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IMPORTANT NOTE: Flipbook Printer has been superceded by a new program, FlipSuite (Flipbook Printer Suite), which includes all of the functionality of Flipbook Printer, plus lots of additional features.
Flipbook Printer is a program that lets you make your own printed "Flip Books" from video movie files using business card paper.
Commercial Use of Flipbook Printer?
You may only use the free version of Flipbook Printer for personal home use. The exclusive commercial rights to Flipbook Printer are now managed by OpenAirPhotoBooth.com. If you have need for commercial Flipbook Printing, for events or promotions, please visit OpenAirPhotoBooth.com
just load your movie and select printing+stacking options:
and in a few short steps..
and some business cards in your printer..
you'll have your first printed flipbook!
You may not use this tool to make flipbooks to sell; contact us for a commercial license.
What was the inspiration for Flipbook Printer?
We used to draw our own flipbooks when we were kids but I had long since forgotten about them until 1999 when my mother and I stumbled onto a showing of Masters Students work at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Most of the projects there were awful things like a giant pile of broken glass, but one of the Masters projects was a display by a woman named Stephanie Ognar. It was basically a set of flipbooks hanging by strings, each one with a short movie consisting of things like her putting on a winter jacket, blowing a kiss, etc. Very very simple idea, but somehow surprising and magical and whimsical. Somehow it felt like I was holding a little piece of history frozen in time. It was a zen-like reminder of how amazing it is that we can capture moving events. Maybe it's just the unexpected shock of seeing a "movie" on paper. Anyway, we were captivated by that display and I've wanted to make a tool to help people
make these books for many years. If you're interested in flipbooks as art, you might like to know that other artists are also involved in flipbook work. Please let us know if you use our program in a project!
History: Flipbook Printer was created in February 2005, and first released to the public for home/personal use in November 2005, when it was featured in Lifehacker, BoingBoing, and Make magazine.