FlowPaper 3.2.2 Release Notes

Tuesday 28th August 2018

We trust that our customers on the northern hemisphere has had a warm and pleasant vacation. The next version of FlowPaper is due in the next few days. This is a summarised list of changes that are included in this version.

  • Added page sounds as a setting to Zine
  • Fixed smaller regression issues related to adding and resizing external images into reflow publications
  • Fixed an issue where the background would be black when printing flattened/compressed Zine publications in Firefox
  • Fixed an issue where pinching into fixed layout pages in reflow would cause them to mis-position in iOS
  • Added the option to add all pages as re-flowable or fixed layout in the web page builder. Right click on the pages and choose ‘Add all as ..’
  • Fix the arrows in Zine sometimes wrapping into a new line incorrectly
  • Added the ability to change the arrow size in Zine publications
  • Fixed an issue where some links added to Elements publications were not clickable in mobile safari
  • Fixed an issue where the start page would be rendered as 404 if using ‘Improved SEO’ together with ‘Use document name as file name’
  • Fixed an issue where hovering over images with an additional mouseover image would fail to work in some scenarios
  • Fixed an issue where some links added to Elements publications were not opening when embedded in an iframe and when browsing using mobile Safari
  • Improved WCAG support for the Elements viewer
  • Improved UX for the reflow mode to make it easier to import and select parts of a page to import into the publication
  • Fixed an issue where invisible text was exported in the web page builder template
  • Fixed an issue where annotation links were not supported into fixed layout pages for the web page builder
  • Fixed an issue where parts of pages were not visible in edit mode when using the adjust two fold setting for Zine
  • Fixed a regression issue where the bottom toolbar template would be missing its top margin in Zine
  • Fixed an issue where using go to page in Elements when using landscape mode would navigate to the wrong page number

FlowPaper a finalist in the Digiday Technology Awards

Wednesday 8th August 2018

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Digiday Technology Awards in the category Best Content Marketing Platform for FlowPaper Desktop Publisher!

The Digiday Content Marketing Awards recognize the companies and campaigns that best connect brands to their audiences through modern approaches to content marketing.

The making of the FlowPaper video

Monday 30th July 2018

Some of our clients have asked how our intro video was created, so here’s a small ‘making of’ video of how it was done. The production agency (PixelPush) that worked with us did an amazing job and won an award for this video!

This was back in the days when FlowPaper was still called FlexPaper. Enjoy!

How to upload and embed a PDF flipbook to WIX

Tuesday 24th July 2018

This tutorial will review the steps involved in uploading and embedding your PDF documents as a flipbook/slide presentation or as a reflowable publication. This includes catalogs, magazines, and brochures. FlowPaper optimizes your publication by splitting it into smaller parts and reducing its complexity so that your website visitors are able to view your PDF documents as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Preparations

Make sure you have the FlowPaper Desktop Publisher installed on your Mac or PC before proceeding with this tutorial.

 

Step 1 – Sharing your publication on FlowPaper cloud

You need to upload the publication to your website or to FlowPaper cloud for the publication to be available online. This tutorial uses FlowPaper cloud as its way of uploading the publication.  Click on the ‘Publish’ button in the top right corner of the desktop publisher and proceed to use the ‘Share on FlowPaper cloud’ option to make your publication available online. This should give you a public URL starting with https://online.flowpaper.com which can be used to view and share the PDF online.

 

Step 2 – Add the iframe component to your WIX web site

Switch over to WIX and click on “add”, “more” and then “HTML iframe” as shown in the illustration below

Step 3 – Add the code and update the URL to your publication

The last step of embedding the publication is to add the code snippet that adds the publication to the page. Copy the code snippet below and paste it into the HTML text box. Then update the URL in the snippet to the URL that you received after uploading your publication to FlowPaper cloud (marked in bold).

<iframe frameborder="0" width="100%" height="500" src="https://online.flowpaper.com/78f7074d/2016VacationGuideIndexTest/" type="text/html" scrolling="no" allowFullScreen></iframe>


The publication should now show up inside the iFrame box. Resize the resulting component so that it fits your page. All done!

FlowPaper 3.2.1 Release Notes

Wednesday 11th July 2018

This is mainly a follow-up build to the new and enhanced reflow mode which was introduced in 3.2.0.

It is recommended that you update to this version if you are using any of our sample server-side scripts (ASP.net/PHP) as it improves fixes for improved security. Note that these improved security checks do not affect users of our desktop publisher, or publications on our cloud hosting. Contact us at [email protected] if you want help updating these scripts.

Changes in this release include:

  • Various smaller corrections to the new reflow templates
  • Fixed an issue where Max Zoom wasn’t being saved properly for the Zine template in the Desktop Publisher
  • Added support for oEmbed in the Desktop Publisher
  • Improved header detection when the reflowing text in the desktop publisher
  • Improved swipe support for reflowable publications with partial dragging
  • Improved drag/drop support in the reflow template
  • Fixed an issue where attached PDF files would fail to download if the publication had publication protection enabled
  • Fixed an issue where the authentication would get re-triggered when navigating back on iPad after opening a link
  • Improved size margins for tablets when using the Zine template
  • The Zine viewer is now vertically centered in the middle when the bottom thumbnails are disabled
  • Fixed an issue where two-fold publications would get their images incorrectly positioned in the reflow editor
  • Added a new EPUB setting for controlling spread (auto, none, portrait, both)
  • Performance improvements for Android when pinching (Zine)
  • Added the line-wrap style setting to the styles that can be modified in reflowable publications
  • Fixed an issue where the fixed layout area background would turn black if selected outside of a page boundary in reflowable publications
  • Fixed an issue where two-fold publications wouldn’t extract fixed layout regions correctly in reflowable publications
  • Increased prev/next nav button size for tablets (Zine)
  • Various improvements to the security checks for the sample server-side scripts (Zine, Classic)

How to upload and embed a PDF flipbook to Squarespace

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

This brief tutorial will go through the steps of uploading and embedding a PDF document as a flipbook (such as a catalog, magazine or brochure) to your Squarespace website. FlowPaper provides a range of optimizations and settings to your PDF documents so that your visitors are able to view your publications as fast and seamless as possible on all devices and browsers.

Preparations

Make sure you have the FlowPaper Desktop Publisher installed on your Mac or PC before proceeding with this tutorial.


Step 1 – Uploading the publication to FlowPaper cloud

Make sure you have style and configured your publication so that it is ready for upload. Click on the ‘Publish’ button in the top right corner of the desktop publisher and proceed to use the ‘Share on FlowPaper cloud’ option to make your publication available online. This should give you a public URL starting with https://online.flowpaper.com which can be used to view and share the PDF online.

 

 

 

Step 2 – Add the code block to your Squarespace web site

Switch over to your Squarespace website and click “add block” in the top right corner.

The type of block you should be adding is a so-called ‘Code’ block. The easiest way of finding it is by searching for ‘code’ in the block dialogue that pops up as shown below:

 

 

 

Step 3 – Add the code and update the URL to your publication

The last step of embedding the publication is to add the code snippet that adds the publication to the page. Copy the code snippet below and paste it into the HTML text box. Then update the URL in the snippet to the URL that you received after uploading your publication to FlowPaper cloud (marked in bold).

<iframe frameborder="0" width="100%" height="500" src="https://online.flowpaper.com/78f7074d/2016VacationGuideIndexTest/" type="text/html" scrolling="no" allowFullScreen></iframe>

The publication will show up at the position where you have added your block as seen below. Tada! All done!

Export PDF content into responsive digital editions with FlowPaper 3.2.0

Saturday 9th June 2018

We have added an entirely new web page builder which lets you export content out of your PDF documents into responsive web pages, ePub publications and as packaged apps. The template is available via the dashboard (‘Web Page Builder’ for web page exports and ‘Digital Edition’ for cross-platform distributions) and exports your content in HTML5 format with fonts and graphics fully preserved. This new template speeds up the process of creating digital editions for magazines and other publications with rich layout.

Double click or drag texts, images and user defined areas right out of your PDF documents into fully responsive editions. Export as ePUB3, native apps as well as web editions.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions around how to use this template or how to publish your responsive editions as apps. We’d be more than happy to arrange a demo over Skype or similar to get you started.

 

Other changes & fixes in this release:

    • The Zine viewer now supports downloading the original PDF file on iPad and iPhone and its toolbar has been made more responsive
    • Fixed an issue where some publications with very, very, very large page sizes would fail to render in Zine
    • Overall improvements to the flatten/compress output quality
    • Fixed an issue where some resources were not being copied properly from the desktop publisher
    • Switch to use 127.0.0.1 instead of localhost as local test address as some OSX instances have shown issues to resolve localhost properly
    • Fixed an issue where cloud publications with password wasn’t working in Elements publications
    • Fixed so that the branding url follows the same opening logic as external urls (new tab per default)
    • Fixed an issue where searching when zoomed in would fail in Zine
    • Added the option to include an additional table of contents page to EPUB exports or not
    • Fixed an issue where the Elements viewer was always assuming https for youtube even when running non-encrypted http sessions
    • Fixed an issue where embedded vidoes in the viewers were not showing the close button properly in smaller devices
    • Fixed an issue where the video aspect ratio of embedded videos would cause the video to obtain a “pillar box” around the video

Next release will be at the end of May/Beginning of June

Monday 14th May 2018

We’re at the finalising stages in our implementation of a new export template which will allow you to extract pages from PDF documents and create re-flowable/responsive publications in a much more time efficient and user friendly manner. We have been investing lots of time in the period February to May to make this release as stable and useful as possible but we want to spend a bit of extra time just to make sure this release gets to you in the best form and shape possible so we’re extending our release cycle a bit for this version.

Have a look at a sneak preview below of whats possible in the upcoming version!

Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to more about this new export template.

FlowPaper 3.1.9 Release Notes

Monday 9th April 2018

We’re rolling out version 3.1.9 in the next 24-48h. Here are the changes worthy of notice;

  • Fixed an issue where supplying a start page with odd number when in landscape would start at wrong page (Zine)
  • Improved the dashboard with preview links for each template
  • Improved saving progress when using the reflow mode
  • The elements viewer is now supporting text gradients in fixed layout
  • Added support for Wistia videos
  • Added checks for recreating the preview when users has cleared the output directory after publishing the final copy and decides to continue working
  • Improved image injection in reflow mode
  • Fixed an issue where setting an incorrect background color would cause the viewer to fail to load (Zine, Elements)
  • Moved the editing tools out of the main area to give more space for editing and added new shortcuts for entering and exiting the edit mode
  • Improvements to emulation
  • Improvements in switching into edit mode
  • The desktop publisher now lets you see your style changes directly without having to press apply settings
  • Fixed an issue where the template having the bottom toolbar didn’t use the correct background color behind the toolbar
  • Added linkedin to the social sharing popup in Elements
  • Added rel=prev and rel=next to navigation buttons in the Elements viewer template
  • Fixed a regression issue related to IE11 in FlowPaper Elements
  • Fixed an issue related to two-fold publications not being adjusted properly when the page sizes are slightly different
  • We have raised the image output quality when using the maximum setting in the conversion profile for Zine

FlowPaper 3.1.8 Release Notes

Friday 2nd March 2018

We’re rolling out version 3.1.8 this week and you’ll notice that things have been moved around a bit in the desktop publisher to give room for new settings and features that are coming in the next few months. We’re mainly allocating more space to the main design area by moving settings into expandable panels to the left. The right hand panels are intended to be context sensitive. Let us know if there is any setting you can’t locate and we’ll help you out! Our documentation will be updated accordingly.

  • Its now possible to set background alpha colour for Zine
  • Improvements to the Zine template that has the toolbar in the bottom
  • The main UI has been updated and now hides some of the settings under a new left menu which gives more screen area to view the publications
  • Improved font loading in the Elements viewer
  • Overall stability improvements to the system libraries involved in the desktop publisher
  • Improvements to section matching in reflow/vertical mode
  • Improved error handling for broken bookmark links
  • Exporting hidden text in Elements will now keep the text searchable but render invisible
  • FlowPaper elements now compresses output in order to save space when transferred
  • The desktop publisher now has a new dashboard screen where you can access your previous publications as well as a new template guide with easier access to the templates that are available
  • Fixed an issue where the alternating lines animation was running incorrectly in Safari (Elements)
  • Fixed an issue where some fixed-layout pages were incorrectly adjusted in the viewer when using Reflow
  • Fixed an issue where some value sliders in the desktop publisher did not update when new values were set
  • Fixed an issue where some fixed layout areas in reflowable publications were not scaling properly
  • Fixed an issue where some reflowed texts were using header tags as opposed to body text when larger than the detected header
  • Fixed an issue where the –proxy-server= argument was not being respected