Image animations for Flipbook and Sliding publications

26 October 2021

With release 3.5.4, FlowPaper has added the ability to add and modify images that are imported to using the Elements template. These can be converted to both flipbook publications as well as sliding publications/presentations. This release allows you to enter edit mode and click on each individual image and apply animation settings as well as other behaviour to the image.

Each image in your PDF will be marked out as “Embedded Image” once imported. In order to apply animations to an image, the image needs to be extracted into an individual object by the publisher. Because images are sometimes embedded using clipping, some of the image properties may change when this happens, so in case you see differences, this would be why. Once the image has been extracted- it will appear under its own filename in the images/ folder in the publication.

Steps to apply an animation to your flipbook publication

To add an animation to an image, follow these steps:

  1. Open the desktop publisher and select a PDF document to import
  2. Select the 'Elements' template once you have picked the PDF document to import. The document will now import. Fonts and images will be converted to HTML5 elements. This usually takes less than a minute to complete.
  3. Click 'Edit' on the top right corner to enter edit mode
  4. Select one of the imported images. If this image was imported from the PDF then the label will read 'Embedded Image'.
  5. Apply your image animation. You will be asked if you want to apply the change to the embedded image before proceeding

Adding Hotspots to your PDF catalogs

21 October 2021

Do you want to create a hotspot for your catalog when publishing your PDF Catalogs online?

For starters, a Hotspot is an active area in a document that you can link to different areas of the document, to another document, or to a URL. You can apply hotspots to graphic objects, images, anchored frames, graphic frames, text frames, text lines, equations, and even to your PDF catalogs when you are publishing them online.

Make your PDF Catalogs more customer engaging by adding Hotspots with FlowPaper. It is guaranteed swift work! Fast and easy!

Simple steps to successfully add Hotspots to your PDF Catalogs:

  1. Open the publication on the page where you want your hotspot link to appear. To do this, start by switching to the edit mode in the top right corner.
  2. Select the add-link button and a pop-up menu will appear. Paste or write your unique product URL link in the top field column and under the style settings, make sure both the show link icon and the show mouse over fields are selected. Then add your desired mouse over text in the appropriate field and lastly, click ok and you will be brought back to your catalog.
  3. Draw the area where you want your hotspot link to appear in the publication using your mouse.
  4. Preview your added hotspot link. To do this, switch from edit mode to preview mode and hover above the linked area and you will see it being active.

Adding Hotspots to your catalog is a great idea because it does not only increases customer engagement but it also adds the ability to track link clicks, which means that when someone clicks on your product with a hotspot link, it will appear in google analytics.

If you want to add more Hotspots, just repeat all the above steps. Do not forget to set up your Google Analytics tracking code!

FlowPaper 3.5.3 Release Notes

9 September 2021

  • It is now possible to adjust/add ALT tags to Elements publications for improved accessibility
  • Quality improvements in output for the flatten/compress functionality
  • The Zine & Elements templates now supports output in WEBP image format. The templates optimizes quality and loading time further while at the same time supporting old browsers which do not yet support WEBP
  • Performance optimizations to the Elements template to be in line with the latest updates to the Chrome browser
  • It is now possible to add and adjust the Zoom Read Snap areas in the Elements template via the edit mode inside the desktop publisher
  • Added more settings to the GDPR form for the Zine and Elements templates

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FlowPaper 3.5.2 Release Notes

24 August 2021

  • Tighter integration with the account area with the desktop publisher has added a new dashboard list view. This makes it easier to access analytics, heatmaps and options for sharing/embedding
  • A number of improvements for text conversion accuracy to the Elements template
  • Fixed an issue where thumbnails were not showing properly in landscape publications when using the Zine template
  • Fixed a number of issues related to manually importing text using the reflowable template
  • Fixed an issue where Zine was rendering text from the next page in very specific scenarios when optimizing the output using flatten

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FlowPaper 3.5.1 Release Notes

26 July 2021

  • Improved support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai language in the Elements template
  • It is now possible to share a publication workspace with another FlowPaper user (available for the installed version of the desktop publisher). This is available for Creative and Team license holders.
  • Improvements to the ‘read on’ mode available in the Elements template
  • Fixed an issue where added iframe content wouldn’t use the “maximize on click” functionality properly
  • Fix for Right to left publications not loading properly in some scenarios when using the Zine template
  • It is now possible to add and customize a GDPR/Cookie Consent message prior to showing your publication
  • Compatibility corrections for Apple’s latest EPUB3 format
  • Fixed an issue where downloading an Elements publication as compressed zip file for custom domain distribution failed in the web version of the desktop publisher
  • A number of WCAG 2.1/Accessibility improvements added to the Elements template
  • Improvements to text grouping which improves reading order detection

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Version 3.5.0 - Promoted online publications using animated previews

17 June 2021

We’re pleased announce version 3.5.0 of FlowPaper. This version provides a range of bug fixes as well as the ability to generate video clips that can be shared on social networks to promote your publications. The video generator functionality is available for all publications hosted on the cloud and can be found in the publishing dialogue as seen below.

Other notable changes

  • Search is now available in the mobile-first/reflowable templates
  • All non-iOS devices now supporting flip in mobile portrait when using the Elements template
  • Its now possible to set link color in Elements publications
  • Its now possible to let added audio keep playing when turning pages (great for background music for example)
  • Elements publications now support slideshows
  • It is now possible to generate a publication preview in video format via the desktop publisher that can be shared on social media networks or inside an email

Version 3.4.9 - Enhanced mobile reading mode and new Analytics

25 May 2021

FlowPaper version 3.4.9 is due for release any day - this release features a few major points including new ways of collecting visitor analytics seen below as well as a enhanced reading mode for Zine for mobile devices. Grab your favorite mobile device and try the enhanced page transitions in this publication.

The new analytics will be available via the account area when version 3.4.9 is made final.

Publishing using FlowPaper on any platform just got a whole lot easier

11 March 2021

Publishing documents using FlowPaper just became a whole lot easier.

In order to publish documents on the web, you previously had to download and install the desktop publisher on your Mac or Windows PC. With release 3.4.7 and thanks to the latest technology in Google Chrome, you’re now able to access your FlowPaper workspace and publish documents right from your browser!

Give it a go! You can either use your existing workspace by selecting to use your Documents/FlowPaper folder as workspace directory or you can choose a temporary workspace.

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FlowPaper 3.4.5 Release Notes

11 December 2020

  • Clicking anywhere in a publication when in miniature mode now expands the viewer into full screen
  • Various fixes for heatmap data collection in FlowPaper Elements
  • Heat maps are now available for re:flow publications
  • FlowPaper now supports Google Analytics 4 via Google Tag Manager
  • It is now possible to create publications from scratch via the dashboard using the Re:flow and Elements template
  • You can now customize your cloud url via the account area
  • It is now possible to add image galleries to Zine publications
  • A number of issues related to dragging/dropping elements in the Re:flow template have been fixed
  • It is now possible to make columns the same size using a new toolbar icon in Re:flow
  • New block templates added to the re:flow template
  • Electron framework updated (Desktop Publisher)
  • User changes are now kept in Elements publications when using the “add pages” functionality to add new PDF pages
  • FlowPaper Elements now supports custom page labels
  • A number of fixes applied to the replace/insert pages routines
  • Added the option of adding pages after a selected page in the page navigator
  • Corrected a number of issues related to deleting and adding pages to existing publications
  • It is now possible to upgrade your cloud storage to up to over 500 additional publications via the account area

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Heatmaps are now available for the re:flow template

27 October 2020

Heatmaps, which are available to the publications hosted on FlowPaper cloud has proved popular among our users. As a consequence, we’re extending them to also cover the re:flow template so that you can track how your visitors are reading your responsive publications as they scroll through your content.

You can find your heatmap analytics in the account area in the cloud publications section. Here’s a great video tutorial to get you started if you have not used heatmaps before: How to use Heatmaps to Better Understand Your Readers

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