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Table of Content User Manual _____________________________________________________________________ 5 How to flip a Page _________________________________________________________________ 5 Navigation Bar Buttons previous and next Page ______________________________________________________ How to drag a Page _____________________________________________________________________________ Click the Corner of a Page _______________________________________________________________________ Click into theFront Edge of the Book _______________________________________________________________

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How to select Pages _______________________________________________________________ 6 Using the Navigation Bar Buttons and the Page entry Field _____________________________________________ 6 Using the Page Buttons (“bubbles”) ________________________________________________________________ 6

Slide Show _______________________________________________________________________ 6 How to zoom into a Page ___________________________________________________________ 7 Liquid Scaling _________________________________________________________________________________ 7 Zoom in and zoom out __________________________________________________________________________ 7 The Gallery ___________________________________________________________________________________ 8

How to search for a Combination of Words ____________________________________________ 10 How to print selected Pages ________________________________________________________ 11 MegaZine3 general Concept and Examples ___________________________________________ 12 What is MegaZine3? ______________________________________________________________ 12 What does it look like __________________________________________________________________________ What can be published as flip Book? ______________________________________________________________ What are the main Features? ____________________________________________________________________ How does it work? ____________________________________________________________________________ Configuration via an XML file ____________________________________________________________________ General structure of a Book _____________________________________________________________________ How do Online and Offline Books differ? __________________________________________________________

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Megazine.mz3 structure ___________________________________________________________ 16 Schema of a Book _____________________________________________________________________________ 16

Elements of a Book _______________________________________________________________ 17 Typical Customer Examples_______________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Magazines _________________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Catalogues, Brochures _______________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Photo Books _______________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Multimedia ________________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. __________________________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Books _____________________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Newsletter_________________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Education, Charity___________________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.

Feature List _____________________________________________________________________ 18 General Information ______________________________________________________________ 22

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Overview Terms and Abbreviations __________________________________________________ 22 Helpful Links __________________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. General Links providing more Information about MegaZine3 ________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.

Forum summary Book____________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. List of Sample Books and Videos _______________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.

Online Demo Book ______________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Video about “How to create the Demo Book”_________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Demo Packages, Tools and Software ____________________________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.

MegaZine3 Software (Binaries and Sources) __________________ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert. Demo-Package: mz3_creator Tools (Batch-Files), sample images, videos, audio, … _______ Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.

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General Notes Reading and flipping a MZ3 book is very intuitive and easy, and if needed limited instruction guide can be provided in a start-up window or as a first page hidden behind the book once it is opened. Nevertheless, to get most out of the available features we suggest users to read this document.

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User Manual This short introduction explains some techniques and information that will be helpful to make the best use of a MegaZine3 book. Working with a book is mostly about     

flipping a page jumping to a specific page work with the content (start a video, zoom into an image or page, follow links, …) searching for content printing or downloading selected pages

How to flip a Page There are several options to turn the page or select another page Navigation Bar Buttons previous and next Page

Going one page backward

or

forward

How to drag a Page You can click with the left mouse button into the edge or corners or of the book and drag the page with the mouse while the left mouse button remains clicked. This will initiate a smooth drag and turn of a page. The cursor changes shape while you click and drag the page. When you moved the page over a certain portion of the book, the page will flip. If you did not drag the corner far enough from the starting position, the page will return back to the starting position and not flip. Click the Corner of a Page A short left click with the mouse into the sensitive area at the left or right edge of a page will initiate an automatic page flip. Instead of holding the mouse button down to smoothly drag the page, you do a short left click and the page turns automatically without further dragging. You can do several clicks in a row, and several pages will turn together, one after the other.

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Click into theFront Edge of the Book If the book is thick enough and the feature to show front edges is enabled, you also can click into the front edge of the book and the pages will flip accordingly.

A click into the middle of the front edge will jump to a page in that range of the book This way also big books can be browsed quickly.

How to select Pages There are also several ways to select a dedicated page, without flipping through the book page by page. Using the Navigation Bar Buttons and the Page entry Field

Enter a page number

Jump to the first or last page directly

Using the Page Buttons (“bubbles”)

Click on a page button to open that selected page

Slide Show If you want to browse the book with automatically flipping the pages, start the slide show clicking the Slide Show button. Start a slide show. A second click pauses the slide show.

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How to zoom into a Page To see the details, or have an easier read, there are some ways to adjust the size of the book to the needed size and resolution. Not all features are enabled with every book, so some of the presented options might not work by design of the book. Liquid Scaling If zooming is allowed and liquid scaling enabled, the size of the book will adjust to the window the book was started in. Resizing that window will resize the book.

The size of the navigation bar remains the same, whereas the book scales with the window. Zoom in and zoom out Using the Navigation Bar Buttons Using those two buttons the zoomscale can be increased (zoom in) or decreased (zoom out) with every click, up and down to the configured limits.

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Using the Mouse Wheel After you at least clicked once into the book or on a button in the navigation bar (to give Flash the focus), the mouse wheel can be used to zoom in and out alternatively to the zoom buttons. Scrolling forward zooms in, and scrolling backward zooms out. Remark: After you selected an individual zoom level zooming in or out with the buttons or the mouse wheel, the liquid scaling (automated adjustment to the browser window size) will not work any longer; to not overwrite your selection. If you want to use liquid scaling again, just refresh the browser. The Gallery If enabled in the book, selected images can be shown in a higher resolution. For that an alternative file must be defined for that image, usually with a higher resolution. A click on either the spy glass at the edge of the image or into the image if the mouse cursor turns into a spy glass will change into gallery mode, and the alternative file with the higher resolution image is loaded; in most cases in full screen mode.

Here a lightbox is used instead of showing the image in full screen mode. Remark: In gallery mode no keys can be used; not accepted by Flash. So some options are not available like:   

Entering page number enter a search string and using search the page flip function

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Only the provided buttons of the gallery window will work

With these alternative buttons it is e.g. possible to move forward to the next or backward to previous image in the gallery. If the size of the image is bigger than the resolution of the monitor, only a fraction of the image is shown and you can drag the image with the mouse to change the visible section (clipped part of the image). You can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel or the zoom buttons. You can move the clipped section with the mouse be either a mouse move or a click and mouse drag. You also can click into the preview window and move the little thumb image to select the visible area.

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How to search for a Combination of Words In case a search window is available, you can search for text phrases in a comfortable way providing key words.   

enter the keyword into the search input box hit return to see the search results click on the search result in the search list to go to the related page

To reduce the number of hits you can combine key words in the search input field using the “+” and “-“ sign as operators for  

+ -

all key word with a leading “+” must be present on a page. all key words with a leading “-“ must NOT be present on a page.

A search selection like this one will only report hits for those pages where:  

asul AND button are both present on the same page AND navigation is NOT present on that page

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Instead of 43 hits as with asul as the only key word, that combination reports only 7 hits. All found key words are marked on the pages.

How to print selected Pages If you want to print some of the pages of the book, you can do so if the print feature is enabled and the print button shows up in the navigation bar: A hit on that button opens an overview window with thumbnails of the pages around the open page, with the opened two pages already preselected. With a click on the thumbnail you can select or deselect pages. The 2 left/right arrow buttons are used to show the next or previous selection of pages. The button on the top right goes back to the book without printing. After a click on the button at the bottom on the right the print dialog will open, a printer can be chosen and the selected pages will be printed.

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MegaZine3 general Concept and Examples What is MegaZine3? MegaZine3 is a complete framework to show content in a very natural way as 3D-Book. This also is called PageFlip or flipping book technology and making use of Adobe Flash technology. Published books, i.e. books made available on a server, can be viewed by everybody with internet access and the Flash Plugin installed. Most users (>99%) can view books immediately. Those without installed plugin can download the plugin for free; a link is provided in case MegaZine3 detects Flash is not installed. Only exception: after Steve Jobs decision to not support Flash on iPhones and iPads, those users are excluded; for the time being. What does it look like You can browse our online book to get a first impression; please click the screenshot below.

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What can be published as flip Book? Everything that is printed on paper can be viewed online as flip book also. And more: Books, photo books, manuals, newspapers, documentation, newsletters, tutorials, magazines, journals, reports, documentation, calendars, maps, digitized old books … Multimedia content as video, audio, animations can be integrated and users can interact with the book: flip pages, branch to pages, search, print, follow links, send emails, zoom in/out… Some advantages of Online books include: Interactivity, fast updates, integration of multimedia content, flexible design, integration with other software, automatic slide shows Advantages of real books are: The real feeling, no device needed, no power consumption, still easier to personalize like making notes, attach real things, highlight areas, add special covers, …) Although more and more of these features will be realized for the flip book also. Bookmarks e.g. are already supported, and adding notes and highlight areas are other features planned for future releases. To see some first real life examples (just a small selection, more examples can be found at the end of the book in the chapter

What are the main Features? Please see our complete Feature List for details. Here a short list of the main features:     

3D like page flip animation, shadows, configurable graphical interface, thumb preview Presentation of images, video, text, animation, sound, effects Support of internal and external links Slideshow, zoom, search, print, bookmarks, sidebar, full screen Multilingual support (localization)

How does it work? MegaZine3 makes heavily use of Adobe Flash and the related programming language ActionScript3 (AS3). But you do not need to know about all this to create a book. In general only one text file needs to be configured, which defines all elements of the flip book in a formal way. This kind of configuration using “tags”, elements, parameter, … is a common approach and the type of file is called XML (for extended markup language). Such files usually have the extension .xml. The MegaZine3 configuration file has the extension .mz3, although it is a pure xml file. Main reason is to avoid confusion and to always know which files are MZ3 configuration files. There is another type of configuration file available to modify the design of the GUI; something for the advanced users. Those xml files have the extension .asul (for actions script user language).

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Talking about “mz3” and “asul” files clearly differentiates between the different kind of configuration files, whereas calling both just “xml” files could create confusion. There are script files available that support in generating MZ3 files, like the automatic PDF – MZ3 conversion. Those are discussed in separate tutorials. Configuration via an XML file Knowledge of FLASH or ActionScript3 is not required to build a MZ3 book (although it does not harm -). The configuration of MZ3 books is done by editing XML1 files: the megazine.mz3 files. Each book has its own related megazine.mz3 file, which defines how a book looks like:   

Number of chapters Number of pages Page content

The megazine.mz3 file is the core file that defines the behavior of book. All content, and how that content will be presented, is defined in the megazine.mz3 file MagaZine3, the framework of AS3 software provided as the “PageFlip engine”, interprets that MZ3 file, creates the book and manages all user interaction. It acts as the interface between the user and the browser/Flash. General structure of a Book To understand how to create the megazine.mz3 file, it is important to understand the general “philosophy”: Like a real book aMegaZine3 book is composed of a book with chapters and pages. That structure (book – chapter – pages) also is reflected in the structure of the megazine.mz3 file. On a page your content (images, text, video) is placed. The content is described by elements like:      

Img Vid Snd Area Txt Nav

Images (.jpg, .png, .swf) Video (.flv, .f4v, Sound an area, e.g. used for links Text (some HTML formatting is supported) Navigation (Table of Content, ToC)

Each of these elements can be controlled by general attributes (i.e. the same attributes for all elements) or specific attributes (specific to single elements). Additionally dynamic attributes are used for configure i.e. different languages (localization) and scaling (zoom). This will be discussed in other tutorials. 1

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A general overview and many technical details can be found in the Wiki: Getting started How do Online and Offline Books differ? 

Online Books Usually organized in a way that several books can share one MegaZine3 framework. Online Books usually are located on a server to be accessed over the internet. Offline Books Usually one single book in the same folder “megazine” as the MegaZine3 software is located in and configured such that the whole book folder can be copied on media (like DVD, CD, stick) for offline use. The book of an Offline version is run by a Flash program: in case of Windows this is megazine.exe, in case of MAC it is megazine.app.

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Megazine.mz3 structure As with a real book there must be chapters and pages in a magazine3 book. Schema of a Book

<book>

Megazine.mz3: the BOOK

(defines start of book)

<chapter> (defines start of chapter)

Several chapters can be defined per book

<page> (begin) Img, vid, snd, txt, area, nav <page> (end)

Every chapter can have several pages

<page> (begin) Img, vid, snd, txt, area, nav

On every page several elements can be placed

<page> (end)

</chapter> (defines end of chapter)

<chapter> (defines start of chapter) <page> (begin) Img, vid, snd, txt, area, nav <page> (end) <page> (begin) Img, vid, snd, txt, area, nav <page> (end)

</chapter> (defines end of chapter)

</book> (defines end of book)

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Elements of a Book An example for a simple book with 2 chapters and 2 pages per chapter looks like this: <book pageheight=”640” pagewidth=”480” > <chapter> <page> <snd src=”sound/music.mp3” /> <img src=”images/img_01.jpg” /> </page> <page> <vid position=”center middle” src=”video/vid_01.mp4” /> </page> </chapter> <chapter> <page> <snd src=”sound/music_2.mp3” /> <img top=”10” height=”300” keepar=”true” src=”images/img_02.jpg” /> <img top=”330” height=”300” keepar=”true” src=”images/img_03.jpg” /> </page> <page> <vid position=”center middle” src=”video/vid_02.mp4” /> </page> </chapter> </book> This schematic content of a megazine.mz3 would create a book with 4 pages in 2 chapters (with sound and images on page 1 and page 3, video on page 2 and 4. On page 3 are 2 images plus sound positioned. Out of these elements a book is composed. This can be done manually, but there are easier and faster ways. Those will be explained in the next tutorial, which also will provide a download link to a sample book with images, text and video. Remember: the wiki is a good source of information! A quickstart page also can be found in the forum Copyright © 2010 VservU GmbH All rights reserved

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Feature List Feature

V2.0.8

V1.38

Beschreibung

Arbitrary rotation

Yes

No

E.g. for calendar like applications, flipping pages vertically.

ASUL Framework

Yes

No

Highly flexible GUI framework, based on XML definitions. See the project wiki for more information.

Book edge

Yes

No

Generation of a visual book edge, adding depth and also allowing to navigate through the book.

Overall background

Yes

No

Set an overall background for the book. This makes the use of wmode : 'transparent', which leads to reduced performance, superfluous in most cases.

Page previews

Yes

No

If a page thumbnail exists, an upscaled version of the thumbnail will be displayed until the page content is loaded.

Plugin Architecture

Yes

No

As of version 2.0 most additional functionality is realized using plugins, which are loaded on demand. In 1.38 all functionality was embedded directly, leading to a lot of invisible dead weight in case some functionality was unwanted.

Plugin: Google Analytics

Yes

No

Adds Google Analytics support to the book, tracking clicked links inside the book.

Plugin: Print

Yes

No

Allows printing single pages or page ranges from the book. Print alternatives for pages can be defined, too (e.g. SWFs for better quality).

Plugin: PrintPdf

Yes

No

Converts selected pages into pdf files. Only for Online versions (serverside PHP program needed). Alternatively an array with of selected page numbers can be passed to Javascript to e.g. combine a PDF file out of single PDF pages on the server side.

Plugin: Search

Yes

No

Allows searching a book based on a given index. This also adds highlighting, if the page content allows it (must be SWFs with static text).

Plugin: Sidebar

Yes

No

Adds a sidebar which can hold context sensitive content (based on the current page number).

Scale based content

Yes

No

Define different content to be used at different scale levels of the book, e.g. SWFs for higher zoom levels, JPGs for lower ones.

Spread pages

Yes

No

Use dynamic content on double pages, i.e. using the full width of the book.

Bookmarks

Yes

No

Adding bookmarks with configurable text and color, linked to page numbers or anchors

PDFlinks

Yes

No

Includes internal (e.g. ToC) and external links (e.g. URL, mailto:) from PDF files into MZ3 Books

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Feature

V2.0.8

V1.38

Plugin: JavaScript

Yes

Decentralized

Localization

Full

Only GUI and some attributes.

Thumbnails

Zoom / Liquid scaling

Adjustable GUI

Yes

Yes

Extremely flexible via ASUL.

Beschreibung

While in version 1.38 all JavaScript support was decentralized and always on, this can now be centrally controlled in version 2.0+. Language switching without reloading the complete book, only localized elements.

Partially

Thumbnails are automatically generated from loaded pages. In 2.0+ it is also possible to define a path to pregenerated thumbnail images, making it faster to load those (not necessary to load the actual page content just to generate a thumbnail).

Partially

Adjusting the size of the pages either manually, or automatically to fit the browser window. In 1.38 this only works when additionally scaling the GUI.

In version 2.0+ it is possible to change the complete Via code changes. GUI via external XML files, allowing easy A few settings via modifications, and even multiple styles using the parameters. same engine. Convert PDFs using swftools' PDF2SWF utility to load them into a book.

PDF support

Via PDF2SWF and mz3_creator

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Via PDF2SWF

For v2.0.8 the mz3_creator tools (set of command files) are available that create configurable books out of PDF files supporting multilingual versions and 2 qualities (for use with scale) with minimal efforts.

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Feature

V2.0.8

V1.38

Plugin: Anchors

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Background sounds

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Batch pages

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Console

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Element IDs

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Gallery

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Help

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Keyboard navigation

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Links

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Navigation bar

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Options

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Overlays

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Password

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: Slideshow

Yes

Integrated

Plugin: SWFAddress

Yes

Integrated

Adds SWFAddress support, making it possible to deeplink to specific pages.

Plugin: Titles

Yes

Integrated

Allows setting titles for elements (tooltips).

Element: gif

Yes

Integrated

Allows loading animated GIF files.

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Beschreibung

Allows using anchors in the book, i.e. naming chapters and pages to navigate to them. Allows defining background sound for chapters (and in 2.0 also for pages, alternatively to the snd element). Allows defining multiple pages in one go. This is much more advanced in version 2.0.6+, also allowing localized and scale based content. Allows opening a debug console, which can be useful when searching for problems in the book (e.g. images not loading). Allows giving IDs to elements, to make it easier referencing in scripts. Allows defining high resolution alternatives for images (in 2.0: all elements) which will be opened in a gallery frame (optionally in fullscreen mode). Multiple elements can be grouped to allow navigation through one such group without leaving the gallery mode. Note: this is what was referred to as "zoom" in version 1.38. Adds a help window, showing some basic information about the usage of the book. Allows navigating through the book using the keyboard arrow keys. Allows setting links on elements. These links can be normal http:// links, or internal anchors. A control bar which allows opening the help and config frames, as well as navigating through the book. This also includes a thumbnail preview of the pages when hovering their respective Adds an options buttons window, allowing to set some graphics related settings (allowing the user to disable or enable them herself). Allows the use of graphical overlays for elements, which can be used to highlight elements on mouse over (e.g. if they are linked). Allows defining a password that has to be entered before the actual book contents are shown. Adds the functionality to have the book automatically flip pages.

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Feature

V2.0.8

Chapters

Yes

V1.38

Beschreibung

Yes

Chapter based book structure.

Configurable

Yes

Yes

A lot of settings can be changed via the book definition XML. In version 2.0+ there are a lot more possible settings. See the project wiki article on the book tag for more information. Examples are page size, color, dragging behavior and loading behavior.

Element System

Yes

Yes

Arbitrary number of elements per page.

Element: area

Yes

Yes

Allows defining interactive / highlighted regions.

Element: img

Yes

Yes

Allows loading images (JPG, PNG) and SWF files.

Element: nav

Yes

Yes

Allows defining link lists, e.g. table of contents.

Element: snd

Yes

Yes

Allows loading sounds (MP3).

Element: txt

Yes

Yes

Allows displaying of text.

Element: vid

Yes

Yes

Allows loading videos (FLV, F4V and more).

Fullscreen mode

Yes

Yes

Allows switching to fullscreen mode, to use the full available desktop size for the book's display. The book stays navigatable in fullscreen mode. Note: in version 2.0+ this is much more useful due to free scaling.

JavaScript API

Yes

Yes

The engine can be controlled via JavaScript to a large degree, making it possible to write HTML based GUIs or other advanced scripting. Also see the JavaScript plugin.

Normal and stiff pages

Yes

Yes

Supports both normal "soft" pages, such as the inner pages of a real book, and "stiff" pages, such as the cover of a hardcover book.

Page Elements

Yes

Yes

Right to left reading

Yes

Yes

Usability

Yes

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Yes

Some predefined page elements which should suffice for most use cases. Automatically adjust the book's behavior for right to left content via one setting. Some functionality is specifically meant to help users who are new to the page flip concept. Those include alternative cursor graphics when the mouse enters a region where a click triggers a page turn, or an automated "corner hinting" animation, which lifts a corner of the current page after the book has been loaded. This can be disabled, if unwanted.

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General Information Overview Terms and Abbreviations Base Folder

Batch Files

Book Data

Folder to store all relevant data for the examples discussed in the tutorials like sample files (in folder _custom_files), MegaZine3 Software, batch files and the book folders. Also called scripts or command files.. Collection of commands to run a sequence of commands automatically. The mz2_create Tool is a collection of 3 Batch Files working together and supporting in creating MZ3 books. All Data files used as content for the MZ3 book. This can be complete swf pages (usually the result of a pdf to swf conversion) or simply images in jpg or png format, or video (mp4, fly, f4v) or sound (mp3). These files are stored in dedicated folders by type: Images Folder jpg png/ Pages Folder pages/ Video Folder video( Audio Folder sound/ Thumbnails Folder thumbs/ To create a MZ3 Book, the following files are needed also: 1. megazine.mz3 Central file, defining the MZ3 book 2 Index.html Index file to start a MZ3 Book in a browser 3. Book_name.txt Text file used as search index.

Demo-Order Demo-Package

MegaZine3

MZ3 MZ3-Buch Mz3_create Tools

Alternative name for Base Folder Packed file in.zip Format, available for download at our server. Containing demo files, MegaZine3 Software, mz3_creator Tools and a specific configuration file to create the demo book. Name of the PageFlip software used to show MZ3 Books... MegaZine3 is Actionscript3 based, a Flash programming language. That’s why it is called MegaZine3 Alternative name for MegaZine3; used as abbreviation. The representation of a document as a „PageFlip“ eBook A collection of Batch-Files to create MZ3 Books.

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Offline-Book

Online-Book

Thumbnails

Tools

Sublicense

A mz3-Book which is presented by a Flash program like megazine.exe. No browser nor online access is needed. Therefore an Offline books is the ideal way to show documents/book in electronic form, without internet access. A MZ3 Book usually is run in a browser using an internet connection to retrieve the data from a server. With correct FLASH settings an online book also can be shown locally on a PC: Small representation of the images(s) used for preview; typically 25% the size of a book page. These thumbnails are used as page preview... It is possible to provide thumbnails of correct size and name in the folder thumbs/. This can accelerate the loading of the first page. Specific programs performing specific tasks like: - pdf2swf An Open Source Solution, converting PDF files into swf pages used by megazine3. - notepad++ A context sensitive editor mz3_creator A set of batch files supporting during the process of creating book. Sublicenses are licenses under a MZ3-HOST or MZ3-PUBL license. Depending on the size of the license (S: small, M: medium, L: large) the number of sublicenses per license varies. For every title/book one sublicense is needed. Special case: the maximum page number for the S: small licenses is limited. If that limit is exceeded, more than one sublicense can be bundled to cover the needed number of pages (bundling).

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