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

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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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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find an online service that offers software to convert PDF or JPEG files to flipping pages. Some services include Page-flip.com and FlipCity.com. 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 CreatePDF.adobe.com. You can also convert the file into individual JPEG images as an alternative (you can purchase and download the conversion software at print-driver.com 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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