How to Create PDF Pages That Flip

By Cooper Temple

Portable Document Format (PDF) files are commonplace on websites and workplaces, as they may be viewed by anyone with a PDF-reading program. PDF documents may have a variety of features, similar to files created with productivity programs, such as pages that flip automatically. Akin to presentations that change slides automatically, PDF files may be edited to flip through the pages at a specific pace.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF writing program

Use a Free PDF Writing Program

Step 1

Install a free PDF writing program on your computer. Many PDF writing applications are available. Make certain that the one you choose has a feature that allows you to set the document pages to flip automatically. This feature is typically known as “Transition.” PDFill is used in the steps that follow. It has a significant amount of features that are usually only available with commercial programs, including the transition tool to make the pages flip. The software is highly rated by both users and reviewers on sites such as CNET.com. Download PDFill for free from the PDFill site (pdfill.com).

Step 2

Launch the “PDFill PDF Editor” program and open the PDF document for which you want to create page transitions. Click once on the “Open new PDF Project” button on the standard toolbar. Select the folder in which the PDF file is saved using the “Look in” menu. Click once on the PDF file name and once on “Open.”

Step 3

Click once on the “Save Edited PDF File As” option under the “File” menu. This will launch a dialogue window. Click once on the “Presentation” tab. Check the box the left of the “Use these Presentation features” field. Type a number in to the “Page Display Duration” field. This number represents the length of time, in seconds, that the PDF page will display before it flips to the next page. Use the “Transition Effect” drop down menu to set the type of transition before it flips to a new page. Type a number into the “Transition Effect Duration” field. This number represents the length of time, in seconds, that the transition effect will take before flipping to the next page.

Step 4

Click once on the “Save PDF As” button. Select the folder in which to save the PDF file with the page transitions using the “Look in” menu. Type a new name for the modified PDF file, in order to preserve the original document. Click once on the “Save” button. Repeat step 3, as necessary, until you find a page transition pattern that suits your needs.

Use a Commercial PDF Writing Program

Step 1

Install and open a commercial PDF writing program onto your computer. Many commercial PDF writing applications are available, but make sure that the one you choose has a feature that allows you to set the document pages to flip automatically. This feature is typically known as “Transition.” Adobe Acrobat Pro, which has this feature, is used in the steps that follow. Prior to purchasing any of the Adobe Acrobat products, try a free trial of Pro from Adobe.com.

Step 2

Open the PDF document for which you want to create page transitions. Click once on the “Open” button on the standard toolbar. Select the folder in which the PDF file is saved using the “Look in” menu. Click once on the PDF file name and once on “Open.”

Step 3

Click once on the “Advanced" drop down menu and once on the “Document Processing” option. This will launch a list of PDF processing options to the right of the menu. Click once on the “Page Transitions” option. This will launch a separate “Set Transitions” window.

Step 4

Use the “Transition” drop-down menu to set the type of transition between PDF pages. Use the “Direction” drop down, if necessary to set the direction of the transition. Set the transition speed using the options in the “Speed” drop down menu. Click once in the box next to the “Auto Flip” field, and use the “After” drop down menu to set the length of time, in seconds, that the page will appear before flipping to the next one. Use the “Page Range” features to set the transitions for the entire document or specific pages within the document. Click once on the “OK” button to save the transition settings.

Step 5

Click once on the “Save As” option under the “File” menu. Select the folder in which to save the PDF file with the page transitions using the “Look in” menu. Type a new name for the modified PDF file, in order to preserve the original document. Click once on the “Save” button. Repeat step 4, as necessary, until you find a page transition pattern that suits your needs.