|14 Steps to Create Your First Publication|
This section will take you, step by step, through the process of creating your first NeoBook publication.
Once you are familiar with
the interface and how the tools work, you should have little trouble placing
your own text, images, command buttons, etc. to construct more elaborate
works. We also strongly suggest you learn how various types of publications
are constructed by examining the sample publication files which are included
with NeoBook (use the File/Open command to load these). You can even change
these samples to suit your needs. Constructing a publication is actually
very simple, even though we've broken it down into many steps here. If
you choose to go through these steps, we suggest resizing the NeoBook window
and this Help window, so they can be displayed at the same time.
Step 1 Starting
When you enter NeoBook, a new, blank publication will be loaded into the editing area which occupies the main part of the screen. The floating Tool Palette, containing the tools you need to edit your publication is also present.
If this is the first time you are using the software, you will want to link your favorite text editor, paint program and/or sound editor to NeoBook to make it easier to edit text, images and audio files.
Select Options from the menu
bar at the top of the screen.
Now we will start to work on our publication itself.
First, click on the Book menu
at the top of the screen
Now we can specify how many screen pages will appear in our publication.
Click on the Page menu at the
top of the screen, then choose Add from the menu.
The Master Page is used to set up page turning controls and other objects which will appear on most pages of your publication. To go to the Master Page, select the center icon button on the button bar at the top/right of the screen, or select the Page menu and choose the Goto Master Page command. The page number indicator in the screen’s bottom right corner now reads "Master Page." The Master Page is initially blank.
Choose the Button tool from
the Tool Palette.
A dialog box with several tabs
along the top will appear, allowing you to set the appearance and functions
for the button.
Click on the Button Action
tab and then click on the Insert Action Command button and scroll down
the list until you reach "GotoNextPage."
The button you just created will be drawn once you select OK. Notice that the button is surrounded by eight small black boxes. These indicate that the object (in this case a button) is currently selected and that you may change its characteristics. Using the Arrow selector tool to click on other objects or areas causes the button to be deselected, and clicking on an unselected item selects and surrounded it with the black boxes.
Click and hold the left mouse
button on one of the black boxes, then drag the cursor to a new location
before releasing to resize the box.
Select this new button and
choose Edit at the screen top.
At this point, you may wish to arrange the two buttons on the page using the mouse to select and then drag each button to a new location. You may also add ruling lines, boxes and other graphical elements which will be common to most of the pages of your publication.
Click on the line, rectangle
or ellipse tool, then use the same click and dragging action which we used
to create the first button. If you make a mistake, use Undo under the Edit
menu to remove the change.
If the Tool Palette gets in your way, you can click and hold the on palette’s title bar and drag the whole palette to a new location.
Now that we’ve placed two basic page turning controls on the Master Page, we can move on to set up the first page of the publication.
Select the Page menu at the
top of the screen.
Note that the page indicator at the bottom/right corner of the screen now shows you are on page 1 of 2. Since this is the first page readers will see, we need to include a title, plus a few instructions for using the publication.
Next, let’s change the page background to something other than bright white. To do this, we use the Page Attributes selection under the Page menu.
Click on the Page menu at the top of the screen.
Select Page Attributes.
Click to activate the Solid Color radio button.
To the right of the Solid Color field, click on the arrow button to drop down a palette of available colors.
Select a color for the screen background.
Make sure a check mark appears next to the Show items from Master Page option. This enables the buttons we just created on the Master Page to be active on this page.
Click to mark the Copy to All Pages option at the bottom of the dialog. This saves you from having to set these options for other pages.
Note: If you would prefer using a picture, instead of a color, for your background, use the Wallpaper field to choose an image file, rather than the Solid Color field as in the example above.
Captions, titles and other short text may be inserted using the Title tool. The Title tool is the button containing the large "A" on the Tool Palette.
Click on the Title tool.
Move the cursor to the lower right portion of the screen and click at the point where you wish to begin the text.
In the Title Text field, type "Use mouse to select buttons" then press the Enter key and type "Use ESC key to Exit".
Click on the OK button.
Next, move the cursor towards the center of the page where you wish to place the title and click.
In the Title Text field, type "Amazing Bargains."
Click on the OK button.
You may choose a different font by selecting the text, then choosing the Font option from the expanded Tool Palette.
Now that the title page contains a title and basic instructions, we can concentrate on the main information page of our two-page publication. First we need to go to the second page.
Select the Page menu at the top of the screen.
Choose Goto... from the menu.
Select page 2 and click on the OK button. Note that the page indicator at the bottom/right corner of the screen changes to show that you are on page 2 of 2. Now we will place a long block of text in the upper right section of the page.
Click on the Article tool (the button containing a picture showing a stack of pages) from the Tool Palette.
Move the cursor to the top/center of the page, and while holding down the left mouse button, drag out a frame to contain the text (you may resize this later).
Find the NEOBOOK directory folder (or the directory into which you installed the NeoBook program). Scroll down through the files and select the file README.TXT (or another ASCII text file from your system) from the list.
Click on the OK button and the text will be inserted into the frame.
If desired, you may change scroll bars, etc. using the Edit Object command under the Edit command button. Colors, Font and surrounding Line may be changed using the options on the expanded Tool Palette. The text in the article itself may be edited using the Create/Edit command under the Edit button.
Now we’ll dress up this page with an illustration.
Choose the Picture tool from the Tool Palette.
Drag out a frame to contain the picture.
Select an image from the files on your system.
You may size the picture to fit the frame, add scroll bars, etc. using the Edit Object command under the Edit command button. The image itself may be edited using the Create/Edit command under the Edit button.
Since this is the last page of our example publication, the reader will not be able to use the Next Page button. We will disable this button by drawing another button over the "Next Page" button which shows through from the Master Page.
Select the Button tool from the Tool Palette.
Drag out a button to cover the "Next" Page button.
Under "General Settings," do not type anything in the Button Text field.
Use the default Push Button under the "Button Style" tab.
Select "SoundBuzzer" from the Insert Action Command list (under the "Button Action" tab).
Click on OK.
Click on the Selector Arrow tool from the Tool Palette.
Select the button you just created.
From the expanded Tool Palette, select a Fill Pattern other than "Solid (S)" or "Hollow (H)."
This creates a button which shades the button beneath to indicate that it no longer functions. The button will beep if pressed.
You may create hot areas on the screen which, when clicked, result in display of text, image pop-ups, sound or other actions. If you would like to try doing this, create a button which contains no Button Text. Choose "Hollow" as the Fill Pattern, and a Line Width of "None."
You may test your publication by using the Run command under the Book menu at the top of the screen. When you are satisfied, and wish to produce a stand-alone electronic publication which you may distribute, choose Compile from the Book menu, and assign a filename for the stand-alone EXE to contain your work.
Note: if you wish to come back to your publication and make changes, be sure and save your work using the Save command under the File button at the top of the screen.
* This document is used with the permission
of NeoSoft Corporation
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