Since Flash Version 23 you no longer can show “Online” books, i.e. Mz3 Titles stored on your local disk, in a browser.
This is on purpose; for sucurity matters!
See this answer from Adobe.
Please see the special blog post about this topic:
The number of resaons and motivation are as numerous as the number of features and the amount of flexibility of MegaZine3 😉
The possible solutions are unlimited and mostly depend on your own creativity, curiosity and interest to create something new.
There are a lot of excellent arguments (see the incomplete list below), but it also is a lot of fun building something on your own and seeing dreams and imagination come true! And all without being an expert in computer science, design and graphics.
If you prefer flipping in books because it is the natural UI and find scrolling in long PDF files boring: Quickly convert any PDF file (must be unprotected!) into a book. With all the options for zooming, setting bookmarks, searching and browsing
Every Mz3 Title (your “book”, i.e. anything converted into an “mz3 file”) also can be presented as slideshow. Be it Online (via Internet, e.g. on your website) and Offline (as stand allone “App”, installed on a local PC or tablet)
An ideal way to create special books with photos to share with friends (or “the world”). As classical photo collection or brushed up with videos and music. Or even links and animations!
As an additional service from your photographer, or created by you out of your own photos or those from friends and guests.
Enriched with video snippets and perhaps even scanned documents (Birth Certificate, first driver license, first shared restaurant bill, … Probably not your marriage contract 😉
Photos of your kids or pets. Or about your sports or genealogy or …
Collect anything you like: photos, scanned things, paintings, … whatever 😉
Photos, reports, descriptions information, geo locations, travel itineraries, … All collected in a special travel book.
The affordakle PRIV license even can be used to test the market for own, self-published “eBooks”. As long as those books are not (yet) sold and no ADs are placed, there is no need for a PUBL license.
Again: All options are available. And as long those publications are not sold (or ads are placed), those are covered by a PRIV license.
Für die Wissbegierigen bietet mz3Tool auch die Möglichkeit, sich praxisorientiert mit dem XML Format zu beschäftigen. Für die normale Nutzung wird dies nicht (mehr) benötigt. aber da alle Konfigurationsdateien im XML_Format gespeichert werden und mit jedem Editor angeschaut und verändert werden können, kann man gefahrlos eigene Versuche machen oder einfach analysieren, was mz3Tool “so macht”. Und auf diese Wiese lernen, was es mit <tags> und Attributen, Nodes, etc. so auf sich hat. Eine Suche nach “XML” bringt bereits viele Treffer denen man nachgehen kann…
Business, finace, annual reports; as supplement to the (paper) PDF version; distributed over the Internet or on media.
Audio and reading books for children.
Picture books, interactive books with quizzes, jigsaws, puzzles, games
For all ages and grades: As reading book, puzzle book, text book reference book… With video documents (embedded or via link) and interactive components.
A book is easily created out of a PDF file, and can be enriched with image galleries, video, audio and links. Bookmarks (fix or editable by the user) and search can be used or any other of the plenty features of MegaZine3.
As Online of/and Offline version. Distributed via your own server or via App stores, as special app or just as “Mz3 Package” for use in the free mz3Viewer.
All kind of magazines can be presented as Mz3 Title. Those with nice and high quality graphics take biggest profit out of the numerous special features for improved user experience.
Optins like Zoom, automatic (liquid) scaling, search and vector fonts support the sometimes very small fonts and big pages of newspapers.
To showcase products, top quality brochures are created in a breeze. Often multi lingual support and animations are included.
This is the classic use case for page flip solutions. Everybody know the catalogues of hotels, travel agencies and sellers of goods of any kind.
Even local ad-papers can be published fast and easily for little money.
With the perfect support of several languages “in parallel”, any multi-lingual book can be realized with MegaZine3.
Yes, but also much more!
The free mz3Demo version does the conversion of any non encrypted PDF file.
NO time restrictions
NO registration needs
NO Cloud service (you run it on your Windows or OSx/MAC computer!).
For up to 10 pages with a single run and unlimited pages, if starting the conversion (n / 10) times 😉
You can choose what kind of conversion you need; and set the required qualitities.
The conversion method can be selected from a dropdown list in case of problems (e.g. transparency layers).
A PDF file with single or double pages can be converted automatically into these formats:
Resolution, quality and size can be adjusted within wide ranges.
If you want to convert hundreds of pages with all the image formats available in a single run (start it and drink a coffe), you can get the
PRIV version for a bargain: actually for less than $20 (without applicable VAT).
And you’ll get all the advantages of MegaZine3 on top:
All that is also possible with the DEMO version. But with watermarks on left pages of the Mz3 Titles…
Yes, actually available on Vimeo: Vimeo Channel
The videos we uploaded to YouTube Playlist are outdated and had been taken Offline.
Once all planned videos are created and updated on Vimeo, they will be made available on YouTube (again)
Actually these videos are available, with more to follow:
We present new (and if time permits step by step also old) videos briefly in a blog post. Those are collected in a special “video” category.
Depending on your level of expertise, the kind of question you have and what it is about, you should try what option is the best fit for you:
And if all that does not help, please contact us. But : only after you tried all other options, especially the New Forum: Questions and Answers area. And only if you think your question is too special or touches privacy. Customers owning a license have best chances for a reply.
For individiual support we offer our MZ3-OPT-SVC option. There you can buy some of our time.
The conversion is a multi-step process, but most is done automatically. So relax, it is easy 😉
Error and info messages created by mz3Tool and the open source tools are collected and saved as log file(s); available for review with the “LOGs” button in mz3Tool.
Using PDF files as base for any kind of publications is a common approach, and makes the creation of Mz3 Titles (all kind of digitally presented flippable documents) very easy.
Since all information needed, like page size and page count, is read from the PDF document, a creation can run fully automatic.
These are the steps:
That’s all a standard user will and has to do! Everything else is done by mz3Tool, based on the parameter settings. At the end of the conversion the final Mz3 Title (your digital, flippable document) is built and presented in the preview area. You can watch the process and wait for the result 😉
If everything is OK, the result can be “published”, i.e. the “Online” and “Offline” packages can be created with a click on PUBLISH. The Online package consists of all files and folders that can be uploaded to a server to present the document over the Internet. WHereas the Offline package is a single ZIP file (with the special ending “mz3z”), that can be distributed via email, any Cloud service like Dropbox, memory stick, DVD and more.
(Only) if you are curious and interested in the “behind the scenes” stuff, read on! It will become a bit technical, though.
Closing the preview area shows two buttons that help tracking problems: “Logs” to show the list of warning and error messages (the depth of details can be adjusted) and “Status” with Subview “Statistics” to show details about what steps have teraminted with success, what and how many files have been converted/created, …
Please follow these steps:
An Mz3 Title is the common name for all kind of “documents” you converted into a digital document.
Like: books, newspapers, magazines, reports, brochures, ads, photo books, flyer, manuals, websites, …
An Mz3 Title usually represents a complete “package” (e.g. an “Online” or “Offline” package), which contains not only the MegaZine3 software and the mz3 configuration file, but also all assets, i.e. images, video and audio files, plugins, configuration files, …
An “mz3 file” is the main configuration file describing almost everything about the Mz3 Title.
An mz3 file is the final “output” of mz3Tool and used by the core software MegaZine3 to show the Mz3 Title.
It is an XML file, structured like a real book:
The mz3 file is named after it’s standard extension: .mz3; which will/can be registered with mz3Viewer. Then a double click on a mz3 file will start the viewer and show the Mz3 Title.
mz3Tool is the general tool with comfortable GUI to create Mz3 Titles. It is your “development and design tool.
With mz3Demo a free demo version is available for download, whcih offers full functionaltiy. A license key acannot be entered and on pages a wateramrk is printed, though.
mz3Tool supports converting PDF files into flippable books, creating”empty books”, adding “elements” like photos/images, video and sound, configuring the look&feel and making the book interactive; in adding links and clickable areas.
Look&Feel: select colors, define what functions to use (e.g. zoom or search), use own icons for the buttons, disable/enable effects
Elements: all stuff added to pages, like video, images and audio. And clickable areas to jump to a page or open an external link.
mz3Viewer if a free tool to show Mz3Titles on a Windows- or OSx/MAC Computer: or on an Android Tablet.
With mz3Viewer no Internet connection and now browser and no FLASH support is needed. Data located on a local disk or an attached device like a memory stick or DVD player, is used. mz3Viewer can handle mz3- and mz3z-files (zipped MZ3 Offline-Package)..
MegaZine3 is the free core Software of the framework for “digital publishing” and interprets the main configuration file with the extension “.mz3” (which also is called the “mz3 file”). Based on those parameters the publications are presented the way the designer intended. MegaZine3 is modular, fast and open , i.e. expandable via plugins, and can be controlled by other programs via the detailed “API” (program interface).
MegaZine3 is hidden by mz3tool. All configuration id done by mz3Tool.
ImageMagick is a very powerful OpenSource tool for all kind of image manipulation.
ImageMagick is also used to split the thumbnails for spread pages into two single pages and to scale them down to 25% of the page size (as requested by MegaZine3).
How to do so will be shown in a special video on this topic soon!
Based on a recent (20160505) security alert it is recommended to add these lines to the policy.xml file:
<policy domain=”coder” rights=”none” pattern=”EPHEMERAL” />
<policy domain=”coder” rights=”none” pattern=”URL” />
<policy domain=”coder” rights=”none” pattern=”HTTPS” />
<policy domain=”coder” rights=”none” pattern=”MVG” />
<policy domain=”coder” rights=”none” pattern=”MSL” />
These lines have to be included below the <policymap> tag.
The file most probably is located (at least on Windows) in the root directory .
For details on policy.map and optional locations of the file on Linux and Windows please visit ImageMagick’s homepage
mz3Tool is the core tool to convert PDF files and to create flippable books (we call all digital documents shown with MegaZine3 “Mz3 Titles”).
It also contains all software variants of MegaZine3.
mz3Tool is available for Windows and OSx/MAC, either as free Demo Version mz3Demo or as full version mz3Tool for customers with a license .
MegaZine3, the core software interpreting mz3 files and showing the fkippable books, is part of mz3Tool.
mz3Viewer is a stand-alone viewer for Mz3 Titles, available for Windows, OSX or Android. It is completely free and and available for download on our megazine3.de homepage (click the DOWNLOAD button). mz3Viewer can find most MZ3 titles located on the main disk drive automatically.
Drag&Drop and Copy&Paste is supported (needed for Mz3 Titles that are not found automatically, like Mz3 Titles on external drives or a server).
mz3Viewer allows to view Mz3 Titles which are located on the local PC (disk, memory stick, DVD, …) or on a server (accessible over a local network or the Internet).
ImageMagick is a great OpenSource program used to create JPG files.
Thumbnails can be created “on-the-fly” by MegaZine3, but until those are built, empty pages are shown. Preload-thumbnails can be loaded at the start of MegaZine3 and are available almost immediately.
The time needed to convert PDF pages depends on many factors:
This would request (3 qualities + JS + thumb for swf = 5 (!) ) + 5 (for PNG) + 5 ( for JPG) = 15 conversions per page!
So again: Better test with a few pages first. And do the final run with hundreds of pages and a dozen of image formats after everything is tested. And then enjoy and take a coffee break (or go out for lunch or to bed, depending on your settings ;-)!