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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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

Preparation

Overview – Introduction » Preparation

This paper is the one and only key reference for all topics related to mz3Tool, MegaZine3, and mz3Viewer. Other documentation still available under old links are at least outdated; so please keep that in mind and use with care. * You’ll find a “paper…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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”!…

mz3Viewer Settings

Hauptmenü » Settings » mz3Viewer Settings

mz3Viewer could support Not all possible options listed in the WIKI (> 300!) are presented here. Most of those are useless now after FLASH is no longer supported. The “balance” momentarily looks like this: Javascript: 64 book parameters, no…

Context Help

Hauptmenü » Help » Context Help

Please use the information in chapter Overview – context help!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 /…

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…

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…

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”…

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…

Tips & Tricks

Basics » Tips & Tricks

This chapter is prepared for a collection of best practices, FAQs, tips&trick, … We already have an archive with several special use cases and typical “traps”. Once the documentation is finished, well extract valuable tips from this archive and…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

FAQ List

FAQ List

Frequently asked questions Please check this documentation first to see if there is already an answer to your question. Use the table of contents and the search function in the top right corner of the “online version”: https: //doc.megazine3.de/…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

License Keys

Hauptmenü » Help » License Keys

!In case of the demo version of mz3Tool a license key cannot be entered As PRIV or BASE customer you received a license key that has to be entered to get rid of the watermark on the book pages, to convert more than 10 pages and to show the correct poweredBy…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…