: Flip book to pdf converter


krs
Dec 8th, 2018, 09:13 PM
I'm looking for a way to convert a flip book into a pdf so that I can use the catalog (in flip book format) without being connected to the net.

I have seen that for Windows but could find nothing for the Mac.

Lots of pdf to flip book software programs but none the other way around.

Or is there a way I can actually download a flip book file to the Mac and use it off-line?
But I would prefer a pdf.

As a side note - I personally find the flip books annoying - just more unnecessary frill seeing the pages turn.

CubaMark
Dec 9th, 2018, 10:06 AM
Have never used a flip book file, so forgive this basic question: Can you not just Print--> Save as PDF ?

krs
Dec 9th, 2018, 11:56 AM
I wish it was that easy.

Here is an example of a flip book
2018 MX CATALOGUE | PDF to Flipbook (http://www.youblisher.com/p/1899554-2018-MX-CATALOGUE/)

Used a lot by companies to put their catalog on line.
If you click at the top right, the pages flip like on a catalogue.

What a lot of companies seem to forget is that one needs internet access for this to work.
Some provide a download link on their flip book page but Motor Max doesn't.
At least the little icon at bottom right that looks like a download icon doesn't actually work.

CubaMark
Dec 9th, 2018, 03:45 PM
krs, In the example you posted, you can enable the Develop menu (https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/safari/use-the-developer-tools-in-the-develop-menu-sfri20948/mac) in Safari; Go to the site and Show Page Resources; using the inspection window at the bottom, open the "Images" folder. Right-click on each filename and "Save File". Once you have all of the page files downloaded, hopefully with sequential filenames, pop 'em into Preview en masse, Show thumbnails, select all thumbnails and Print-->Save as PDF. You could probably find a way to automate that...

Here's the file made from that link: Motormax (https://www.dropbox.com/s/euapyaydml9rk3t/Motormax.pdf?dl=0)

This may also not work with all flipbooks, no doubt some will prevent access or use odd filenaming procedures.

krs
Dec 9th, 2018, 04:21 PM
I'm essentially doing this now but using Firefox.
For some reason Safari doesn't work well on my Mac and I have given up on it - maybe I should try again.

On Firefox, I look at the source code, find the image files and then save each one, rename them and then use Acrobat to create the pdf file.
Saving the image files takes the longest time especially if a catalogue is several hundred pages.

I didn't realize that preview can create a whole pdf from a collection of image files - I always used it to convert just one file to pdf -I have to try that.

And I just remember that Firefox had a feature called "downthemall" which would download all defined files types from a website.
I used it to automatically download hundreds of pdf's within seconds - should work for jpgs as well.
That would certainly spped things up.

CubaMark
Dec 9th, 2018, 04:33 PM
Saving the image files takes the longest time especially if a catalogue is several hundred pages.

You could make use of SiteSucker (https://ricks-apps.com/osx/sitesucker/index.html) - I don't know if it can be set to download only, say, the /Images/ directory of a particular site, or if you have to pull the whole site and then just pick out what you need....

krs
Dec 9th, 2018, 05:21 PM
I tried SiteSucker - it didn't pick up any of the jpg files.
I also tried DownThemAll which usually works very well but it only picked up the first 6 images.

There must be some code on the website that prevents downloading more.
Even if I save this page as a complete website in Firefox, I normally get two files, an HTML file and a folder which has all the components that make up the website - here that folder only has jpgs of the first 6 pages.

I have to look at automater.
The images I need to create the final pdf file are in sequence as far as I can tell.
For the 2018 catalogue, the URL for the first page is
http://static.youblisher.com/publications/317/1899554/large-1899554-1.jpg
and then
http://static.youblisher.com/publications/317/1899554/large-1899554-2.jpg
with the digit before the .jpg incremented by "1" for each page

In theory very easy to implement in automator, except I have never done anything using this feature.

Back to the original question - I take it nobody reading this has come across a Mac software program to do this.

wonderings
Dec 10th, 2018, 05:25 PM
I would send an email to the company asking if they have a PDF of the file. It would have most likely been setup in Indesign and their designers would have sent them a PDF I am sure or could easily make a PDF for you. We have not done flip books for web stuff but have done a lot of catalogues and brochures and most of our clients ask for a PDF they can send out through email as well. We do the printing.

krs
Dec 10th, 2018, 05:38 PM
I have done that.
Very few companies will actually send you a pdf - either you don't hear anything back from them or they claim they don't have a pdf or it's too large to send.
Flip books are made from pdf's so every company should have a pdf, but I guess they are too lazy or it's not their job.

I did another flip book last night - doesn't take too long to save the jpgs (this catalog was 90 pages), it's just very boring work.