I want to build an e-book that views like a real book(open a book and you see page 1 on the left side and page 2 on the right, turn the page and it's page 3 on left and page 4 on right, etc...). Can this compiler do this?
That would be a function of the web page itself: you could use an image of an open book for the background, and superimpose a two-column table over it, with one column for the left page, and one for the right. If you wanted to get fancy, you could use IE's page transitions to sweep from the right to the left and back, to add to the illusion.
Or, since Sunil isn't jumping in to promote it, I shall: you could grab Sunil's Ebook Starter - it has several book layouts you might use.
Please forgive me for repeating the contents of the reply that I sent to your email, but I feel it's worth repeating in the form, for the sake of getting out the word, that I sent an email to the website asking about the templates.
As I anticipated, I have received no reply.
Although I'm listed as a Newbie, I have a college degree and experience as a C programmer and as a web designer. I've also been using the Activ Ebook compiler for several years now. If someone could explain to me the basic techniques that are used to build these templates, I could probably come up with one or two of my own, and these WOULD become public domain.
Right now, I don't know where to start--otherwise, I would already have made one or two of these. Lord know, I've tried.
The Ebook Compiler compiles. Design and effects are not part of it. I have created a template in Flash that does exactly what you want... a virtual real book with pages on the left and right, animated turning pages like a real book with the mouse or keboard arrow keys and so on. It is my most popular templates to my clients since I am a humble Flash Guru and can provide to theyr books some infinite possibilities...
And everything snaps right into the compiler like a tail back into a Grenade (the fruit).
Our company is currently in the throes of re-publishing a Victorian-age tome. We're currently wondering whether to use an ebook as an ad for a hard copy (we've already had quite a bit of interest from our target market in purchasing hard copies) or whether to try and sell it as a digital product as well, an option that I'm very keen on. What we're definitely in agreement about is that it MUST look like a real book on a reader's monitor. The problem we have is in obtaining software to do this. There's one called Desktop Author which looks perfect but in order to sell the ebook they lock you into some payment programme called esellerate with a partner company. We wouldn't need this as we already have our own merchant facility for taking online payments so it seems wasteful to pay for another one.
The big question: is it possible to create a .exe file that would give us the page-turning effect and then insert this .exe file into a template on a compiler such as ebookcompiler, just in the same way as you'd insert a video clip or sound file? Would the program run within the compiler? Any advice greatly appreciated as it's doing my nut in searching the web to try and get what we need!
Thanks Sunill, and again sorry for being late with the English version... it is almost completed but I still need more time (a client respect case ;o)
Compuv : I do have what you'r looking for, completed and working nicely. The system works with Sunil compiler and can be adapted to any e-books or should I say Multimedia Books (wiithin E-Compiler). I have completed a version 2 of my system but it is in the French language. If you wish to see this French version send me an email to this address : firstname.lastname@example.org
PS I wish all a very succesfull year 2006 to everyone here in this Forum...
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