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Old 04-29-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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Question Kindle Previewer 3 (Beta) -- Any good?

ok, so the best way to look at your work is on the device. Yes, yes, yes. Agree.

But has anyone used the Kindle Previewer 3 in Beta, and if so, how close to the "real thing" do you find it to be?

I'm looking for a fast way to check various formatting things, and this one seems to be closest to the actual devices that I've offloaded to.

Also need to hear about the best way to preview iPhone and tablet, neither of which I have right now, but will soon.

thanks
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ok, so the best way to look at your work is on the device. Yes, yes, yes. Agree.

But has anyone used the Kindle Previewer 3 in Beta, and if so, how close to the "real thing" do you find it to be?

I'm looking for a fast way to check various formatting things, and this one seems to be closest to the actual devices that I've offloaded to.

Also need to hear about the best way to preview iPhone and tablet, neither of which I have right now, but will soon.

thanks
Honestly?

I still defer to 2.92. I find it more accurate and more...acute, I guess. Less hazy about how the book will appear on device x.

Vis: iOS. Only ONE WAY to view that. Make an AZK, and sideload the AZK file, via hardwire, to iTunes on your computer, to the device. No other way--if you view a MOBI file on iOS, you're only seeing half the story. And not the good half, either.

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Kindle Previewer 3 beta version 3.12 is now available.

It adds an "Auto Navigate" feature that steps through the book page-by-page so that you can more easily check for problem areas.
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Does Previewer 3 still generate an AZK? Seems less obvious where it might be placing it than it was with the earlier Previewer version.
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Does Previewer 3 still generate an AZK?
Yes. From the user manual:

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1.3.2 Supported Export File Formats

Kindle Previewer can export eBooks to the following file formats:
.mobi
.azk

To export an eBook, click the menu in the upper left, select File > Export and then choose the desired file format.
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Today when I was messing with version 3.12 a little and received interesting error.

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Enhanced Typesetting preview for this book is not supported since the Mobi file is created by an older version of Kindlegen or by 3rd party tools.<br><br>Please open the original source file directly or use the latest version of KindleGen to convert this to a compatible Mobi file.<br> <a href='https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1003018611'>Learn More</a>
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OK
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I never seen this error in 3.11 and that MOBI file was created by newest KindleGen.

<speculation>
Maybe some new KindleGen version that is aware about Enhanced Typesetting is just around the corner?
</speculation>

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<speculation>
Maybe some new KindleGen version that is aware about Enhanced Typesetting is just around the corner?</speculation>
You might be on to something. The latest standalone Windows Kindlegen version that Amazon offers for download displays the following version information:

Code:
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 Amazon kindlegen(Windows) V2.9 build 1029-0897292
 A command line e-book compiler
 Copyright Amazon.com and its Affiliates 2014
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However, the Kindlegen version that is bundled with Kindle Previewer 3.1.2 displays the following version information:

Code:
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 Amazon kindlegen(Windows) V2.9 build 0530-706a59
 A command line e-book compiler
 Copyright Amazon.com and its Affiliates 2015
*************************************************************
To display the Kindle Previewer bin folder (which contains kindlegen.exe)

1. Press WIN+R
2. Copy and paste %LOCALAPPDATA%\Amazon\Kindle Previewer 3\lib\fc\bin
3. Press Enter
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Today when I was messing with version 3.12 a little and received interesting error.

Enhanced Typesetting preview for this book is not supported since the Mobi file is created by an older version of Kindlegen or by 3rd party tools.
I see this error from the Previewer if I try to open a MOBI file that was created by kindlegen (V2.9 build 1029-0897292 or build 0530-706a59) using the "-dont_append_source" option.
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Amazon has released version 3.13 of the Kindle Previewer. They are no longer calling it a "beta".

I haven't had time to try it yet.


Added: I did some testing.

It converts some books that failed with the previous version. (Each new Previewer version seems a bit better at that.)

The main new feature is support for Chinese language books.

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