E-books are becoming an increasingly popular medium for displaying information. And if you find yourself frequenting these new electronic books, you may have noticed that it becomes quite dull after a while. I, for one, miss the tangible page flip of a novel or a good instructional guide.
That’s why Codebox’s web app – that’s called PDF to Flash Page Flipper (or Flip) – appealed to me. It’s an app that can replicate the more interesting animations found on my iPad or a similar tablet and put them onto my laptop. In fact, it’s almost better, allowing you to turn any old PDF file into a superior flash-based and flippable book. The conversion process is fairly easy, with a lot of customization options that really don’t need to be messed around with. All in all, it is a pretty slick app, at the right price….$0.
Step 1: This PDF converter is web-based, so click the link to the Official Codebox site (UPDATE: This tool is not available anymore) to get started. Near the top of the page there will be a link saying to Attach a file, go there.
Step 2: Choose a PDF file to upload and have converted to a flippable book, and then scroll down to Interface Options. Click on Start conversion to…start the conversion.
Step 3: The file conversion will begin, keep in mind that the longer the PDF, the longer it is going to take to have it converted. So if its a long one, set it up and walk away for a while.
Step 4: The download will complete, hopefully sooner rather than later, and you will be left with a download link. When you click on that you will be set up with a zip file. Unzip the files inside, there are a bunch of files in the folder, but the actual flipbook will be the .html file that is sitting in there.
Step 5: Now, all that is left to do is enjoy your new Flipbook and say goodbye to that sad old PDF on the wayside.
Before – Regular PDF
After – Flippable Book
A simple click will trigger a page flip animation, as well, the pages are laid out side-by-side like a novel lying flat on a table. Overall, the tool is kind of fun and adds some spice to an otherwise bland document.