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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What files are supported for upload into Manifold?

    Manifold can ingest Texts directly from EPUB, Markdown, HTML, and Google Docs. Microsoft Word is not directly supported by the system at present. Word Documents first need to be transformed to Markdown, HTML, or a Google Doc by way of an Export/Save As or through a tool such as PanDoc or Mammoth in order for them to be loaded into the platform's Reader.

    For supplementary Resources, check out our documentation for details on which file types are supported.

  • What if I don’t have an EPUB file? Can I still upload a text to Manifold?

    Absolutely! Manifold can ingest texts directly from Markdown, HTML, or Google Docs. If you have a Word Document, you can save it to Google Docs and load it directly from there.

  • Can I turn off the commenting feature?

    The commenting feature can't presently be turned off, but you can hide all the annotations and comments—even your own—by toggling the eye icon in the upper right of the Reader. By default the system shows all annotations to a text (green eye icon). If you click it once, the icon will turn gray and hide all annotations. If you click it again it will turn blue and show only the annotations you've made.

  • How can I customize the Project landing page?

    Through the Back End interface you can adjust each project's landing page with a unique description, banner image, author avatar, and cover. If your project or author has Twitter or Instagram account you can associate them to the project and suggest a social media hash tag. For works that have a print edition, you can provide the price and a link to the purchase page. You can also curate a project's activity feed and general metadata.

  • Can I customize the branding in my installation of Manifold?

    Yes! You can replace the default Manifold logo with your own and modify the color scheme to reflect those of your organization.

  • What types of media are supported to upload into the Resource section?

    It depends on the kind of Resource you're using. Check out our documentation for details on which file types are supported for each kind of Resource.

  • What is the size limit for media uploaded into the Resource section?

    That depends on your publisher and their set up. A good rule of thumb though is to let your publisher know if you have individual files larger than 200MB.

  • What if I don’t have permission to upload media to the Resource section?

    If you don't have permission from the appropriate rights holder to use the material, you need to work with your publisher to secure the necessary rights before uploading those materials to be hosted on the system. In cases where it's not possible to secure the rights, Manifold provides a Link Resource that allows authors to annotate their materials with links to external materials.

  • Do I need an internet connection to use Manifold?

    You do. Manifold is of the internet and requires a connection to both read and interact with.

  • What is the minimum metadata requirement for starting a project?

    While we suggest you bring your metadata A-game, you only need a title to begin a project. Any other metadata can be added in later, as suits your purposes. 

  • Do I need to register for an account to read a Manifold edition?

    No. Unregistered readers can still read any open text on Manifold, but accounts are required for those who want to highlight or annotate passages or otherwise engage in any community discussion on the platform.

  • If I register for a Manifold account hosted by one publisher, do I need to create a separate account for a different instance of Manifold hosted by another publisher?

    Yes. At present, accounts created for one Manifold are specific to that particular instance of Manifold.

  • What happens when I follow a project?

    Followed projects are gathered together in the Following pane for quick access and to easily see which have been updated since your last visit.

Need more support?

Manifold offers open source support through GitHub, our documentation, and Slack. We also offer paid support through our Digital Services. Choose the method that best fits your support needs.

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