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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…

mz3-file

Advanced Options » XML Files » mz3-file

File extension mz3 The most important XML configuration file for MegaZine3 and mz3Tool is the mz3 file, named after the filename extension “.mz3”. Although the file extension is “.mz3” and not “.xml,” an mz3 file is a…

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…

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…

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…

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. To check…

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 as you might know from the old…

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…

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…

Past Versions

Versions » Past Versions

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…

Book Attributes

Hauptmenü » Settings » Book Attributes

JS specific book parameters Actually, there is one parameter that is only supported in the Javascript version: jsLanguageToggle If set to true, only one language icon will be displayed and a click will advance to the next available language. Advantage: This will…

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…

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,…

Add the selected Page Images

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Add the selected 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 /…

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…

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…

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…

Build Thumbnails

Hauptmenü » Commands » Build Thumbnails

Thumbnails for the Javascript VersionF 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, e.g. in…

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…

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”!…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Create Program Link

Basics » Tips & Tricks » Create Program Link

To open the expected program that should handle the specific file extension, such an extension must be linked to a program name. Here is how that can be achieved (this example is with Windows10, but wroks similar on macOS). “Open With” Open the pop-up…

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…

Show Logs

Hauptmenü » Info » Show Logs

Show Error Logs Log Types If required, log files can be accessed in cooperation with support. In the “normal case” this should not be necessary ;-) mz3Tool Logs Error messages generated by the mz3Tool program. However, most of these messages are…

Javascript Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings

Special Remarks Some of the settings available in the mz3Viewer version are useless for the Javascript version. Some features had been added to the Javascript version that are not supported in mz3Viewer (e.g. thumbnail bar, burger menu). As result, the…

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…

Actual Version

Versions » Actual Version

v2.4.4.03 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 was kept in different files)…

New From PDF

Hauptmenü » 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…

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 mz3Viewer the video…

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 version. Reason: Most of these parameters were rarely used and created confusion instead of being useful. In…

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…

Open Project

Hauptmenü » File » Open Project

Open Mz3 project This command offers a table (data grid) listing all Mz3 Projects with most project-specific information. *The Mz3 Project Base Path can be changed via Basic Settings. After selecting File - Open, a window opens with a table showing all projects…

Server Upload

Basics » Server Upload

The Javascript version of MegaZine3 is built by mz3Tool as “Online Packages”. To offer/distribute Mz3 Books over the Internet, the appropriate Online Package must be located on a server. From there the data (the “pages”) are accessed by the…

Basic Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Basic Settings

The following setting options are available in the “Basic Settings” window: Technology Selection This is the central location to select the used MegaZine3 program variant: For a Server/Javascript Version For a mz3Viewer versions, used on a…

Publish / Distribute

Hauptmenü » Commands » Publish / Distribute

sh2. 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”…

Select Page Imagesauswählen

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Select Page Imagesauswählen

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…

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…

Overview – Introduction

Overview – Introduction

mz3Tool is a comfortable and powerful tool for building book-like documents (catalogs, magazines, books, company profiles and more). This IDE (integrated development environment) guides you through all steps from a PDF file or just a collection of images to the…

Open PDF

Hauptmenü » Info » Open PDF

Open current PDF file   Via this menu item, the currently assigned PDF file can be opened with the linked PDF viewer. Incidentally, this can also be achieved with a double-click in the PDF info window.

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…

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…

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…

Navigation Bar Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings » Navigation Bar Settings

Link and Language buttons can be added to the navigation bar/burger menu. Those links can be defined in this window. Buttons are either text links or icon links. The links are displayed in the same order as they are listed in the table. If as position…

Show PDF Info

Hauptmenü » Info » Show PDF Info

Show PDF Info From the currently assigned PDF file, many settings and parameters are read 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. *A double-click in the window opens the…

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…

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…

Info

Hauptmenü » Info

The following subitems can be selected in the info menu: Show PDF Info (only active if a PDF file is assigned) A window with information about the currently assigned PDF file Open PDF (only active if a PDF file is assigned) The assigned PDF is opened in the…

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 and 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…

Show XAMPP Files

Hauptmenü » Info » Show XAMPP Files

Open XAMPP project folder Content XAMPP project folder Begriffserläuterung: Javascript “Package” A JS package is a folder where, after selecting Command – Publish / Distribute and clicking!…

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…

Pop-Up Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings » Pop-Up Settings

The row “PopUp Support” offers a button to open the PopUp Window and Checkbox to enable or disable the Pop-Up. Pop-Up Settings Settings-Area (on the left) All text messages, an optional Icon and the Button-Link can be defined in this…

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…

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; until you created your first 5 Mz3 Titles. After that the Context Help is no…

Open Recent Project

Hauptmenü » File » Open Recent Project

This Command was removed. See ‘Open Project’ for options to start a recent project. The Open Project offers a complete list of al Mz3 Projects, sorted by modification date. So it is easy to identfy the most recent projects. Big benefit: Less menu items,…

Add Video Elements

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

Also movies can be displayed in the book, i.e. directly within a page. In case of Javascript movies must not span across the fold (middle) of the book. Otherwise the video will be shown in a new tab or window. Set video parameters for JS With a Javascript, the…

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,…

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…

Delete Project

Hauptmenü » File » Delete Project

Delete Mz3 project If the data of an Mz3 project is no longer needed, because e.g. archived or a copy has been created, it can be deleted. To do this, select in the table of the “Delete Project” window the line or even several lines which indicate the…

Manually assign Page Images to Pages

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Page Images » Manually assign Page Images to 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: Use as Page Image (PIMG) via…

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…

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…

Browse XAMPP Project

Hauptmenü » Commands » Browse XAMPP Project

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 book locally on your own computer is very helpful. For this to work and to…

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…

Add Book Background

Hauptmenü » Commands » Add Book Background

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

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…

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…

MegaZine3 Help

Basics » Program Suite » MegaZine3 Help

Many operations are identical or very similar in both versions of MegaZine3 (Javascript, Mz3Viewer). Here we’ll focus on the differences. This chapter is a “work in progress”. General operation instructions are considered, but not planned…