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About Rocket eBook
   Technical Details
   A History of Publishing
   Using the Rocket eBook
   Maintaining Your eBook

   About the RocketWriter
   Creating From a File
   Creating From a Website
   Image Design
   Reading a RocketEdition
   Getting Comfortable
   Using Reference Features
   Building Up Your Library
   Managing Your Library

   User's Guide

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Creating a RocketEdition From a Website

You can also use RocketWriter to create a RocketEdition that captures information from the Web. When you view this kind of RocketEdition on your Rocket eBook, the hyperlinks can be active, just as they would be on your browser. But the linked information that comes from other files is only included when you choose the "follow links" option.

NOTE: Web pages with a lot of fancy formatting, like tables or entry forms, won't convert as well as pages with standard, paragraph-style text. The quality of graphic images depends on the technical details of how they were created.

1. Pick a Web site with information you'd like to have on your Rocket eBook.

Use your Internet browser to find the URL of the Web site you want to capture. For example, you could try using RocketWriter on an online newspaper such as the Palo Alto Weekly Online Edition at whitehouse.gov.

2. Use RocketWriter to create a RocketEdition from the Web site.

  • Start up your RocketLibrarian.
  • Drag and drop the URL shown in your browser into RocketLibrarian.

(As an alternative to the drag and drop, you could also select "Import from URL" from the RocketLibrarian Title menu, and then copy and paste the URL into the text entry box that appears.)

NOTE: The current version of RocketWriter doesn't handle "frames." If the URL you chose contains any frames (visually partitioned-off panels), you'll need to use the URL for the particular frame you'd like to capture.

If you are using Netscape Communicator: point to the frame you want and click the right mouse button. Select Open Frame in New Window. Then drag and drop the URL of this window into RocketLibrarian.

If you are using Internet Explorer: point to the frame you want and click the right mouse button. Select Properties. Copy the URL of the frame displayed in the Address field. Then go to RocketLibrarian, select Import from URL under the Title menu, and paste the URL you copied.

The RocketWriter dialog box appears and prompts you to enter some basic information and make two simple formatting choices.

  • Enter the document's title.

This is how you'll identify this RocketEdition in your library and on your Rocket eBook. You can also enter the author's name.

  • Click on the "Include Images" and "Follow Links" checkboxes.

NOTE: Not all linked information will be captured, even if you check the "Follow Links" option. The linked information that is included comes from files that are stored at the same Web site and in the same folder as (or in a subfolder of) the URL you selected.

This makes sure that RocketWriter doesn't try pulling the entire Web into a single RocketEdition. The current size limit of a single RocketEdition is about 3.3MB which means that any single RocketEdition over this limit can't be read on the Rocket eBook.

  • Click OK to convert your document.

A progress box appears to show you what RocketWriter is doing. First it converts the main file and its images.Then it converts any files linked to the main page, and their images. Then it converts any files that are linked to linked files, and so on. The progress box display updates as each element is converted.

If you feel the document is taking too long to convert, click Cancel. Even if you interrupt RocketWriter, it still creates a usable RocketEdition based on the information it's converted so far.

(You can also try converting the Web site without checking "Include Images" or "Follow Links." Including a number of images and/or linked files in your RocketEdition makes the conversion take longer.)

When the conversion completes, another message box appears to tell you that the document was added to your library, and to ask if you want to send it to your Rocket eBook now. If you do:

  • Place your Rocket eBook in its docking cradle.

Make sure your Rocket eBook connection is "Ready," as indicated in the RocketLibrarian message area at the bottom right of the window.

  • Click OK to send your document to your Rocket eBook.

Now you can review the Web site information on your Rocket eBook. Just select from your Bookshelf the title you entered above.


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