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Apple Wins Patent to Page-turning Animation
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I posted this news under the “Shocking” category, because for millions of internet users who have been using page-turning or page-flip animation for years, this would come as a shocker. It would also come as a shocker to those public and private institutions that use such page-turning animation on platforms like Issuu or on the websites or even wordpress blogs with flash animations.

According to the Apple Insider, on Tuesday, among a multitude of patents, Apple was also provided rights to the page-turning animation.

Much of page-flip animation has long been open-source, and in some cases, like the Laputa Book Reader used on the Android platform, dates back to 2010, while Apple made its patent application in 2011. I just checked my own pageflip app purchase and that was in October 2008. And I had purchased only after page-curling and page-flipping animation had already become mainstream.

  
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We do not yet know how far Apple is going to push this patent down our throats, but if the Samsung war on points like rectangles with rounded corners is any indication, a lot of mid-sized companies may face imminent doom.

As far as I am aware there are many applications being sold on the internet from at least 5-7 years ago, which use page-flipping or page-turning, exactly as shown in the patent diagram posted on Apple Insider.

This would be going down hard, if I had to give up on most of my favorite platforms and long purchased apps like pageflip and Issuu.

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Apple Insider reads, “The page turning animation IP was first filed for in December 2011 as an ornamental design for a display screen. Much like other Apple design patents, the basic line drawing is adequate enough to get the basic feel for the animation.”

Possibly, the patent for the page-turning animation is only for iOS apps, but none of us can tell the future.



The image used in this article is courtesy of Apple Insider.

Summary:

To millions of users using page-turning or page-flip animation for years, this news would come as a shocker when Apple is provided patent law to the page-turning animation. Many applications being sold on the internet, which use page-flipping or page-turning with apps like page flip and Issuu, this news is not easy to digest. According to an Apple insider, the patent for the page-turning animation is only for iOS apps, but none of us can predict the future.



 

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