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Settings

Main Menu » Settings

p. The following options are available in the Settings menu: Configure Basic Settings In addition to the book parameters (page width and height, number of pages), the following paths can also be specified for the page type (double or single page): Publish…

image parameter

Main Menu » Settings » Element Attributes » image parameter

The short description in the tool tips should be sufficient to understand the effects of the parameters. However, the tool tips are currently only available in English- Further details can be found in the “Wiki”: https: //megazine3.de/doc/Image (however…

Enhance Preview Image

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Video Elements » Enhance Preview Image

Edit preview image After the preview image has been selected, it can be further edited Use of a prepared preview image If instead of a snapshot from the video your own picture is used as a preview image, you can search for it on the board via the@Browse@button…

Select Preview Image

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Video Elements » Select Preview Image

Note: A Preview Image is displayed instead of a video in the Mz3 book when the corresponding book page opens, This preview image is mostly an image taken from the video. It should clearly mark the content of the video. Ideally, the preview image also displays the title…

Add Image Elements

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Image Elements

Add single images (image “elements”) Many operations of an “element” are independent of the element type (image, video, audio, link) and are (also) described in other chapters. Here, the focus is on the specific things for image…

Javascript Settings

Main Menu » Settings » Javascript Settings

Basic settings JS variant Setting the navigation buttons Social Buttons Clicking the Buttons button opens a window in which icons and links for buttons in the navigation bar can be defined. Modify Language Icon Settings of the language icons in a…

mz3Viewer Settings

Main Menu » Settings » mz3Viewer Settings

Basic settings JS variant Setting the navigation buttons Social Buttons Clicking the Buttons button opens a window in which icons and links for buttons in the navigation bar can be defined. Modify Language Icon Settings of the language icons in a…

Basic Settings

Main Menu » Settings » Basic Settings

The following setting options are available in the “Basic Settings” window: Show Tool Tips (Show Tool Tips) The tool tips, which show specific information for many setting and selection elements when hovering over with the mouse, can be activated /…

Flash Settings

Main Menu » Settings » Flash Settings

Since MegaZine3 started more than 10 years ago as a pure Flash version, the range of configuration options is huge! Many settings are not or only rarely used. Despite structure / structure, search option etc. it is not easy to find the right parameters. Therefore,…

Social Button Settings

Main Menu » Settings » Javascript Settings » Social Button Settings

Buttons in the navigation bar Freely definable buttons can be displayed above the book. These may e.g. serve as a direct link to sites like facebook, instagram, twitter. In addition to links to external pages can also be jumped to a special page number. This can e.g.…

special settings, special cases

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » special settings, special cases

In addition to the settings already discussed, special requirements can usually be resolved with the following options Sort By number / file name / modification date / creation date Selection according to which criterion should be sorted. Special case: Number For…

Convert PDF /w Default Settings

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from PDF » Convert PDF /w Default Settings

For the first test don’t change any of the default parameters and immediately click the Start button. . A status window pops up and gives feedback about the conversion progress. For bigger PDF documents the ETA (estimated time of arrival; in this case the…

Element Attributes

Main Menu » Settings » Element Attributes

The optional element parameters depend on the variant used. So the number of supported options in the Javascript version is smaller than in the mz3Viewer or Flash version. Reason: Most of these parameters were rarely used and confused rather than benefiting. In…

Browse XAMPP Project

Main Menu » Commands » Browse XAMPP Project

! https://manula.r.sizr.io/large/user/14418/img/menu-command-browse-xampp.png! Open a JS package in the browser If you use the Javascript version of Megazine3 to display the Mz3 book over the Internet in a browser, then the option of being able to test the finished…

Video Parameters

Main Menu » Settings » Element Attributes » Video Parameters

The brief description of the individual parameters should be sufficient for understanding the parameters. Further details can be found in the “Wiki”: https: //megazine3.de/doc/Video (but only in English). The presets should produce the best results in…

Sound Parameter

Main Menu » Settings » Element Attributes » Sound Parameter

JS specific audio parameters In the Javascript version you have less “bells and whistles” available, but can show a play / pause button or the standard toolbar of the browser. There are even 3 different buttons to choose from. The button labeled…

Add Video Elements

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Video Elements

Add videos (as a video “element”) Videos can also be displayed in the book. In the mz3Viewer and the FLash version also directly on a book page. In the Javascript version (still!) Opens its own window. Set video parameters for JS With a Javascript…

Actual Version

History / Versions » Actual Version

v2.4.10 01/25/2019 API and Structure Changes css-files re-organized All Plugin-specific css-File are combined in the all.css file, which will be loaded first. All Mz3-specific css-Files follow The last css-File, and with that with the highest priority) is the…

Show XAMPP Files

Main Menu » Info » Show XAMPP Files

Open XAMPP project folder Content XAMPP project folder Terminolagy Javascript “Package” A JS package is a folder where, after selecting Command – Publish /…

Set Video Parameters

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » Set Video Parameters

Video parameterization before adding The “add video” window now also provides the possibility for the Javascript option to set some parameters directly in this window, i. without going through the JS setting menu and the Element Attributes – Video…

Add Book Background

Main Menu » Commands » Add Book Background

Add book background An image can be placed behind a Mz3 book. Depending on the type of output, the background image behaves differently: Javascript Javascript Portrait Javascript Landscape The image is enlarged to fill the entire window. If the page…

Book Attributes

Main Menu » Settings » Book Attributes

JS specific book parameters The number of general (and supported by all variants) parameters is significantly lower than in the AIR / FLASH variants: Number of JS parameters: approx. 60 Number of AIR / FLASH parameters: approx. 300 There are currently 5…

Set frames to fixed pages

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Set frames to fixed pages

If somehow possible, images should be automatically set to pages, as this can save a lot of time! If a single image needs to be replaced, it is often easier and faster to manually place this image on a page. This can be done in 2 ways: As page image (PIMG) via…

Main Menu

Main Menu

The main menu is the central command of mz3Tool. Almost all actions are started here. In this chapter each menu and submenu item is described in detail The menu structure looks like this: File New New from PDF Use Other PDF License Keys Open Recent…

Add Sound Elements

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Sound Elements

Add audio as a sound element An audio file can be used for different purposes, for example: Matching background music for an open page Sound document on one side Audio / Reading Books Depending on the variant, different functions can be used. Ev. In the…

Add Elements PopUp Menu

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » Add Elements PopUp Menu

As soon as at least one element (image, video, audio) has been selected, this small selection window is displayed. It contains special commands that are specific to the currently selected element. Illegal commands are disabled (grayed out) Possible…

Adding Page Images

Quick Tours » Layout based New Mz3 Book » Adding Page Images

*Quick Reminder: Page Images are sufficiently big images of the same aspect ratio as a single page of the book, acting as the page background. *The Book Type matters: The default book type is “based on double pages”. In this case, two single pages are…

Basics

Basics

This information should help in getting a better understanding of the structure and concept of MegaZine3, mz3Tool, and mz3Viewer. And how those programs work together. If you can achieve everything you want without deeper knowledge of the internals: perfectly fine! At…

Create a Book from Scratch

Quick Tours » Layout based New Mz3 Book » Create a Book from Scratch

Select File – New in the main menu.. In the window that opens you can set the page parameters (page size, page count, book type). Page Size If you already prepared the Page Images (and you should!), then you know the aspect ratio and can set a page…

mz3Tool

Overview – Introduction » mz3Tool

*Most screenshots can be enlarged with a click: A lightbox will open showing the images in full resolution. You can close the lightbox in clicking ESC Mz3 Book from a PDF File Mz3 Books can be built in a fast a easy way out of PDF files (New from PDF, Convert…

Quick Tours

Quick Tours

Actually, 3 different workflows cor building a new Mz3 Book from scratch are demonstrated. All use standard settings to achieve quick results. from PDF: Convert a PDF file and use the created “page images” as pages for a new Mz3 Book from Images…

Show Project Files

Main Menu » Info » Show Project Files

Open project folder !{IMAGE-LINK+menu-info-show project files}! Content Project Folder All data related to a Mz3 book is stored in a specific folder, the project folder. The project folder can be displayed via the menu item Info - Show Project Info. Experienced…

Open Project

Main Menu » File » Open Project

If you can not find an Mz3 title via the menu item @Open Recent Project@, you will get a list of all Mz3 projects that are defined in the defined menu item@Open Project@Path for mz3Tool projects are located. *The project location can be changed via Basic…

Add Link / Area

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Link / Area

Add links as link “element” With this special element, links (clickable areas, “area”) can be placed anywhere in the Mz3 book. !Links are only set to pages in the set language! Exception: Select “All”!…

Convert PDF

Main Menu » Commands » Convert PDF

PDF conversion A book can be assigned a PDF file. This is usually done when creating a new book (File – New from PDF). However, another PDF file can be selected later on at any time, from which page images can also be created by conversion (File – Use…

Add Elements

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements

Add media and links What are elements? An “element” is generally “something” that can be added to a page; So in addition to a possible background on a page is placed. The following “elements” are currently supported: Images…

New – Empty Pages

Main Menu » File » New – Empty Pages

Start a new Mz3 Project (a new book) with empty pages. For first tests please accept the default settings. You can adjust all parameters later Page Size and Page Count As page count, the size of the first single page is defined, even for a double…

Select your Photos

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from Photos » Select your Photos

!After the new and empty Mz3 Book is created, the “Add Page Image” window opens automatically! Because we do not want to use Page Images as in the former example Layout-based New Mz3 Book but smaller images arranged in a fix layout, that window can be…

Page Attributes

Main Menu » Settings » Page Attributes

Page parameters   Page parameters are only valid for the selected page (s). If the same parameter is also available as a book parameter, a page parameter will override this value for the specified page or page range. To distinguish it from the book parameters,…

Assign Page Images to pages

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages

All selected images are listed in a table. The first image is displayed in the preview area. The file names are already interpreted “as well as they can”, i. Picture number read out and assigned page numbers (see Page number from file name…

Modify Elements on Pages

Main Menu » Commands » Modify Elements on Pages

Change and manage page elements Once the Mz3 book is filled with content, there is a quick need to change items. Without looking into the configuration files, it’s also difficult to answer questions like: Why is my picture not displayed? Why are two images…

Seitenbilder auswählen

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » Seitenbilder auswählen

Vorselektion (Auswahl des voreingestellten Ordners) Nach der Auswahl von “Add Page Images” im@Commands@Menüpunt öffnet sich ein Fenster, in dem der Ordner mit den gewünschten Seitenbildern ausgewählt werden kann Ordner mit Bildern einer…

Layout based New Mz3 Book

Quick Tours » Layout based New Mz3 Book

Another option for creating Page Images in converting a PDF file is to use any design tool or image processing tool like e.g. Word (Microsoft) Text Wrangler (Apple) Open Office, Scribus, Gimp Corel Draw Photoshop (Adobe) Lightroon (Adobe) On1 Affinity…

Select Page Images

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from PDF » Select Page Images

Select the image type you want to use: JPG Ideal for “real” images like photos. Due to the compression, this format saves space on disk and (download) time. Not the best choice for small text: high resolution and low compression rate are needed, which…

Preparation

Overview – Introduction » Preparation

This paper is the key reference for all topics related to mz3Tool, MegaZine3, and mz3Viewer. All former papers and links to old blog posts, FAQ topics, video tutorials, manuals and alike are outdated and will be taken offline and archived soon; latest with a…

Save and Continue

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Video Elements » Save and Continue

If the preview image is selected and “styled”, it can be saved with the@Save & Continue@button. It will then appear as a picture element on the current page in the preview area and can be “positioned and scaled” like any other…

Layout-based Auto

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » Layout-based Auto

Multiple image elements can be automatically placed on pages so we can quickly create a photo book from a larger selection of images. The positions of the images are determined by the “layout”: fixed positions that are distributed evenly and optimally on…

page number from filename

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » page number from filename

This is the default setting after opening the “Assign Page Images View” window after selecting the page images (see Selecting Page Images Page Images}) , mz3Tool interprets the last found number in the file name as a page number. Example of a picture…

AIR Link / Area Parameter

Main Menu » Settings » Element Attributes » AIR Link / Area Parameter

! https://manula.r.sizr.io/large/user/14418/img/menu-settings-configureelementattributesareasettings.png! The brief description of the individual parameters should be sufficient for understanding the parameters. Further details can be found in special chapters of…

Arrange Photos an Pages

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from Photos » Arrange Photos an Pages

Once you select images with , the first image is placed on the actual page of the Mz3 Book shown in the preview area. The default Layout arranges two images per single page and 4 images on a double page. The first image, therefore, is put in the upper half of the…

New Mz3 Book from Photos

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from Photos

If you just want to show and share your photo and video collection in very fast and easy way it might be sufficient to simply add those photos and videos to an empty book; without any further design or text. In such case these steps will be all you need: build your…

MegaZine3

Overview – Introduction » MegaZine3

MegaZine3 is a complete and easy to use solution for digital publishing eBooks catalogs photo books reports *company brochures and more… All such “Mz3 Books” offer a bunch of functionalities like Page Flip Embedded Images, Video, Sound,…

XML Files

Advanced Options » XML Files

Basics Almost all Megazine3 and mz3Tool configuration information is stored in so-called XML files. It’s helpful to know the basics of this file type. meaning XML files can be read out and interpreted by program as well as read by humans. Each individual…

Commands

Main Menu » Commands

Convert PDF Create Mz3 book from PDF file Add Page Images Set page images on pages Add Elements to Pages Add Image Free pictures or layouts on pages in the layout Add Video Capture a video preview image and put it on a page. Note: In the mz3Viewer and in…

Sort by Modification Date

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » page number above collation » Sort by Modification Date

Sort by change date Sorting by the modification date may be useful if you “pick up” all the images, i. edited in the order in which they should appear in the book. Often one actually performs a check and adjusts the tonal values, exposure, section,…

Show PDF Info

Main Menu » Info » Show PDF Info

Show PDF Info p. From the currently assigned PDF file, many settings and parameters are read out which can be displayed via this menu item, e.g. the page size of the first and second page, the number of pages, creation date etc. p((.!…

Add Text Element

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » select element type » Add Text Element

Add text as a text element !This option is not available yet and will not appear in the menu Since this menu item is visible in some screenshots, it will be briefly described here. Note: I did all the screenshots with the debug version because then I was able to…

Save project as …

Main Menu » File » Save project as …

Save Mz3 project under a new name Via this menu item the current Mz3 project can be saved under a different, new Mz3 project name. A 100% copy of the current Mz3 project will be created. A copy can be made for different reasons, for example: Test settings without…

Add Custom Logo

Main Menu » Commands » Add Custom Logo

Add your own logo In every Mz3 book a “poweredBy logo” will be displayed in the bottom right corner, which links to our website. Depending on the license, a different text is displayed (for details, see License key key}. An additional license option…

Create an Empty Book first

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from Photos » Create an Empty Book first

After a click on File – New in the main menu a window opens where you can set the page (width/height) and book parameters (page count, single/double page book). Set the page size based on the answers on the question you gave during the…

page number above collation

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » page number above collation

I will show an example of the different strategies for mapping images to pages: 64 photos from our collection of artists who have appeared in the “Schrottgalerie in Glonn”: https: //schrottgaleriefriedel.de/ and which we use in our…

Mouse Operation

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » Mouse Operation

Once an item is selected, it will be displayed on the open active page in the preview area and can be moved and scaled interactively with the mouse. Move with the mouse If you move the mouse over the semitransparent element, the mouse pointer changes into a…

Download and Installation

Overview – Introduction » mz3Tool » Download and Installation

If mz3Tool isn’t installed yet, please follow the following steps. mz3Demo Download mz3Tool is available as test version mz3Demo. This version offers almost full functionality and is available as free download. Please select your version and click the…

Configuration Files

Basics » Configuration Files

Mz3Tool and MegaZine3 make use of several configuration files to save program settings and Mz3 Book parameters. Although usually not needed (all those parameters are managed automatically in the background), it can be helpful knowing about those files. A look into…

Build Thumbnails

Main Menu » Commands » Build Thumbnails

Create thumbnails *This option is not available yet Currently, thumbnails are only displayed in the mz3Viewer and in the Flash version; same as “bubbles” below the book and as a thumbnail image within the book. It is also planned to display a…

New From PDF

Main Menu » File » New From PDF

Creates a new Mz3 Book based on a PDF File. Click the button to select a PDFFIle. Once the file is selected and accepted with the button, the PDF information is extracted The PDF Information contains data such as: Page Sizes In case the size of the…

Add Page Images

Main Menu » Commands » Add Page Images

Add page pictures   Page pictures represent the content of a page. They serve as background, if later additional “elements” (video, audio, pictures, links) are to be added.   With the menu arrow Commands - Add Page Images you can open a window with…

Context Help

Overview – Introduction » mz3Tool » Context Help

!Many chapters of the document have been translated with Google’s help; to save time. Those chapters will be checked over time… For the new “context help feature” of mz3Tool this documentation is used. mz3Tool always opens the documentation in…

Publish / Distribute

Main Menu » Commands » Publish / Distribute

Publish Mz3 book If the Mz3 book is finished or should it be tested “life”, the respective “Package” is generated with the help of this menu item. First of all, everything is updated again (the same function is actually used, which can also…

First Steps

Overview – Introduction » mz3Tool » First Steps

This information will guide you doing the first baby steps, i.e. as long as no Mz3 Book was found in the system. In that case, the context help opens automatically and provides guidance. As long as you created your first 5 Mz3 Titles. Then we’ll shut up and leave…

mz3Viewer

Overview – Introduction » mz3Viewer

mz3Viewer is available for WIndows 10 and MAC OSx. mz3Viewer “digests” mz3z- ot the original mz3-files and presents based on that information and data the respective Mz3 Book. mz3Viewer offers the full functionality of the “deprecated”…

Language Selection

Main Menu » Settings » Language Selection

language settings Via a context menu, which opens after a right-click on one of the existing languages, the following options are offered: Set As Default Language (set default language) You always have to specify a language that will be used if…

Program Suite

Basics » Program Suite

The MegaZine3 Suite includes three programs: mz3Tool This is the main interface you’ll use to create and manage Mz3 Books. It is kind of IDE (Integrated Development Environment). megazine3 the megazine program comes in three flavors (3 different programs…

Modify Language Icons

Main Menu » Settings » Javascript Settings » Modify Language Icons

Voice buttons If you have created a multilingual book, you must be able to select the language. In order to have a great deal of flexibility here too, the language code, ie the two letters of the country code, is displayed by default. So you do not have to set…

Workflow

Basics » Workflow

For a better understanding of the kind of “jobs” you have to perform, such actions are listed as “workflow” below: Download and Installation This step is explained in detail in the chapter Download and Installation and is needed the first time…

Advanced Edit

Main Menu » Commands » Add Elements » Advanced Edit

If the item Advanced Edit is selected in the Add Element PopUp Menu, this special window opens. The default values ​​for the layout design and the margins can be changed here. The margins also determine the boundaries that apply to the Layout area. The larger…