A Taste of Butterfly Dreams: The Seasons through Haiku and Photographs
Photographs by Michael Lustbader • Translations by William J. Higginson • Calligraphy by Eri Takase
Test Drive the Sample PDF File on Your Own Computer

Butterfly Dreams: The Seasons through Haiku and Photographs is available on CD-ROM readable on Mac or Windows pcs with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader®, available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2_allversions.html. This web page you are reading now gives instructions for Basic Navigation and Continuous Scrolling in Reader.

While we hope you have enjoyed looking at some of the contents of Butterfly Dreams here on this web site, to get the full impact of the images and a better idea of how the e-book will work on your computer, we recommend that you try the sample PDF file available here. From this web page, you can download a sample PDF file that contains a presentation of 30 pages of images and haiku from Butterfly Dreams, along with full comments on those image/poem pairs. You can navigate this sample file in exactly the same ways as the complete CD-ROM edition of Butterfly Dreams, with its 130 pages of images and haiku, plus comments on all. We suggest that you read through the navigation instructions below before downloading, or even print out this page, so you'll know how to move around in Butterfly Dreams in the ways that best suit your taste.

Please Note: If you just download this file into Acrobat Reader within your browser, your navigation options will be much more limited. We recommend downloading the PDF file to your computer desktop, and then opening it as a free-standing file in Acrobat Reader. To do so, either save the PDF file from your browser window (click "Save a Copy" at the top left of the Acrobat Reader window), or, if asked whether to open or save to file, click save. Once you have the PDF file downloaded, clicking or double-clicking the "bd-presentation" icon on your desktop will open the file in Acrobat Reader, and you can use any of the options below.

Basic Navigation

There are many ways to navigate an electronic book in Acrobat Reader. The following instructions are packed with the Butterfly Dreams CD-ROM (note that these directions refer to the PDF file, not this web site):

You may move around within the presentation, page-by-page, by using the arrow buttons at the bottom of the Acrobat window. In addition, if you click on the "Page" tab located on the left of your Acrobat screen, thumbnail images of the pages will be displayed. Clicking on the thumbnail will bring you to the corresponding page.

To navigate between the main pages and the commentary, click anywhere on the image to go to the appropriate commentary page. To return to the main page, click on the thumbnail image to the left of the text. If the text appears too small to read comfortably, choose the "magnifying tool" on the menu bar. Your cursor then becomes a magnifying glass. Use it to click on the text and change its size to taste.

To return to the Contents page at any time, click on the page number in the upper right corner of each page. You may also return to the Contents page by clicking anywhere in the calligraphy page that introduces each season, or on the Authors' Biographies page.

Butterfly Dreams is best viewed without the distraction of anything else on your screen. In Acrobat, click on the "View" menu above the presentation window. In the drop-down menu that appears, select the "Full Screen" option. You may then advance the pages using the arrow keys or page-up and page-down on your keyboard. As usual, clicking within an image takes you to the corresponding comments page; clicking on a thumbnail on a comments page takes you to the main page with that image and poem.

To exit the "Full Screen" mode and return to the normal Acrobat window at any time, press the "Esc" key.

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Continuous Scrolling

Some of our readers have asked if they could view Butterfly Dreams as a continuous slide show that simply runs without reader intervention. This capacity is built into Adobe Reader. Here's how to turn it on:

With the book loaded in Acrobat Reader, in the normal mode that shows toolbars (see Note above), go to the Edit menu. At the bottom of the pull-down menu, click on "Preferences". When the Preferences window opens, click on "Full Screen" on the left-hand menu. Then, under the words "Full Screen Navigation", make sure the check-boxes in front of "Advance every", "Loop after last page", "Escape key exits" are all checked. (Click in each box if it's not checked. The wording on the third item may vary, as you may have a key different from the "Escape" key on Windows keyboards. Take note of the relevant key, so you know how to get out of Full Screen mode later on.)

Then, determine how many seconds you'd like each page to remain on screen. To my taste, each main page would need to be on screen at least 20–30 seconds for me to fully take in the image, then read the poem, then look back at the image and notice additional detail that the poem suggests, etc. Finally, click OK. Then, navigate to the page you want to start in (I'd suggest the first full-page calligraphy that begins Spring), and use the View menu to go to "Full Screen". Voila! The slide show begins!

With the slide-show mode on, clicking on the screen will still have the usual effects, outlined in Basic Navigation, above. But then the slide show will go on from that point. So long as you stay in Full-Screen mode, the pages will keep changing, no matter where you are in the book, and the only way to make it stop is to drop out of slide-show mode, by hitting the Escape (or whatever) key. The one drawback here is that the comments pages will scroll at the same rate of speed, making it difficult to read through the comments on any one image+poem pair and then get back to the main page to continue scrolling. (But that won't bother you during the 130+ main pages of the full book!)

Note that the slide-show mode only works when you're in full-screen. Also, to change these settings, you have to go back and change them in Edit>Preferences>Full Screen. So they'll be that way for anything else you look at in Reader's full-screen mode until you change those settings. Again, this only applies to full-screen viewing, and will not affect other uses of Reader.

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