I'm a staunch fan and user of Activ (and HYPrLock) as you may have gathered if you've seen my posts on the Activ forum, but occasionally I play around with other compiler software as well, just to see how they fare in comparison. This question concerns a problem over the TOC with Natata (and others, perhaps) - I have to say that the following problem does not occur in Activ, and I'm intrigued as to why.... On one of my test book pages I feature a button that enables readers to 'skip' the next few pages if they wish, before rejoining the book later. In other words, they could read pages 1,2, and 3, hit 'my' button, and rejoin the book at page 8 before using the usual 'next' toolbar button to view pages 9,10 and so on. My 'skip' button is a simple <a href> command within my page html.... In Natata, my button also works fine, taking the reader to (as above example) page 8, but if the reader then chooses the toolbar 'next' button, they will be taken to page 4 instead.....i.e. the page following the 'button page'. Why the difference, and how would it be solved? As an aside, I have to say that Activ does fall behind Natata in one respect - you can change the toolbar colour, icons, text and size with single clicks - very impressive. What's not so impressive is that their forum seems to be permanently 'under maintenance'!
Posted on: 9:46 pm on September 30, 2007
It appears the forum moderators have gone AWOL so I'll take a stab at this..
Could your problem with Natata navigation have to do with the difference between FORWARD/BACK and NEXT/PREVIOUS as found in the Activ features. I know one of these pairs operates like the "forward" and "back" buttons in a browser but I think the other pair works on page numbers or how the pages are listed.
Therefore; using NEXT/PREVIOUS might move you from page4 to page8 (with a link) and PREVIOUS returns you to page4 while using FORWARD/BACK might get you from page4 to page8 (with a link) then BACK might move you to page7 - etc. -- Activ uses both IE functions and Activ code to navigate while Natata just uses IE functions.
I don't know if this fully explains the difference between Activ and Natata navigation but it's the best I could come up....
BTW: In your aside about Activ falling behind Natata because Natata can easily change the tool bar etc. Although I agree it's a very nice feature... When you consider Activ and Activ Script give you the ability to create and modify your eBook, menus, tool bars and icons, in any configuration or style you want (creativity is only restricted by imagination).. Clearly Activ is much more versatile. So, if you don't like Activ's spartan appearance change it.
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