2. Getting Started
2-1 Creating a Book File
To begin creating a book with AsukaBook Maker 2, you must first create a new book file. The steps creating a new book file with AsukaBook Maker 2 and opening an existing book file are described below.
2-1-1 Creating Book Files
To create a book file, click 'New Book' or 'New Book in Organizer' from the AsukaBook Maker 2 Home screen.
- Open AsukaBook Maker 2.
- Click 'New Book,' go to File > New, or Cmd + N on a Mac or Ctrl + N on a PC.
Click 'New Book in Organizer,' go to File > Organizer, or Cmd + N on a Mac or Ctrl + N on a PC.
- Select the options for the book you want to create.
* See "1-4 Product Lineup" for more information about the types of books available.
2-1-2 Saving Book Files
After creating a book file, it must be saved, or all data will be lost. To Save, go to File > Save, or Cmd + S on a Mac or Ctrl + S on a PC.
To save a book file with a new name:
- Go to File > Save As, or Cmd + Shift + S on a Mac or Ctrl + Shift + S on a PC.
- The dialog box for saving a book file opens.
- Enter the name of the book file in the File field in the dialog box.
- Select the Save Format (One File, Packaged or Linked).
- Click 'Save.'
2-1-3 Opening Book Files
To open a book file that has already been saved, click 'Open Book from the AsukaBook Maker 2 Home screen.
To open a book file:
- Open AsukaBook Maker 2.
- Click 'Open Book,' go to File > Open, or Cmd + O on a Mac or Ctrl + O on a PC.
- Select the book file you want to use and click 'Open.'
Multiple book files cannot be opened simultaneously in AsukaBook Maker 2. If you attempt to create a new book or open a saved book file and a book file is currently open, you must first close that book file before you may continue.
2-1-4 Closing Book Files
Before starting a new book design, opening a saved design or quiting ABM2, be sure to save the current book file.
To close a book file:
- Ensure their is currently a book file open.
- Go to File > Close, or Cmd W on a Mac or Ctrl + W on a PC.
- Click 'Cancel' to stop from closing the file, 'No' to not save the file or 'Save.'
2-2 Menu Bar
The menu bar functions are described below.
2-2-1 AsukaBook Maker 2
About AsukaBook Maker... - Software details.
Preferences... - Software settings.
Updates... - Check for software updates.
Services - The services are programs that accept input from the user selection, process it, and optionally put the result back in the clipboard.
Hide AsukaBook Maker - Hides the application window.
Hide Others - Hides all open windows other than ABM2.
Show All - Unhides any hidden windows.
Quit AsukaBook Maker - Quits the application.
New... - Start a new book design.
Open... - Open a saved book design.
Save - Save the current book design.
Save As... - Save the current book design with a new name.
Close - Close the current book design.
Book Info... - Shows book details.
Undo - It erases the last change done to the document reverting it to an older state.
Redo - The redo command reverses the undo or advances the buffer to a more current state.
Cut - Remove something and save it on a clipboard to paste elsewhere.
Copy - Copy something to a clipboard to paste elsewhere.
Paste - Place something from the clipboard that has been saved their by cutting or copying.
Paste Effects - Paste only the effects that were copied.
Clear - Removes all images and objects from the Page.
Special Characters - A menu of special characters that may be inserted when using the text feature.
Show Rulers - Show/hide Rulers.
Show Guides - Show/hide Guides.
Snap to Guides - Snap images and objects to Guides.
Ruler Units - Inches, mm, pixels and %.
Zoom Level - Select zoom level to view the window.
Export - Export the spread as an AsukaBook Maker page.
Replace - Replace with Page file or JPEG file, or replace all Pages with JPEG file.
Export as Template - Save the layout as a template to reuse. The template will be displayed in on your Templates Menu.
Preview - Opens the design in preview mode.
Export PDF File - Generates an AsukaBook PDF of the book design.
Change Book Type - Adjust the book details.
Account Info - Display and/or update the User ID/Activation Code.
Window Options - Options to consolidate, tile, cascade or close all pages.
Tools - Shows/hides the Tool Bar.
Pages - Shows/hides the Pages Menu.
Templates - Shows/hides the Template Menu.
Sloppy Borders - Shows/hides the Sloppy Borders Menu.
Masks - Shows/hides the Masks Menu.
New Image Folder - Opens a new window to open a new folder in.
Folder [Pictures] - The open Image Folders are listed here. Folder [folder name]
Fix Panel Positions - If checked, tabs cannot be closed.
Save Panel Locations - Saves the location of the Menu Panel Windows.
Restore Saved Panel Locations- Reverts the locations of the Menu Panel Windows to the saved locations.
Restore the default workspace - Reverts the locations of the Menu Panel Windows to the default locations.
Search - Search the software.
AsukaBook Maker Help... - Link to AsukaBook Maker 2 Online Manual.
AsukaBook Maker Website... - Link to AsukaBook Maker 2 website.