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FlipAlbum 5 and Mac FlipAlbum 3
by Sam "the cam" Clemens
May 6th, 2003

It is really quite nice when we have the chance to review a software product that has been design for both PC and Mac operating systems. It’s just too much of an opportunity to see how the code designers approached divergent platform cultures and whether one is stronger than the other.

Published by E-Book Systems, we looked at FlipAlbum Suite 5 for Windows 95 through XP and the just released Mac FlipAlbum 3 for OS X 10.3 and above.

Obviously, since FlipAlbum Suite is at version 5 (Win), it has been around for some time and in that time the developers have had time to work out any bugs. In our 30+ days of testing with the reviewers, no problems were encountered by anyone.
 
 FlipAlbum 5 for Windows start album creation screen

The panel found FlipAlbum Suite 5 incredibly easy to install and use, even without opening the small User Guide. We still highly recommend that you do use the manual, because there are plenty of features you won’t find with simple experimenting.

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The same goes for the Mac FlipAlbum 3 version, which carries the nearly same look as the PC version, only nicer because the OS X Aqua interface. As with the PC version, it’s obvious that Mac FlipAlbum must have had two previous versions, which we’ve never seen. E-Books has done a very good job with the OS X build as far as user controls are concerned.
 
 The Mac version is very similar, but nicer thanks to OS X.

We did however experience some crashes and very slow screen “painting” of medium to large images on older Macs that really shouldn’t experience this. A G4 Dual Processor 500MHz is not a slow machine buy any means, neither is a 700MHz iBook. This is our only complaint with the Mac version.
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"The process for creating your FlipAlbum is very simple, . . . . . "
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Simple to use
The process for creating your FlipAlbum is very simple, just select your folder full of special images as stored on your PC or Mac and they are all imported and a thumbnail collection is displayed on the inside first page of the album. Now be aware that the photos are arranged alpha-numerically and while you can rename to photos once in the Album, it’s much simpler to name them before importing them.

FlipAlbum also makes a contents page based upon the names or numbers of the photos, and each photo is automatically placed one on each page. Each page is also numbered, which is referenced on the content page. The last page of the album is an index page, which is categorized alphabetically.

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