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:

Prepared but not yet fully implemented is a “Text Element”.

Elements can be added to any page, regardless of whether Page Images (page wallpapers) already have been added or whether the pages are empty.
The general procedure for all element types is very similar.The term “element” is used as a generic term if there is no need to be specific.

Basic procedure

Many operations are the same for all elements; regardless of the element type. These general procedures are described here.
The element-specific operations and options are described in the element-specific chapters.

Selection of an element

As already described in the chapter covering Page Inages, one or more elements can be selected via the File Explorer / Finder.

In the “Add element window” there is a button, which opens the File Explorer / Finder.

  • For image elements: .jpg, .png. .swf, .svg

  • For video elements: .mp4, .mpv4
  • For audio elements: .mp3, .wav

The following link types are supported:

  • local link
    A local link is a link to a page within the current Mz3 book. The page number is entered as destination

  • Anchor (Not yet supported in Javascript)
    An “anchor” (kind of “ID”) can be set on a page. This acts as named link destination.
    An “anchor” is assigned to a page using the page parameter “anchor”. A link to this named anchor must be defined using the label “anchor:label”.

Page Parameters anchor: set and enter “FAQs” as the value.
“anchor: FAQs” will be entered In the link element as link.
A click in the Mz3 book then jumps to the page marked “FAQs”.

Advantage: An anchor remains valid and points to the correct landing page, even if later pages are added or deleted!

  • Website
    As link address the complete (URL), pointing to the website, is entered.
    This URL must be complete and start with the protocol type, either https:// (nowadays default, see “Wikipedia”: or http: //.
    (color-blue) Exception: https.// is inserted automatically if no other protocol or page number is detected

  • Email Link
    An email link starts with mailto:, followed by the email address.
    A click on such a link in the Mz3 book opens the e-mail program linked by default to e-mails.

Positioning of elements

All elements can be added to a page and positioned on that page using the same functions and operations.
The following options are supported for each element type:

  • Interactivities on the actual page:
    • Page selection: Flip to the desired page using the controls on top of the preview window.
    • Positioning: Move the element with the mouse (Drag & Move)
  • In a variety of ways for all elements in the Advanced Edit Window; see details there!
    • via sliders
    • By entering position and size as pixel values (left, top)
    • By entering the position as a percentage value (left, top)
    • Move to grid point with “snap-to” functionality
    • Set on fixed positions: hoizantale / vertical / center of page, left / right / upper / lower edge
    • Using a layout grid with up to 4 * 6 positions on a single page
      !{IMAGE-LINK+layout position}!

  • Only for image and video elements (description in chapter Layout-based automatic)
  • Automatic positioning on layout positions; with automatic page change
  • Use of *Free Space Only functionality
    Optional restriction to use free, not yet used layout positions (images must not overlap)

Scale an Element

All elements can be scaled using the same functions and operations.
The following options are supported for * each element type *:

  • Intuitively on actual, open page with the mouse:
    • Drag an element’s side (this results in a distortion, i.e. the aspect ratio is not be preserved.
      Hint: The final result as explained looks different than wha tis shown in the prview!)
    • Pulling one of the element corners to the outside: The element is enlarged proportionally

  • Pulling one of the element corners inwards: The element is shrinked while maintaining the aspect ratio
  • In various ways in the Advanced Edit Window; see details there!
    • via slider (slider)
    • By entering the width and height as the pixel value
    • By entering the width and height as a percentage

  • Scale to full page size with or without margins (adjustable)
  • Scaling with adjustable step sizes

Add to the book

Once the item’s position and size are set, the item can be placed / added to the page.

Add a single element

A single element is added to the page after positioning with “Add Immediately”

Add multiple elements

If several elements are selected, those elements can placed automatically on pages.
The arrangement of the elements is made according to the defined layout (via Add Elements – Add Image Elements and Layout-based Automatic) automatic}).
First elements can be added individually (“Add Immediately”), so everything can be controlled before starting the “automatic” placement.
If everything works as expected, “Add Automatically” can be clicked and the automatic positioning will start.

Page Number Assignment

If the file name contains a number that could be used as a page number, you will be asked if you want to use this type of automatic positioning:

Element-specific features

In addition to these functions, which are the same for all elements, there are some element-specific features that are described in the next chapters, for example:

  • Element-specific settings for Images, Video, Audio -elements} and links
  • Automatically fill an adjustable layout with images
Last modified: 21 March 2020


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