ZuluPad is designed to be easy for anyone to use. If you're
at home with web browsers (Firefox, Safari, IE, etc.) and text
editors (Notepad, TextEdit, etc.), then you shouldn't have
any problems with ZuluPad. The first thing you should do after
downloading ZuluPad is to copy it to the directory of your choice,
probably your "Program Files" directory on Windows,
or "/Applications" on OS X. Once you've done
that, run ZuluPad by double-clicking the icon, and you will see
the default Index page, which says "Welcome to ZuluPad
0.2". Feel free to delete this text, and start typing.
Creating a Link
The feature that sets ZuluPad apart from the average text editor
is that you can create links between pages, just like the links
that are created between web sites online. Creating a link is
easy. When you've typed a word that you would like to make
into a link, just highlight that word, and click the "link" button
in the toolbar, or press Ctrl-L on your keyboard (Cmd-L on OS
X). You'll be taken to a new page, and now every time you
type that word, on any other page in your ZuluPad document, you'll
be presented with a link to this page.
Navigating in ZuluPad
Navigation in ZuluPad is a bit like navigating in a web browser.
To follow a link, all you have to do is click on it. If you'd
like to go back to the page you were just on, press the "Back" button
in the toolbar. On the toolbar, you'll also find a dropdown
list of the pages that are contained in your document. You can
use this list to navigate between pages without having to look
for a page that links to a specific page. Also, if you know the
name of the page that you'd like to go to, you can always
click on the "Page" menu, and select "Go To
Page". This will allow you to type in the name of the page
that you want to go to.
Documents and Pages
It's important to understand the difference between a "document" and
a "page". A document is a group of pages that are
all saved as one .zulu file. Creating a new document will allow
you to start fresh, without having any pages on file. Creating
a new page will allow you to add a new page to the current document.
Removing a Page
If you'd like to remove a page so that other pages will
no longer link to it, all you have to do is to go to that page,
and click the delete button in the toolbar.
You can set a number of preferences by clicking on the "File" menu,
and selecting "Preferences". These preferences are:
- Use System Tray: This feature is only available in
Windows. Selecting "Yes" will create a ZuluPad
icon in the system tray (the space in Windows with all the
little icons, over by the clock). Minimizing ZuluPad will
then minimize to the system tray, rather than the Windows
taskbar. If you are using OS X, and would like ZuluPad to
appear in your system dock, just drag the ZuluPad icon from
your /Applications folder onto the dock.
- Always on Top: This
feature is only available in Windows. Selecting "Yes" will
cause ZuluPad to always be displayed on top of other programs
for as long as it is open.
- AutoSave on Close: Use this feature to determine whether
ZuluPad should ask you before saving when you close the
application, or simply save without bothering to prompt you.
URLs: This option will tell ZuluPad to hyperlink
all Web links (URLs). If you choose this option, ZuluPad
will automatically hyperlink any string of text beginning
with http://, https://, or ftp://, and clicking on the link
will open the link in your default web browser. Additionally,
file:/// links will link to files on your hard drive(s).
- AutoSave on Minimize: This feature is only available
in Windows. Selecting "Yes" will cause ZuluPad
to save every time you minimize the application.
- Start Minimized: This feature is only available in Windows.
Selecting "Yes" will cause ZuluPad to start minimized.
This would really only be useful if you want ZuluPad to automatically
start in your system tray whenever you restart Windows.
Note: You will have to have ZuluPad version 0.3 or greater
in order to use ZuluSync Online.
ZuluSync Online is an easy way of keeping your ZuluPad documents in sync among
any number of different computers without having to transfer any files. Once
you've synced a ZuluPad document, you will also be able to view that document
via a web interface on the gersic.com server. This way, as long as you're on
a computer connected to the Internet, you'll never be without your ZuluPad data.
Your documents will only be viewable to you, and are secured with a username
and password of your choosing.
To get started with ZuluSync Online, you'll need to register a username and password
for yourself with the registration form.
Once you've done this, you're ready to begin. Open up ZuluPad, and select File
-> ZuluSync Login. You'll be prompted to enter your username and
password. Now, open the ZuluPad document that you would like to sync, and click
the info button
in the ZuluPad toolbar. You'll have to give your document a name here. This name
will be used by the ZuluSync Online system to keep track of multiple documents.
Now that you've named your document, send it to the server, by selecting File
-> ZuluSync Send. To view your document online, login here.
To download your document on another computer. Open up ZuluPad, click File
-> ZuluSync Receive. You'll be prompted to choose the document that
you want to receive, and it will then be downloaded.
ZuluSync Proxy Server
If you need to use a proxy server to access the internet (check
your browser settings to determine this), you can configure ZuluPad
to use that proxy. Go to File -> Internet Proxy Settings, check
"Use a Proxy to Access the Internet", and fill in your information.
If you don't need a username and password to access your proxy,
just don't fill in those fields. A hostname and port are required.
If you're still confused about something, please post a question
in the forum, or check the FAQ.
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