FlexPaper 2.2.5 Release Notes

Tuesday 29th April 2014

We have started rolling out version 2.2.5 today. This version mainly contains minor bug fixes and a couple of enhancements for our desktop publisher.

How to update:
This release does not require you to republish any of your documents so if you want to install the update without republishing your documents then simply copy and replace the following resources from the distribution file that you are using:

  • FlexPaperViewer.swf
  • js/ (directory)
  • css/ (directory)

Changes in this release:

  • A number of minor bug fixes. See changelog.txt included in each release for full details. 

  • Improved fallback on when failing to draw images with mudraw in desktop publisher
  • It is now possible to configure the alpha level of links (from 0 to 100%) in desktop publisher
  • Additional optimizations for disposing the viewer in all modes
  • Improved retina icon set added for the flat UI design in mobile
  • Additional checks added to avoid very complex documents from timing out when being opened inside desktop publisher

How to promote your online publications on your website using FlexPaper Zine

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

If you are using FlexPaper Desktop Publisher together with FlexPaper Zine viewer to generate your online publications then here is handy tip for you to create great previews of your publications. (This is a really good way to promote your publications on landing pages without claiming the whole page.) 

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When you are working with your PDF document in the desktop publisher you will find the publication preview option under the publication settings menu on your right hand side. It gives you 3 options to choose from.

  1. None (default) – your publication will be displayed in full size.
  2. Interactive miniature – this generates a complete interactive miniature thumbnail version of your finalized publication. One click will open the publication in real size.
  3. Front page – a thumbnail preview of the front page of your publication. One click will open the publication in real size. 

The interactive miniature preview is great for when you want to promote your publication on your home page. Both preview thumbnail options are suitable for any directory containing your published documents. It will help you visualize your content.

If you have selected a start page for your publication, the miniature thumbnail will mimic your selection.  

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You can publish and preview your work at any stage. Just hit the publish button in the top right corner and select the preview mode you want once the publication is generated.

When you are happy with your publication and you are ready to publish a HTML code snippet will be generated for you to copy and paste into your website admin tool. If you are more technical savvy, you have the possibility resize your preview. 

Regards,

 The Flexpaper Team 

Yes – our online PDF document viewers include full touch gesture support

Wednesday 9th April 2014

A worry for publishers today is how well their publications will display and act on different devices, especially on touch-enabled ones such as tablets. Many online documents viewers don’t support most of the “must have” such as pinch and zoom function for an example.

The FlexPaper Zine viewer, the classic viewer and our annotations plug-in all comes with full support for touch and gesture based interactions. Let your end user swipe through the publication, activate a video or make a comment while using the annotation feature directly in the tablet. 

Last but not least, the viewer adapts and change layout when you turn the tablet from landscape to portrait, just as it should.

Happy reading!

How to make changes to your published online PDF document

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Today we want to highlight an added feature in our latest version of Flexpaper Desktop Publisher that we started rolling out earlier this week. We have been getting queries from our customers to be able to import previous settings to an already published PDF. 

It is now available (in version 2.2.4) and this means that you can go back and edit or update a publication whenever you want without having to redo all the work.

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To do this, start with opening the original PDF in Desktop Publisher (1). Once this is opened, click the “Import settings from previous publication” button located to the upper right hand side in the publisher (2).

A new browser window opens and here you will have to select the previously generated directory from your published PDF (3). If you haven’t changed the default settings, you will find this file in the FlexPaper folder located in your documents directory. Click the corresponding filename and then hit the select button. All your previous settings are now being imported into the publisher and you can edit or add after desire.

Don’t hesitate to email us your thoughts and ideas as we are constantly working to improve our products. 

Regards,

The FlexPaper Team

FlexPaper 2.2.4 Release Notes

Thursday 27th March 2014

We have started rolling out version 2.2.4 today. Our Zine viewer is the first viewer to be updated. The main enhancement this month is the ability to create notes with associations in our annotations viewer as well as the ability to reuse publication settings from a previous publication in desktop publisher.

How to update:
This release does not require you to republish any of your documents so if you want to install the update without republishing your documents then simply copy and replace the following resources from the distribution file that you are using:

  • FlexPaperViewer.swf
  • js/     (directory)
  • css/    (directory)

Changes in this release:

  • Compatibility changes to the Flexpaper html5 & html4 viewers to make them fully compatible with Twitter’s bootstrap framework.

  • Improved pinch/zoom support for Android devices in Classic viewer
  • Issue fixed where IE 10+ would fail to use worker threads in some scenarios causing the viewer not to render properly
  • Extra checks added to the Zine flash & HTML5 viewer to avoid texts from appearing in search abstracts that were not part of the visible area of a publication
  • Korean and Japanese language translations added
  • onDocumentLoaded event correction for Flash Zine viewer
  • Additional security checks for search engine indexing scripts added
  • Fixed an issue related to signing and password protecting documents when in flash mode
  • Improved PHP version compatibility with our password & signing scripts for desktop publisher
  • Social sharing now disabled by default. Can be enabled through the desktop publisher style menu
  • Issue fixed where links were not repositioned properly when going into full screen in Zine when using HTML5 and HTML4 for some scenarios
  • Issue fixed where onCurrentPageChanged was not fired properly in FlexPaper classic on touch devices when wiping left and right
  • Regression issue fixed where IE9 would use an incorrect canvas library version in the annotations viewer
  • Issue fixed in our classic viewer where the full screen mode would not resize the viewer properly if percent had been used in the style attribute of the viewer container
  • Issue fixed where removing annotations would not work in some scenarios through the API if only id is supplied
  • Further optmizations on how events are unbound when disposing the viewer
  • Height adjustments to our UI customizable annotations viewer to better fit with actual specification
  • Improved consistencies between flash and html5 for annotations when using Sticky Tools
  • Improved positioning of controls in the customizable annotations viewer
  • Print dialog in HTML5 viewer now defaulting to English if the locale isn’t found
  • Size corrections for swipe detections on phone devices in our classic viewer
  • onDocumentLoaded now fired in split mode accross the viewers. This should make binding annotations easier to handle
  • Fixed an issue in our flash viewer where notes could not be dragged properly in split mode on some pages
  • It is now possible to allow the image to be changed when a user is hovering an image in FlexPaper Zine. This setting can be done in dektop publisher (add image button)
  • Issue fixed in desktop publisher where modifying an image in some steps would cause an extra image to be added
  • Split functionality implemented for our java package (for the HTML5 rendering mode)
  • Issue fixed where it wasn’t possible to annotate over links in HTML5 mode in some scenarios
  • Link color corrected for Flexpaper Classic
  • Issue fixed where the text layer was incorrectly unloaded when scrolling fast in some scenarios
  • Issue fixed where firefox was firing an error when clicking on the highlight button in HTML5 mode when using annotations
  • Issue fixed where clicking on the zoom slider’s slider did not result in zooming into the document
  • Desktop Publisher now allows settings from old publications to be imported including link, video and image elements. It does not save these elements when saving settings as a template
  • HTML5 rendering routine updated (0.8.1277 build #cebf783)
  • Minor build issues corrected in the ASP.NET sample scripts for the customizable classic viewer
  • Fixed an issue where some publications would be incorrectly cropped to include bleed in HTML5 mode and size optimizations for Zooming into HTML5 publications in MixedMode
  • Fixed an issue where link highlighting would not highlight links when rolling away from them
  • Fixed an issue where many links to a page could cause some links to be incorrect in size
  • Improved support for Android pinching in FlexPaper Classic
  • Safari 7 and above now uses zoom transitions. The early versions of Safari 7 had issues with this but this seems now to have been resolved by Apple and this can therefore be enabled again
  • Our alternative flat design has been included in our customizable annotations build
  • Fixed an issue where the viewer was unintentionally stealing focus in Internet Explorer 
  • Optimizations and fixes for highlighting (the .highlight method) in HTML5 mode

Full text search in a online PDF flip book publication

Thursday 27th March 2014

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Today’s blog will explore the full text search function within the FlexPaper classic viewer and the Flexpape Zine viewer. Being able to do a text search in a published document is a basic functionality that is a must in any page flip publication you find online no matter what software you use.

There are two problems that can destroy your user experience, the first is if the uploaded document consists of scanned images making it impossible to do any text search at all. The other one is when you are searching through a large document, slowing the search and browser down because it has to download the whole document before a full text search can be done. 

 Both FlexPaper viewers let your readers do a full text search without needing to download the whole document. They even handle OCR scanned documents. Your search result will be clearly displayed in the document in a search abstract in the search index to the left of the browser as seen in the top image.

Online PDF viewer with full touch support and crisp output

Wednesday 19th March 2014

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Today, customers expect to be able to view your publications on mobile devices and this means that the software you use to publish your PDF documents will need to be able to detect what device your readers use. It also means that it needs to have touch gesture touch support.

FlexPaper Zine viewer includes a adaptive user interface that not only detects what type of device your readers are using, it also switches to full gesture support and enables pinch zoom. Another beautiful feature you will get is the crisp result when you zoom in really close into the publication. Forget pixilation and get the same sharp out put on retina displays.   

Privacy and protection of your online PDF publication

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Internet privacy has been heavily debated during the recent year. It has mostly been focused on the privacy breaches for consumers but it could easily be about company’s privacy and protection, especially when you use a cloud based service provider to store and upload your documents and data. We believe that your privacy is important and we believe that your content is your business.

 Two things to think about when you use a cloud based service or software.

  1. Does your service provider use cookies to collect data from you and your customers?
  2. If you use a third party service to publish your documents, who’s servers is the software communicating with?

FlexPaper does not use cookies so you can be sure that we don’t collect any data. Our software only communicates with your servers leaving your privacy intact and 100% in your control.

Signing & obfuscation
We understand the importance of privacy and the need to protect your content. FlexPaper Desktop Publisher features a sign and time frame feature that gives an extra layer of protection to your documents. 

Please note – Because we do not store any of your data you need to save all your passwords or re-publish the document if you loose any password.     


Offline publishing
If online publishing is not an option for you, we also offer offline alternatives to publish your documents. You can publish to DVD, CD or USB. 

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How to share a PDF on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn

Wednesday 5th March 2014

FlexPaper Zine now offers the possibility for you or your readers to share your publications to a range of social networks. Publications can be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn or embedded on any site.

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The quickest and easiest way to take advantaged of this new feature is to publish your PDF document via our desktop publisher. We have added the social network function to the toolbar.

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When your readers want to share your content, they press the social sharing button in the top menu bar and a pop-up window appears.

There are a number of options for you to choose from. You can use the publication url directly, select a specific landing page or you can add a title and select any of the listed social networks. The pop-up window menu also allows you to embed the publication into any website.

This feature is available from version 2.2.3 that was released February 16.

How to make Google index PDF files

Sunday 23rd February 2014

Do you struggle to get Google to index your PDF publications with organic search? Then we have some great news for you. In our latest version of FlexPaper Desktop Publisher we have added a new option that will help your publication get a higher ranking, be easier to track in analytics and be indexed better.

Traditionally, when Google indexes your PDF documents, it will index your files as a whole and there is no way of collecting statistics on why and what people where looking for in a document. This is because the way the publication is generated.

With our new feature, FlexPaper Desktop Publisher will create a text only version of your PDF. This means that when Google, or any other search engine indexes your FlexPaper documentation, it does so on page by page basis which increases your exposure and hits. It will also allow you to collect data on how and why people land on your pages. 

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You can access this feature under the publish button in the desktop publisher. Expand the advance settings menu.

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Tick the “improve conditions for search engines to index your publication” box. Please note that you need to have PHP support on your server.

This option is available from version 2.2.3 version of FlexPaper Desktop Publisher. Give it a try, download our desktop publisher here