To offer/distribute Mz3 Books over the Internet, the appropriate Online Package must be located on a server. From there the data (the “pages”) are accessed by the browser.
The preview option in mz3Tool (it is mz3Viewer based) provides a first, basic impression of the final book, so the general layout of the book can be verified:
- Size of the book
- Quality of the images
- Positions and sizes of all images
- Access to video and sound
A local server like XAMPP is sufficient; it is not necessary to upload to the “real” server before the book is ready for distribution.
- An installation (as long as the default paths are used) is detected automatically
- The Publish Path is adjusted: Online Packages are saved in the “website folder” (/htdocs) of XAMPP
- After an Online Package is created (via Publish/Distribute), a button is shown and the book can be opened with a single click
mz3Tool does not upload the online package to a server. For that, you need any common FTP program (File Transfer Protocol) to upload the complete offline package to your server.
Depending on your operating system (Windows 10 or MAC OSx), different options are available. And even certain programs like Xcode or Dreamweaver offer such functionality
Examples of FTP programs (google for it; must offer a free version)
There are no special requirements for the server (like mySQL or PHP).
The only “must have” requirements:
- FTP access
Almost all providers offer that functionality.
- Support of a custom index file
Because MegaZine3 depends on certain libraries, files, and programs, access to the index.html file must be supported.
The index.html is built by mz3Tool automatically. Depending on the final location (base folder, subfolder) the index-file should be renamed (e.g. to index.html instead of _index.html).
If an Mz3 Book should be shown as part of a website (e.g. on a Word Press page or any Single-Page Website), the complete Online Package should be wrapped in an iframe.