Managing Objects

Learn how to manage media and objects: images, placeholders, tables, video, and other objects.

Managing Objects

From images to tables, an object is any item that is added to a document which can be manipulated in different ways.

Since Playwrite is HTML-based with content that’s reflowable, objects are “inline”. That means they don’t “float” overtop of other elements in a separate layer. If they did, absolute positioning would be required and this creates issues for content that must be reflowable. Objects can be moved into position where the cursor appears.

Objects can be selected by clicking them. A blue box with selection handles will appear.

Images

Playwrite accepts PNG and JPG. It’s limited to these formats since most eReading systems only support these formats.

See the table below for a detailed overview of image formats, sizes, etc.

ImageBook Images specses specs

eBook Images specs

To add images to a document:

  1. Choose Insert > Choose and select the image file you want to add to the document, then click the Open button.
  2. Locate the image file you want to add to your doucment and then drag and drop it onto the artboard.

 The image is placed at the point where the cursor is located;
  3. Choose the Media icon in the Secondary Toolbar or choose Insert > Media. Select the Images icon from the Media navigation bar and drag and drop a select image onto the artboard.

 The image is placed at the point where the cursor is located.
  4. To delete an image, click it and then press the Delete key, or choose Edit > Delete.

Cover Images

You can add your own cover image to any Playwrite document.

To add your own cover image:

  1. Choose Insert > Choose, use the Media window accessible via the Main Toolbar or choose Insert > Media.
  2. Locate the file you want to use for the cover image, and then select it or drag and drop it in place.

 Your cover image must be at least 2400 tall x 1600 pixels wide, at least 72 DPI, less than 10 MB in size, and be in the PNG or JPG format.

Inserts and Placeholders

Playwrite Screenshot Placeholder

Playwrite Screenshot Placeholder

Placeholders are predfined areas of a document that accept images or videos. They are primarily located in Inserts. Inserts are styled building blocks of content. They include things like pull quotes, tip boxes, media boxes, and the like.

To add an image to a placeholder:

  1. Choose an Insert from the Insert icon in the Main Toolbar or from Insert > Inserts.
  2. Drag and drop an image onto the grey placeholder area.
    -To delete an image from a placeholder, drag and drop another image overtop of the one you want to replace.
    -To delete an Insert, click it and press the Delete key or choose Edit > Delete.

Inserts

Inserts are predesigned building blocks of content. For instance, pull quotes, info boxes, etc. It’s easy to add these elements to your project and then add your own content:

  1. Select Inserts from the Main Toolbar or from the Inserts menu and choose the appropriate Insert you want to add to your document;
  2. To change the placeholder text within the Insert, place your cursor in the text then hold down the SHIFT key and press the Left or Right arrow keys. Once the text is highlighted, type the text you want to add to the Insert.

To move Inserts:

  • Select the Insert, then hold down the Mouse button and drag to the desired location;
  • Select the Insert, then cut and paste it into another location.

Videos

You can easily insert videos into your document to enliven them. Please note: Too many videos may deter readers from buying your book or giving it a good rating becuase of file size issues. The more multimedia you add, the larger the file size.

For the most compatibility with eReading systems, the following video specifications should be followed for all videos you include in your content:

Video Specs Table

Video Specs Table

To insert videos into your document:

  • Choose Insert > Choose and select the video file you want to add to the document, then click the Open button.
  • Locate the video file you want to add to your document and then drag and drop it onto the artboard.

 The video is placed at the point where the cursor is located.
  • Choose the Media icon in the Secondary Toolbar or choose Insert > Media. Select the Movies icon from the Media navigation bar and drag and drop a select video onto the artboard.

 The video is placed at the point where the cursor is located. To the end-suer, the Reader, the video will be presented to the reader inline, showing its poster image with play, pause, volume, and scrub controls. The user can thus start and stop the video at their leisure.
  • To delete a video, click it and then press the Delete key, or choose Edit > Delete.

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