Ahoy matey! Welcome back to Part 2 of our discussion on document navigation within READynamic. Like a pirate with no sextant, without navigation skills you might get lost trying to find your way around your documents. Let’s weigh anchor and see what treasures we can discover to help us navigate our documents.
The advanced navigation methods, Table of Contents (TOC), Bookmarks, Comments, and Search, are accessed using icons on the left menu bar after opening your book. The left menu bar icons from top down provide the following functions, Select, Create Bookmark, Create/View Comment threads, View Overlay list, Table of Contents, and Search. Their identity will be revealed if you hover your cursor over each icon.
So, let’s cast off the mooring lines and head out to do some navigation within READynamic.
Navigation with the Table of Contents:
A lot of books have a Table of Contents that provides an easy way to identify specific sections of a book and which page these sections start on. In READynamic, the Table of Contents can be accessed from the TOC icon in the left side menu bar. When selected, the TOC slide-out drawer will provide the reader with a list of TOC entries. The reader can select one and advance to the desired section of the book. In the following example, clicking on the TOC entry for Chapter 5 will take the reader to the start of Chapter 5 in the book. The user can then close the TOC drawer, or navigate to another location.
Creating and Navigating to a Comment:
Comments are created by first selecting a section of text in the document. A pop-up menu appears with an option to create a comment. When the option to create a comment is selected, a pop-up window appears allowing you to enter a comment for your selection.
Clicking the blue [comment] button creates the comment. The selected text remains highlighted with a Comment icon shown in the margin. When the user selects the Comment icon from the left menu bar, a slide-out drawer shows an entry for each comment thread that exist in the current book. The first comment, number of replies, and when it was last updated are displayed. Selecting a comment will navigate to the page/selection that the comment was created for. The user can then close the Comments drawer or navigate to another comment. Selecting the comment again will open the comment thread dialog and allow additional comments to be added to the thread. Notice also if you hover your cursor over the Comment icon in the margin, a portion of the comment is also displayed – allowing you to confirm you are looking at the correct comment. Clicking on the Comment icon in the margin will also display the comment thread dialog window.
Finding and Navigating to a Word:
Clicking on the Search icon from the left menu bar will open the slide-out drawer for search operations. You can search a dictionary, or the current text book. Let’s say you wish to find the word “boisterously” in the document (you know how pirates can be sometimes). Make sure the “Textbook” tab is selected and enter the word “boisterously” in the text box below the tab. Click on the Search icon to the right of the box and any matches for the word in the textbook will appear. Clicking on one of the matches will navigate the reader to the page in the document where the word was found. The user can then close the drawer or continue searching for another comment.
Creating and Navigating to Bookmarks:
Bookmarks are like the “dog ears” – strips of ribbon or paper you put in you books to mark a location. It could be the place you left off (by default, READynamic will open to the last page visited), or a place you wish to re-visit later. Note when creating bookmarks, the bookmark will be created on the current open page in the document. Bookmarks are created by clicking on the Bookmark icon in the left menu bar. Like the other menu options, this will open a drawer. The drawer allows you to create bookmarks and presents you with a list of existing bookmarks. Click on an existing bookmark in the list to navigate to that page. To create a bookmark, click on the [Add bookmark +] button. This will present you with a text box that allows you to give the bookmark a title or tag for easy reference later. At this time, you can also select a color for your bookmark, giving you another easy way to reference or organize your bookmarks. After you give the bookmark a title and color, click on the [Add] button to add the bookmark to the document.
You should see the bookmark appear in the upper right corner of the current page. If a page contains more than one bookmark, they will appear side by side. You can close the Bookmarks drawer, create additional bookmarks, or navigate to and existing bookmark.
As the sun slowly sets on the horizon, I hope you now have the skills needed to navigate the waters of your documents in READynamic. 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!