Bits to Bookshelf

User Guide


Installation and activation follows the standard WordPress method for plugins.

The most straightforward installation procedure is to go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New, search for “Anthologize,” and then and install and activate the plugin.

To manually install the plugin, download the file, unzip its contents into an “anthologize” directory, upload the “anthologize” directory to “/wp-content/plugins” in the WordPress installation, and then activate the plugin.

Once Anthologize has been installed, go to Dashboard > Anthologize to start compiling your project.

Compiling a Project

Anthologize works with the concept of a project, parts, and items—you may think of a project as a “book”, a part as a “chapter,” and an item as the chapter content, but this structure also applies to other models as well (“play,” “act,” “scene,” for example).

To create a new project, select Dashboard > Anthologize > New Project. Give the project a title, and optionally a subtitle. Assign an author’s name to the project as a whole, or leave that field blank. After completing these fields, press the “Save Project” button.

Creating a New Project

Once the project has been created, it will appear in a list accessed by selecting Dashboard > Anthologize > My Projects.

To manage a project, roll the mouse over the title of the project and links will appear to three new actions: Edit Project, Manage Parts, and Delete Project.

Manage Your Project

Use the “Edit Project” link to begin editing the same information used to create the project initially (title, subtitle, author). Use the “Delete Project” link to remove the project from the system.

Selecting “Manage Parts” begins the process of adding parts and items (chapters and content) to the project (book).

Before managing the content that will go into the project, create a new part; press the “New Part” button to access this form. Creating a new part is as simple as entering the title of that part in a text field and pressing the Publish button. Please note that publishing a part wiill not make it visible to the outside world.

Once the part has been created, it will appear in the right side of the page.

Prepare to Add Items

From this point, edit or delete the part entirely using the text links shown, or begin to add individual content items. Note that you do not have to add parts and items in a linear fashion. Adding all the parts before adding all the items, and ordering the parts without content in them is completely possible within Anthologize.

When at least one part has been created, individual items can be dragged under the part to create a project hierarchy.

Drag Items into Parts

In the left side of the Anthologize interface, all existing or imported items appear in a list. This list of items can be filtered by tag or by category. If filtering by tag, select the first drop-down list (defaulted to “All posts”) and select “Tag”—the second drop-down list will be populated with all tags used in the posts in the library. Similarly, to filter by category, select “Category” from the first drop-down list and the second will be populated with the categories used in the posts in the library.

Selecting a specific tag or category will filter the list of items to include only those in the selected tag or category. After narrowing the field (if desired), select an item from the left side and drag it across the screen to the right. Drop the item under the target part.

Continue to drop items beneath parts, and even create new parts. At any point, these items and parts can be reordered simply by dragging and dropping within the right side of the administrative interface.

Reorder Items

Some authors may wish to add individual items within a part, edit the content, then combine the items to create a compositional space that better reflects the flow of the document. In this case, click “Append” next to the item to join with another. A menu will appear that allows for the selection of any and all other posts in the current part. Select the checkbox(es) next to the item(s) to append to the original post, and a new item will be created that holds the content of all the selected posts.

Append Items

Continue the process of adding parts and items (or removing them), reordering parts and items, and editing the content of posts until the project is ready for export.

Importing a Feed

In addition to working with items already present in the WordPress installation, Anthologize will also import a feed from an external source. At this time, the process of accessing the feed is via URL; in the future this process will also include a file upload process. For now, to import a feed simply enter the feed URL in the “Import Content” form.

Enter URL for Feed

After reading the feed, Anthologize offers the ability to select only specific items for import. Currently, all items are pre-selected for import, so be sure to uncheck those not intended for your Anthologize library.

Select Items for Import

After selecting items for import and submitting the form, the items will appear in the library and will be available for addition and editing within any project.

Exporting a Project

Before exporting the project to one of the standard output formats, take a moment to enter some optional information such as copyright. Several options are available for selection, including a range of Creative Commons licenses as well as the ability to enter text strings for the year and copyright holder.

Basic Publishing Settings

The next step of the export process includes the ability to select an output type, page size, and base font and font size.

Output Settings

The default export options are: PDF, letter size, a serif base font, and a base font size of 12. The base font and font size will override any display formatting set in the content itself. At this time, the base font options are Serif, Sans-Serif, and Fixed-width, and the base font size ranges from 9 to 14 points.

While each of the output formats produce a downloadable file, the RTF export works in conjunction with a static external document file as a base template. Although you can export to RTF and then edit that file as needed, please be aware that this process is very much in the alpha stage and the plans are for this template to be user-defined and flexible.