Publishing an interactive PDF or e-pub document


#1

Hello, I just downloaded the beta of Affinity Publisher, (in-Design for folks with less cash). I wonder if it is possible to add an interactive PDF or e-Pub document to a blocs site?


What stuff can you add to Blocs? (to a website)
#2

You can certainly add normal PDF files. If you want to make one available from Affinity Publisher perhaps one of us could try for you.


#3

If you mean a digital publication with page turning capability, you’ll have to use something like Flip PDF to convert your PDF into something more interactive. Flip PDF documents can easily be embedded into a blocs site through an HTML bric. You can see one HERE. Just scroll the page to the Digital Publications section to see the example. You can use any app that creates PDF output for originating the PDF file for use in Flip PDF. I tend to use Apple Pages as it’s already on a Mac system and the page layout option makes it simple to use - more easier than dedicated publishing applications.


#4

Thank you Flashman, probably risky at present as Affinty Publisher is still a very suspect beta - I only got it because their Photo and Design are so good and their range is far cheaper than Adobe. My question was really of general interest at this stage, although I am working on my first blocs website, it is clearly a thought for the future.


#5

Ah! Hendon52, Thanks. The HTML bric, of course! I will take a look at Flip PDF.


#6

Yoshi
Can you open and export PDFs in pdf format in affinity? I have been trying to move away from adobe. I have Photo…would love to have a replacement for Acrobat that I can still send to my clients as legit PDF files and or Indesign files.
Now just need a good video editor like Premiere and Audition for audio. I use ProTools and Ableton for producing …Getting ready to rebuild a music website.
Thx!


#7

I’ve been Flipping Book Publisher for about 4 years now. Works great and is very stable. Only thing is, it’s only available for windows, so I have to run it through Bootcamp on my iMac.


#8

It’s also a very expensive option! Flipping Book Publisher was my first choice for a number of years, but then lower cost alternatives (equally as good) started appearing, so I ditched the annual licensing model of FBP and switched to the single price for life model of FLIP PDF.

Another no-cost option would be to use Keynote to produce an interactive publication. This can then be output as an HTML file which can be embedded into a blocs project with the HTML widget. If you also need a PDF version for downloading, just publish a PDF version from within keynote. You can then add a download link right within the Keynote file.


#9

@hmm yes can export using pdf and it will open pdf. I. use it all the time to create brochures and such. No Adobe for me. There are coming out with a publisher also. Its so much easier to use than illustrator.

casey


#10

Is this the software you’re referring to?

https://www.flipbuilder.com/flip-pdf/


#11

Yep, that’s the one. You could do a search for flipbuilder discount coupons - there are usually a number of offers around for this product.


#12

Great thanks for the tip! Been using Flipping Book for years, but it’s kind of a pain because there’s only a windows version. So I’ve been running Windows using Parallels Desktop just to run that 1 App.


#13

If you want a sample file to play with in a blocs project, let me know and I’ll post one for you. Alternatively, if you simply want to see how easy it is to embed the publication into a blocs website, just go to the demo page at http://triselcommunications.com/flipPDFdemo/. Follow the instructions on the page to embed the demo publication into your own blocs project.

Note: There is a glitch in Safari that can make the share links inactive in full screen mode or after viewing in full screen. Don’t know why but it all works well in Chrome. The Safari glitch can be overcome by refreshing the page after exiting full-screen mode.


#14

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#15

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