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Add Image Elements

Hauptmenü » 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 operations for image…

Add Elements

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Elements

Add Media and Links What are Elements? An “element” is generally “something” that can be added to a page; on top of a page background. The following “elements” are currently supported: Images (Image Element) Video (Video /…

Add Elements PopUp Menu

Hauptmenü » 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 commands: Add…

Add Video Elements

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Elements » Select Element Type » Add Video Elements

also movies can be displayed in the book. In the mz3Viewer and the FLash version movies can span across the fold of the book, i.e. a movie can be placed anywhere on a double page and still be played on the page. In the Javascript version only movies located…

Add Sound Elements

Hauptmenü » 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: Background music for an opened page Audio documentation on a page Audio Books Depending on the variant, different functions can be used. Probably the option of placing…

Add Link / Area

Hauptmenü » 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 selected language! Exception: Select “All”!…

Modify Elements on Pages

Hauptmenü » Commands » Modify Elements on Pages

Change and manage Elements Once the Mz3 book is filled with content, sooner or later there is a need for change. Without help in analyzing the content of several configuration files it’s difficult to find answers on questions like these: Why is my image not…

AIR Link / Area Parameter

Hauptmenü » Settings » Element Attributes » AIR Link / Area Parameter

!All settings are only supported in the mz3Viewer and the FLASH-Online version! The brief description of the individual parameters should be sufficient for a general understanding of the parameters. Further details can be found in special chapters of the…

Link Button Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings » Link Button Settings

Link buttons can be added to the navigation bar/burger menu. Those links can be defined in this window. Link Buttons are either text links or icon links. The configurable parameters are: text link and tool tip This text either is shown directly as a text link (if…

image parameter

Hauptmenü » Settings » Element Attributes » image parameter

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

Select Preview Image

Hauptmenü » 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…

Enhance Preview Image

Hauptmenü » 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 edited Use of a prepared preview image If instead of a snapshot from the video an own image should be used as a preview image, this can be selected via the Browse button. Alternatively, a…

Add Custom Logo

Hauptmenü » 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). Exception: With the additional…

Add Book Background

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Book Background

Add book background An image can be placed behind a Mz3 book. Depending on the use variant (Javascript, mz3Viewer, Flash) and the size/aspect ratio of the window, the background image behaves differently: Javascript Javascript Portrait Javascript Landscape The…

Add Text Element

Hauptmenü » 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, I want to explain it briefly. Note: Most screenshots had been taken of windows used in the debug version because while…

Add Page Images

Hauptmenü » 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 item Commands - Add Page Images you can open a window with…

Hauptmenü

Hauptmenü

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 !{IMAGE-LINK+Main Menu}! The menu structure looks like this: File New New from PDF Use Other…

Commands

Hauptmenü » 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…

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…

Layout-based Automatic

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Elements » Layout-based Automatic

Multiple image Elements can be automatically placed on pages. This supports a fast creation of e.g. photo books from a bigger selection of images. The positions of the images are determined by the “layout”: The layout defines fixed positions on a page that…

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…

Save and Continue

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Elements » Select Element Type » Add Video Elements » Save and Continue

Once the preview image is selected and “styled”, it can be saved with the Save & Continue button. It will appear like an image element on the opened page in the preview area and can be “positioned and scaled” like any other…

Element Attributes

Hauptmenü » 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…

Place Images on selected Pages

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Place Images on selected Pages

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

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…

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…

Advanced Edit

Hauptmenü » 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…

Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings

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…

Collection of Examples

Basics » Collection of Examples

Some general use cases already are available: Add Page Images Add Elements Use of a Layout)* This chapter is intended for a discussion of special use cases and customer projects.

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…

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 and easy way out of PDF files (New from PDF, Convert…

Actual Version

Versions » Actual Version

v2.4.3.13 The most important changes of this version 2.4.3.13 are:: 2019-04-07 Minor Bug Fixes Values for dragrange could not be made with the slider Position auf language code was too close to the elements of the navbar if the language code was added to the…

Mouse Operation

Hauptmenü » 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 Element with the Mouse If you move the mouse over the semitransparent element, the mouse pointer changes into a…

Language Selection

Hauptmenü » Settings » Language Selection

The language-specific settings are available in a context menu that opens with a right click on the language code. That language is selected and the following options are available for that language: Set As Default Language (set default…

New – Empty Pages

Hauptmenü » 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…

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…

Preparations

Basics » Preparations

Before starting your first Mz3 Project you should find answers on some questions to achieve faster and better results. Feel free to use the following list as kind of checklist: Collect your media files Before starting with mz3Tool browse your files and collect all…

Page Number by Index

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Page Number by Index

*Remark: How numbers are extracted from file names is the same for the use of Page Images and Thumbnails. Therefore this information is helpful for both use cases! The following example shows different strategies for mapping images to pages: 64 photos from our…

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,…

Past Versions

Versions » Past Versions

v2.4.3.12: 07.02.2019 Little bug fixes: Menu: enable/disable menu items depending on the actual state 02/05/2019 Better support for videos on double pages Videos now can play inside double pages also; as long as the complete video box (preview image) fits into…

Adding Page Images

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

After clicking on Continue all data for the new book is saved an the window “Add Page Images” is opened. Images with appropriate resolution and of the same aspect ratio as a single page of the book can be used as “Page Image”. A page image…

Seitenbilder auswählen

Hauptmenü » 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…

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…

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…

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…

New Mz3 Book from PDF

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from PDF

When mz3Tool starts and no previous Mz3 Project is found a “Splash Screen” (start screen) is shown; with 2 buttons; the only 2 options you have at that moment. New Book from PDF You just have to pick a PDF file, and page size and page count will read out…

Planned Version

Versions » Planned Version

Planned Version v2.4.4.2 for July 2019 Major Version Change !This is a major version change with modifications in some general data structures! Please read the following hints carefully! Due to data consolidation to avoid inconsistencies (the same or similar data…

Page Attributes

Hauptmenü » 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,…

Insert Pages

Hauptmenü » Commands » Insert Pages

Add pages to the book If the structure of the Mz3 book needs to be changed and additional pages should be added, this menu item provides a quick and convenient solution. Eventually, PDF pages are converted to Page Images, so now also books created from PDF files…

Convert PDF

Hauptmenü » Commands » Convert PDF

PDF conversion p. 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…

Video Parameters

Hauptmenü » Settings » Element Attributes » Video Parameters

Hint: More details can be found in the “Wiki”: https: //megazine3.de/doc/Video. The default values produce best results in almost all cases. JS specific video parameters In the JS variant, only a a subset of the mz3Viewer/FLASH parameters is…

Modify Language Icons

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings » Modify Language Icons

If a multilingual book was created, there must be a way to select the language. The language code, i.e. the two letters of the country code, is displayed by default. So no settings have to be made and still a language switching is supported. This example shows is a…

Assign Page Images to pages

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages

*Remark: How numbers are extracted from file names is the same for the use of Page Images and Thumbnails. Therefore this information is helpful for both use cases! All selected images are listed in a table. The first image is displayed in the preview area. The file…

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…

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…

Summary and Special Settings

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Summary and Special Settings

In addition and as summary of the settings already discussed, special requirements can usually be resolved with a combination of the following options. Extract Number from File Name If extracted # is selected, some special options are available to extract the…

Open in Viewer

Hauptmenü » Commands » Open in Viewer

Show Mz3 book in mz3Viewer For better control, an Mz3 book should be checked in mz3Viewer (or, if Javascript is the final goal: locally in a browser supported by XAMPP; see Browse XAMPP Project) This helps when interactive operations should be tested that do not…

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”…

Javascript Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings

Special Remarks Many of the settings available in the FLASH version are useless for the Javascript version. And since FLASH will be history soon and our main focus now is on the Javascript and mz3Viewer version, many “old” parameters no longer are listed…

Numeric Sorting

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Page Number by Index » Numeric Sorting

If “Sort by extracted #” is selected, the sort order has no meaning: A number is extracted from the file name, corresponding to the selected filter settings. Depending on the settings of the checkbox used as Image # If selected: The extracted…

Page Numbers from File Names

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Page Numbers from File Names

*Remark: How numbers are extracted from file names is the same for the use of Page Images and Thumbnails. Therefore this information is helpful for both use cases! This is the default setting when opening the “Assign Page Images View” window once the page…

About

Hauptmenü » Help » About

Opens a pop-up providing information about the version number and publish date. In case of minor changes like bug fixes and little improvements, only the publish date changes (saves some effort on our side ;-) If functionality was added, the minor version number…

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. What does it mean? XML files can be read and interpreted programmatically as well as read by humans. Each…

Publish / Distribute

Hauptmenü » Commands » Publish / Distribute

Publish Mz3 book If the Mz3 book is complete or a “real-life-test” is desired, the respective “Package” can be generated via this menu item. First, the book is updated (like called via Commands – Update). A “Package”…

Save project as …

Hauptmenü » 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…

Sound Parameter

Hauptmenü » Settings » Element Attributes » Sound Parameter

JS specific audio parameters The Javascript version supports less “bells and whistles” than the mz3Viewer or FLASH version. A play/pause button or the standard toolbar of the browser can be used instead. 3 different buttons can be selected: The button…

Basic Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Basic Settings

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

XAMPP: Local Server

Advanced Options » XAMPP: Local Server

The javascript version can currently only be run on a server. Therefore, the Javascript Package must be up loaded to a server and viewed over the Internet in a browser. Usually, this is a server offered by a provider (as dedicated, managed or shared server). But: For…

Sort by Modification Date

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Page Number by Index » Sort by Modification Date

Sort by change date Sorting by the modification date may be useful if you “pick up” all the images, i.e. edit in the order they should appear in the book. Often all images are adjusted in e.g. tonal values, exposure, clipping, saturation, etc. If images…

Delete Pages

Hauptmenü » Commands » Delete Pages

Delete/remove pages from the book If the structure of the Mz3 book needs to be changed and pages deleted, this menu item provides a quick and convenient solution. The reference page for the pages to be deleted is always the currently open page in the book. This…

Show Project Files

Hauptmenü » Info » Show Project Files

Open project folder Content Project Folder All data related to an 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 users have direct access to the…

Google Analytics Support

Hauptmenü » Settings » Book Attributes » Google Analytics Support

Improved Google Analytics Support for JavaScript Now a more granular reporting is supported, i.e. all three levels of details plus an optional value are supported now: event category label value *Enabling Google Analytics tracking is very easy: only the…

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…

Test

Basics » Test

Once the book is ready, it has to be tested: Completeness Working of Video and Audio Look&Feel E.g.: hardcover pages, fold effects, book size, the aspect ratio of images, correct overlapping of images, links working and pointing to the correct address,…

Context Help

Overview – Introduction » mz3Tool » Context Help

For the new “context help feature” of mz3Tool this documentation is used. mz3Tool always opens the documentation in the same version the matches the version of the actually used program. The context help window opens automatically with the start of…

License Keys

Overview – Introduction » mz3Tool » License Keys

mz3Tool is available as free Demo-Version; no license key is needed to test the full functionality. Exception: To show a custom logo the White Label Option Key is needed.. The Demo-Version mz3Demo, and also the full version of mz3Tool as long as no license key is…

File

Hauptmenü » File

This main menu item contains the following sub menu items: File New Start a new Mz3 Buch with empty pages. This is the first step for: Create a book out of Page Images In case of pages (background images) designed with a Layout/Desktop Publishing…

Adding Page Images

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Assign Page Images to pages » Adding Page Images

For final control, the table should be sorted by page number. This facilitates the review. If everything fits, i.e. even if it is accepted that not all pages will be used, the page images with status ok can be added to the book.via the “Add” button at the…

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…

Set Video Parameters

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Elements » Set Video Parameters

Video parameterization before adding The “add video” window offers controls for Javascript video options directly in this window, i.e. without using the JS setting menu or the Element Attributes – Video Settings window. The following options are…

Book Parameter Input Window

Hauptmenü » Settings » Book Attributes » Book Parameter Input Window

If you click a row/cell, a new window opens with a list of all parameters that are part of the group the parameter is assigned to. Change values The current value of the selected attribute is displayed and can be changed via the specific and type-dependent…

Use Other PDF

Hauptmenü » File » Use Other PDF

You can change or add a new PDF File to your Mz3 Project any time. Click the Button and select the new PDF FIle The PDF File is interpreted and the PDF Info read. The assigned language is shown as ‘language code’ You have the…

Build Thumbnails

Hauptmenü » Commands » Build Thumbnails

Thumbnails for the Javascript Version Since Version 2.4.3.13 Thumbnails are supported in the Javascript Version also. These Thumbnails are built automatically whenever Page Images are assigned to pages.(see Add Page Images) If no Page Images are used or had been…