fixed an issue where a rotated page with annotation marks would rotate the text inside the marks as well (Classic)
Fixed an issue where clicking on text selection note multiple times after selecting color would cause misselection in selected color (Classic)
Fixed an issue where the zoom slider wouldn’t be re-enabled on touch enabled desktop browsers when switching to two-page and back to portrait (Classic)
Small adjustments to the Elements viewer and its text spacing routine for evenly spaced out text fragments (Elements)
Fixed an issue where going from 10 pages to all pages in preview when working with two-fold publications in Elements caused one of the pages not to render properly (Elements)
Fixed an issue where one of the Zine styles (with the toolbar in the bottom) would misposition the toolbar (Zine)
Updated our php sample scripts to use mysqli for PHP 7.x and higher (Classic)
Fixed an issue where coming out of full screen using the toolbar button in IE11 would cause the viewer to be incorrectly resized (Zine)
Mobile/Desktop and Tablet controls now have their own settings section under controls allowing further controls on which buttons that are visible (Desktop Publisher)
Improved clipping pdfs imported into FlexPaper Elements
More text animations added to FlexPaper Elements (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where the bookmarks (or outline) would not be resolved properly in Elements mode and EPUB mode (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where some sub sets of standard fonts were not being converted (Elements)
Fixed an issue where matching similar fonts didn’t produce matches in the final copy (Elements)
Fixed an issue where mouse wheel scrolling would cause the page to scroll if the viewer was smaller than the viewport (Zine)
Fixed an issue where searching using an empty string would generate an error in the viewer (Classic, Zine)
Fixed an issue where navigating quickly next was not coherent with navigating quickly to previous pages (Classic)
Fixed an issue where entering page numbers in the print dialogue wasn’t possible when text annotations were shown behind the dialogue (Classic)
Fixed an issue where the publisher was unable to open the publication in some cases and generating the error UnexpectedResponseException(0) (Desktop Publisher)
Added the ability to move around text elements in the publisher (Elements mode)
Added the ability to animate individual text elements (more animation settings and modes are coming up shortly!) (Desktop Publisher)
It is now possible to export and distribute web publications as Adobe PhoneGap applications using Elements (Desktop Publisher)
What if your PDF could do this when published online?
Making PDF documents interactive has been an active subject for a long time, but in reality, there are very few options out there offering the possibility to add interactivity to existing elements in PDF publications. Our Elements PDF viewer repurposes the PDF document and maintains control over each element in the publication so that existing content can be animated.
Our upcoming version of FlowPaper will feature a rich set of animations and interactivity that can be used for your publications. The animation above shows how you can add interactivity to existing PDF content and keep text sharpness.
As Google is progressing further and further away from flash the transition for many publishers taking their PDF web publications to the web is becoming something of increasing importance. While there are many services out there offering conversion of PDF to various HTML5 formats, very few of them actually offer real conversion. At best, they convert documents to bitmapped versions. With FlowPaper Elements, PDF documents are not bitmapped, they’re actually converted to real, crisp elements that stay sharp on all devices and sizes. This post illustrates a few things we do as part of this converting the PDF documents. You can see an example of a converted PDF flipbook publication below:
How to convert your PDF documents to a HTML5 friendly format
To convert a PDF to a web friendly HTML5 flipbook, a few steps needs to be taken.
1. Fonts need to be converted to web friendly fonts
This means that all glyphs and characters needs to be adjusted to a format that is indexable by search engines and stays sharp on all devices. The fonts need to be converted to either woff, ttf and with a fall back eot.
2. All layers of the PDF needs to be flattened
To optimise the viewing experience for devices with slow CPU, only visible layers should be visible.
3. Visible text should be real sentences and rows
In a PDF, each character can be individually positioned in the document. While this may give a greater sense of accuracy, it also decreases performance significantly. By converting visible sentences and texts to real, actual sentences and rows, performance is improved greatly.
4. The PDF publication needs to be split up into easily downloadable sections
Speed is key. To avoid long download times, the PDF should be split into sections that are quicker to download for the browser.
On top of this, accuracy of course needs to be maintained to the maximum so that the flipbook matches the original publication correctly.
So what does the difference look like between a real conversion and a bitmapped conversion?
To illustrate how big the difference is we have taken this screenshot from a publication converted with FlowPaper elements (right side) and a typical flipbook (left side). You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see the difference in output.
Auckland based digital software publisher provider, Devaldi has undergone a product brand review and introduces FlowPaper (formerly FlexPaper/FlexPaperViewer) today.
The new product brand identity reflects Devaldi’s commitment to provide the best digital reading experience. FlowPaper is the next generation desktop and server based publisher for the web. It transforms your static PDF’s into editable digital publications that adapts to the device, a true HTML5 viewer using true web fonts. Always delivering crisp sharp text and imagery with a minimum loading time. Compare us and experience the difference!
When FlexPaper was launched about six years ago, Adobe Flash was the standard for viewing PDFs on the web and after its launch, FlexPaper quickly became one of the most used document viewer applications on the web. Our Zine viewer has been much appreciated by our customers along with our Classic viewer. But much has changed during these years and the step away from Flash and towards HTML5 ended the relevance for FlexPaper in its original form.
FlowPaper is built to make the most out of your static digital content in HTML5 format. This includes a range of publishing options and FlowPaper lets you publish your content the way you want it. FlowPaper includes our well-known Zine publisher, the new Elements format and our Reflow viewer. The variety is set to meet your needs.
We’re also pleased to release our updated version of our publisher this week.
Changes in this release:
Fixed an issue related to IE8 not loading some FlexPaper Elements Publications
Upgraded to Electron 1.2.5 (Desktop Publisher)
Improved accuracy in clipping of text (Elements)
Its now possible to track Elements publications using Google Analytics just as with Zine (Elements)
The Zine toolbar now floats on top of the publication giving greater reading area than before (Zine)
Improved EPUB3 support (for readers such as Adobe Digital Editions) (Desktop Publisher)
Changed the way annotations are added to the DOM so that rotation of annotations are improved (Classic)
Its now possible to set a custom cover image for EPUB publications (Desktop Publisher)
Its now possible to set ISBN for EPUB publications (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where two fold publications would show the incorrect number of pages in the editing section of the publisher (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where links placed on two fold publications would be misplaced when zooming in and then out (Zine, Desktop Publisher)
Improved text clipping accuracy for Elements (Desktop Publisher)
Improved navigation panels margins slightly for iPhone 5 (Zine)
Embedded default color profile for OSX for improved color accuracy (Zine, Desktop Publisher)
Implemented partial navigation drag for Elements, slide (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where setting a higher Max Zoom Factor than 500% would cause the viewer to initialize incorrectly (Zine)
Fixed an issue where the MixedMode parameter wasn’t being passed on properly when using FullScreenAsMaxWindow (Zine)
The TOC editor is now available for Elements (static layout) (Desktop Publisher)
Clarified the TouchInitViewMode for Zine. Setting this to ‘Portrait’ when using Zine will result in a forced single page mode. (Zine)
Changed default view mode to slide for phone style touch devices (Elements)
Performed a number of optimizations for Chrome 52 (Elements)
Improved text accuracy for Elements by improved handling of negative movements in text fragments (Elements)
Improved support for two fold publications where links were not being adjusted properly in Elements publications (Elements)
Added hover link color to links in FlexPaper Elements and pulse-in effect (Elements)
Reduced file size of FlexPaper Zine by excluding some previously included image resources (Zine)
It is now possible to select local MP4 and WEBM files for self hosted videos and distribute them together with both Zine and Elements (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue related to starting on specific pages in smaller sized devices for Elements which caused incorrect page to show up initially (Elements)
Fixed an issue related to resizing the Elements viewer causing some pages to go blank for specific scenarios (Elements)
A month full of fun! This month we participated in the Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD and contributed by submitting a new PDF reader to the Google Chrome web store. This PDF reader improves reading speed and supports screen readers for visually impaired which normally have difficulties reading PDFs when browsing the web. The reader is free and is well worth a try even if you don’t have a disability.
First out this month is Zine, Elements and our Desktop Publisher, followed by Classic to be released shortly after.
Major changes this month:
Improved accessibility support with active ARIA fields (Elements)
Improved accessibility support added to Zine and Classic (Zine, Classic)
Major improvements in text positioning using new algorithms for improved accuracy in font metrics (Elements)
Major performance improvements to Elements (Deskop Publisher)
Minor enhancements and fixes:
Further UI rendering performance improvements to Elements, Flat (Elements)
Improvements to cMap handling in exporting text fragments for Zine (Desktop Publisher)
Minor corrections to re-reading page labels and outline (Desktop Publisher)
Improve hardware acceleration on iOS for Elements (Desktop Publisher)
Improved image rendering quality for publications of smaller size (Elements)
Improved stability for Zine when the publisher fails to split pdf documents (Desktop Publisher)
Build error corrected which caused fonts not to convert to EOT in some cases for Elements (Desktop Publisher)
Added the option to use the document name as output file name (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where file permissions were being incorrectly set on output files (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where changing rotation in Zine would case the viewer not to fit on some smaller devices (Zine)
Fixed an issue where the a text mark wouldn’t get updated if the viewer scrolled away from the text fast (Classic)
Fixed an issue where printing a document would cause a 404 error in the browser console (Classic)
Fonts are no longer saved on disk prior to conversion (Elements)
Upgraded to Atom Electron 0.37.5 (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where some Blackberry devices were incorrectly identified (Zine,Classic)
Added a setting for improved accessibility to Elements. This option will let you output your documents in accessible format which is readable by screen readers (Desktop Publisher)
Improved handling of conversion of fonts that has no spacing width (Elements)
Improved rendering speed for reflowable documents (Elements)
Fixed an issue where old copies of the index.html file wasn’t cleaned away properly when encryption was turned on (Desktop Publisher)
Turned off warning messages in get_signed_content.php which was sometimes disturbing encryption and switched output method (Zine)
Additional checks for the animation classes added (Desktop Publisher)
Switched to using standard fonts (Times, Arial, Helvetica etc) when these are used in the PDF document as opposed to embedded font (Elements)
Improved clipping of texts (Elements)
Fixed an issue where the search text for some documents would be exported using ascii instad of unicode (Zine, Desktop Publisher)
Improved page fit/page height for touch devices to maximize margins properly (Zine)
Fixed an issue where some links were opening twice in IE and Firefox (Zine)
Fixed an issue where clicking on the toolbar would cause “SecurityError” exception in Firefox later versions (Classic)
Improved detection for surface pro (Zine)
Corrected an issue where in-page links in Zine would show zoom cursor when hovering them as opposed to pointer (Zine)
Reduce zoom in scale somewhat when high resolution images are not available to avoid blurry text (Zine)
Fixed an issue where some page labels were not being imported properly (Zine)
Fixed an issue where .highlight was not exposed properly in the HTML5 viewer (Classic)
Fixed an issue where using the publication name as file name would result in an error when shared using Dropbox (Desktop Publisher)
Fixed an issue where printing would generate an extra page at the end (Classic)
Aligned Elements to have the same settings set up as Zine in the publisher (Desktop Publisher)
Added support for sFTP and SCP (Desktop Publisher)