Learn Dolphin Publisher: Creating a project with existing files

Dolphin Publisher is computer software which enables you to create human narrated DAISY talking books for people with visual impairments and learning disabilities. This video shows you how to use Dolphin Publisher to create a new project using existing electronic files. Find out more at <a href="https://yourdolphin.com/support">https://yourdolphin.com/support</a>


Creating a Dolphin Publisher project with existing documents.

In this first demonstration I will show you how to create a project in Dolphin Publisher using existing HTML files. 

We launch Dolphin Publisher and from the main menu select 'create a new project'. From the dialogue that next appears we choose 'create from documents' and then click on the 'okay' button. 

Next we are asked to enter a title for the project and specify a location for the project to be saved to on the hard drive or network. By default, Dolphin Publisher will create a folder based on the name of the project, but this can be changed if necessary by clicking on 'select folder', where you can specify an existing folder or create a new one. In this instance we are happy with the folder that Dolphin Publisher has automatically created. And so we will click the 'next' button to proceed to the next step.

Here it is possible to select one or more HTML or TXT files to add to the project. Clicking the 'add files' button allows the selection of the file or files to add to the project. To alter the order that the file will be imported in select a file and then use the up and down arrow buttons to move the file in the list. When satisfied we can click the 'next' button.

Now we need to select the file to mark up with highlighted text events that will form part of the navigation of the completed production. The automatic mark up process works by identifying logical breaks such as full stops, commas and other punctuation in the text.

Dolphin Publisher has a default set of criteria for the mark up process that can be viewed or edited by selecting 'options'. In this dialogue further criteria may be added or removed entirely to suit specific requirements. The mark up can be previewed before mark up generation by clicking the preview sentences button.

In this example we are happy with the way Dolphin Publisher will mark up the text and so we will stick with the default mark up criteria and proceed to the final stage of this process.

Now all that is needed to be done before the project is generated is to select any other elements of the text that should be marked up such as headings, table or list items. We will stick with the default Dolphin Publisher settings that will mark up the headings and sentences and so we will complete the process by clicking the 'generate' button.

We can now see that Dolphin Publisher has generated the project and automatically created the navigable text events presented as highlighted blocks and structured each of our files into a heading in the table of contents. At this stage, if needed, the text can be edited and images added by using the HTML editor contained within Dolphin Publisher.

That was a very basic overview of how to create projects in Dolphin Publisher by taking existing files. There are of course many other ways other than importing by this method such as dragging and dropping from other applications or typing directly into Dolphin Publishers HTML editor.
So that explains how to generate a project from some existing HTML files.

In the next demonstration I will demonstrate how audio is added to this project.