NewDeal Technical Support Document 241
Here are short, direct instructions about how to create a Book
Reader file using Bindery.
Simple, step-by-step instructions for
using Bindery to make a Book Reader file
For best performance, keep your manuscripts under 700k if possible,
and with fewer than 1000 hot spots. Break your book up into logical
chapters or divisions and put each section in its own manuscript.
- First, create your manuscript file by typing or importing the data.
- Next, name each page. To name a page, position the insertion
point at the beginning of the page before you click on Page, Name Current
Page. It helps a lot if you Show Invisibles in Options, Other Settings.
Each page must have a name, or else the page won't show up in Book
Reader. A page's name can be anything: a word, a number, a single
character, etc. Make sure each page name is unique. If two pages in your
book have the same name, the search feature will not function correctly in
- Then select each hot spot and set its destination.
- Save or backup your file often, as you would with any important
- Okay, now one time ever, you need to Define the book.
Click on the File menu, Setup Book, Define Book.
- Once the book has been defined, you can Add and Commit the
manuscript, or manuscripts if you have more than one. You can also
set your Book Options. Subsequently, when you open a manuscript for
further editing, you will just Load Book, instead of Define Book.
- When the manuscript is done, or if you just want to check the results
of your work so far in Book Reader, you will Generate Content File for
each manuscript, and then run Book Reader to see the final
Subsequently, you need only Generate Content File for those manuscripts
that you've modified. Unmodified manuscripts need not be Generated again.
Another way of saying it: Each time you sit down at your computer for
another session of work on a book, you
Remember, you can open more than one manuscript in Bindery and switch
among them with the various options in the Window menu. This helps a lot
if you plan to create links between manuscripts.
- first Open a manuscript
- then Load its Book
- then work on your composition, editing, links, or whatever
- then Save your file
- then Generate Content File
- and finally, view the results in Book Reader.
Two more details:
- Each book should have a TOC (Table of Contents) page, named TOC.
There should be only one TOC per book. That's where the Begin button in
Book Reader takes you.
- A book must also have a First page, which can have any name. This is
set in the Book Options dialog and it's the page to which Book Reader
will open first. It might be the same as the TOC page, but it might
instead be the Cover page or copyright notice.
Last Modified 17 Feb 1999