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					SCHOOLKIT INTERNATIONAL
User Guide for activBook Reader™ in Lite Mode




                       activBook
                      User Guide
          ACTIVB OOK T ECH NOLOGI E S


           User Guide for
  activBook Reader
              in Lite Mode




                  SchoolKiT International
activBook Technologies is a division of SchoolKiT International
              9 Lake Bellevue Drive • Suite 105
                   Bellevue • WA • 98005
           Phone 425.454.3373 • Fax 425.467.0580
                           Table of Contents
CH AP TER      1    -   IN T RO DU C IN G   AC TI VBO O K

Introducing activBook                                               1

Using this Guide                                                    1

activBook Reader in Lite Mode                                       2

About activBook Reader                                              2

Install activBook Reader                                            3



CH AP TER      2    -   A CT IV BO O K   BAS IC S

Start the activBook Reader                                          4

Close the activBook Reader                                          4

Open an activBook from a Web Site                                   5

Navigate Through an activBook                                       6

Launch Embedded Templates and Files                                 6

Work with activBooks and Applications                               6

Access activBook Project Files                                      7



CH AP TER      3    -   TH E   A CTI VBO O K   R EA DE R   D ESK TO P

About the activBook Desktop                                         9

Save an activBook to the Desktop                                    9

Remove an activBook from the Desktop                               10

Export activBooks                                                  11

Import activBooks                                                  12



CH AP TER      4    -   TE CH N IC AL    DE TA ILS

System Requirements                                                13

Configure Temporary File Settings                                  13

Configure Desktop Settings                                         14
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IN T R O D U C I N G   A C T I V B O O K




Introducing activBook
About activBooks and how to install the activBook Reader

As their name implies, activBooks are small, interactive e-books. There are a number of
Web-based libraries of activBooks available that cover different topics. If you are
reading this guide, you probably have access to a library of activBooks and are ready to
start using them. So let's get started…




Using this Guide
                                      This guide explains how to use the basic features of
         IC O N    K E Y
                                      activBooks and the activBook Reader. In most
     Important Information           cases, the guide identifies a task that you may want
     Handy tip                       to perform, and then presents a series of steps to
     Background information
                                      be followed.

Along the way, background information and additional tips are provided. This
information is not critical to the task, but will help you to understand how the


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activBook technology works. The icons listed in the table above will help you to
identify the types of information being presented.

activBook Reader in Lite Mode
To use an activBook, you must first have the activBook Reader software installed on
your computer. With the activBook Reader operating in 'lite' mode, you can open
activBooks from Web sites, and store a small collection of activBooks off-line for easy
reference. This User Guide refers to the setup and use of activBook Reader in lite
mode only.

          Using the activBook Server Manager software, organizations can host a
        library of activBooks on one of their own servers. By running the activBook
          Reader in enterprise mode, users can connect to the activBook library on the
server, and also open activBooks from Web sites. In such settings, the activBook
Reader is usually installed and configured by a technical support person.

About activBook Reader
Using the activBook Reader software in Lite Mode, you can:
   Open and read activBooks from a Web-based library
   Temporarily store activBooks on your local computer
   Open and read activBooks that are stored on your local computer




The activBook Reader Desktop
                                                 An open activBook




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Install activBook Reader
Skip this section if you already have the activBook Reader installed.
If you are installing the activBook Reader from a CD:
1.      Start your computer
2.      Insert the CD-ROM
3.      Wait a moment and then follow the on-screen prompts and instructions
          If the CD does not start automatically, click Start and then Run. Type
        d:\autorun where d is the letter of your CD drive, and then click OK.


If you have downloaded the activBook Reader setup software from a Web site or
have it on disk:
1.       Use Windows Explorer to locate the file abReader_vX.exe (where X is the
     version number)
2.      Double click on the file name
3.      Wait a moment and then follow the on-screen prompts and instructions


Your activBook Reader has been installed using the default settings and is ready to
use.
          If special restrictions limit your rights to read and write files into Window's
        standard temporary folders, the activBook Reader will need to be configured
          further in order to work around these limitations. If you encounter errors
when starting the Reader or when opening books, refer to Chapter 4 'Technical
Details.'




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U S IN G   A C T IV B O O K




activBook Basics
How to open activBooks from Web sites, navigate through
activBooks, and use their special features

Start the activBook Reader
To start the activBook Reader:
1.      From the Start menu, choose All Programs and then activBook Reader




The activBook Reader Desktop will appear. If this is the first time this Reader has been
started, the Desktop will be empty as there are no activBooks stored off-line.

Close the activBook Reader
To close the activBook Reader:
1.      On the activBook Reader title bar, click the Close icon




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Open an activBook Book from a Web Site
activBooks are available from a number of Web-based libraries. The site you use will
probably allow you to browse or search to find the book that you want to use, or you
may be directed to open a book as part of a course you are completing. When you
locate the activBook, it will be presented to you as a hyperlink.
To open the activBook:
1.      If the activBook Reader or an activBook is already open, close it
               The activBook Reader is purposefully designed so that only one
             activBook can be open at any one time. This design feature makes
               opening, running and managing activBooks simpler for most users. It
     does, however, mean that prior to attempting to open an activBook, you should
     ensure that you do not have any other activBook or the activBook Reader open.
2.       Click the hyperlink corresponding to the name and edition of the activBook
     that you want to open




     The first time you download an activBook, you will be shown a File Download
     dialog box like this:




3.      Un-check the Always ask before opening this type of file option
                With the option Always ask before opening this type of file not
              checked, the next time you open an activBook, you will not see this
                dialog box. As a security precaution, only download activBooks from
     trusted sites to which you are subscribed.

4.      Click the Open button
The activBook will be downloaded and then it will automatically open on your
computer.




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           Usually, activBooks are opened directly from a Web site and optionally, the
         Reader Desktop is used to store them off-line. It is possible, however, to
           download an activBook file (with its .abx extension) and save it to disk. To
open the activBook from disk, locate it using Windows Explorer and then double click
on the file name. You can also import an activBook stored on disk into the activBook
Desktop. Instructions for that procedure are covered in Chapter 3, 'The activBook
Desktop.'

Navigate Through an activBook
An activBook may contain a contents page and various other pages that include text,
graphics and interactive elements. The book contents should guide your use of any
elements that need additional explanation.
To navigate through an activBook:
1.      To go forward a page, on the activBook toolbar click the Forward icon
2.      To go back a page, on the activBook toolbar click the Back icon
3.      To close the book, on the activBook title bar click the Close icon




Launch Embedded Templates and Files
An activBook may contain additional templates or other files that can be launched
from within the book. For example, an activBook about writing business letters could
supply one or more Microsoft Word letter templates. In activBooks, such embedded
files are usually linked to a button.
To launch an embedded file:
1.      Click the button within the activBook page
           The template or other file is usually launched into the application with which
         it is associated. For example, a Microsoft PowerPoint file is opened in
           PowerPoint. In some cases, a file may open in a different application than the
one that you wish to use to work on the file. For example, a bitmap graphic may
launch into Windows Paint, but you may want to manipulate it using Paint Shop Pro.
In most cases, using the associated application you can save the file to disk. You can
then start your preferred application and use it to open the target file.

Work with activBooks and Applications
Often, you may want to use an activBook alongside another application on your
computer. For example, you may be reading an activBook and taking notes in



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Microsoft Word. Or, the book may be showing you, step-by-step, how to format a
spreadsheet and you may want to open Microsoft Excel and work alongside the book.
Like all applications, an activBook can be temporarily minimized. There are, however,
additional features that make activBooks easy to manage alongside other applications.
1.      To temporarily hide (roll-up) an activBook, on the activBook toolbar click the
     Hide page icon




2.      To show (roll-down) the activBook, on the activBook toolbar click the Show
     page icon




          With the activBook 'rolled-up,' you can move it out of the way by clicking on
        its title bar and dragging it to another location. To quickly show the book
          back at the top right corner of your screen, click the Dock icon.

Access activBook Project Files
An activBook can contain additional 'Project Files.' For example, an activBook that
explains techniques of digital photograph enhancement may be delivered with a series
of photograph files that you can access and use as you read the book. activBooks that
contain Project Files will usually explain how they are to be used. To access the Project
Files in activBook:
1.       On the activBook toolbar, click the Tools icon
2.       From the Tools menu, choose Project Files




3.      In the Project Files dialog box, select the files you want to access and click the
     Save Selected button




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4.      Use the Browse for Folder dialog box to navigate to the location where you
     want to save these files and then click OK
     At the location you specify, a new folder - labeled with the name of the activBook
     you are using - will be created. A copy of the Project Files selected will be saved
     into that folder.
5.       To access the saved Project Files, use Windows Explorer or an application to
     access and open the saved files as you would for any other file
              Carefully note where you save the files. An activBook may direct you to
            save Project Files, and then ask you to access those files sometime later in
              the book.




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The activBook Reader
Desktop
How to manage activBooks off-line using the activBook Desktop

About the activBook Desktop
You can store up to twenty activBooks on your local computer (or in a network folder)
so that you can use them when you are not connected to the Internet. Local books are
stored in the activBook Reader Desktop.

Save an activBook to the Desktop (Off-line)
The following procedure steps through the process of opening an activBook from a
Website, saving it locally in the activBook Reader Desktop, and then accessing it.
   1. While connected to the Internet, open an activBook from a Web site
   2. Click the Tools menu icon




   3. From the Tools menu, choose Copy to Reader Desktop




   4. Close the activBook
   5. Disconnect from the Internet (optional)
   6. Start the activBook Reader




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     You will be shown the activBook Reader Desktop. The activBook that you copied
     to the Desktop will be listed along with other books you have on your Desktop.




     7. In the activBook Reader Desktop, double click on the name of the
        activBook
The activBook will open. This activBook is running from your local computer. You
don't need to be connected to the Internet to use this book.

Remove an activBook from the Desktop
1.       Start the activBook Reader
2.       Right-click on the activBook Reader Desktop
3.       From the Desktop pop-up menu, choose Remove from Desktop




4.       In the Remove Books from Desktop dialog box, in the Book Title column,
     check the names of the books you wish to remove




5.       Click the Remove button
You will be returned to the Desktop. The activBooks you removed will no longer be
showing on the Desktop.




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Export activBooks
You can open activBooks directly from a Web site, store and use them off-line with
the Reader Desktop, and remove them from your computer without ever seeing an
actual activBook file itself. It is possible, however, to manually save, copy and open
activBook files, and to manually add and remove activBooks to and from the
activBook Desktop. For example, another user may provide you with an activBook file
on disk or via email, or you may download an activBook file from an Internet site and
save it onto your computer's hard drive. Provided that you are licensed to use the
activBook Reader software and the activBook content in question, you may use your
activBook Reader to open the file from the disk, or you can import the file so that the
book is available in your activBook Reader Desktop.

           While a single activBook can provide you with multiple files (including
         embedded templates and Project Files), the activBook itself is just one file
           with the extension *.abx.

To export activBooks from the activBook Reader Desktop:

1.       Start the activBook Reader
2.      Make sure you have at lease one activBook already stored in your Reader
     Desktop
3.       Right-click on the activBook Reader Desktop
4.       From the Desktop pop-up menu, choose Export to Disk




6.       In the Export Books to Disk dialog box, click Browse…




7. Use the Browse for Folder dialog box to navigate to the location where you want
   to save these files and then click OK




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8.       In the Export Books to Disk dialog box, in the Book Title column, check
     the names of the books you wish to export


9.       Click the Export button
You will be returned to the Desktop. Copies of the files for the activBooks selected are
in the folder specified.

Import activBooks
To import activBooks into the activBook Reader Desktop:

1.       Start the activBook Reader
2.       Right-click on the activBook Reader Desktop
3.       From the Desktop pop-up menu, choose Import from Disk




4.       In the Import Books from Disk dialog box, use the navigation facilities to
     locate a folder that contains at least one activBook file




5.       In the Book Title column, check the names of the books you wish to import
6.       Click the Import button
You will be returned to the Desktop. The activBooks you imported will now be
showing on the Desktop.




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Technical Details
System requirements, configuration and troubleshooting

System Requirements
To run the activBook Reader in lite mode, you need:
       Windows 98, ME, 2000, NT workstation, or XP
       a Pentium or above processor
       64 MB of RAM or more

Configure Temporary File Settings
         When an activBook is opened, files are copied into a designated
       'temporary' folder on the computer. When the book is closed, these
         files are automatically removed. To open a book successfully, the user
must have the rights to create, modify and delete files in the designated
temporary folder.
When activBook Reader is installed, it is set to use the recommended default
temporary directories. With the default set, the Reader first attempts to use a
fixed folder in the Windows shared application data folder. If this fails, the
Reader attempts to use the Windows user temporary files folder.
            If you are using an account that does not have the necessary
          permissions to use the default temporary folder, when you attempt to
            start the Reader or open a book, you will see one of these error
messages:




To change the designated temporary folder:
    1. Start the activBook Reader


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    2. When the error message shows, click the OK button
    3. Click the activBook Reader drop-down menu icon and choose
       Configure…




    4. In the activBook Reader Configuration dialog box, click the
       Temporary Files tab




    5. Check the option Use the custom folder specified below
    6. Click the Modify… button
    7. Navigate to and choose a suitable folder that you want to designate as
       the temporary files folder
    8. To leave the Browse for Folder dialog box, click OK
    9. To leave the activBook Reader Configuration dialog box, click Save
       as Default
When activBooks are opened, files will now be temporarily stored in the
location you specified.

Configure Desktop Settings
          When an activBook is copied to the Reader Desktop (for off-line
        access), files are copied into a designated desktop folder on the
          computer. These files are automatically removed when the book is
deleted from the Reader Desktop. To add and remove Desktop books, users
require permission to create, modify and delete files in the designated desktop
folder. To use Desktop books, users only require permission to read files from
the desktop folder.
When activBook Reader is installed, it is set to use the recommended default
desktop folder that is created in the Microsoft Windows shared application data
folder.
            If you are using an account that does not have the necessary
          permissions to use the default desktop folder, when you attempt open
            the Reader or go to the Desktop, you will see one of these error
messages:




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To modify the designated desktop folder:
    1. Start the activBook Reader
    2. When the error message shows, click the OK button
    You will be taken to the Desktop, but it will be 'disabled.'
    3. Click the activBook Reader drop-down menu icon and choose
       Configure…




    4. In the activBook Reader Configuration dialog box, click the
       Desktop tab




    5. Check the option Use the custom folder specified below
    6. Click the Modify… button
    7. Navigate to and choose a suitable folder that you want to designate as
       the desktop files folder
    8. To leave the Browse for Folder dialog box, click OK
    9. To leave the activBook Reader Configuration dialog box, click Save
       as Default
When activBooks are copied to the Desktop, the corresponding activBook files
will be stored in the location you specified.




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