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    Question Flash Magazines

    "The Powers that Be" have asked Admin to see if they can make things into flash based magazines and in turn Admin have come to us...

    I've had a look through a few different options but they're either pay to use, too complicated for the Admin staff to use or free and limited to two pages max...

    I was just wondering if anyone out there has used or is using something similar?
    They'll be converting mainly PDFs to the flash magazines...

    Hope that makes sense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaceZ4 View Post
    "The Powers that Be" have asked Admin to see if they can make things into flash based magazines
    Why - what is it they're trying to do? There was a print-to-Flash driver:

    FlashPaper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Which outputted a self-contained SWF file you could scroll through. I think the idea is that that has now been replaced by the export-to-Flash options in Adobe PageMaker and InDesign. However, I think both those options have been superseeded by export-to-something-compatible-with-the-iPad options in both those applications.

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    If it's just cheap, cheerful and easy.

    CodeBox : Free PDF to Flash Page Flip converter

    I've played around with before :P (Not the best flip over but meh)

    Steve

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    If you are going down the 'paid for' route then I would recommend this one:
    Page flip ebook creator_make flipping book from pdf, powerpoint, image and more. [FlipBuilder.com]
    I use it a lot for publishing books on line and on CDs
    The free online one will convert up to 20 pages.

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    Are you sure that the powers that be know what they're talking about?

    No offence to any of them intended, but quite often "non-techs" ask for specific things because they've heard a buzzword, when in fact there may be a much better way of doing things...

    What is it they want to achieve?

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    you could try

    how about
    issuu.com

    seems easy to use we use it on our website why not have a browse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    If it's just cheap, cheerful and easy.

    CodeBox : Free PDF to Flash Page Flip converter

    I've played around with before :P (Not the best flip over but meh)

    Steve
    Just had a quick play and that will do...!

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    I would go back to them go back to the powers that be and ask what they want to achieve. If they want just want it to look whizzy for no reason then throw the old "Apple devices won't be able to read it, do you really want to exclude them?" argument. Then suggest something that would work. I can't see any reason to export to a flash magazine except to look flash, & you can get better functionality from better systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    I can't see any reason to export to a flash magazine except to look flash, & you can get better functionality from better systems.
    Well yeah, but from the OP. If it's really for free, and for "admin use" aka not techies, nothing really wrong with a quick flash book.

    But hey, each to their own

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Well yeah, but from the OP. If it's really for free, and for "admin use" aka not techies, nothing really wrong with a quick flash book.

    But hey, each to their own

    Steve
    I got the feeling the admins (office staff) had been asked to magic one up. Purely my assumptions but I see an SMT having seen one at someone else's site or from a supplier & thinking it is the second coming, this in turn conjures ideas of flash books for staff use, distribution on VLE, maybe make it to the website.

    ... Or their kid needs to generate one for their school/Uni project

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    guys you have got the situation correct this is persisly the situaltion we have got

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaceZ4 View Post
    They'll be converting mainly PDFs to the flash magazines...
    Are the magazines going to be web-based? If so, you could keep them as PDFs and use FlexPaper or Do-PDF.

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    I've shown the office staff a few of the sites listed here (thanks for all the suggestions guys!) and the only thing they've asked is are the original documents that are submitted to be converted stored anywhere on the server? Data protection, child safety, etc...

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