Easy access: Binder!

Present and search all your Flipbooks in one place

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Please note that Binder is a Legacy feature which is no longer being sold.

The Binder module allows you to organize your catalogs and categories in online binders. Each binder can be presented to users in a standard interface, allowing users to open catalogs and navigate categories directly in the front end.

The interface can be styled to match your company colors and logo. In addition, the Binder can be protected using our normal security modules, just as it can be displayed or embedded on your own domain using the Branded Domain module.

Binders also have a built-in search, so your visitors can easily search in all the content you have added in your binder.

📖 This guide explains:

How to create a binder

  1. From the Flipbook Overview, select the Modules sub-menu.

  2. Select Binder from the Modules menu. This will open a new window where you can see any existing Binders you have created, or create a new one:

  3. Select Create to create your Binder. This will open the Create new Binder window:

    When creating your new Binder, you are presented with a number of fields:

    • Name: this is the internal name for your Binder, that allows you to find, and edit it, later.

    • Title: this is the external name for your Binder, which will be visible to your visitors.

    • Enable search: this option is enabled by default, and makes it possible for your readers to search within your Binder.

    • Welcome text: you can provide a welcome text to any visitors to your Binder. You can use this to introduce the contents, or theme, of your Binder.

4. Once you're happy, click Next.

Design and appearance

Now it's time to decide the design of your binder! From this window, you can:

  • control the layout of your binder,

  • the colors to match your business, and

  • add a company logo.

💡 You can even choose different templates, specific to visitors viewing your Binder from either a desktop or tablet, or mobile.

​Once you're happy with the design, press Next. 

Structuring your Binder

We all know that content is king, so let's add some to your newly minted Binder!

To add it, we need to create a folder structure to group your Flipbooks in. Now, creating a folder can seem a menial task, but in this case, it actually means a lot on how you will manage your Binder.

You can create a Virtual folder or add a Flipbook folder:

Virtual folder

A Virtual folder, only exists in the context of your binder. That has the advantage of being able to structure and control any way you want. 

So let's say you want to have only some Flipbooks from a regular folder, well you can easily pick only those in your Virtual folder.

⚠️ You will need to add new Flipbooks to a Virtual folder manually every time to keep it updated.

As you can add regular Flipbook folders inside a Virtual folder, you can present your content any way you want.

An advantage about the Virtual folder is, that you can decide the order of the Flipbooks, by dragging and dropping your content into your desired order.

Flipbook folder

Adding a Flipbook folder, simply opens your regular Flipbook tree to let you select which folder to add.

This is the easiest way to add flipbooks to your binder, and as it simply follows your folder structure, any changes or new Flipbooks in that folder will update automatically in your binder.

To that note, the obvious drawback compared to the virtual is, that you can't make it binder-specific.

💡 If you want to, but haven't created your iPaper folders yet, press Create and you can add them later on.

Your first Binder has now been created.

If you want to change the settings of the Binder again, just press the edit icon shown below. 

How to enable a Binder

Now that your Binder is ready, let's go ahead and enable it. You need to add it to a folder.

⚠️ The folder you enable it on, does not control the binders content, as you've defined that in the Binder settings. It's simply to give it a URL.

  1. Right-click on the folder for which you want to enable Binder, the click on Edit settings.

  2. In the folder settings, toggle the Display Binder option under Folder behavior.

  3. Choose which of your Binders to enable on the folder.

All done!

And that's it! Time to show the world your binder. Now, how to view it? Well it has the same URL as your folder. That being: viewer.ipaper.io/account_name/folder_name. You can always view the folder URL from the General tab in Folder settings.

💡​ A great way to present your binder is using a Branded Domain on your Binder folder.

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