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#1  marlonjonesmba 09-02-2019, 03:23 PM
I've downloaded the latest update to Sigil. The problem is that no everything is in HTML format. How do I correct it bACK to the regular format so that I can complete my Ebook? What steps do I take? What am I missing? I really need help!!!
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#2  DNSB 09-02-2019, 03:36 PM
Quote marlonjonesmba
I've downloaded the latest update to Sigil. The problem is that no everything is in HTML format. How do I correct it bACK to the regular format so that I can complete my Ebook? What steps do I take? What am I missing? I really need help!!!
I'm sorry but your message doesn't make that much sense. The update to Sigil would not have changed your ebook. If you mean that BookView is no longer available, you can try installing PageEdit and set it as the default external XHTML editor or you can use Preview (use F10 to launch Preview) which I use on a second monitor.

However, editing an epub using BookView has never been a good idea. Sigil was not designed as a WYSIWYG editor and you can get some very strange additions to the book code when using BookView to edit.

I would suggest moving this thread to the Sigil forum.

You might also want to browse a couple of threads in that forum: Where's Book View?, Sigil-0.9.17 Released and PageEdit-0.8.0 Released.
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#3  PeterT 09-02-2019, 08:45 PM
Or just go back to a previous version of Sigil.
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#4  KevinH 09-02-2019, 10:52 PM
Yes, if you are not comfortable editing xhtml while seeing the result immediately in Preview, should should probably install an earlier version of Sigil.
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#5  marlonjonesmba 09-06-2019, 07:02 PM
Please excuse my ignorance on this matter. New to the forum and trying to get the structure. I was not trying to view my eBook with anything else. I understand that it's a WYSIWYG program. After I updated the software and opened it with my eBook in it...it was in an HTML format. I'm simply trying to get back to the WYSIWYG format. Should I delete ALL of my versions and reinstall a particular one?

Thanks in advance for your patience...
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#6  KevinH 09-06-2019, 07:23 PM
You have two choices:

1. Continue with using Sigil-0.9.18 and use the View menu to enable the Preview Window. Then edit the html and see the Preview window reflect your changes. If you want to do minor WYSIWYG editing, then install PageEdit.app and learn how to launch it and use it from Sigil

or

2. If you do not know html, you will need to install Sigil-0.9.14 which is the last version to have BookView (WYSIWYG editing).


Quote marlonjonesmba
Please excuse my ignorance on this matter. New to the forum and trying to get the structure. I was not trying to view my eBook with anything else. I understand that it's a WYSIWYG program. After I updated the software and opened it with my eBook in it...it was in an HTML format. I'm simply trying to get back to the WYSIWYG format. Should I delete ALL of my versions and reinstall a particular one?

Thanks in advance for your patience...
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#7  DiapDealer 09-06-2019, 07:28 PM
Quote marlonjonesmba
I understand that it's a WYSIWYG program.
But it's not. We removed all references to the word WYSIWYG from Sigil quite a while ago.

Quote marlonjonesmba
After I updated the software and opened it with my eBook in it...it was in an HTML format. I'm simply trying to get back to the WYSIWYG format. Should I delete ALL of my versions and reinstall a particular one?
You probably only have one version of Sigil installed. You can uninstall it, or you install the older version over top of it. It really doesn't make a difference. The last version of Sigil to have the Book View you're wanting is 0.9.14.

The release notes for version 0.9.14 clearly indicated that it would be the last version to support QtWebKit, and the last version to support editing with Book View.

https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil/releases/tag/0.9.14
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#8  un_pogaz 09-12-2019, 04:35 AM
Quote DiapDealer
But it's not. We removed all references to the word WYSIWYG from Sigil quite a while ago.
Beyond all the problems of "updating software without looking at changes", Sigil has been for years presented as THE WYSIWYG solution to create an ePub.
It will still take years for software comparison sites to stop talking about Sigil as such. So we're going to hear about BookView for quite some time.
This is also why I don't understand why PageEdit is not integrated as a module in Sigil. Currently, installing and using PageEdit is not easy. He is the son of BookView who was what set Sigil apart from other ePub publishers.
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#9  Vroni 09-12-2019, 04:42 AM
Quote un_pogaz
Sigil has been for years presented as THE WYSIWYG solution to create an ePub.
This is the first time I've heard that.
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#10  doubleshuffle 09-12-2019, 05:26 AM
Quote Vroni
This is the first time I've heard that.
Yep. From my Day One dabbling in epub formatting I remember being warned that Sigil isn't a WYSIWYG editor. I must admit that I don't really frequent any software comparison sites, so I couldn't say what they tell you there.
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