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[Windows] Convert PDFs into 3D flipbooks with 3D Page Flipbook

2013-04-05_232637 [1]PDFs are a very common format used by many people. Maybe too many people. If you want to do something to make yourself, your work, your product, your company, etc., then consider not using PDFs and instead using 3D flipbooks. And to help you do that is 3D Page Flipbook.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

3D Page Flipbook allows users to easily convert PDFs into Flash-based 3D flipbooks and save them as website-ready HTML (with accompanying SWF files and images), standalone executable that can be run on any computer, or uploaded onto 3DP, an online 3D flipbook sharing service run by the developer.

The following is an example of a flipbook created with 3D Page Flipbook:

2013-04-05_234619 [2]Take note 3D Page Flipbook comes in two editions, Standard and Professional. The difference between Standard and Professional can be found in the chart to your right. There is also a free Lite version that includes the same basic features but has a watermark on outputs. We specifically reviewed Standard for this article.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-04-05_232654 [4]3D Page Flipbook is a program that allows you to convert PDFs/PPTs/images into 3D flipbooks. The program is aimed at commercial users who own websites or products and use PDFs often but can be used by non-commercial users, too. The idea behind this program is for you to differentiate yourself from the competition — whether that be in the work place, at school, or in an industry — by using 3D flipbooks instead of commonly used PDFs. In that regard, 3D Page Flipbook works fairly well.

Using 3D Page Flipbook is very easy. It has a lot of customization options, but you don’t need to customize anything if you don’t want. All default settings are satisfactory, so you can simply load your PDF and output as flipbook if you don’t know/don’t want to customize settings. Indeed, with a few clicks you will be able to get a 3D flipbook version of your PDF. And 3D Page Flipbook has multiple output options — website-ready HTML (with optional mobile-ready and EPUB mode), ZIP, EXE, or upload to 3DP online flipbook-sharing service — so you shouldn’t run into major compatibility issues with your flipbooks.

The biggest problem I have with 3D Page Flipbook is its dependencies:

Other than that, there aren’t too many major issues aside from two bugs I ran into (see ‘Cons’ above) and the fact that I believe this product is a bit overpriced.

That said, let me provide an opinion as to if you should use flipbooks instead of PDFs or PPT: no, you shouldn’t. As mentioned earlier, yes using a flipbook instead of PDF/PPT will set you apart from the crowd. However, you have to realize people are used to reading PDFs/PPTs. Anyone that comes across a PDF or PPT will know how to read/view it. People are not used to 3D flipbooks. While using a flipbooks created by 3D Page Flipbook isn’t necessarily hard, it is different (e.g. you have to manually zoom in to be able to read the text). People don’t like different. Using a flipbook is a gamble. You may indeed set yourself apart from the crowd. Or you scare away customers and/or not impress your audience. Is that a risk worth taking? I personally think “no”, but that is up to you to decide.

Conclusion and download link

3D Page Flipbook is a good product for converting PDFs into flipbooks, although it is still rough around the edges as demonstrated with the bugs that is has. Do I recommend it? Hmm, hard to say. I like how easy the program is to use but it is overpriced in my opinion. I’ll let you decide on if you should get this program or not. The good thing is there is a free Lite version you can try, if you want, and the shareware versions come with 30-day trials you can give a try before you purchase.

Price: Free (Lite), $99 (Standard), $299 (Professional)

Version reviewed: 2.6.2

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Download size: 42.5 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Too large to scan in VirusTotal

Is it portable? No

3D Page Flipbook homepage [5] | Lite version homepage [6]