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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 File

1. Pick a document, or file, you'd like to have on your Rocket eBook.

The document can be based on any application that lets you save files in HTML or text format. Here are a few example applications that will work:

  • Microsoft™ Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Corel WordPerfect

2. Save your document in HTML or text format.

If your document isn't already in one of these two formats, or if you're not sure:

  • Double-click on the file to open it.
  • Save the file as HTML, if that option is available. Otherwise, save it as text.

The format options are selectable in most applications when you select "Save As."

3. Use RocketWriter to create a RocketEdition from your document.

  • Start up your RocketLibrarian.
  • Click on the large RocketWriter button, on the RocketLibrarian toolbar.

A file browser box appears.

  • Select the HTML or text version of the file.

An HTML version of the file has a .htm or .html file extension, and a text version has a .txt extension.

(As an even easier alternative, you can drag and drop the HTML or text version of the file into RocketLibrarian.)

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.

Links are HTML hyperlinks to other files. If you include them, the information in the other files will be included in your RocketEdition. If no images or links are present, these options will just be ignored.

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 pull the entire Web into a single RocketEdition. Of course, that wouldn't work, because of the RocketEdition size limit, but the resulting RocketEdition probably wouldn't be of much use.

  • 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 document 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.

That's all there is to it! Take a look at your document on your Rocket eBook and see what you think. Just look for the title you entered on your Bookshelf, and select it.


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