How to Create a Flash Flip Book

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How to Create a Flash Flip Book
A Flash flip book of your own. (website layout image by 6922 Designer from

A Flash flip book is a digital magazine that simulates the layout and movement of a print magazine. It can be read online, and its pages can be flipped with control buttons or with a click of a mouse (or with the touch of a finger, in the case of touch screens). Flipbooks add fun and versatility to web content such as brochures, ebooks and magazines. To create a Flash flip book for your own website, you need Flash flip book software.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Flash flip book software

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  1. 1

    Gather the JPEG and SWF page files you wish to include in your flash flip book. Note features that must be specified, such as page dimensions and colours of text and background. Keep in mind that flash flip book software usually requires an even number of pages to work properly.

  2. 2

    Download Flash flip book software from a website such as, and (see "Resources"). Such sites usually offer free versions with more limited capability than the paid versions.

  3. 3

    Review online demos and tutorials for using the Flash flip book software on the site from which you are downloading the software.

  4. 4

    Open the Pages.xml file, located in the xml folder.

  5. 5

    Specify page dimensions and colour elements. The xml file template in Flash Page Flip supplies a width of 368 pixels and height of 450 pixels by default; these two values can be edited. Make sure your page files have the same dimension values that you are specifying in the Pages.xml file.

  6. 6

    Add or subtract from the 14 pages listed by default in the Flash Page Flip Pages.xml file to match the number of pages that will be in your flip book. (PiXELWiT requires you to change a "MaxPages" variable.) To add a page, copy a page specification on the list and change the page number.

  7. 7

    To publish your Flash flip book, copy all files and folders in the folder created by the Flash flip book software to a directory for uploading to an online server.

Tips and warnings

  • The exact method for creating your flip book will vary depending on which Flash flip book software you use, even though certain basic requirements (like specifying page dimensions) will be the same. Pay careful attention to instructions provided and contact the site providing the software about any details that are unclear.

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