Who Uses This Software?
Creative industries, web designers, web publishers
Average Ratings3 reviews
- Overall 4.7 / 5
- Ease of Use 4 / 5
- Customer Service 4.3 / 5
- Features 4.3 / 5
- Value for Money 4.3 / 5
- Starting Price US$95.00/one-time
- Pricing Details Full pricing details available at https://flowpaper.com/download/
- Free Version Yes
- Free Trial Yes
Installed - Mac
Cloud, SaaS, Web
Installed - Windows
Lets you bring your PDF documents to the web in a friendly and beautiful way while enhancing collaboration.
- Collaboration Tools
- Compliance Tracking
- Document Archiving
- Document Assembly
- Document Indexing
- Document Retention
- Electronic Signature
- File Recovery
- File Type Conversion
- Offline Access
- Optical Character Recognition
- Version Control
FlowPaper Most Helpful Reviews
Reviewed on 26/06/2018
We use Flowpaper to protect sensitive documents from being copied, while sharing with intended users
Secure document viewing for end users.
Protecting a very large online library for theft.
Very favorable pricing for what this software accomplishes.
Pros: It is a flexible piece of software. It can be used as a publishing tool to share PDF documents with optional printing, downloading, and full search indexing. It can also be used in a more restrictive way since the viewer can be customized with only the tools you need. We use this as the secure viewer for an online document library. By customizing the viewer we restrict printing and download access and force the documents to be rendered using streaming files. This prevents the documents from arriving on end user hard drives in any usable format, but allows the documents to be viewed in the browser window with 100% fidelity. This is a custom scenario, but several years ago this was the only secure viewer we could find that didn't break the bank.
Cons: There is a steep learning curve and a lot of post purchase programming and customization to make this work. Flowpaper provides some working examples to base your environment on, but it is still a lot of custom programming to integrate.
Reviewed on 05/11/2018
The best way to convert PDFs to HTML5
Comments: The Flowpaper licence is quite expensive for just one website domain. The site I publish on owns three domains all pointing to the same website. Because the user could be coming in from any domain, I am not 100% sure that everyone who visits the site can actually have access to the magazine. Luckily they are generous with the free version that allows for smaller documents, as I could not afford this for ALL my clients who want visual PDFs shown online.
Pros: The final result of the conversion is suburb. The pro version has all the extras like links, shares, zoom. The quality of the pages was excellent but the pages still opened immediately. I was worried when I saw the final zipped file size, but it was really fast to load. The publication I publish is high quality, and I expected the online version to be useful but not perhaps at the same level. The book is displayed just like the actual magazine, and it offers the PDF for download for clients to print out. I found it easy to load my own branding and colours. You can save your document as a template, making it quicker to do future issues with consistency.
Cons: The most irritating problem might have been short term and has now been solved - every time I opened the software I had to enter my license number. Eventually I kept the license number in a text file on my desktop. I also found that although I had a template, it did not remember several items of my personal branding - my logo etc. I had to remember to enter these every time. The branding is a pro feature, and perhaps it wasn't included on the saved versions by mistake. I also found the branding a bit limiting - just one size logo. After publishing, I added my own CSS to improve some things. When I tried to use the version that reflows text on pages for cell phones (it was a document with a lot of text), I couldn't get it to work smoothly. Perhaps it was the fault of the PDF.
Reviewed on 28/02/2019
Great tool to show PDF files online
Comments: We have been FlowPaper to put online our company's monthly catalog alongside other documents, and so far we have been happy with the results. It may not be the best solution out there, but still made our work a lot easier. I do recommend to use a cheaper alternative if you are planning to publish once in a while though,.
Pros: FlowPaper does a great work at publishing PDF files for online reading, offering several output and customization options. It is easy to work with as well, allowing to use your own branding and design. You can also save your current document as a template, however it is not perfect and requires some checking before publishing. While I highly recommend to flatten the document before importing the file, it does a nice job compressing the file and uses images instead of pdf pages in slow connections. It can glitch graphics in heavily edited files, so for these I recommend using a tool like SmallPDF for example.
Cons: Despite of being mobile friendly, I found that it usually lags in several devices and the interface often lacks buttons because of the lack of space. The translations available for the reading UI are terrible, even if compared to Google Translate. Luckily it is an easy fix, but it requires to copy a locale folder each time you publish a document. I also dislike that they show templates not available on the purchased licence and doesn't offer the option to hide it (we have a Zine licence for a single website). It is also worth mention you lose access to updates after one year (they call it "upgrades" which may lead to confusion to some consumers, as it could mean newer versions rather than random updates).