MegaZine3 - Online-Offline Comparison

Both the Online and Offline version have several common functionalities.
Some are listed below:

  • PDF conversion
    PDF files can provide the contents of the pages. To do this, each page is converted to an image in 3 alternate formats:
    • JPG – The standard format for image-heavy content
    • PNG – The preferred format for predominantly text-based content
    • SWF – A proprietary Adobe format from “FLASH times”; still usable in mz3Viewer
      “Actually” an ingenious format, which probably could die because of corporate political interests; and will probably more or less be replaced by the SVG format in future

By default, JPG is the format for “Page Images” You can manually make a different choice, though.

  • Add “elements” to pages
    • Page images
      Normally there is a background image on each page, which is called “page image” here. For example, PDF pages are converted to such “page images”. But you can also use any image in the correct format as page image and create a book without a PDF file
    • Images, Photos
      Images in JPG, PNG, SVG or GIF format can be freely put on pages, or set manually or automatically on selected pages in a configurable grid. In automatic mode, the images to be added are fitted into the grid and continuously inserted in free space on the pages. This allows to create photo books with many photos with preselected number of images per page in a quick and comfortable way; with just a single click.
    • Videos
      Videos can be placed on pages like images.
      A still image can be selected from the video as a preview image.
      The position and size of the thumbnail image (and thus the video) can be set with the mouse.
    • Audio
      Audio files can be linked to pages that play the sound once they are opened. Details can be found in the descriptions of the online and offline features
    • Links
      At any point on a page, you can define an area with the mouse that responds to a mouse click and opens another page in the book (internal link) or in the browser (external link; other website) as a result of such click.
  • Thumbnails
    Thumbnails (small preview icons of a page) are automatically created. Those thumbnails are displayed in an image bar beneath the book and can be used for page navigation.
  • Full control
    There are many parameters that can be used to adjust the behavior and design of the book.
  • Extensive “management” functions
    Extensive and convenient functions are available for almost all tasks (delete, search, sort, change), including:
    • Books (Mz3 Projects)
    • Pages
    • Elements (Pictures, Videos, Audio, Links)
    • License and Activation Key
  • Documentation
    Since only part of the functionality can be described here, the documentation should be used for further details.

Note:
The differences of the product variants are described at page Product Comparison.

The online version (publications on the Internet) and the offlineversion (publications without access over the Internet) have a big common functionality:

  • PDF conversion
    PDF files can provide the contents of the pages. To do this, each page is converted to an image in 3 alternate formats:
    • JPG – The standard format for image-heavy content
    • PNG – The preferred format for predominantly text-based content
    • SWF – A proprietary Adobe format from “FLASH times”; still usable in mz3Viewer
      “Actually” an ingenious format, which probably could die because of corporate political interests; and will probably more or less be replaced by the SVG format in future

By default, JPGi s the format for “Page Images” You can manually make a different choice.

  • Add “elements” to pages
    • Page images
      Normally there is a background image on each page, which is called “page image” here. For example, PDF pages are converted to such “page images”. But you can also use any image in the correct format as page image and create a book without a PDF file
    • Images, Photos
      Images in JPG, PNG, SVG or GIF format can be freely put on pages, or set manually or automatically on selected pages in a configurable grid. In automatic mode, the images to be added are fitted into the grid and continuously inserted in free space on the pages. This allows to create photo books with many photos with preselected number of images per page in a quick and comfortable way; with just a single click.
    • Videos
      Videos can be placed on pages like images.
      A still image can be selected from the video as a preview image.
      The position and size of the thumbnail image (and thus the video) can be set with the mouse.
    • Audio
      Audio files can be linked to pages that play the sound once they are opened. Details can be found in the descriptions of the online and offline features
    • Links
      At any point on a page, you can define an area with the mouse that responds to a mouse click and opens another page in the book (internal link) or in the browser (external link; other website) as a result of such click.
  • Thumbnails
    Thumbnails (small preview icons of a page) are automatically created. Those thumbnails are displayed in an image bar beneath the book and can be used for page navigation.
  • Full control
    There are many parameters that can be used to adjust the behavior and design of the book.
  • Extensive “management” functions
    Extensive and convenient functions are available for almost all tasks (delete, search, sort, change), including:
    • Books (Mz3 Projects)
    • Pages
    • Elements (Pictures, Videos, Audio, Links)
    • License and Activation Key

can be managed.

  • Documentation
    Since only part of the functionality can be described here, the documentation should be used for further details.

Note:
The differences of the product variants are described in the page Product Comparison and in the description of the individual product variants Mz3 basicMz3 plusMz3 pro and Mz3 business .

The online version, which allows publications to be viewed via a server and the Internet in a browser, is only supported by the product variants MZ3 plusMZ3 pro and MZ3 business.
Depending on the product variant, not all functions are available in each variant.
The product comparison shows the differences in a table.

  • Smartphone support
    By using any browser to display the publications, smartphones and tablets are also supported with the online version.
  • Activation Keys
    Any publication to be published online must be activated with an activation key.
    An activation key applies to a publication at specific Internet address (URL).
    Activation keys have an unlimited runtime and can be transferred to other publications or assigned to a different Internet address.
  • Burger menu
    As an alternative to the navigation bar, the navigation element can be set as a “burger menu”, which is ideal in case of little space for the menu icons; like on mobile devices. Whether the navigation bar or the burger menu is shown can be optionally done automatically
    The content and position of the menu icons or text in the menu can be easily configured.
  • Audio Player
    In addition to the option to play an audio file when the corresponding page opens, different icons for a start/stop function or the default player of the respective browser are available in the online version to control audio. The online version with that also supports to offer several audio files on one page!
  • Video Player
    Videos can also be embedded on a page and displayed on the page, as in the offline version.
    However, in contrast to the offline version, a video must completely fit on a single page and must not protrude over the book folder (the middle of the opened book). If the video is wider than a page a spans over the fold, then it is automatically displayed in a separate window/tab.
  • Full text search (only MZ3 Pro and MZ3 business)
    A search and gallery function also is available in the offline version, but in a completely different way.
    In the online version, texts extracted from a PDF file (or manually edited texts) can be displayed in a separate window/tab in text form and then be searched using the search function of the browser of choice. In addition to the text, all images, videos, audio files, and links are listed at the end of a “page block” (a page is symbolically represented as a block with a border).
  • Gallery (only MZ3 Pro and MZ3 business)
    When an image is selected in the text representation, a light box opens (a special window that is on top of the current content of the browser window). This window shows one image at a time; as big as possible.. Navigation elements can be used to browse the list of all images of the book.
  • Pop-up window (MZ3 business only)
    To attract attention, after a configurable time, a window can be displayed in the foreground, which e.g. can offer special options, or motivate to take special actions; e.g. ordering a newsletter.
    The structure and content of the pop-up window can be adjusted (display blocks, link, colors, …).