Corruption or damaged books are a source of great frustration and trouble. Here is a brief summary of some important facts relating to this topic.
Symptoms of Corruption
The most typical symptom of corruption is a reproducible crash of ToolBook where Windows reports that ToolBook has stopped responding. Another is the message "The last save was interrupted. This book may be corrupted." when opening the book.
Tips for Avoiding Corruption
- Never save the book (especially to the same name) after a ToolBook Crash occurs. This can actually save corruption into your file.
- In general you should avoid saving the book to the same name, but rather backup frequently by choosing "Save As" from the "File" menu, and specifying a new name. If you need to work with the original filename, you can do one "Save As" to an archival name perhaps with a number at the end (e.g. "Project1.tbk"), and then immediately after do a second "Save As" back to the original filename (e.g. "Project.tbk").
- Create a series of archives by doing a "Save As" to different filenames each time, e.g. going from "Project.tbk" to "Project1.tbk", "Project2.tbk", etc. This way if a book becomes corrupt, you can fall back to an earlier archived version. You can make this automatic by ensuring the Backup feature it turned on and set to a reasonable value (you can set this within ToolBook using the menu selections: View | Options | Backup).
Suggestions for Recovering from Corruption
There are a few methods for recovering a damaged or corrupt book if you have no backup book.
Run the Repair Kit utility
- This utility is the best tool available for salvaging a damaged book.
- It works by copying the objects, pages, backgrounds, resources, from your damaged book into a new book.
- This process inherently removes a wide variety of corruption.
- Information on the Repair Kit utility and where to get it.
Copy and paste the objects into a blank book
- Open the damaged book and a new blank book in a separate instance of ToolBook.
- From the damaged book select all the objects on a page (CTRL+A), switch to the blank book, and paste.
- Repeat this process.
Insert pages into a new blank book
- Open a new blank book and use ToolBook`s built in "Import Pages" feature. It is accessed under the "Insert" menu, by selecting the "Pages ..." item.
- If inserting all the pages from the damaged book fails, try inserting a range of pages (e.g. if page 10 is the suspect of corruption, insert page 1-9 then insert page 11 up).
- In the insert pages dialog window, you specify the filename of the damaged file, and then push the "Format" button. Now you can specify a contiguous range of pages to import. You can also choose to include or exclude the backgrounds of those pages.
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