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New features for Version 5

hkrech Despite some minor problems in version 4.22, I've stuck to Activ E-Book Compiler over the years and discarded other e-book compilers mainly because of its versatile password protection.

Another argument for the Activ E-Book Compiler is Sunil Tanna's reliable feedback and the community services that he offers at his websites.

I always prefer low-level solutions like the simple TXT or HTML formats to file formats that I will not be able to read within a few years.

I very much hope that the next and future versions of Activ E-Book Compiler will remain simple and useful !

I am missing three features (perhaps they have already been integrated in version 5):

(1) readers should be able to turn to the next or previous pages without mouse action simply by striking a key of their keyboard, perhaps SPACE and/or ARROW DOWN for next page and RETURN and/or ARROW UP for previous page; this doesn't work in books compiled with my Compiler v. 4.22.

(2) the ability to chose between a full-page Table of Contents and an editable sidebar. Full-page TOCs will remain useful.

(3) I'm about to change distribution of my e-books from offering a download of a password protected file to the pre-paid selling of the e-book on a CD or DVD. Nevertheless, I need to exclude the unauthorized copying of the file sold. It would be useful to issue or generate a personalized password (computer ID or user's name) for every customer that the customer has to enter after installing the e-book to his hard drive (I'm using a set-up routine). This password would permanently brand the e-book installed so that it cannot be installed on another computer. I don't think that refunding is that much of a problem. It would be helpful to implement such a personalized password protection with as little e-mail communication and internet connectivity as possible.

Like other contributors to this thread, I'd like to know about the script "to access a link after a certain period of time to retrieve the status of the ebook. In case buyers have asked for refund the ebook could automatically turn itself in demo mode."

Best, Hartmut

Posted on: 12:42 am on March 13, 2006
hkrech Another minor improvement over v. 4.22:

If "Print" is disabled, it makes no sense to allow the user to choose and set up a printer in the File menue.

Posted on: 1:38 am on March 13, 2006

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