First Step: Select PDF

Open the “New Project Window” using the command File – New Project first and find the PDF-Symbol

which can be used as button or as target for a drag&drop action.
The easiest and fastest way is dragging a PDF file on this symbol. The PDF conversion of the first 10 pages will start immediately; no further configuration needed!
Alternatively you can click on the symbol and search a PDF file using the BROWSE button in the opening window. Also a drag&drop action is supported: Either use the (on the Icon or the PDF Name field as target.

Right after the Drag&Drop action or after you clicked selected the PDF File in your Explorer/Finder (option available after a click on the PDF symbol), the selected PDF file is read the data like page size and number of pages is extracted and shown.

BTW: The PDF information can be shown at any time later via the menu item PDF Info.

If the file exists and is of the correct type (i.e. a PDF file), the Continue button becomes active and the next conversion steps can be started.
Although the manual conversion offers more options and provides more control over the process, the fastest and easiest option with mostly great results is making use of the fully automatic conversion (drag&drop the PDF on the PDF-Icon!

Second Step (manual mode): Convert the PDF File

After a click on Continue the Convert PDF window opens automatically.
Usually the default values can be accepted. A click on Continue starts the final conversion process: Every page then is converted into a “Page image” (or more precisely: always 3 image formats are created: JPG, PNG and SWF).

A PDF conversion also can be started via the menu item Convert PDF later again.

During the conversion process the search index (text) file is created by default. This text file is used for search feature in both the online and offline version.
Although the creating of the search index file can be disabled, it is highly recommended building such file at least once!

Third Step (manual mode): Select the “Page Images”

Page Images are the converted PDF pages.
Once the PDF conversion is finished, the window “Add Page Images” opens automatically.
You can select what Page Images and what type of Page Image (JPG, PNG or SWF) to use.
The selected Page Images and the respective thumbnails are added to the book. At the end of this process the book is built and presented in the preview area of mz3Tool.

Page Images can be selected and re-assigned to pages at any time via Commands – Add Page Images.
This e.g. is needed if you want to change the image format (use e.g. PNG images instead of JPG images) for selected pages, to optimize file size or text quality.

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Last modified: 2020/01/23

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