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Steps To Open Book

If you’ve had problems with Annie’s Books Online loading slowly, here’s an option that will speed things up! Download the html files that make up the book, and run them from your desktop, using the same application (Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) you would use to browse the internet.

This works because a browser is an application for reading html and other online markup languages, and displaying the result in a form that makes sense to people. That’s usually a mix of text, photos, and possibly videos. The browser doesn’t care if the code is located on the web or on your desktop, just so you direct it to the proper starting address.

Each of the Annie’s Books Online is a folder containing the html files, images, sounds, and movies that tell the story. For desktop use, I’ve made a ZIP file of each book’s folder for you to download. Once you have a copy of the zip file on your computer, here are the simple steps to use the book.

  • 1. Decompress the downloaded zip file of the book to restore the book’s folder. It’s important NOT to move files within a book folder, but you can move, duplicate, and store the entire folder anywhere on the hard drive.
  • 2. Open the folder, and locate a file called index.html. Open it with any browser.

That’s it! Once you open index.html in a browser, you will see the book pages displayed exactly as they appear online. But they will load much faster since you don’t have to wait for each page to download from a distant location.

Beginning in October 2015, new desktop books will be written in HTML5, and this fact will be noted in the description. This new format will let sounds from buttons play. HTML5 books will play in modern browsers including Mac Safari 5.0 or later, iOS Safari 4.3 or later, Firefox Mac or Win 39 or later, Internet Explorer 9 or later, and Google Chrome Mac or Win 12 or later. Users of Windows XP with IE 8 or earlier will be switched to an alternate version using an earlier html and utilizing a sound manager based on Flash®, but this version can only be read online.

Note: You still need QuickTime® installed, and an active internet connection, to play the movies in a book. The movie files themselves are downloaded in the book folder. However, a movie page needs to get some scripts from the Apple® website in order to display the movie in a formatted page. These scripts are small files and load quickly, much faster than waiting for the page code, the movie files, and the scripts to download.

Here is the list of downloadable book files. You’ll also find a link to each book on its main activity page, at the end of the Online Links section.

Application needed:Any Web Browser, QuickTime
Subject area: Varied
Level:Varied.


Annie’s Desktop Books

Bird Math link: countingBirdsDesktop.zip (15.9 MB) Bird Math activities to read from the desktop using a web browser. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Gingerbread House link: gingerbreadDesktop.zip (15.9 MB) Gingerbread House activity to read from the desktop using a web browser. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Holiday Tree link: holidayTreeDesktop.zip (26.7 MB) Holiday Tree activity to read from the desktop using a web browser. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Jack ‘O Lantern link: jackOLanternDesktop.zip (5.5 MB) Jack ‘O Lantern activity to read from the desktop using a web browser. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Jason books link: jasonDesktop.zip (24.1 MB) Jason’s String and ING Is A Powerful Thing books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies in Jason’s String require QuickTime, but the story may be read without viewing movies. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Little Toot link: tootDesktop.zip (17.1 MB) Little Toot book to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Log Cabin link: logCabinDesktop.zip (20 MB) Log Cabin and Fill The Shelves books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Madagascar Lemurs link: madLemurDesktop.zip (39.9 MB) Madagascar Lemurs and Islands books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies in Madagascar Lemurs require QuickTime, but the story may be read without viewing movies. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Mayan Jungle Adventure link: mayanDesktop.zip (24.6 MB) Mayan Jungle Adventure and Fact Or Fiction books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies in Mayan Jungle Adventure require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Pablo Pelican link: pelicanDesktop.zip (23.3 MB) Pablo’s Bad Day and Pelican Facts books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies in Pablo’s Bad Day require QuickTime, the story may be read without viewing movies. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Pumpkin Pie link: pumpkinPieDesktop.zip (8.6 MB) Making A Pumpkin Pie activity to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Showertime! link: showertimeDesktop.zip Showertime! book to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Snow 2010 link: snowDesktop.zip (18.3 MB) Snow and Making A Snowman books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Sofie Sea Lion link: seaLionDesktop.zip (41.4 MB) Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime,but the stories may be read without viewing movies. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

The Haunted Castle link: HauntedCastleDesktop.zip (13.4 MB) The Haunted Castle interactive book to read from the desktop using a web browser. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Tidepools link: tidePoolsDesktop (41.2 MB) Three TidePools books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Visiting A Petting Farm link: pettingFarmDesktop.zip (16.3 MB) Visiting A Petting Farm activity to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies require QuickTime. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.

Wrapping A Gift link: giftwrapDesktop.zip (4.9 MB) Wrapping A Gift activity to read from the desktop using a web browser. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here

April 16th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

 

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