A year of climate change events

13 September 2023

We have had our fair share of climate change effects in New Zealand this year to say the least. Following a record wet La Nina period, Auckland flooding  and with cyclone (Gabrielle) striking the central part of the north island, New Zealand experienced the wettest year on record with over 350mm rain recorded over just a few months. Some of our team members were displaced from their homes and are still waiting to see if they’ll be able to return to their homes.

This is just one out of the many events the planet has experienced this year and it highlights the importance of contributing to reducing the impacts from fossil fuels. At FlowPaper, we do this by contributing 2% of our gross revenue to carbon removal through the Stripe Climate partnership program. It has now been a year since we joined this program.

We believe that just as we got ourselves into this problem, we can get ourselves out of it. A heartfelt thank you to all of our customers who helped in carbon removal in 2023. Lets make 2024 record year in carbon removal!

FlowPaper 3.7.2 Release Notes

31 August 2023

With FlowPaper 3.7.2, we have improved the general usability on mobile devices and focused on making sure that the analytics service that we provide is more rubust and scalable. Support for Google Analytics 3 has been revoked and Google Analytics 4 does not get included automatically at any point unless you specifically add your GA code to the deskop publisher. Our own analytics service does not use cookies and can be turned on or off as you wish.

  • Improved geusture sensitivity for the Zine template when dragging pages in mobile portrait mode
  • Improved search in Zine with a new search forward button as well as a close button for better UX
  • Fixed an issue where links would sometimes open in mobile mode while swiping/dragging a page
  • Various smaller bug fixes to Zine, particularly in the mobile modes
  • Much improved header detection for the mobile-first template
  • Its now easier to turn on analytics via the publishing dialogue

What does GDPR and Google Analytics mean for your FlowPaper publications?

11 August 2023

With the rules and uses around GDPR framework (General Data Protection Regulation) being tightened up around the world (see latest ruling in Norway, Austria) we thought it would be good to give an update on how FlowPaper handles GDPR and cookies.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is effective from May 25, 2018. It means that EU residents have a influence over what, how, why, where, and when their personal data is used. If you’re an organization who work with personal data of EU residents, then you have an obligation to protect their data.


The short version of how FlowPaper handles cookies:

  • Our analytics service does not use cookies. You can choose if you want to collect analytics or not when publishing
  • If you use lead forms, then cookies are used so that the user isn’t prompted every time the user visits the publication
  • If you use an embedded service such as YouTube or Vimeo then check how they use cookies to know if you’re compliant
  • From version 3.7.2, all fonts that are used are included in the files that gets produced. No external linking of fonts

Analytics in FlowPaper

With FlowPaper, you’re able to track your visitors and traffic through the account area, giving access to metrics such as which links that are clicked, how long people spend on average on pages and even details around what parts of a particular page that people find interesting (through heatmaps). FlowPaper does not require cookies for these analytics to work and you’re in full control over whether you want to use these or not.

Google Analytics 4

With Google Analytics 3 coming to an end, FlowPaper is no longer supporting older tracking codes. Going forward, FlowPaper will continue to support Google Analytics (version 4), but only if you opt-in to use it. In other words, the Google Analytics libraries are not included if you don’t insert any tracking code into FlowPaper.

FlowPaper 3.7.1 Release Notes

2 August 2023

With increasing popularity around analytics and heatmaps, we have had our focus directed towards this part of cloud service this in July. We have re-engineered parts of it so that it better grows with our users. Some customers previously had issues opening analytics for certain publications and this is now fixed. The refreshed analytics service will be available early next week.

We’ve also added a number of improvements to FlowPaper as usual. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Improved gesture sensitivity for the Zine template when dragging pages in mobile portrait mode
  • Improved search in Zine with a new search forward button as well as a close button for better UX
  • Fixed an issue where links would sometimes open in mobile mode while swiping/dragging a page
  • Various smaller bug fixes to Zine, particularly in the mobile modes

Kia Kaha!

FlowPaper 3.7.0 Release Notes

10 July 2023

We have recently made a number of enhancements to the Zine template and we know a number of users are eager to getting access to these enhancements quickly. We’ve therefore decided to release another version of FlowPaper this week.

This release mainly focuses on the navigation panel at the bottom of the Zine template, which has been changed to now use the same navigator as was previously only available in Elements. It also improves the available reading space for mobile devices when using the Zine template so that the space is used more efficiently. In summary, here are the points addressed in this release:

  • Improved bottom navigator for FlowPaper elements so the slider now works on touch only devices
  • Improved reading space utilisation in the Zine template when viewing portrait mode on a mobile device
  • We have made the Zine mobile UI more minimalist with less controls that are shown per default and a transparent menu background which is less intrusive for small displays
  • We have changed the default bottom navigator for Zine so it uses the same navigator as FlowPaper Elements. This provides better utilisation of the screen estate and better mobile accessibility across the Zine templates.

Kia Kaha!

FlowPaper 3.6.9 Release Notes

30 June 2023

We’re glad to announce vesion 3.6.9 of FlowPaper. This version contains a number of minor corrections as well as improved support for our right-to-left readers. The Zine template now supports all functionality in RTL mode.

Here’s a summarized list of some of the noticable bug fixes/changes this release:

  • Improved support for RTL (Right To Left) reading order. The desktop publisher will now detect RTL language automatically and the bottom thumbnails are providing better support
  • Good news for our creative license holders, we have increased the cloud quota from 50 to 75 for all cloud hosted publications!
  • Improved stability for the replace/delete/add page functionality
  • Improved pixel rounding accuracy for Zine resulting in improved overall sharpness
  • Corrected a bug with the Elements tempalate where the accessibility mode would corrupt the background in some scenarios

Version 3.6.9 will be available shortly in the download area. The online version of the publisher will update automatically.

Kia Kaha!

FlowPaper 3.6.8 Release Notes

17 May 2023

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, we trust that you are looking forward to a warm and pleasant summer. Here in New Zealand, we’re getting closer to our winter and after a few weather hickups during the first quarter of 2023, we’re marching on with force. We have a number of larger updates coming this year and will be releasing things continuously when we feel there is enough value to our customers in the functionality that has passed through our Q&A testing. For this month, we’re pleased to announce a number of changes.

You now have the ability to import PDF forms and collect data from your visitors. This data will be appearing in the account area for each publication. PDF forms support text input boxes, select boxes, checkboxes and radio buttons. Initially, the Zine template provides this support but we will also be adding support to the Elements template in the next week.

Version 3.6.8 will be available to download in the next few days. You will receive the update automatically if you use the the web version which is available at https://flowpaper.com/app/

Summarized, here are the major points for this release:

  • Added support for custom form fields on pages. Form fields that are part of the PDF will be imported.
  • Updated our conversion and rendering libraries - this affects all areas with improved stability and rendering quality when importing and converting documents
  • Improved support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean languages

Kia Kaha!

FlowPaper 3.6.7 Release Notes

23 April 2023

This release of FlowPaper mainly improves accuracy in conversion throughout all templates as well as 3D performance in the Zine template for Windows. Certain configurations of Windows would perform differently than expected and this release addresses this. The performance and behavior will be more consistent across different Windows builds now.

We are working on a number of larger changes which are due in the next few weeks. This release does not contain any of these changes but we still felt it was relevant enough to release before.

Kia Kaha!

FlowPaper 3.6.6 Release Notes

26 March 2023

After a bit of a delay in releases, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are pleased to announce our latest version of FlowPaper. New Zealand had 2 significant weather events at the start of this year. The first at the end of January and another one a couple of weeks later around the 13th of February. First flooding and later on a cyclone. This affected one of our offices which set us back in time. We apologize for the delay this has caused in responding during this time.

Nonetheless, we’re back on our feet with a new version of FlowPaper this week.

  • New detailed analytics available for your publications when you have analytics turned on
  • 3D performance improvements to FlowPaper Zine
  • Improved timing of flip sound that can be played when pages are turned in the Zine template
  • Added “superscript” support via button to mobile-first editing
  • Chrome performance improvements
  • Various minor bug fixes
  • Added a new shadow setting for the Elements template (Drop Shadow)
  • Added page-level analytics for all publications to the account area
  • Added audio started and video started events for in-page level analytics

PDF page turners explained with examples

14 December 2022

Page-turners have existed for a long time, with most products staying pretty static on how they animate pages and how things look. We think that FlowPaper has the most comprehensible set of page turning animations available on the web today (prove us wrong!).

We, therefore, decided to put together a demo page with the most commonly used styles of page turning animations that you can achieve. We're also listing some pros and con's so that you can find out which animation that works best for your scenario. All these animations can be enabled using FlowPaper's flipbook maker functionality.

Click on the image thumbnails on the right of each text to see an example of each animation style

What's a page-turning animation?

First and foremost, what do we mean by a page-turning animation? Put simply, it's the animation that makes pages imitate a realistic magazine, catalog or otherwise. Generally, these are also called flipbook animations. The illustration on the right shows one of the animations frozen in time just as the page is performing its animation.

The classical page-turning animation

This animation uses CSS3 to get to its result. This is the animation most flipbook makers are using out there. It's not bad by any means but also pretty vanilla. It offers some interactive features such as interactive page corners that you can drag as well as the ability to zoom in and out of the document.

  • Pro: It's fast with low CPU usage
  • Pro: Pages are optimized with great text sharpness
  • Con: Not super realistic

Here's how you enable this effect:

  1. Launch FlowPaper Publisher in the browser or download the app
  2. Select a PDF to import
  3. Select the 'Zine' template
  4. Choose 'Classic Flip Effect'

The accelerated 3D animation

This animation style uses the latest bells and whistles to make the page transitions look as realistic and good as possible. It uses a combination of CSS and WebGL to reach all browsers, even those without a 3D graphics card. It uses the same 3D effect even when browsing on your mobile device, even if you're in portrait! Give it a try by clicking on the flipbook on the right.

  • Pro: Fantastic realism
  • Pro: Downgrades gracefully if your device isn't 3D enabled (so it still works)
  • Con: Doesn't support text animations

Here's how you enable this flip effect:

  1. Launch FlowPaper Publisher in the browser or download the app
  2. Select a PDF to import
  3. Select the 'Zine' template
  4. Choose 'Realistic 3D'

Landscape flip with text animations

This flipbook mode is great for brochures and presentations that don't contain a huge amount of text and where you want to add a bit of flare to the presentation. The text and image animations will start just as the viewer enters each page of the presentation.

  • Pro: It's fast with low CPU usage
  • Pro: Amazing text sharpness
  • Pro: You can combine image and text animations together with the flip effect
  • Con: Only has the more 'harder' page-flip animations (no 3D effect like Zine)

Here's how you add text and image animations with this flip effect:

  1. Launch FlowPaper Publisher in the browser or download the app
  2. Select a PDF to import
  3. Select the 'Elements' template
  4. Choose 'Flip Book'

From top to bottom

Last but not least of the page-turner animations change things around by letting the user browse from top to bottom instead of left to right. This template is another great choice for PDFs like business presentations, brochures and landscape publications.

  • Pro: It's fast with low CPU usage
  • Con: Not super realistic

Here's how you enable this page-transition effect:

  1. Launch FlowPaper Publisher in the browser or download the app
  2. Select a PDF to import
  3. Select the 'Elements' template
  4. Choose 'Horizontal Flip'