Adding Page Flip to Indesign Files Using 3D Issue

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wwf page flip e-publicationThe world that surrounds us is now a technological haven, we are supplied with content and information at every turn and there is no place that this pertains to more than the internet. The internet’s reach is considerable and is going to continue as such. We already have a number of devices we use to connect to the internet and the list is growing all the time; some of these devices barely ever leave our person so in that respect we are connected 24/7 if we wish to be.

The options now available to us to connect to the internet are not the only things to have changed, so too has the way in which we view the internet itself. Many designers involved in page layout for publications will be familiar with InDesign, InDesign is the market standard for layout and is an accomplished piece of software.

In today’s blog we will look at how we can transfer the layouts created in InDesign to a rich, interactive page flip experience using the 3D Issue software. Once you have your files ready for publishing and you have the 3D Issue software open and ready to add your PDF’s, you would follow these simple steps to create a page flip edition from your InDesign layouts.

Step 1. After opening the 3D Issue software you will be asked whether you wish to create a new publication or open an existing one, for the purpose of this blog you will be creating a new publication. Select “Create New Issue” to import your saved PDF to 3D Issue.


Step 2. You will then be asked to choose the location of the files that you wish to upload, choose the files the location you have them saved and then press ok.

Step 3. You will then be presented with a screen that looks something like the screenshot below, there are three main options within this screen shot

1. Template

2. Profile

3. Add, remove and remove all:

– Add: will allow for the addition of a new PDF file.

– Remove: will take one away.

– Remove all: will clear the list of PDF files allowing for the import of new files.This is a pragmatic feature in the software which used correctly can allow for a swift change of content.


Step 4 – Select Page Order Arrange the order of your pages by using the page order arrows highlighted below:
select page order of publication

Step 5 – Layout The layout section of the Content tab allows for the preview of the PDFs prior to any additional functionality being added to the publication. It has four options.


Step 6 – Single Page Spread – Double page Spread or Mixture of Both?

This option allows the content creator to specify where the ‘fold’ or ‘crease’ in the publication is to go much the same as you where you would find the staple in a hard copy magazine at the center fold. The convenient preview window in the Content tab of the software allows for a preview of the publication to ensure that the correct pages are in place and the ‘digital fold’ is in the correct location.

Your publication is now ready to publish! For the purpose of this blog I have only shown you the very basics in putting together a publication from InDesign to page flip using the 3D Issue software, I must emphasize there is so much more you can do through the different functionalities 3D Issue offers, these functions include:

Appearance – Background, banner, Preloader, Intro Icon Color, Spine Shading, Page turn Sound Option.
Interactive – Add reader features including Comments Button, Info button, Audio, Video, Download file.
Features/Reader Toolbar – Select options which are to be made available to readers.
Menu/Table of Contents – Allocate or import bookmarks for a table of contents
Zoom Options – Single or Double page zoom, Navigation options
Audio Settings – Including Page-turn sound, Background audio, Audio Book.
Advanced options – Load control, set custom language, amend and set e-mails extrapolated from digital edition via sharing, bookmarks, Notes, Comments buttons.

If you would like further assistance, view other 3D Issue guides or video tutorials, or if you would like to find out more about the 3D Issue software why not try the free fully functional trial today and transform your PDF’s into a page flip publication with interactive features.



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