HTML5 magazines

We’ve been working on the HTML5 for a very long time now, so we are thrilled to announce the official release!
The new widgets are fully functional, packed with all the powerful and engaging features that you love.

There are some features that are not 100% ready, but they will be in the coming weeks. More specifically:

  • The shelf widget
  • Single page view
  • Zoom in and out
  • Download package – still flash

What is different?

Same look and functionality across all devices

Up until now we had 2 versions for each flipbook: Flash (the main one) for computers and HTML for devices that didn’t support Flash. Now that Flipsnack runs fully on HTML5 we will be able to provide more consistency.

Full accessibility on all modern browsers

There’s been an anti-flash movement over the last few years. Mozilla Firefox has blocked all Flash content automatically, not long ago, because of some known vulnerabilities.

The new HTML5 version will run smoothly on all modern browsers, so you don’t have to worry about your flipbooks being blocked, Flash crashes or anything else.

Quicker page load

We have optimised the new widgets to load faster and the page loading time has improved.

Enhanced SEO

HTML5 is more SEO friendly than Flash, so this change is good news for . The entire content of your flipbook will be indexed by search engines, automatically. Of course, you can always keep your content private (unlisted) if it is a confidential or private document.

How do I transition my flipbooks to HTML5?

For new flipbooks, you don’t need to do anything special, because all new publications will be HTML5.

We’re also working on an automated solution to convert all flipbooks that have been published on Flipsnack up until now. Due to the many differences between the two technologies, it will take about 2 days to complete converting all published flipbooks to the new format, but we will do it gradually.

However, this will not affect the embedded flipbooks. If you wish to convert an embedded Flash flipbook to HTML5 you will need to re-publish and re-embed it.

We’ll be happy to receive any feedback or suggestions that you might have, so that we can continue to improve the product for you.

Join the conversation! 12 Comments

  1. Hello, I believe is of great importance that the html5 preference. But by standardizing it would be important to have brought the key features that make the flip navigable.

    I say this because now my newspaper readers can not zoom, and I can not tell when it will be resolved.

    I love the product, they think indispensable to my work, please, put the zoom as a priority in updates.

  2. That’s nice… HTML5 is the right way forward 🙂

  3. If you do this, do it fine and test it before anything. Right now, I cant “open” my embed magazines on my sites… the old ones works perfect. You must fix this or do this change optional.

  4. Love the improved load speed!
    The pinch-and-zoom feature works great on my Android phone in Chrome. My Windows 10 laptop with touchscreen doesn’t seem to have this feature enabled. I’m sure it’s tricky distinguishing mobile vs laptop vs touchscreen — but twould be nice to use my laptop’s touch screen to zoom/move-around/turn the pages of the flipbooks.

    • Hi Dina,
      Thanks for your valuable feedback. I love your idea, so I have passed it on to the dev team. We’ll discuss and I hope we’ll be able to do something about it!

  5. Thanks.
    I glad about this update because it dont need flash.
    but, I cant open embed on my page too.
    I think It occure IE.
    I tried Win10,IE11 & Win7,IE11 & Vista,IE9. (pass firefox and webkit)
    there cannot FULL SCREEN READERS. (after push click to read.)
    then call 403. (msg: you need login if you show this website.)
    but there can read small screeen mode(?).
    please check this.

    • Hi there,
      Please email us at contact @ flipsnack. com and share with us the link of your flipbook and your website. Our team will investigate and contact you back with a solution.

  6. I just want the single page view back again 🙁

  7. How can we confirm if a template we are using is indeed already updated as HTML5? Is there a way to know?

    • Hi Brandee,
      All our templates are HTML5, and all the new flipbooks are HTML5, but we didn’t change any of the old flash embeds. If you want to check if a flipbook is HTML or Flash, you can simply right-click anywhere in the flipbook widget to see if a Flash context menu appears. The Flash menu looks something like this: (it has an About Flash player… option in menu )


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About Jani

Janina is passionate about PR, digital publishing and online marketing. She loves the seaside, crafts, books, adventures and summer nights.