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The RootsMagic Publisher allows you to combine multiple reports into a single document (or book). This document can include narrative books (like the modified register), pedigree charts, family group sheets, and several other common printouts. The document can also include cover and title pages, a table of contents, other introductory pages, a shared index and source bibliography covering all sections in the document.

Creating a new Book

To create a book, select "New Book" from the Publish page. RootsMagic will ask for some basic information for your book (title, author, and publisher), and will let you select any special chapters you will want to include (like title page, table of contents, etc.). Don't worry if you can't decide; you can always add or remove any chapter later.

Create New Book

When you are satisfied with your settings, click Create to create the "book template" and open it in the Publisher.

Book Template

The Publisher looks very similar to the Report Viewer screen, except with a list of book chapters on the left side of the screen.

Adding a New Chapter
To add a new chapter to your book, click the "Add" button above the chapter list to open the "Add Chapters" list.

Add Chapters

The "Add Chapters" list let you add multiple chapters at once, so place a checkmark in front of each chapter type you want to add then click the "Add" button. The "Add" button will disable until you select at least one chapter type. The new chapters will be added to the end of the list but you can rearrange them later.

Editing a Chapter
To edit the settings of a chapter, simply click that chapter in the list and RootsMagic will slide in the settings for that chapter. For special chapters (like title page, etc.) there will be some basic options to select from. For report chapters (like pedigree chart, family group sheet, etc.) the settings will be exactly the same as the settings for printing that report by itself (see Reports and Charts)

Removing a Chapter
To remove a chapter highlight the chapter and click the "Delete" (trash can) button. RootsMagic will ask you to verify that you want to delete the chapter.

Rearranging Chapters
If your chapters are not in the order you want, select a chapter in the list and use the up and down arrows to move the chapter into the desired order.

Generating the Book
At any time in Publisher you can click the "Generate Book" button below the chapter list to generate the book based on the chapters and settings you have entered. When the generated book is displayed, you can use any of the usual Print Preview commands (print, save, zoom, etc.).

Using an Existing Book

When you create a new book template, RootsMagic will store that template so you can access it at any time. This is especially useful for keeping your printed books up to date. As you add new people, or modify existing people in your file, you can simply come back to your book template and re-generate the book and it will automatically include the new information you have entered in your file.

You can access the book templates you have created by selecting "Manage Books" from the Publish page. RootsMagic will slide in a list of all the books you've created for this file.

Manage Books

To edit or generate a book, select the book from the list and RootsMagic will open the book template in Publisher. You can then edit or generate the book in exactly the same way as when you originally created it.

You can also rename or delete a book using the buttons to the right of each book's name in the list.

Note: When you create a book template, it is stored in the current database since the chapters you add are specific to people in the current database. For example, you can add a pedigree chart for John Doe, or a narrative book for Mary Smith.

Sources and Indexes in Books

When publishing a book, RootsMagic can also include sources and indexes for any chapters that support them. Simply edit the report settings for a chapter to have them include sources, or to be included in the index. Settings under Layout, Appearance and References are universal for the book.