The purpose of this article is to explore solutions that allow us to transform Adobe PDF files into a page turning digital book or magazine.
The main features that we are looking are:
- multi-platform: desktop, tablet, mobile etc.
- page-turning or flipping feature
Without being exhaustive, here is a list of the most popular solutions for online publications with links and screenshots.
We are often use online editors, like webmail as an email editor, Google Docs as Office suite replacement for simple Word and Excel documents. Even photo manipulation web tools are popular. Recently I found out that the first free vector art library OpenClipart is using a online web editor to edit their .svg files. Even was ignored by major vendors like Adobe and Corel, .svg format is popular to InkScape users.
This logo was generated using imagebot editor from http://www.flamingtext.com http://www.flamingtext.com/imagebot/editor
The tool is pretty simple to use. You can easily and fast create banners or buttons. You can work with layers, basic shapes and some effects. You can also save the work as png, pdf, svg, or jpg.
I will recommend for web use or for print just for small formats. That is because the effects are rasterized as bitmap no matter if you save as pdf or svg. So it is not a true vector editor, but very useful for quick projects.
As of 2009 Martin Seibert wrote an excelent article about Google Wave, “Why Google Wave Sucks, And Why You Will Use It Anyway” (http://techcrunch.com/2009/11/26/why-google-wave-sucks/).
Recently I tried to clean up in my google account using Dashboard https://www.google.com/dashboard/
I found out that Google Wave it is in read-only mode, and there is no way to delete wave subscription, other than deleting entire google account.
The good news is that on April 30, 2012 the entire Google Wave service will be shut down as announced by Google Wave Team here http://googlewave.blogspot.com/2011/11/final-steps-for-google-wave.html