The last week of this year we offer you to speak about Flash Magazine Deluxe Joomla! component. As it turned out, there are a lot of questions our customers ask about this extension. What important things should you know about Flash Magazine Deluxe? Maria Barbarchik, JoomPlace Support Manager, shares the most useful information with you in the list below.
Top 7 Things You Should Know about Flash Magazine Deluxe Joomla! Component
- How can I change the language?
If you want simply to change names of options, open the file “en-GB.com_flashmagazinedeluxe.ini” in the folder _SITE_ROOT_\administrator\language\en-GB\, modify it and save the changes.
If you want to translate the names of options, find the file “en-GB.com_flashmagazinedeluxe.ini” in the _SITE_ROOT_\administrator\language\en-GB\ folder, copy it to the folder with the language installed on your website, change the file name accordingly, e.g. pt-BR.com_flashmagazinedeluxe.ini for Portuguese-Brazil language, modify the file and save the changes.
Mind that in some cases you don’t have to manually translate the file. You might want to check the translations page first. All the translations might already be there. If you want to use these files, download them and upload into the folder _SITE_ROOT_\administrator\language\[the folder with your language].
- Can I make a magazine out of PDF files?
Unfortunately, FlashMagazine Deluxe doesn't support PDF files, but they can be easily converted into any acceptable format, e.g. .jpg, .png.
For more information, please read the article How to turn your PDF into a Flipping Magazine QUICKLY?
- My pages look skewed. The photos in portrait format inserted in the magazine are not left in their original format. (They are deformed, expanded.)
If original images are not large in resolution and fit the magazine size, you may try selecting the same resolution for thumbnails (images to be used in the magazine). No skew will occur. If images are too large, the proportions of thumbnails have to be constrained. Create a custom resolution (through the Resolutions menu of the component) based on the original images size and select this resolution for the magazine.
To figure out constrained proportions, take the following steps: e.g. the original image is 1024x768 while you want the thumbnail to be 550 in width. To find out the height, use formula h = (550*768)/1024 = 413 px, i.e the thumbnail resolution should be 550x413 px.
- How do I configure the magazine so when the menu item is clicked the magazine opens and you are not required to click a bunch of links (View the Magazine) to reach the magazine?
To remove the “View the Magazine” link, click the name of a menu item which you assigned the magazine to, find the “FlashMagazine Deluxe Options” tab and uncheck the “Show Description First” button.
- How do I insert links into my magazine?
To add links to internal or external resources, use the “Show additional link” option. You will see it in the page settings after you’ve clicked Pages – New. Once a link has been added, it will appear below the relevant page.
- How do I create a subfolder with images for each magazine?
A subfolder should be specified in magazine settings. Go to Magazines, open your magazine or click New to create a new one. Drill down the page to find the options “Use Subfolder” and “Subfolder”. Set the “Use Subfolder” option to Yes and enter a name for the subfolder into the “Subfolder” field.
Mind that there is no need to specify any slashes, other folders etc. All you have to do is to enter a single name for your subfolder, e.g. my_first_magazine.
- Magazine won’t install. All I see is error “There was an error uploading the file to the server”. What should I do?
Sometimes one might receive this error when trying to install a component. This error is due to the configuration of the upload_max_filesize directive in the php.ini file. For security reason, this directive may be set by the hosting company to 2 Mb.
Many installation packages are larger than 2 MB, so when customers try to install it, they get this error. Therefore, we recommend setting this value to at least 8 MB.
To do this, open your php.ini file with a text editor (like Notepad++ or similar). Search this portion of code upload_max_filesize and change the value from 2 MB to 8 MB. If you don't have access to the php.ini file, ask your hosting provider to do this for you.
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