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slmartin HELP!!!!! Hasn't anyone else had this problem? My ebook only prints on the upper left quarter of the page, no matter what I do. Everything is there, including the graphics, but it is only on the left upper quarter of the page! It is beautiful otherwise!!!

Please reply if you have any suggestions! I registered the copy, but cannot sell it like this!!

Thanks ahead of time for any help you could give me to straighten this mess out!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Sonia Martin


Posted on: 1:36 pm on December 20, 2004
EBookCompiler Do you pages contain images? (or similarly are your pages very long)

I don't know, but it occurs to me that if it does, it could be related to that, or more precisely:

Are you sure you have enough memory in your printer to print the images in your pages?

Some printers do not have enough memory in them to print a whole page of graphics, and can do this.  The answer, if it's this is to add more memory to the printer.

Additionally I believe (I'm not sure) that if your images are larger than the space that you made for them in the page using the WIDTH= and HEIGHT= attributes in the IMG tag (and if you made your ebook in Word, it has been known to do this), then some printer drivers (the software which interfaces to your printer) will try to take the large image  and then scale it down.  This normally isn't a problem - but it can be if your printer doesn't have enough memory.

Test:

1 - Ask a friend to try printing on their computer, see if they get the same problems

2 - Try printing other pages from the ebook (perhaps some without graphics) on your printer and see if they get the same problem

3 - If you are able to print some pages in 1 or 2, okay, then it is mos likely printer memory


Solutions if it's the above:

4 - Examine the HTML code for your pages in a text editor (like Notepad etc). Look for the WIDTH= and HEIGHT= attribute for each image.  Then compare the image referenced by SRC=, by loading it in your paint program.  If the image referenced is a different size, load it into your paint program, resize/rescale/resample it to the EXACT correct size, and if it's a BMP convert it to PNG (or failing that GIF or jpEG - see article onwww.ebookcode.com). If you change the format, don't forget to change the SRC= tag in the HTML code to match the new file name.

and/or

5. Try breaking up really long pages to shorter pages.

Like I said, I don't know that it's this - but it's possible that it could be.


Posted on: 4:00 pm on December 23, 2004
slmartin This ebook was originally compiled in Microsoft Picture It! publishing platinum. When I print this ebook from that program, it does give a message that it does not all fit on the page, but I just overrride it and  click print anyways. It prints the whole page even though it says it doesn't all fit. So, maybe that is why the ebook put it in the print format it has.

Should I go back and try to change something in the publishing software until I don't get the message and then reload the book in a different ebook? I am not familiar at all with html, that is why I purchased ebook compiler because it just does everything for you!

Thanks for your kind reply!


Posted on: 1:26 pm on December 28, 2004
Storyman slmartin,

I'm guessing here. It seems that when Microsoft's Picture It prints it out for the web it the image is truncated.

There is a reason it is truncating the image. My guess is that it needs to be resized. If you look in the help menu (most likely F1 will bring up help) and do a search for image resize you'll find info on what you need.

When you do find how to resize look for info on retaining proportions of image. Try resizing it so the largest dimension is something like 300-400pixels.

Once you get the image size thing down, I'd suggest you then look at optimizing the image for the web. A few unoptimized images can dramatically increase the file size of your ebook.


Posted on: 5:58 pm on December 28, 2004

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