How to create an online catalog with flipping pages

Written by louise balle
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Several online services now allow you to create catalogues with flipping pages that you can display on your website. The reader can grab and pull a page to proceed to the next, just as she might grab the corner of a printed page of a book. This is a convenient and efficient way to deliver catalogues to your online customers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Layout program (like Adobe InDesign---Microsoft Word is fine also)
  • Flipping pages service
  • PDF creation program (like Adobe Acrobat) or a JPEG conversion program

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  1. 1

    Find an online service that offers software to convert PDF or JPEG files to flipping pages. Some services include and In most cases, the pages are converted to SWF (Flash) files that can be animated to create the "flipping" effect. The flipping book itself is a Flash document.

  2. 2

    Create your catalogue in a layout program like Adobe InDesign or even Microsoft Word. Make sure you include a cover and back cover for the catalogue, just as you would see on a printed catalogue. Convert the finished file to a PDF using Adobe Acrobat or You can also convert the file into individual JPEG images as an alternative (you can purchase and download the conversion software at to do this).

  3. 3

    Prepare the PDF or JPEG files for your catalogue in a folder. If you have a group of JPEG image files, be sure to name each file with the page number (for instance, 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg) for easy reference.

  4. 4

    Purchase and download the page-flipping software to your computer or open an account with the service if the software tool is located online.

  5. 5

    Upload the PDF or JPEG files to your Flash page-flipping software. The software will convert the files and deliver them to you (they will be saved to a folder on your computer) along with a corresponding HTML file that you can add to your website.

  6. 6

    Upload the HTML files and folder of converted pages to your web server and direct your visitors to the page with a simple web link.

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