If your business publishes season-themed Flipbooks, or has business-critical sales periods in-line with popular holidays, you likely already create Flipbooks that cater specifically to these occasions. Often, this comes with designing a digital catalog with a specific look, involving custom images, products, and offers.
Did you know that you can also enhance your seasonal catalogs with fun, and immersive, on-screen effects through Custom Scripting?
That's right! Why not take a look at our seasonally-enhanced, Flipbooks, live:
With Custom Scripting, we’ve added a fun snowfall effect, and festive audio to our winter catalog, that visitors can toggle on.
In fact, we enjoyed our own demo so much, we’ve created a guide on how you can implement it on your own Flipbooks:
Happy holidays! ❄️
There are some exciting changes coming to iPaper: we’re creating a seamless transition between browsing and purchasing in iPaper Flipbooks. These changes aim to refine how products are presented in your digital catalogs’ cart, through:
We’re ushering in these changes with a revamped cart. This redesign will offer a more inspirational, and informative view of a customer’s cart, allowing for a seamless transition between browsing and purchasing.
Getting an overview of the products you’ve put in your cart, and finalizing your purchase is a key part, and often the culmination of your shopping journey. The redesigned cart feature is designed to put this in focus, by moving from the sidebar, to a dedicated cart modal. We’ve done this to make the cart more in line with established e-commerce design principles.
Additionally, this feature will inform visitors about when a product is added to the cart through informative toast-notifications, which include the ability to quickly add multiples of products to the cart.
Complementing the redesigned cart, we’re also introducing a new concept to iPaper – the ‘Product’ feature – which will bring together all of a product’s specifications, including product images and variants, into an expanded product view modal.
Using Products, you’ll now be able to group different variants, including unique product images and descriptions, under a single product.
With the introduction of product images, we’re now able to enrich the cart experience further by including these in the cart, and the toasts that display when a product is added to it.
You can see, and interact with, the redesigned cart experience live in our demo Flipbooks:
We aim to deliver this new shopping experience across multiple stages, with the first being the launch, and testing, of the new cart concept including the new, modal-based layout.
At present, it will not include the ability to display product thumbnails within the cart, or the introduction of the Product concept.
We will be inviting iPaper customers to opt-in for the new cart experience. If you’d like to participate, and be the among the first to test the new cart features, you can register your interest via the link below.
💡 You'll need to be logged in to your iPaper account to be able to register your interest in Early Access.
When your visitors share your digital catalog with others, it’s a great way of increasing traffic to your Flipbook. We’re replacing the in-built Flipbook sharing function with the native sharing feature of users' mobile devices to make sharing easier.
Previously, our inbuilt sharing function allowed you to share easily to preset platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter with one click, but sharing to other platforms required users to copy, and paste the catalog link manually, which is neither quick, nor intuitive.
By using the same sharing function that is used to share all content on a mobile, we think that sharing your Flipbook, will become easier, and more intuitive for your visitors. Users will also be able to make full use of their sharing shortcuts via their device’s sharing function, meaning that they can share, quickly and easily, to all the usual platforms they are used to using.
If you prefer to have a greater control over how, and to what channels your Flipbook is shared, you also have the option to create a custom sharing solution for your Flipbook using our Frontend API.
As we transition to native sharing, our current sharing feature will be entirely replaced. iPaper customers who have integrated a custom interface via our Frontend API should prepare for these changes and modify their interface accordingly. The good news is that we've extended our API to facilitate exactly that!
For detailed technical documentation on our Frontend API, please refer to the complete guide available, here.
iPaper will implement the new sharing feature on
If you already use our sharing options for your Flipbooks, on October 2, 2023, these will cease to be active, and instead your Flipbook visitors will be able to share via the device’s native sharing settings.
If you already use a custom interface for your iPaper Flipbook, you will need to accommodate for creating custom share settings for your desktop visitors, via our API. The share button requires an HTTPS connection in order to present custom sharing options to desktop visitors. These will not trigger, nor be visible, for Flipbooks served over HTTP connections.
If you are using our in-built sharing options today, you do not need to take action.
If you are using a custom interface today, and require custom sharing options for your Flipbook, you will need to build these into your interface. You will also need to ensure that your Flipbook is served over an HTTPS connection.
You can read more on the different ways you'll be able to share your Flipbook after October 2, 2023, in our new guide, below:
If your organization is already using a Single Sign-On (SSO) service in order to control access to different areas of your business online, you can integrate your SSO solution with your iPaper Enterprise+ account!
Integrating your SSO solution with iPaper:
Best of all, setting up SSO with iPaper is easy – our setup guide takes the guesswork out of integrating:
This is beneficial when you:
Our latest version of the JS API introduces almost complete parity between what you can achieve via the API and the native iPaper interface.
Some of the functions that that can be accessed from the API v.3 include:
With this new version, you can access all JS events from the custom scripting field in Flipbooks.
This means that your catalog no longer needs to be embedded for you to utilize JS API functionality—perfect, for example, if you would like to enable custom tracking functionality.
You can find full documentation of what you can achieve with our JS API over on our Technical Documentation page, below:
If you're already using the previous version of our JS API, you'll want to migrate over to the latest version.
v.3 comes with the added benefits of:
Migrating to v.3 is easy, when you use our migration guide to help you:
If you’re familiar with using our Backend API, you’ll be happy to hear that we’ve expanded it with new Ecommerce API functions, available to all accounts with existing, Backend API access!
Ecommerce API functions include two calls that return all orders completed over the last 3 months.
If you’re already using our Backend API, please see our documentation below for how to use these Ecommerce API functions:
💡If you’re not using our Backend API, but are interested in learning more about how it can work for you, reach out to our Customer Care team via the messenger in the corner!
Making media-rich, engaging Flipbook experiences just got better: say hello to the Popup Media Gallery!
Our newest feature expands upon the functions previously offered by Popup Image, Popup Image Gallery and Popup Video, all rolled into one.
Popup Media Gallery is now your unified solution for surfacing all kinds of visual media, from single to multiple images and videos. However, Popup Media Gallery does even more.
We know that the more engaging an experience you can provide your visitors, the longer they remain engaged with your Flipbook. The Popup Media Gallery feature allows you to create curated asset galleries that include both images and galleries, including from external sources—everything you need to create the rich experiences your Flipbook deserves!
All your existing Popup Image-, Image Gallery- and Video enrichments will be migrated to the new Popup Media Gallery format. No functionality will change within your Flipbooks, so you don’t need to lift a finger!
Moving forward, these enrichments types will be replaced by a single Popup Media Gallery enrichment, in the Enrichment editor.
If it wasn’t simple to use, it wouldn’t be iPaper! You can populate your Popup Media Gallery in one of two ways:
When you individually pick your media assets, you can choose from:
Alternatively, if you already have all the assets uploaded in your Media Library, you can select an entire folder of mixed image and video assets, and create a Popup Media Gallery from it.
Setting up your new Popup Media Galleries is simple: you select it from the list of enrichment actions in the Enrichment editor just as you would any other Enrichment.
Take a look at our guide on how to use Pop Up Media Galleries, below:
While it’s not something you may often do, we want you to be able to remove folders and Flipbooks with confidence.
We’ve implemented better security features to the deletion process to make it clearer what folders, or Flipbooks you are deleting:
The new, blue hover-over color in iPaper allows you to accurately see which folder, or Flipbook you are interacting with.
The new deletion warning pane now informs you:
You’ll also find a final fail-safe feature, whereby you confirm the deletion command by typing the name of said folder or Flipbook.
With these additional checks, we’re minimizing the risk of deletion accidents, meaning you are more confident that you’re deleting the right Flipbook or folder.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, claimed Da Vinci, and at iPaper, we believe that simplifying our products, without compromising on functionality, leads to higher user adoption and greater ease of use.
We’ve simplified our checkout options by merging Email sharing and Email checkout into one, unified checkout option, called Email.
As Email checkout already achieves the same task as Email sharing—allowing you to share your basket contents via email—while being much more customizable, it’s a no-brainer to merge them into one. Any existing Email sharing options have automatically been migrated to the new, Email checkout option.
With Email checkout, all the fields are fully customizable, meaning you can tailor it to exactly how you want.
The options available to you are quite broad:
You can get a full rundown of the Email checkout option, as well as how to implement it in your shop configuration, in our guide, below:
You can add as many, or as few, fields as you need to make sure your visitors provide you with the data you need to complete the transaction.
Now, you only need to implement 1 Email checkout option, to allow your Flipbook visitors to check out to a vendor’s email address, or share their basket with someone else by entering another email address in the field. Simple!
Of course, if you have any questions about the new Email checkout option, just reach out to our Customer Care team via the messenger bubble in the corner, and we’ll be happy to help. ✌️
The world and the Internet are changing, with more focus on browsing privacy. In a recent survey, 68% of respondents expressed that they wanted to control the conditions in which their data was collected online.
To support this, we have chosen to enable every customer with the ability to use the Cookie Consent Manager they already use on their website, in their Flipbooks.
We’ve got great news: Custom Scripting is no longer restricted to higher tiers, but available on every iPaper account 🥳
Our Custom Scripting allows you to inject third-party, or completely customized scripts into your Flipbook, and can be managed by anyone with Administrator-level access.
It’s this feature that allows you, for example, to show the same cookie banner in your Flipbook, as you do on your website.
The possibilities are vast! For example, you can use Custom Scripting to:
To find out more about, and how to get started with Custom Scripting, check out our guide, below: