New flat UI flip book design & new video features for HTML5 pdf document viewer

New features on your favorite desktop publisher for publishing online documents includes Vimeo support, disable zoom and great performance improvement for Windows users.

With only a month to go for the Christmas Holidays you might have missed the highlights of the latest release of FlexPaper, version 2.3.0. Don’t worry, here’s a recap. 

We have added a flat material style icon set. This will give your publications a fresh contemporary look. Just select the template called material to access this new style icon set for your top menu bar in the desktop publisher.

 

A full demo of this new icon set will soon be available on our website, so watch this space. 

Vimeo is now available as a second video option to add to your digital publication. The feature is added to the desktop publisher, including the Zine and Classic viewers and it works in both Flash and HTML5 mode. To add your Vimeo video clip just add the link that Vimeo has created for you in the appropriate field in the desktop publisher.

Another new setting that has been added to the desktop publisher is the ability to disable the zoom function on your publications.  

FlexPaper has updated the graphical design for FlexPaper Zine and FlexPaper Classic and the updated artwork will gradually be changed during the coming months.

With the new big performance improvement with converting documents in Windows, you will experience a faster rendering time for your publications in desktop publisher. If you are a Mac user, don’t worry that you are losing out because the enhancements are already in place for ios.

 You do not need to update or republish any of your publications when you download and install the latest version of Flexpaper Desktop Publisher. If you want to republish your documents, simply copy and replace the following resources from the distribution file that you are using:

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

For a full set of new features read the latest release notes.

That’s all for now.

Cheers,
Camilla
FlexPaper Team

FlexPaper 2.3.0 Release Notes

We have started rolling out version 2.3.0 today. We will first be updating our zine viewer and will be updating the classic and annotations viewers in the next few days.

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)

Significant changes in this release:

  • Fixed an issue related to next / previous buttons getting disabled in certain scenarios under iOS

  • Improved annotations support in full screen mode for iOS8
  • Corrections to the HTML5 annotations viewer for loading differently sized pages in MixedMode
  • A number of minor UI corrections for search abstracts in HTML5 & HTML4 mode
  • Fixed an issue where links in iOS phone devices had their links truncated in certain scenarios
  • Fixed an issue where links in iOS devices caused the pages to blur when zooming in in some scenarios
  • Improvements for desktop Safari 7.1
  • Improvements in desktop publisher for OSX Yosemite
  • Ability to disable zooming into publications now added to Desktop Publisher
  • Retina support added for desktop publisher and default rendering mode switched to GPU
  • Artwork updated for our different viewers
  • Correction for Windows Phone where it wasn’t getting the correct user interface for Zine
  • Vimeo video support added to desktop publisher (Zine and Classic, both Flash and HTML5 mode)
  • New flat material style icon set for Zine! We hope you like it!
  • Issue fixed where links close to each other were not exported properly
  • Big performance improvement in converting documents on Windows for Destkop Publisher

This weeks summary of questions and answers

Question : How can I add some custom branding to the viewer?

Answer : You can’t modify the content iself dynamically but you could modify our flexpaper.css files and overlay the viewer with your branding

Question : Not able to play content using cloudfront urls

Answer : Maybe consider using the HTML5 viewer (with HTML4 fallback) in this scenario?

Question : The license key does not match the domain you are using the viewer on

Answer : Contact us via email ([email protected]) and we’ll check your key against your acconut

Question : PDF not loading when published files moved to server

Answer : Sounds like your personal web server has problems delivering the .js files in the docs directory. Do you have php installed? PHP is needed if you have enabled password protection to the publication

Question : Obtaining offline licence

Answer : Contact us after purchasing your license from the download page and we’ll convert your license to a offline license. Flick us an email at [email protected]

Question : I will pay via my paypal private account. Could you sent me invoice later?

Answer : Sure just contact us via email ([email protected]) and we’ll sort out the invoice for you.

Should the originating PDFs used for the zine be 300dpi or 72dpi?

Answer : Initially created a zine using 300dpi files but for a 68pp magazine the resulting folder size is near 200mb. Would I be better of referencing 72dpi pages?

Question : How can I reload another document via JavaScript API in HTML5 edition.

Answer :

I belive the following example will answer your question:

http://flowpaper.com/FlexPaper_QnA/?qa=1233/it-possible-to-load-pdf-file-that-is-stored-as-blob-in-database&show=1285#a1285

Question : Why am I getting javascript errors?

Answer : The first issue is most likey coming from a issue with a build we fixed recently. It should be fixed if you re-download the 2.2.9 build and if its not then contact us and we’ll direct you to a build where its not occuring.

The second issue is most likely a issue with your PDF2JSON installation and with the permissions on your server. Check so that the server side scripts are able to write to your working directory and it should go away.

Question : Setting FitWidthOnLoad parameter not working

Answer : Looks like everything is correct. Send us a email (to [email protected]) with the complete url to where you have deployed the viewer and we’ll have a closer look.

The FlexPaper Annotations software introduces multi-user online document collaborations.

With the release of FlexPaper Annotations version 2.2.9, new neat features such as feature collaboration, extended toolbox and user name tagging has been included that will take your collaborative online annotations to a new level. Not to mention that it supports multiple formats to ensure total browser coverage.

With the new annotations features, collaboration and user name tagging of annotations, the users can interact on the same notes throughout the document enabling multiple users to collaborate in the different notes. You can easily integrate the users into your existing authentication system, so no more emails back and forth with new versions of a document.
 

FlexPaper Annotations now supports multiple formats such as HTML5, HTML4 and Flash. It really covers all the bases to ensure that everyone can view the annotated online document. FlexPaper Annotations has the ability to degrade gracefully between each format so that maximum browser penetration is achieved. The online document viewer is created to also support touch devices as well as traditional desktop browsers when you work with the annotations software.

The toolbox has been extended and multiple drawing tools such as rectangles, points and freehand drawing are added on top of the existing tool bar menu to help you make the feedback even more effective.

 
Most online annotation tools require that you upload your PDF document to their server before you can start your annotations, but with FlexPaper Annotations there is no need since it is all installed and managed by your own server letting you be in full control of your own documents.

 
Do not worry if you are not technical savvy because there is no programming skills required to get up and running with the Annotations set up scripts.
 

Existing FlexPaper Unlimited license customers already has access to FlexPaper Annotations and they can upgrade to get the new features now.

 
Want to now more? Test our demo of the latest version of FlexPaper Annotations, you can find it here:
http://devaldi.com/annotations-html5-pdf viewer/index.php?ro=flash,html&collaboration=true 

For more information on FlexPaper Annotations, visit:
http://flowpaper.com/annotations.htm 

For more information on any of FlexPaper’s viewers, visit http://flowpaper.com/