Overview: most important changes in this version

This is a list of changes that need no detailed explanations.
Those more complex changes or new features are documented in the following separate chapters.

SEO Support

A very powerful and helpful new feature to improve the ranking of your Mz3 Site!
See chapter SEO Support for details

FLASH no longer supported

Seeing that all browsers almost stopped Flash support (only those users with good computer knowledge still can find ways to use Flash in newer browsers, but the average user will give up), we decided to streamline Mz3Tool and take out all Flash support.

New Project (completely renewed)

With many new options to build a new MegaZine3 Book automatically and easily from images and PDF files.
See chapter New Project for details

Open Recent Project (Removed)

This command was eliminated. The offered functionality now is included in ‘Open Project’.

Open Project

This was improved and became the key option to select and analyze existing Mz3 Projects
See chapter Open Project for details

Delete Project

The data grid looks the same as the new Open Project Data grid, so also here you find all information to make a safe decision.
Once a project is deleted, it *cannot *be restored again!
Please consider making regular backups!

Commands – Publishing

The program flow and logic have been modified/improved to address and fix certain problems and to achieve a better user experience (better status feedback).

Better support of selecting the position and size of AREA Elements

Positioning and sizing of Area Elements now can be modified quickly.
A “full page linked Advertisement” now can be supported with a single click; without opening the ‘Advanced Edit’ Window.
A toggle button supports the selection of the following variants:

  • Custom size and position
    This is the default setting and also selected if the element is positioned/sized manually
  • Full Page
    The AREA element spans across the full opened page; either a single or double page
  • Left Page
    The full area of the left half of the open book is used, In case of a single page book the left page will be selected, if the actual page was the right side.
  • right half
    The full area of the right half of the open book is used, In case of a single page book, the right page will be selected if the actual page was the left side.

Improved Management of multilingual books

Now new languages can be added easily in entering the corresponding language code in the special input field.
A new language is only prepared and still “hidden”, i.e. not yet visible in the book. Only after adding it to the book (hit the button “use in book”) that language will show up and a language selector will appear.

    

As easy as languages can be added to the book they can be hidden again.
Now languages and the related content (all language-specific elements!) can be deleted physically as files and logically in taking all references out of the configuration files.

New Status Window (project summary) before Publish

A new condensed and color-coded summary helps to identify potential problems before publishing a package. With this bundling files that are not needed and only increase the size of the package can be avoided

Improved Logic for Adding Page Images

Once images of the size of the pages, i.e. images that will act as “page content” (page background), are selected, the names of those images are analyzed and the best strategy to add those images to the “correct”, i.e. intended pages, is proposed.
Although this is kind of educated guessing, surprisingly often the correct approach is proposed and immediately can be accepted.
In those rare cases where the result is not what was expected, the algorithm can be “tweaked” in detail.

The number of input fields was reduced (without giving up functionality) and the window is better structured and easier to work with now.

Support of Page Parameters for the JavaScript Version

Now are supported in the JavaScript version also.
Only those page parameters are listed, that work in the JavaScript version, i.e. the number of JS page parameters (5) is still less than the number of mz3Viewer page parameters (24).
The same is true for book parameter: Actually for 16 JavaScript and 49 for mz3Viewer.

h3.Open Automatically

The “Modify Elements on Pages” Window does not open automatically with every click in the book any longer. The default behavior changed: Now the book can be fully operated, as long as neither the “Modify Elements on Pages” (Magange Elements) or “Add Elements” Window is open. I.e. videos can be started, pages flipped and links followed.
If you prefer the former behavior, you can adjust this in setting the respective checkbox in Basic Settings:

Redesign Basic Settings and Javascript Settings Windows

Those two windows should be easier to use now: better strucutured, less buttons and options (without restricting functionality).

New Publish Status Window

Example of an Mz3 Project with some issues:

Example of a clean Mz3 Project without issues:

New Window to Configure Navigation Bar / Burger Menüs

All options for the navigation bar (and burger menu) configuration are now combined in one window, which not only is easier but also offers additional options like sorting of the symbols (rows).

Last modified: 2020/01/21

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