How to get the best from iMotorhome eMagazine
Note: The magazine is designed to deliver the best reading experience on an Apple iPad.
iMotorhome eMagazine is published in the Portable Document Format (PDF). This means that once downloaded it is a self-contained document that can be stored on your smartphone, tablet device, e-reader, laptop or desktop computer and read off-line at your convenience. Adobe Acrobat Reader is the software that allows almost all devices to read PDF files and whatever device you're using it's probably already installed. However, if not then click HERE to visit the Adobe website and find the version to suite your device. PDFs are clever things that allow a degree of interactivity not possible with a conventional magazine. For example:
- The front cover and contents pages feature links in their headings that will take you directly to the relevant articles in the magazine. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer you will see the mouse cursor change to a small hand with a pointing finger, which signifies you can click on the link below it
- All advertisements are ‘live’ and linked to the advertisers’ websites. This means if you touch one (smartphone/tablet) or click on one (laptop/desktop) you will be taken to the appropriate website automatically if you are connected to the Internet. If you are not connected to the Internet you will be asked if you want to connect, to complete the action
- Text that is highlighted and/or underlined in blue is also a ‘live’ link that will either take you to the webpage or website of the topic being discussed, or open an email (if appropriate).
iPad and iPhone Users
Important: Be sure you have the free iBooks app installed. iBooks displays a full page at a time and allows you to read the magazine by swiping the pages sideways, just like turning the pages in a printed magazine. iBooks also has a Library function that displays a small thumbnail of the front cover of each issue. You can even create Collections so that you can store each year’s issues separately or by vehicle brand tested, or however you desire.
On downloading each issue of iMotorhome eMagazine on your iPad or iPhone you’ll briefly see a message at the very top of the front cover that says “Open in iBooks.” If you miss it, don’t worry. Just tap the space immediately above the iMotorhome title and it will reappear for a few seconds. When it does, tap it and your issue will be moved to iBooks and reopen. You need to do this with each issue you download.
Once open in iBooks you’ll see a number of icons across the very top of the page and a strip of tiny page thumbnails across the very bottom. To get rid of them simply tap the page anywhere there isn't text (touching text will take you to the relevant article). To make the icons reappear just tap anywhere on the page again.
To read your copy of iMotorhome eMagazine, swipe the page from right to left. Reverse this to go back a page. To go to the front cover at any time just tap on the page your on and then touch the tiny page icon at the far left, along the very bottom. To leave the issue you’re reading and go back to your Library, tap the page and then touch Library in the top left-hand corner.
Your Android tablet or smartphone should already have Adobe Acrobat installed (see first paragraph if not). When you click on the magazine link it will save to your Downloads folder. Once saved, touching the icon opens the magazine and you should look for the View Modes menu, which is probably part of a drop-down menu at the top of the page. From View Modes select Single Page and you'll be able to swipe the magazine sideways like a real magazine. Sliding the bar along the bottom lets you move rapidly through many pages and previews each page in the process.
Laptop/Desktop Computer Users
The Adobe Acrobat software that allows you to view a PDF document has a number of controls at the top of the page. Chief amongst these are two square buttons in the centre; one showing a page with an arrow across it and the other showing a page with arrows across and top-to-bottom. Press these and you can view the page at the full width of your screen, or the whole page fitted to you screen, respectively.
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