Toufee Flash Flipbook: Quick overview of flash flipbook settings
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I hope the last post on setting the Flipbook flash movie size helped to clarify on the most basic setting of a Flipbook flash movie. Continuing from where we left off, I'll cover the most important settings of a Flipbook flash movie. These settings determine how your Flipbook functions as well as directly affects the look and feel of your Flipbook. Page Properties The first setting that we'll look at is the Book Cover option. When you turn this on, you get a "closed" book, otherwise its a open flash flipbook. Pretty basic, but there is one gotcha that you might want to keep note of. When you happen to change only the width of your Flipbook flash movie with the Book Cover setting on, you may not notice the change visually until the Flipbook opens. To better illustrate, say the initial width is 300px and you increased your width to 600px. If you have a perfect 300px image on the cover, and because the flash movie background is transparent, you would have to wait till the book cover opens or manually flip the page to notice that the Flipbook indeed resized. This may not be a big deal as it sounds and you may very rarely run into such a situation but though I'd keep you posted on this as well. Page Size and Page Background The Page Size option lets you switch the page style between the conventional book style (where each side is a page) and using a single image per slide (not sure how better to put it). The Half Page setting puts your images on both the left and right sides. The Full Page setting puts just one image on the left page while leaving the right page blank. Below is a sample flash movie that illustrates this. Since the Half Page setting is obvious I preferred to illustrate the Full Page setting. Note that when you set a Page Background color, the blank page takes the chosen background color. The Page Background color may not be of any use unless you use the Full Page setting. While we see most customers tend to use the Half Page setting, there maybe instances when the Full Page setting might actually come in handy. This was the reason we preferred to have it, as you may never know :) Page Turning This is a cute setting...If you would like to have the page turn just like how you'd do it when you're holding a real book, then remove the checkbox on the Hard Pages option. Turning it on makes the turning of pages rigid, something that you'd want to have if you are trying to create an "album" style Flipbook flash movie. Note that when you have the Book Cover setting turned on, the first and the last pages (typically the cover images) would always take a hard page turn even if you had turned off Hard Pages. Automatic Page Flip While the setting itself is obvious, if you set it to auto-flip the Flipbook continuous to loop the pages and when it reaches the end, it flips the book and then starts all over again. Also be prudent when setting the time interval based on the content that is displayed on each page. On most occasions, we've seen customers let it to manual flip as most would prefer to flip the page at their own convenience. I hope that this article was useful and I hope it would help you when creating your next Flash Flipbook project.