help with FlipBook
FlipBook for iPhone Quick Tips
- Draw with 1 finger.
- Tap the screen once with 2 fingers to open the toolbar.
- Swipe 2 fingers left and right to move between frames.
- Pinch-zoom using 2 fingers.
- When zoomed in, use 2 fingers to pan around.
- Touch and hold 1 finger to open the Quick Commands HUD, and then slide your finger to the command you want and let go.
- Slide 3 fingers up and down to change your brush and eraser size. FlipBook will show a small HUD with the brush size.
- When drawing, FlipBook displays three Hot Areas on the bottom of the main screen. Tap them to change frames or bring up the toolbar. However, you are still able to draw over these areas and even start a stroke right on top of them.
- You can tilt and draw your movie in landscape mode, but the controls don't rotate (yet!).
FlipBook for iPhone FAQ
Why is playback at 12fps sometimes a little slower?
Your iPhone and iPod Touch is actually a computer, and as you use it, cruft builds up in your computer's memory. FlipBook is a memory-intensive application, and if your device is low on memory, FlipBook won't perform as well as it could. If you notice FlipBook running slowly, try restarting your device. We are also working on optimizing FlipBook to provide even higher frame rates.
FlipBook is the most advanced content-creation application for the iPhone, and we feel it's price is appropriate for what it provides. Furthermore, included with your purchase of FlipBook, is the price for hosting your movies on flipbook.tv. As we expand flipbook.tv, you will always continue to receive basic movie hosting for free. Depending on how well FlipBook sells, we will provide even more services (e.g., more hosted movies) for free. To put things into perspective, FlipBook is about the price of a large pizza but lasts longer and is better for your health.
What's the difference between FlipBook Lite and FlipBook?
Are there any limits?
FlipBook has no limit on the number of movies you may create, but each movie is limited to 999 frames and 4 layers for performance and memory reasons. As iPhones become more powerful, we will release updates to increase those limits. You are also currently limited to 20 hosted movies on flipbook.tv.
Is there an iPhone stylus?
Yes, and it makes drawing easier. The one we recommend is the Pogo Stylus from Ten One Design.
Where is the share screen?
From the home screen, touch the blue button on the far right. That will reveal a second screen with the Play and Share buttons.
Why do I get a dot when I try to bring up the Quick Command Bar?
Most likely, you are rolling your finger or moving it just slightly. Try not to change how you're applying pressure, and you'll get the Quick Command Bar instead of a dot.
To rename a flipbook or change its background color, touch the Edit button and then tap the flipbook. Touch Save or Cancel when finished to return to the home screen.
Working With Layers
From the toolbar, bring up the layers view to add, delete, reorder, and rename your layers. The active layer has a check on it.
To add a new layer: touch the Add new layer button.
To reorder a layer: touch the Edit button to enter editing mode, and touch and drag the three vertical stripes on the right side of each layer to reorder that layer.
To delete a layer: touch the Edit button to enter editing mode, and then touch the delete icon next to a layer.
To rename a layer: touch the Edit button to enter editing mode, and touch the name of the layer you want to rename. Enter your layer's new name and press Save to confirm your change.
When exporting a flipbook to flipbook.tv, you have two choices to make. First, specify how you want your movie oriented (make sure the orientation you want is the darker color of the two options), and secondly, specify if you want your movie to be immediately viewable by everyone or not.
In your iPhone's Settings application, FlipBook provides a few options. Enter your flipbook.tv username and password so that you can upload your movies to the web.
When drawing, there are two options to customize frame swiping. If you swipe past the first or last frame, FlipBook will automatically create a new frame. If Copy Frame on Swipe is on, then it will duplicate the previous frame. Otherwise, it will create a blank frame.
If Animate Frame Swipe is on, then you will see each page slide right and left as you swipe with 2 fingers. If off, then FlipBook will simply change frames without any effects, making it easier to focus on your poses.
Flipbook HD Quick Tips
- Tap the Help button at any time to open the in-app help, and if a tip has an arrow, tap it to reveal more information.
- Draw with 1 finger.
- Double-tap or tap on hold on the tool buttons to reveal their options.
- Zoom with 2 fingers, and use 2 fingers to pan the canvas.
- Touch and hold with 1 finger to open the Quick Command Bar. Hold your finger over a tool for a second to open its options.
- Drag 3 fingers up or down on the canvas to change your brush or eraser size.
- Drag 3 fingers left or right to scrub time on the canvas.
- Use 2 fingers to pan the timeline.
FlipBook HD FAQ
What's the difference between the Timeline and Filmstrip?
The filmstrip shows you your entire, composited frame and is designed for people who want to animate frame to frame and don't have clips that span multiple frames. The Filmstrip does work with the timeline so that you can properly work with existing keyframes, but it doesn't let you set new keyframes. The timeline is more powerful and lets you explicitly see what images are in which tracks over how many frames. If you want to use keyframes, we recommend using the timeline.
Why do keyframes affect other clips?
The keyframe splines are per-track. If you set a move keyframe on frame 1 and a second value on frame 10, all clips in-between will smoothly move between the two positions. This is very powerful because it lets you create a walk cycle, for instance, by drawing a series of clips, and then you can put all of the clips into motion by just setting two keyframes.
What are tracks?
Tracks are like layers in still image drawing programs.
How do the brush pressure options work?
There are three settings for pressure sensitivity, under Brush Options. The first is low, which is great if you're standing and holding your iPad in one hand as you draw with the other. Normal is calibrated for when you're drawing on your lap, and High is for when you're drawing on a firm surface like a table. When you first start to draw a stroke, FlipBook adjusts the brush size around where you set it, based on how hard you draw. It doesn't vary the brush width as you draw.
Why is my imported video smaller than the canvas, even though the source file's big?
Unfortunately this is due to a current limitation of how the iPad lets apps load video. As a work-around, set a scale keyframe on the frame you imported the video into that scales the video up to fill the canvas.
Why is there no free version?
We feel that $4.99 is a low enough price for all the power that FlipBook HD provides that we don't need to provide an ad-supported version.
What do I do if the app gets into a "funky" state?
Some UI element is lingering, weird stuff's happening, etc.? Sorry to hear that happened! Close, kill, and relaunch FlipBook HD by tapping your iPad's Home button once, then double-tap the Home button to reveal the app tray. Press and hold on the FlipBook HD icon in the app tray, and when it starts shaking, tap the close button on the icon. Tap the Home button to stop the icons from shaking, and re-launch FlipBook HD. We'd really appreciate it if you let us know what you were doing when the funkiness happened, too, via our contact form.
How do I report a bug?
Eek, we're sorry you found a bug, but please let us know what happened by either using our contact form, or by using the Contact Us link in FlipBook HD's in-app help, at the top of the screen.