Create and modify HTML-based interactive web structures

Develop designs for interactive magazines, catalogs, and e-books accessible online and offline. Work with various templates and customize them according to the specifications of individual projects. Add images, videos, URLs, and audio tracks to pages.

HTML5 has enriched the way we publish our content on the Web thanks to its extended support for multimedia and graphical content and its new structure elements that enhances its semantic content and navigability. FlipHTML5 makes the most of this new Web publishing environment by allowing you to create flip e-books from your PDF, Office, and OpenOffice documents without having to write a single line of code.

Creating a new flipbook can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. The only premise is that the starting point has to be an existing PDF, Office-like, or image file. From there you can follow the numbered steps of its wizard-like interface or jump to the Animation Editor and the Page Editor to enrich your e-book by adding new multimedia elements and animations to it. The first option will guide you through the template, theme, custom settings, table of contents, bookmark, and plug-in selections, allowing you to adjust other settings on the way, such as the book language. The Animation Editor will let you include interactive features in your e-books to enhance the reader’s experience, while the Flip Page Editor will allow you to add YouTube and Vimeo videos directly on any of the pages of your book. Besides, you can also use the editor to add text, images, audio and video files, shapes, and links to your e-book, and customize them in whatever way fits your preferences.

Your flipbooks allow for notes and annotations so that the reader can add comments, photos, and highlights to them easily, as well as bookmark specific sections for quick access. Its OCR engine will also let you create text-searchable books from any scanned PDF or set of images so that they can be easily located on the Web using search engines. You can add e-commerce features to your books and sell them online with your choice of price, currency, pages that can be previewed for free, etc.

You can store your new flipbooks either locally or on the program’s cloud-based library to guarantee direct access to your books from anywhere at any time. When it comes to publishing and distribution, you can choose to save your books as HTML pages, ZIP archives, or executable EXE files. You can e-mail the ZIP files, upload them to an FTP server, or save them as a plug-in or an Android app.

FlipHTML5 is a comprehensive Flash-based e-book publishing tool suitable for magazines, photo albums, catalogs, and any other type of book that might look better with a page-flip effect, animations, or multimedia content. Suitable for all types of users, it produces professional-looking books, though its limitation to existing PDF, Office, or image files makes it unsuitable for professional e-book designers who need to create flipbooks from scratch. The free version provided is merely a trial for the Pro, Gold, Platinum, and Enterprise editions; it will add a watermark to your books, and won’t let you save them locally. Think of it as a showcase for the multiple possibilities offered by this feature-rich and worth trying flipbook publishing tool.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary


  • OCR support
  • Wide array of templates and themes
  • Cloud-based library
  • Insert audio and video files
  • YouTube and Vimeo video support
  • Image animation tool


  • Books cannot be created from scratch
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