FlowPaper 3.3.6 Release Notes

24 February 2020

Kia Ora! FlowPaper have undergone a number of performance optimizations for our web services during January which ensures stability and performance as we’re moving into 2020.

Apart from the cloud hosting upgrades; here’s a list of summarized changes that has been peformed.

  • A number of memory performance improvements as well as output optimizations for Elements and Zine
  • It is now possible to add custom CSS rules to your publications
  • PDFTk, which was used for some operations, is no longer installed together with FlowPaper on Mac OSX
  • Minor improvements text animations in FlowPaper Elements
  • TOC will now close on small screens to make sure the underlying content is visible after navigating
  • It is now possible to add custom CSS rules to the publications (Elements & Zine)
  • Fixed a memory leak which prevented very large publications from processing properly
  • It is now possible to use branding logos up to 250 px wide
  • Fixed an issue for Zine where the publication wouldn’t rescale in all cases when going into full screen from an iframed page
  • Improved the accuracy in font rendering regarding italic/bold if the font has those properties embedded as part of the font.
  • Fix to improve the download of multiple PDF files at the same time in Zine when using split mode
  • Fix for self-hosted videos not showing when password was applied to the publication

Kia Kaha!

Styling FlowPaper Publications

6 December 2019

Question

Is there any way to create a TOC/bookmark panel outside of the flip book to allow navigation throughout the document?

Answer

Yep! You can add links anywhere you like and then link to specific pages by just appending #page=XX to the url, like this: https://flowpaper.com/zine/flippingbook_catalog.php#page=10

Question

Can I produce single pages that won’t default to showing as a spread when views on an iPad?

Answer

Yes you can force the viewer to only show 1 page at the time. If you're using one of the 'Elements' templates: Go into the settings section on the left (click on the cog). Set "Max Visible Pages" to 1. If you're using one of the 'Zine' templates. Go into the settings section on the left (click on the cog). Select 'Flip Single' in the starting mode drop down menu

Question

Is there a way to create a template or set default controls?

Answer

You can save your current settings into a template by using the template settings on the right hand side, under the template thumbnail in the style section). Use the "save as template" button to create a new template with your current settings. Alternatively, you can watch our tutorial here: https://flowpaper.com/How-to-create-and-save-a-style-template-for-PDF-documents/

Question

How do I remove shadow effect when the page flip?

Answer

The easiest way to do this is to use the desktop publisher and use the style section on the right hand side to disable the shadows. Then publish your document which will give you a UI_Zine.xml style file that you can use in other publications or in other places.

Question

Is it possible to remove all navigation on the bottom, the arrows, full page icons, etc...except for the side arrows in the zone format?

Answer

Yep you can disable the toolbar completely if you don't want it. If you're using the Elements viewer then simply edit out the toolbar from the index.html file once published.

Question

I have a stock photo I would like to upload and use as background. Can I do this? I am also wondering if I can have a transparent background.

Answer

Yep! You can find the background settings where you set image on the right hand side inside the desktop publisher. You can also set "Background Alpha" to 0 on the right hand side in the "Styling" section in the desktop publisher if you want the publication to float on top of a background.

Question

Is it possible to display the current page in the address bar?

Answer

Yes, it is. It gets displayed as #Page=XX per default for all templates.

Question

Is it possible to have a button showing the pdf's TOC and how do I activate it in the viewer?

Answer

You can enable the TOC button by enabling it in the "UI Components" section on the right hand side in the desktop publisher. You can also fill in or edit existing items in the table of contents by expanding the TOC tree editor on the left hand side in the desktop publisher.

Question

How do I disable scroll wheel zoom in the desktop publisher?

Answer

You can't disable only mouse wheel zooming but you can disable all zooming in the left hand panel under "Behaviour". Scroll down to the bottom of this settings panel and you'll find "Disable All Zooming”.

Question

When rendered PDF on web version, is it possible to disable page navigation which is done using keyboard arrow keys? PDF is distorted when navigated like this. We are on Zine.

Answer

Yes! there's a setting for this in the settings section on the left (click on the cog).

Question

1. When adding in the links to the pages, is it possible to change the blue at all.... apart from changing it to none? 2. Is it possible to turn off the blue fade on links when a page first opens?

Answer

  • Scroll down in the right hand side ("style" tab)  inside the desktop publisher and you'll see "Link Color”.
  • You can set the "Link Alpha" value to 0 in the right hand side of the desktop publisher (in the "Styling" tab)
  • Question

    How can I get the controls to show at the bottom of the viewer instead of the top?

    Answer

    There is a template inside the desktop publisher that allows you to do this. Select the "Rainforest" theme on the right hand side of the publisher to access this template. You also have the option to customise which buttons are visible on the toolbar.

    Question

    How do you animate a headline and other text?

    Answer

    It can be done in 2 ways. You either animate all headlines of the same size by editing the "Styling" section on the right hand side of the publisher and choosing an animation for the header size. The other way is to go into edit mode for a specific page and select the heading you want to animate. The animations you can choose from will appear in the left hand side of the edit window. The animation we have used for the business presentation link you referenced is the "3D rotate”

    Question

    Is it possible to add tabs which would appear on the e.g right-hand side of the publication for easier navigation?

    Answer

    You could add tabs on the right hand side if you use the Elements viewer. All the containing elements are fully exposed when you use the elements viewer so it would be easy to modify them to include your tabs.

    Is it possible to have TOC outside of the flip book?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    Is there any way to create a TOC/bookmark panel outside of the flip book to allow navigation throughout the document?

    Answer

    Yep! You can add links anywhere you like and then link to specific pages by just appending #page=XX to the url, like this: https://flowpaper.com/zine/flippingbook_catalog.php#page=10

    Is it possible to have single page view on Ipad?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    Can I produce single pages that won’t default to showing as a spread when views on an iPad?

    Answer

    Yes you can force the viewer to only show 1 page at the time. If you're using one of the 'Elements' templates: Go into the settings section on the left (click on the cog). Set "Max Visible Pages" to 1. If you're using one of the 'Zine' templates. Go into the settings section on the left (click on the cog). Select 'Flip Single' in the starting mode drop down menu

    Can I save my settings into a template?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    Is there a way to create a template or set default controls?

    Answer

    You can save your current settings into a template by using the template settings on the right hand side, under the template thumbnail in the style section). Use the "save as template" button to create a new template with your current settings. Alternatively, you can watch our tutorial here: https://flowpaper.com/How-to-create-and-save-a-style-template-for-PDF-documents/

    How can I customise the shadow effect?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    How do I remove shadow effect when the page flip?

    Answer

    The easiest way to do this is to use the desktop publisher and use the style section on the right hand side to disable the shadows. Then publish your document which will give you a UI_Zine.xml style file that you can use in other publications or in other places.

    Is it possible to remove the bottom navigation?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    Is it possible to remove all navigation on the bottom, the arrows, full page icons, etc...except for the side arrows in the zone format?

    Answer

    Yep you can disable the toolbar completely if you don't want it. If you're using the Elements viewer then simply edit out the toolbar from the index.html file once published.

    How can I customise the background?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    I have a stock photo I would like to upload and use as background. Can I do this? I am also wondering if I can have a transparent background.

    Answer

    Yep! You can find the background settings where you set image on the right hand side inside the desktop publisher. You can also set "Background Alpha" to 0 on the right hand side in the "Styling" section in the desktop publisher if you want the publication to float on top of a background.

    Is it possible to display the current page in the address bar?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    Is it possible to display the current page in the address bar?

    Answer

    Yes, it is. It gets displayed as #Page=XX per default for all templates.

    How to show a table of contents button?

    6 December 2019

    Question

    Is it possible to have a button showing the pdf's TOC and how do I activate it in the viewer?

    Answer

    You can enable the TOC button by enabling it in the "UI Components" section on the right hand side in the desktop publisher. You can also fill in or edit existing items in the table of contents by expanding the TOC tree editor on the left hand side in the desktop publisher.