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    Tip: Exporting The Wiki To PDF

    Yes, you can! You do it one Category at a time. Steps follow.

    1. go to the main Wiki page: http://www.lianja.com/doc/index.php/Main_Page
    2. On the left-hand menu, go to the bottom and expand Print/export
    3. Select, under Print/export, Create a book. You will see Book Creator appear at the top of the page.
    4. On the left-hand menu, select Commands, and under that, select All Commands
    5. In the Book Creator block at the top of the page, select Add this category to your book.
    6. Wait a little while -- it's adding the pages. You will see a number appear to the right of Show book when it's ready.
    7. In the Book Creator block, select Show book
    8. Under Manage your book, give it a title in the Title textbox, e.g., "Lianja Commands"
    9. Under Download, to the right of your page, press Download as PDF
    10. A page titled "Rendering finished" will appear. Click the Download the file link, and there's your stuff.

    To create a new book, you Clear The Current Book on the Show Book page.

    This will work for any section that has been Categorized, and for which an "All ... In This Category" page is available.

    For Sections that don't have a Category Page, you will need to manually add each page to a book.

    There may well be a way to make one big book and add chapters. Or not. I gave it a short try, and decided that having separate chapter-books made more sense anyway.

    Note: the "See Also" links are live, which is pretty neat.

    enjoy,

    Hank
    Last edited by HankFay; 2013-02-12 at 12:44.

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    Thanks for posting the tip Hank,
    we do aim to put together a complete downloadable pdf book of all the chapters before release, but this is a great way for people to have the documentation locally right now!

    Chris.

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    The other advantage is having an updated copy -- unless you plan to set up a daily build reflecting what's current from the last 24 hours. I suspect Yvonne is going to be busy adding stuff in the near-term, such that whatever is produced is out-of-date in a week. Heck, at the rate Barry keeps adding stuff in (bless his heart, as we say here in Kentucky), there's no telling when it will be stable.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris.mavin View Post
    Thanks for posting the tip Hank,
    we do aim to put together a complete downloadable pdf book of all the chapters before release, but this is a great way for people to have the documentation locally right now!

    Chris.

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    PS: if you do create an automated export, it would be great if you could run the PDFs through Calibre to get ePub docs also. That seems easier than setting up ePubExport, but you're the judge of that.

    thanks,

    Hank

    Quote Originally Posted by chris.mavin View Post
    Thanks for posting the tip Hank,
    we do aim to put together a complete downloadable pdf book of all the chapters before release, but this is a great way for people to have the documentation locally right now!

    Chris.

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    Great points Hank!

    You are absolutely right about the speed the documentation is growing, having a daily build makes a lot of sense.
    Once we have the PDF's there is no reason why we can't provide ePub versions too.

    Chris.

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    Thanks. And might I add, you have a great future ahead of you.

    You might want to think of publishing them to LianjaX: that way binary-identical files won't have to be pulled unnecessarily, and all sorts of things could be done in terms of, e.g., a Lianja app to automatically check Git, and then display the docs in a webview section, etc. Not suggesting you create the app: we can create it for an article in Hello, Lianja.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris.mavin View Post
    Great points Hank!
    ...
    Chris.

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    Thanks Hank, We're very exciting about the coming year. We've got big plans for Lianja! :-)

    We haven't forgotten LianjaX and we aim to contribute and promote its use where ever possible.

    Chris.

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