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Maximum number of files?


 
editor I'm new here, and I'm new to creating E-Books. My first question is very basic yet very important. I would like to compile a reference E-Book that would include about nine-hundred (900) searchable HTML files totaling about 20mb before compression. Is a project of this size feasible? Can Activ E-Book Compiler handle this task?

Posted on: 4:41 pm on June 22, 2006
EBookCompiler It should be fine

The maximum number of files, and maximum size of the files is 2^31 bytes = 2,000,000,000  although we haven't tested to this limit.  (The biggest test done is about 6,000 files but I understand some users have done 20,000+ files)


Posted on: 9:37 pm on July 10, 2006
editor Thanks for your reply. I have a follow-up question. I understand that e-books created with Activ E-Book Compiler place their files into a temporary directory when launched. I have tested a few other e-book makers that do this and have found that it can take a considerable amount of time to decompile and write large numbers of files to the temporary folder (upwards of 20-30 seconds or more). Since the trial version of Activ E-Book Compiler is limited to 25 source files per e-book, I am unable to determine if e-books created with AEC will require a similar amount of time to decompile and fully launch. Can you tell me if this will be the case? Also, are users provided with any sort of visual indication that the e-book is in the process of opening if there is such a wait involved? Thanks for your help.

Posted on: 6:38 am on July 19, 2006
Storyman Hi Editor,

Yes, there is a progress bar if you choose to use it.

As far as the speed to which your ebook will open depends a lot on how well you design it. IMHO the closer your code is to SEO standards the better. If you use CSS with an external stylesheet will mean smaller file sizes and a faster loading time.

There are other factors as well. I'd suggest creating 25 really large pages as a test standard for all of the compilers you are looking at. Compare the results. I think you'll find Activ right up there with the best of them.

Regardless of the system you decide to use the end user is going to have a decent load time with 20 megs--especially if they have an older system.

Is there a way to chunk your project down into several ebooks? Or are you offering something more along the lines of a database? 20 megs of files is a lot of files. This project may be better suited for CD or perhaps as a subscription web site. Just a thought.


Posted on: 8:08 am on July 19, 2006
editor


I'd suggest creating 25 really large pages as a test standard for all of the compilers you are looking at. Compare the results. I think you'll find Activ right up there with the best of them.

I hadn't thought of that. Excellent suggestion! I'll give it a try.


Is there a way to chunk your project down into several ebooks? Or are you offering something more along the lines of a database? 20 megs of files is a lot of files. This project may be better suited for CD or perhaps as a subscription web site. Just a thought.

This will be an HTML reference work with virtually every file hyperlinked together with at least one other. It may be possible to split the project up, but I think doing so would seriously degrade functionality and ease of use.

I do appreciate your suggestions, though. It's easy to get "tunnel vision" when working on large projects like this, and that sometimes causes one to miss obvious solutions to complex problems. Thanks for your help.

(Edited by editor at 1:48 am on July 20, 2006)


Posted on: 5:46 am on July 20, 2006
Storyman Hi Editor,

Is it possible to break you topic into categories? Can the categories work independent of each other? If so it sounds like a good candidate for chunking.

But then again there are some ebooks that need 20 megs like the guy who released the ebook for diagnosing your car. He used all kinds of illustrations and video so it had to be big and I don't think the size prevented anyone from buying it.


Posted on: 6:10 am on July 20, 2006

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