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Old 04-11-2007, 11:27 AM   #16
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Ah yes, sorry about that . Best to set the page size to "US Letter" first if you're in the US. A4 is a little longer and a little narrower than "Letter".
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:11 AM   #17
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One thing I'd like to ask. When creating the books that are posted here in the forum, are spaces between paragraphs on or off? I hope off as that really bugs me. The only book so far that I've checked out is the Sherlock Holmes books. Been working on a few lit that I own converting them to LRF.
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:13 AM   #18
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Off, I believe. They are certainly off for the recent books I've done.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:36 AM   #19
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And I prefer a blank line between the paragraphs. However, the insert line after paragraph should be turned off for most books as it is indiscriminate in where it places the blank lines. For example, if there is an insert of verse it would put a blank line after each line of verse making the structure look absurd.

I do not feel that it is a waste of space (or trees when in a paper book) but gives the eye another visual clue that the book is moving on to another topic or thought or that another person is now speaking. An indent alone, while good, is not enough.
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Old 04-12-2007, 02:19 PM   #20
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I prefer blank lines too, but the problem with the "separate paragraphs" option in BD is that, if your book contains any short lines with hard-coded line ends - eg verse - it ends up double spaced too, which doesn't look very good. For that reason, I generally leave "separate paragraphs" turned off, and add my own blank lines wherever I deem it appropriate.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:31 PM   #21
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Opening an html0 File

I played with BD last night and per comments I saved to the BD. This morning I tried opening the file and all I get is a repeating dialog box asking me to "Open" or "Save". This dialog box keeps repeating with new versions of a blank document being opened. I went straignt to V5 without the recommended V4 with updates. What am I doing wrong.
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:03 PM   #22
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Centering Text

Is there any button or quick way to center text. Often there is material which at first are marked as titles (centered) and when converting them to paragraphs they become left justified, you then have to go to the 'format menu/more transformations/align-center'. Gets tiresome after a while. It would be nice if there was a button to center text. (maybe there is but I can't fine one )

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Old 04-13-2007, 09:49 PM   #23
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I played with BD last night and per comments I saved to the BD. This morning I tried opening the file and all I get is a repeating dialog box asking me to "Open" or "Save". This dialog box keeps repeating with new versions of a blank document being opened. I went straignt to V5 without the recommended V4 with updates. What am I doing wrong.
You need to install the original BD4 through their standard install. This registers all the components correctly. Then take the last update, unzip that and then copy all of the files (overwriting all the way) to the BookDesigner directory in Program Files. It should work fine then.

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Is there any button or quick way to center text. Often there is material which at first are marked as titles (centered) and when converting them to paragraphs they become left justified, you then have to go to the 'format menu/more transformations/align-center'. Gets tiresome after a while. It would be nice if there was a button to center text. (maybe there is but I can't fine one )
Not that I have found. Someone once suggested that the SubTitle button could be used for that purpose although that could create a great deal of confusion depending upon what other formatting conventions you may use. As a rule I try to format the text in Word prior to importing it to BookDesigner as I like the editor in Word better. (I am also more experienced with it.)
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Is there any button or quick way to center text. Often there is material which at first are marked as titles (centered) and when converting them to paragraphs they become left justified, you then have to go to the 'format menu/more transformations/align-center'. Gets tiresome after a while. It would be nice if there was a button to center text. (maybe there is but I can't fine one )

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RWood is right, no quick way to center align, however you could try changing the settings for one of the styles like epigraph, text author or cite (I use verse and annotation), only drawback is the look in BD won't be the same as the LRF.
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Open and Reader/Editor Question

[QUOTE=RWood]You need to install the original BD4 through their standard install. This registers all the components correctly. Then take the last update, unzip that and then copy all of the files (overwriting all the way) to the BookDesigner directory in Program Files. It should work fine then.

OK, I installed V4 and then copies all the v5 files to the v5 directory. I still cannot open a previously created BD file that I have stored on my desktop. I still get a dialog box that asks whether I want to "Open" or "Save" the file that I requested to open. "Open" just repeats the same step all over again. I have not tried "Save". In the settings area, can I change the different output locations?

Another question: I clicked on the "R" and went to Reader mode. All menus went away. How do I get back to Editor mode?

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First, the version 5 files are copied on top of the version 4 files so that you only have one directory when finished.

The only output locations I know how to change are the ones for where the Sony LRF files will be stored (under the save file as area in the Make eBooks|Sony Reader box) and the File|Save File As to save a source copy.

What is interesting is that there is not an option to save the file as a BookDesigner file. BookDesigner uses an extension of HTML0 (that's a zero at the end) and can be seen in the TMP area in the BookDesigner directory of Program Files. The HTM or HTML save options produce a file of exactly the same length and content (as reported by Ultra Compare.)

To get back to the editor mode click Configuration from the top menu bar and then select Editor/Reader Mode. This will return you to editor mode. (I got there once and do not plan on returning to reader mode again. )
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What is interesting is that there is not an option to save the file as a BookDesigner file.
There is, but it's disguised as one of the "Make" options -- if you look at the little help labels that pop up when you hover over the "make" buttons, one of them is make a BookDesigner book.
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There is, but it's disguised as one of the "Make" options -- if you look at the little help labels that pop up when you hover over the "make" buttons, one of them is make a BookDesigner book.
You sneeky dog you, I see it now. Thanks.
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First, the version 5 files are copied on top of the version 4 files so that you only have one directory when finished.

The only output locations I know how to change are the ones for where the Sony LRF files will be stored (under the save file as area in the Make eBooks|Sony Reader box) and the File|Save File As to save a source copy.

What is interesting is that there is not an option to save the file as a BookDesigner file. BookDesigner uses an extension of HTML0 (that's a zero at the end) and can be seen in the TMP area in the BookDesigner directory of Program Files. The HTM or HTML save options produce a file of exactly the same length and content (as reported by Ultra Compare.)

To get back to the editor mode click Configuration from the top menu bar and then select Editor/Reader Mode. This will return you to editor mode. (I got there once and do not plan on returning to reader mode again. )
In the Settings/Output File Settings/Set Path, I have been successful in putting selected files in a directory of my choice. I just don't seem to be able to load a BD file that I saved to my desktop yesterday "before" I did a proper installation.

I am a bit nervous to go back to Reader mode. Where is the Top Menu Bar? It seemed like I had nothing.
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