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Element Attributes

Advanced Options » Commands » 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…

Select Element Type

Advanced Options » Commands » Add Elements » Select Element Type

Currently the following element types are supported: Images Videos Audio Links Selection of an element The selection is made as usual via the button. After selecting (at least) one element, that element will be displayed on actually open page in the preview…

Add Elements

Advanced Options » 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 Image

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » Add Image

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 Link / Area

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » 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”!…

Add Custom Logo

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » 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 Elements PopUp Menu

Advanced Options » 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 Book Background

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » 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…

Add Video Elements

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » 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…

Add Page Images

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » 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…

Add Sound Elements

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » 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 the selected Page Images

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » 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…

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…

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…

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…

Manage Elements

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » Manage Elements

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…

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…

Save and Continue

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » 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…

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…

Commands

Advanced Options » 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…

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…

Mouse Operation

Advanced Options » 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…

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…

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…

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…

Advanced Edit

Advanced Options » 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…

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…

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,…

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…

Navigation Bar Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » Javascript Settings » Navigation Bar Settings

This Configuration Window supports adding or modifying Link- and Language-Buttons for the navigation bar and burger menu. Positioning The navigation bar is split into 3 position blocks Left center right The center position block is…

Set Video Parameters

Advanced Options » 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…

Convert PDF

Hauptmenü » File » 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…

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…

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…

Manually assign Page Images to Pages

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » 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 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…

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…

Book Parameter Input Window

Advanced Options » Commands » 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…

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…

Open Project Folder

Hauptmenü » Publish / Distribute » Open Project Folder

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

Advanced Options » Commands » 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…

Actual Version

Versions » Actual Version

v2.4.4.04 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)…

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.

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

Advanced Options » 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…

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…

Overview – Introduction

Overview – Introduction

The program package “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…

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,…

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…

Enhance Preview Image

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Open Other PDF

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » Open 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…

Select Page Imagesauswählen

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » 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…

Build Thumbnails

Hauptmenü » Edit Book » Add Page Images » 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…

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…

Preparation

Overview – Introduction » Preparation

This paper is the one and only key reference for all topics related to mz3Tool, MegaZine3, and mz3Viewer. Outdated documentation will be taken offline soon. * You’ll find a link to the “paper version” as PDF-Version on the left of the ToC (table of…

Insert Pages

Hauptmenü » Edit Page » 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…

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…