What’s one skill a good pirate must learn? Walking on a peg leg? No that’s not right…you’d think a good pirate would have both legs.
The answer is navigation! And that’s right matey, we’re talking about navigation in READynamic today. We will not be navigating the briny deep, but we will take a look at navigating a book once you have it open and ready to read. There is more to reading an eBook then just turning pages, and the READynamic application allows you to control your reading experience much more then reading a regular book. If you are new to eBooks, or are looking for details on using READynamic to read content, I hope you find this blog educational. Now let’s take off that eye patch and get started.
READynamic mobile clients use the same interface as the web browser for viewing content. There will be slight differences, however, depending on type of content being read or device being used. For example, you can zoom in on a PDF page but not EPUB pages. When using a tablet or phone, you use your finger to interact with the screen, but on desktop browser you use the mouse.
Below is the standard interface used when a document is opened in READynamic using a web browser. By default, the display appears to be in a side-by-side two page mode emulating an open book. But we have a couple other options we can consider before we start getting into the book. Depending on your reading style or device being used, you may want to change how the page is displayed to you. The bottom menu bar has an icon that, when selected (see red arrow below), expands to show us three page layout options – allowing you to choose which display works best for you.
Page Layout Options:
As we’ve seen, you can use the two-column mode to emulate an open book. If working on a tablet and holding it in a landscape view, a side-by-side view may make sense for you. We also have a single page mode and a never-ending vertical scrolling mode more adept for phone or tablet use.
You can also click on the +A and -A to adjust to a comfortable font size. If you change to the width of the window for your browser, you can get a two column effect when in the side-by-side mode.
Once you have selected your desired reading mode, notice the arrows to the left and right of the page content. When present, they allow you to move forward or backward one screen at a time by clicking on them. In a browser window on a PC or Mac, you may use the left and right keyboard arrows to advance forwards or backwards one screen at a time. On mobile devices like a phone or tablet, you can swipe left or right.
READynamic has a Reading Mode that hides both the bottom and side toolbars by default. This allows more content to be presented on a single screen. You can switch to Reading Mode by clicking on the double-headed arrow. The left side bar menu will disappear and the reading window will expand to look like this:
Navigation by More Than One Page:
Sometimes you may want to jump ahead more than one page at a time, and moving though the book one screen at a time will just not do. Luckily, we have a couple options for that. We can use a page slider or, if known, enter the page number to go to. Let’s take a look at each in more detail.
In our standard view, you’ll notice a black dot at the top of the bottom menu. We can click on this dot and drag it back and forth. When released, we are positioned to a spot in the book relative to the position of the dot. Drag all the way to the left and you’ll see the first page or cover of the book, and all the way to the right the last page.
But suppose your friend says, “You have to read what happens on page 182!” In the middle of the bottom menu is small box that you can enter your page number into. To the right of the box we are shown the page(s) being viewed out of the number of total pages. Once a number is entered in the box, READynamic will present that page to the user.
A common feature of most eReaders, including READynamic, is that when you close the book and return it to your bookshelf, the eReader remembers the page you were on last. When you re-open the book, you are returned to the page you were viewing when you closed the book. But, what if we wanted to return to a specific page in the book? Suppose we wanted to mark key passages, images, or content to return to study in more detail later. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a virtual piece of paper we could insert into our eBook? The READynamic bookmark feature is designed to help us with that problem. We will look at that, along with using the Table of Contents and finding words, in part 2 of this blog series.
You should now have an understanding of basic navigation within READynamic. In the next installment we will cover more advanced features. For more details on the subjects covered and more, please look at our user guide. If you haven’t gotten a chance to try READynamic yet, click here to start exploring the features.
Till next time, happy sailing!