PDF to HTML5 : Why Our Flip Book Software is Better

The Australia Times Gourmet MagazineWe believe FlipBooker is the best flip book creation software available. We have cut out unnecessary and distracting features and left you with a technically superior solution for creating flipping books and getting your PDF files online. Two ways we have done this is to avoid using Adobe Flash technology, and avoid displaying pages as images.

Adobe Flash Based Flip Books

Almost all the other flip book creation software available today takes a PDF file and converts it to an Adobe Flash based flip book. Adobe Flash is a piece of software (a “plugin”) installed in to your web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc) to display multimedia content. In fact if you delve deeper, most of those other flip book products use the exactly same engine to convert the PDF to Flash. Unfortunately Flash is yesterday’s technology. Earlier this year Youtube dropped Flash to play videos, and with it dealt a knockout blow for the ageing technology. The constant updating required of Adobe Flash, security hassles, and utter incompatibility with mobile devices meant it was never going to survive.

That’s why when we started building FlipBooker, we made a conscious decision to not use Flash. Instead we have a unique offering built entirely on HTML and widely compatible technologies. HTML is the language that all web browsers understand. It is the universal language of the Internet. That means when you publish your e-book, magazine, brochure or report through FlipBooker, you have the best chance at getting your message across to those who matter; your readers. They will not need to download special plugins or software to view your flip book. It will be right there in their browser, beautifully rendered, with rich functionality.

How to tell if your flip book software uses flash

Adobe Flash IdentificationThe easiest way to check is to right-click on a flip book page. Do you see a menu option for Adobe Flash? Then you have a Flash based flip book.

 

Image Based Flip Books

Some other flip book software converts PDF files to images. While that makes the output look good on the surface, it does not zoom in very well. You often find that text appears “blocky” or “fuzzy”. We found that people who just want to look closer at the text often find other software difficult to read. This is because the text that has been reproduced as an image, instead of HTML – the language of the web.

This is not just important from an aesthetic viewpoint, but also for accessibility to vision impaired people. Those with vision problems often use screen-reading software that can only work on web site content that is text based in HTML. It can not read the text inside pictures.

How to tell if your flip book software uses images

Fuzzy TextZoom in and look at the fine print. Does it appear as clear as text on this blog post? or does it appear fuzzy like the image on the right? If it appears fuzzy, you are probably looking at image based flip books instead of HTML flip books.

 

Why FlipBooker is better

Here are two simple tests you can perform when comparing flip book software:

  1. When viewing the flip book output, right click on a page. If you see a menu item that mentions “Adobe Flash Player” then you know you are viewing old technology.
  2. When zooming in on the flip book page, does the text appear fuzzy?

If the answer to either of these two questions is ‘Yes’ then you are looking at old technology and there are better products available, such as ours! FlipBooker uses HTML technology that does not require special plugins or software downloads, and zooms in with clearly readable text.

So why not give FlipBooker a go? All you have to do is head over to the FlipBooker home page, drop in a PDF, and you can try it out for free!

Try today for free with your own PDF file. No signup required!


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