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Illustrations in mobipocket
#11  DaleDe 09-19-2007, 09:49 AM
Quote JSWolf
Andy, do you have the MobiPocket Creator on your computer? If you do, PM with an email address and I'll pop out an HTML of Peter rabbit from Book Designer to see what you can do with it and how easy it is.
mobiPocket Creator is now a free download so there is no particular reason for everyone not to have it that needs it. It used to be that you had to buy it but this is no longer the case which I think was a smart move for the MobiPocket company. It does have a small learning curve but is actually fairly easy to use so long as you remember to save all the cover image, toc, and other add ons (meta data) within the screen used to display them. Sometimes you have to scroll the screen to find the save button.

Dale
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#12  JSWolf 09-19-2007, 10:18 AM
Quote DaleDe
mobiPocket Creator is now a free download so there is no particular reason for everyone not to have it that needs it. It used to be that you had to buy it but this is no longer the case which I think was a smart move for the MobiPocket company. It does have a small learning curve but is actually fairly easy to use so long as you remember to save all the cover image, toc, and other add ons (meta data) within the screen used to display them. Sometimes you have to scroll the screen to find the save button.

Dale
So does anyone here have MobiPocket Creator installed? I still want to test HTML saves from Book designer and see how they come out with little or no extra work.
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#13  DaleDe 09-19-2007, 10:24 AM
Quote JSWolf
So does anyone here have MobiPocket Creator installed? I still want to test HTML saves from Book designer and see how they come out with little or no extra work.
I can give you a quick look. I do have it installed. I have the pc version installed of the Reader. I do not have a Sony reader so I cannot check that part. But for long term I suggest you install it yourself. It is not hard to install.

Dale
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#14  JSWolf 09-19-2007, 10:48 AM
I'm attaching Tom Corbett #1 since it does have a ToC and Peter Rabbit does not. It also have varying sizes of illustrations. It is saved as HTML from within Book Designer.
[zip] Rockwell Carey_Tom Corbett -01- Stand by for Mars.zip (657.8 KB, 687 views)
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#15  DaleDe 09-19-2007, 11:39 AM
Quote JSWolf
I'm attaching Tom Corbett #1 since it does have a ToC and Peter Rabbit does not. It also have varying sizes of illustrations. It is saved as HTML from within Book Designer.
Got it. I will let you know the results.

Dale
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#16  JSWolf 09-19-2007, 11:44 AM
Quote DaleDe
Got it. I will let you know the results.

Dale
Thanks! Hope it's going to be a load and save effort.
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#17  DaleDe 09-19-2007, 11:53 AM
Quote JSWolf
I'm attaching Tom Corbett #1 since it does have a ToC and Peter Rabbit does not. It also have varying sizes of illustrations. It is saved as HTML from within Book Designer.
Got it. I will let you know the results.

Dale
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#18  DaleDe 09-19-2007, 12:12 PM
Here are the results.

I just ran it through without any editing. To make a real book I would add meta data and redo the TOC. The links all work in the book but mobipocket will fail to recognize it as a toc.

Metadata means fixing the title, author, genre, description of the book.

Dale
[prc] Rockwell Carey_Tom Corbett -01- Stand by for Mars.prc (890.5 KB, 608 views)
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#19  JSWolf 09-19-2007, 12:30 PM
Quote DaleDe
Here are the results.

I just ran it through without any editing. To make a real book I would add meta data and redo the TOC. The links all work in the book but mobipocket will fail to recognize it as a toc.

Metadata means fixing the title, author, genre, description of the book.

Dale
So all you'd need do is redo the ToC, add in the medadata info and paginate right?
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#20  DaleDe 09-19-2007, 12:57 PM
Quote JSWolf
So all you'd need do is redo the ToC, add in the medadata info and paginate right?
I have been studying the results. Did you want the pictures at the end of the chapter to actually be at the start of the chapter? If so then the links are wrong.

Did you want the chapters to start on new pages? If so this is not happening.

There is no paginate on MobiPocket. They paginate on the fly which is why they can't tell you how many pages are in the book. They only provide a progress bar based on the file size (I believe). Thus they have some problems with pagination if you jump around and then backup. This is a result of giving the user full control of the font sizes.

The TOC depends on tags to generate and it is usually best just to let it do it. It all depends on what you want the book to look like.

There is also an issue with the cover page. It needs special treatment to appear on the library page on a pc. So far none of the other mobipocket devices support images on the library listing but the pc does so it is likely the rest will get them at some point. It is best to select the coverpage image separately in creator. Thus it should be missing from the html.

The best bet is to remove the cover image and toc from the html and let the creator program build them. Then add the meta data and you are done. When I tried the result on my Palm (A Garmin device) it would display the images but when I tapped down it would reverse the image (black for white) and then a second tap would move to the next page. I am not sure what is causing this but it is likely a mobipocket bug. I'll try this on my Windows Mobile device and see what happens.

Dale
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