Support of the Automatic Function

In “full automatic mode” (see File – New Project), all descisions are made by mz3Tool.
In most cases with success and the results are “OK”
But: The better you support ht eautoamtic function in considering certain points, the better the results will be.

Examples for good support:

  • Mz3 Book/Project Name
    Collect all Page Images or Images/Photos, you want to add to the book, in a dedicated folder and give that folder the name of the Mz3 Project.
    Or name your PDF file accordingly.
  • Language Selection
    Add to the name the “language Specifier”, i.e. a “_” (underscore) followed by the language code. E.g. myBook_de.pdf or myBook_en.pdf.
    Otherwise, mz3Tool will use English as language code and later changes (e.g. this book is a German version instead and an English one will follow later) will need some extra work.
  • Namber the File Names
    If the file names of the images contain a number (as last number) that indicates the sequence, mz3Tool can place the page images/images on correct pages.
    Otherwise you have to do so manually, which can be more effort than giving the images a good name right at the beginning.

Anyhow, in most cases the full automatic mode will build “OK” books, so you could give it a quick try, watch the result and then decide what to do.

h3.Good Preparation saves Time

Before starting your first Mz3 Project you should find answers on questions like the following 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, collect all your images, movies, and audio files in dedicated folders with correct names. The “collection” can happen in different ways:
  • Prepare a list
    Create a list (on paper or file) where you make notes about all locations, i.e. the full paths of your data.
    You also should kind of sort that list, to give better guidance on what to add first. This is needed if you want to “stack” photos over each other in a certain sequence.
  • Create a dedicated, new folder
    Collect, i.e. copy, all media into a new folder; optionally with subfolders (e.g. per media type, “chapter”, …)
  • Rename Files
    If your file name (most important for images and sound) already contains a useful number, you can skip this step.
    Otherwise, rename your files and add a number at the end (before the language specifier, though), that indicates the desired sequence. This helps in automatically adding elements (images, audio, …) to pages later.
    You can manually rename the (copied) files. Or make use of special tools performing that action automatically. One such tool is xnview.
  • Create a Link List
    If you intend to use links (like ads, social links, …) in your book, you should prepare a link list that summarizes the information:
    • the linked element/text/position together with
    • the correct URL (https:// or http://, mailto:, …)
  • Define Book and Page Parameters
    If you do not make use of a PDF file as the base of your book, you must define the page size, number of pages and book type (single or double pages) yourself.
    If you like to have images extend over the left and right half of the opened book, the “double page” option should be selected.
    mz3Tool will make an “educated guess”, based on the image format; but you might know it better…
    There are much more optional book and page parameters. Although it is helpful and a good idea to make notes about those parameters upfront also, this is not that urgent. You can do it without problems later “on request”.
  • Define the Layout
    If images should be added automatically on pages, this is based on a “layout”. The layout defines the number of images per row and the number of columns per page. And with that the size of the book; and eventually the number of pages. So this decision is key for several other parameters.
  • Define the name of your Mz3 Book
    This name is used to identify the Mz3 Project. It is also part of must derived folder names.
    • Expected number of versions
      If you create a catalog, the year/quarter/month should become part of the name. This also is true for periodicals like magazines or newspapers.
    • Name Structure
      Mz3 Project / Book names should follow a unique structure, so they can be identified and found easier.
      Will fragments be separated by “_” or “-”? or marked with capital letters?
      Examples: “vacation_greece_2018” or “2018-08-greece” or “vacationGreeceAthens_2018Q3”
    • Multi-Lingual Books??
      If you plan books in different languages, you should code the language in the file name following the “rules”:
      • exactly two letters
      • lower case letters only
      • leading “_” character (underscore)
      • the last letters in the file name

Examples for the use of Language Codes:
travel2018_en, travel2018_de, travel2018_es
With: en for English, de for German and es for Spanish

Last modified: 21 March 2020


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