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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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

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”!…

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…

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…

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…

Select Element Type

Hauptmenü » 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…

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…

Publish the Mz3 Book

Quick Tours » New Mz3 Book from PDF » Publish the Mz3 Book

Once all Page Images are assigned to pages, the final book is shown in the preview area of mz3Tool and you can make the first check. To operate the book already in the preview area of mz3Tool, the optionally possible automatic opening of the “Modify Elements…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sound Parameter

Hauptmenü » Settings » Element Attributes » Sound Parameter

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 /…

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…

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…