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Maybe you’ve tried to do this before and can’t remember how you did it, or maybe you’ve never tried it at all, but either way, importing and sharing pages is something that you want to learn how to do.  It allows you to bring in someone else’s page with all of the elements still active so that you have full ability to edit it.  This is great if you’re collaborating on a family history or working with others on a school yearbook.  (Or you just LOVE the page your friend just made!)

The first thing to understand about sharing and importing pages is this: Size matters.  The 12×12 .page file that you share with a friend can only be imported into an open 12×12 project.

So, let’s start with the sharing part first.  Page files are pretty big, so this isn’t something that you can just attach to an email.  There are really two ways to share that file – on a jump/flash drive, or via an online sharing site like 4Shared.com. You can sign up for a free account (which expires in 30 days if you don’t use it) or upgrade so your files won’t be lost.

To save your .page file to share, open your project in Storybook Creator Plus 3.0, click on the drop down arrow on the Save icon (Home tab) and select Save as.

Pick a place to save it TEMPORARILY where you can find it, like your Desktop.  This will make a duplicate of your whole project in the new location, so you won’t want to keep it for long.

Now go to the new folder on your desktop where you saved your pages that you plan to share.  If you double click on the folder, you’ll see one or more files in the folder with big long names full of letters and numbers with the extension (ending) .page.  These are the individual pages in your project.

  • If you plan to save the .page files to a jump drive, this is where you would insert the drive, then create a new folder and drag and drop your .page files onto it.  You don’t need the other files in the folder, just the ones that end in .page.
  • If you plan to upload your files to 4shared.com, you will need to login to that site, then click the Browse button at the bottom of the screen.

    Next, select the .page file in the pop up box and click Open, then click Upload in the box at the bottom of the page.  Be sure to click OK on the box that asks if you want to share the file.
  • The last step is to share the link to your uploaded file(s) with your friends so that they can download it.  To do that, select and copy (Ctrl+C) the link at the top of the page and paste it in an email to your friends.

Once you’re finished transferring your files to the jump drive or uploading them to the sharing site, now it’s time to learn to import them.

Open Storybook Creator and either open an existing project that you want to add the pages into, or create a new project to import them into.  Remember: it has to be the same page size, or it won’t work!

With your project open, click the Import page button (on the far right side of the Home tab).

When you click on the Import page button, a box opens that allows you to browse out to find the pages you want to import.  Find the location where you saved your new .page files.  You should see a thumbnail view of the pages.  Select all of the ones you want to bring in (hold down the Ctrl key and click on each one if there are more than you want in the folder) and click Get Pages.

(If the pages show in the box with a red X over them, it means that they were created in a different size and cannot be imported into the current project.)

That’s really all there is to it!  You’re new pages should be in the project and ready to be edited.  Enjoy!

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