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At present I put our parish Magazine on a web page as a pdf file for people to read it. However I know there is software about which makes it look like a book with the page appearing to turn when you click on a button. Anyone know what the software is, needles to say cost is a deciding factor as well.
Thanks
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PDF is far better to be fair, as 99% of people will have it installed already, or at least a tool to view it. other software may need a download before they can view the page, and as such make it less user friendly (especialy if the reader is on a pc they cant edit -- school / uni / work)

Also, sending the files around the office / home will be easier with PDF as once again you will not need to roll out any new software.

Trust me, most users like the PDF look -- hence why it has not changed Smiley its function defining form, not the other way around.
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Hi Briston,
It is quite possible that the software you are describing is still using PDF as its source.
Its a common misconception, but PDF isn't limited to Adobe Acrobat(reader) its just they dominate the market for PDF software.

But as buzzy said above, there is no harm in staying with PDF as most people use it. I'm currently working on a PHP script that will take form data and fill in a PDF based form and then e-mail it, but i have no life Cheesy
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What sparked me off was our local newspaper, Eastern Daily Press, has just started publishing electronically and it does look good and down loads quickly. The company that produces their software looks expensive but I had a memory, maybe false, that such a piece of software was available elsewhere cheaper.
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Ok, this suggestion is from left field, but I am known for that.

Have you considered using a Blog, or Content Management System, to publish your newsletter on-line.

Once these are set up on your web-hosting it is a very simple matter to add content, which does not require in in-depth knowledge of HTML and web publishing.

And they can be hosted on the Plus.Net CGI server. (Not included on Plus and dial up pay-as-you-go accounts.)

For more details see;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
http://wordpress.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system
http://www.mamboserver.com/

Installation guides;
http://usertools.plus.net/tutorials/id/55
http://usertools.plus.net/tutorials/id/57

PS; Both Mambo and Wordpress are open source (Free)

Chilly
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i suspect what buzzons may have seen was a macromedia flash applet. Although you can downlaod the viewer for free pretty much like PDF, the software to create flash applets can be expensive (unless you know where to look).
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What I saw?
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briston.. sorry :lol:
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Indeed, the application which runs the EDP electronic newspaper is Pagesuite and I think it does use macromedia flash as I know it does not run on a computer without flash installed. I have done some trawling and there does seem to be other applications out there but I am not sure if they will do as I want. It just bugs me that I thought I read somewhere of an application which would do it and did not cost the earth or maybe have even been free on a cover disk, probably with the offer of a reduced price up-grade. Must admit I have purchased a fair amount of software that way, tried an older version first then up-graded (or maybe not if it did what I want).
Anyway, thanks for the comments so far.
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Trust me, most users like the PDF look -- hence why it has not changed Smiley .


Thats rather a brave statement.
I don't like the look or anything else about PDF files but it's a format I have to use it at work, and it's a right royal pain.
I reckon Noah had my works PC before me, it a bag of nails P2 400 witha paltry 64 MB of memory. I'm tempted to put myself something better together from my box of spares.
Opening Adobe Acrobat on it with a 50 page file is a nightmare, if it doesn't lock up it takes for ever. When finally its loaded the scrolling of pages is awfull, it's jerky, unresponsive and a pain on the eyes, I detest it.
Then there's the marathon episode of sending on the file, I could write a novel while thats going on.
Closing Acrobat is even worse, it just sits there mocking me, have I locked up or have I not, want to wait another minute just in case I haven't. Total bag of crap.
I doubt any one with a low spec PC will relish opening a PDF file.
Of course on my home PC's PDF files open in a flash, no bother. But I still don't like the look of them Wink
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cant blame the hardware lol -- PDF files have moved with it, hence you see no issue on a home PC -- on ur P2 yu should be using adobe 2 not 7 Wink