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Thursday, 29 October 2015

New version of Sigil


I'm reinstalling my software, following a system restore, and discovered that Sigil has moved and has been updated. The new download location is : Versions are available for all operating systems. Flightcrew, which is the error-checking epub2 validator has been converted into a plugin, and that can be downloaded as a .zip archive from here: Again, it comes in versions for all operating systems. Just select the right one for you. These links are correct at the time of writing. If the precise location of the files changes in thefuture, try deleting the final components of the path one by one to find the correct location.

Once Sigil is installed and the plugin is downloaded, run Sigil and select 'plugins/manage plugins' from the main menu:

From the dialog which loads, click the add plugin button:

From the next dialog, navigate to and then select the archive containing the flightcrew plugin (no need to unzip/extract it):

Clicking the open button installs the plugin, which appears in the list of installed plugins:

The plugins menu now has a submenu 'validation'. 'flight crew' is available as a pop-up:

Selecting this however leads to this error:

[update 14 August 2017: the latest version of flightCrew, v0.9.2 and the latest version of Sigil, v0.9.8 seem not to have the difficulty described above, but I'm leaving what follows for reference. The links above checked and still work.]

Going back to the 'manage plugins' dialog reveals that the plugin uses either python 2.7 or 3.4:

And, with Sigil and the plugin 'out of the box', there is a space for a path to these bits of software which isn't yet set up:

Clicking on 'auto' next to the python 3.4 panel filled in the correct path:

However this didn't work for python 2.7. Clicking the 'set' button instead produced a search dialog for me to locate python 2.7 myself. Following the example from the path to python 3.4 took me here:

As is clear, I only have python 3, so I left the path to python 2.7 blank. Selecting Flightcrew from the main menu now produces this dialog:

Clicking 'start' began the verification:

And after a while the results are displayed in the usual way:

Obviously this new blank epub needs some of the metadata adding, but at least the flightcrew plugin is now correctly configured and working properly.

Index to ‘how to …’ posts:

How to ‘unpack’ an epub file to edit the contents and see what’s inside.
How to understand what is inside an epub
How to link the html table of Contents in a Kindle e-book
How to restructure the html table of contents for a Kindle
How to delete the html cover for a Kindle ebook
How to link the cover IMAGE in a Kindle e-book
How to clean up your MS Word file before your get started
How to markup an MS Word file to identify the formats before importing it into an epub
How to create a new blank e-pub using Sigil
How to import your marked-up MS Word file into your ebook using Sigil
How to create and link a CSS stylesheet in an e-book using Sigil
How to replace the markup with CSS styles in your ebook using Sigil
How to style an e-book so it works with the limited CSS styling available to Kindle e-readers
How to understand the syntax of CSS
How to style Small Caps in an e-book
How to split your ebook up into chapters using Sigil
How to sequence your e-book
How to phrase the copyright declarations etc. in an e-book
How to generate the logical table of contents using Sigil
How to understand toc.ncx in an e-book
How to generate the html table of contents in an e-pub
How to style the html table of contents using CSS
How to create an html cover for your epub using Sigil
How to present references and notes in a book
How to use Mark Up to link notes in your e-book
How to present a bibliography in a book
How to use markup to link entries in a bibliography with the notes section
How to index an e-book
How to use the tools in MS Word to create an index
How to alphabetise an index or bibliography
How to adapt the print index in your MS Word file for an e-book using markup
How to adapt cross-references in your print index for e-book and how to use markup to make the links
How to understand content.opf
How to understand and edit the Metadata of an ebook using Sigil
How to understand the manifest in content.opf
How to understand the spine and guide in content.opf
How to test your e-pub using flightCrew in Sigil
How to test your e-pub using epubcheck
How to convert an e-pub to Kindle using kindlegen

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your explanation.
    I never found archives or hints about FlightCrew.


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