FlipisArt is a good, fast, and easy way of creating pro-looking flipping books from existing PDF files. The resulting e-book is a Flash-based SWF file embedded into a full HTML document that you can view using your favorite Internet browser. The whole conversion process is as simple as they come, and the flip page effect produced is of a reasonable quality.
FlipisArt can only create one flipping book at a time. To compensate for the lack of batch-processing capabilities, the conversion itself is a really fast process. The program, however, does not create the flipping book right away – it merely converts into JPG files the pages of the original PDF file and shows them to you (no flip page effect is available at this stage) so that you can have a basic preview of what the resulting flipping book will look like. You will be able to check not only the quality of the images created, but also the overall navigation that will be added to the final e-book.
If you are happy with the preview, you are required to click on the Export button, which will create a new folder to store all the resulting files. These include – among others - a JPG image of every page of the book, an SWF video of each page and an extra one for the whole book, and an HTML index page, which will allow you to open your book in any Internet browser. The final product is reasonably good and easy to navigate, taking into account that no customization settings are available.
Note that this shareware product’s pricing scheme varies according to the number of books that you will be allowed to produce. It goes from “Ruby” – which will let you create a maximum of six books for a bit over a hundred US dollars - to “Diamond”, which offers you unlimited use for around nine hundred US dollars. Any customization feature you might like to add to your flipping books (say, your company logo, a video, or a series of hyperlinks) can be ordered directly from the developers and will be quoted separately.
- Generates a full HTML page that contains your flipping book
- Simple and straightforward conversion process
- Excellent pro-looking results
- Lack of settings to allow customization
- Lack of support for batch conversion
- Pricey piece of software