Once a pattern has been generated you will be taken to the preview window.
The preview can also be accessed through your Previous Patterns Screen.
The preview window is a chance to analyse and check your pattern to ensure a good fold. Please note that the preview image that is produced by the software is copyright of Bookami® and should not be copied, reproduced or used in any way to advertise/sell your patterns.
Each vertical black line on the preview represents a page in your book.
For Measure, Mark & Fold method patterns, there will only ever be 2 folds per page, the top fold and the bottom fold. It is impossible to fold more than twice on a page that has not been cut.
You will only ever have a solid black section when there are continuous vertical straights with no breaks – the straight section of the letter B, for example, as one continuous straight vertical line, can be folded using one page – one top fold and one bottom fold.
Each part of the very first section of the letter B will require 2 pages as this has 2 ‘sections’ to it.
Think of a section as a start point and a stop point. If you run your finger all the way down in a vertical line on the start of the letter B in the image above you will get to a start point, then a stop point. Further down the line you will get to a start point, then a stop point. Therefore you have 2 sections to fold here. It is impossible to fold 4 points on a single page, so this is split into 2 pages.
The first of these 2 pages will contain measurements for the top ‘section’ of the start of the letter B
The second of these 2 pages will contain measurements for the bottom ‘section’ of the start of the letter B
Now take a look at the middle part of the letter B where the lines are more spread out. Again, run your finger down this line. You will get to a start point, a stop point, then a start point and a stop point, then a further start point and stop point. You have 3 sections to fold here, a top fold and a bottom fold for each section. Therefore this part of the pattern is spread out over 3 pages as illustrated in the preview window, hence why these lines are more spread out.
The best kind of preview is one with black lines (your pages) as close together as possible. The preview gives you an example of what your finished fold will look like. Below are some examples of the previews and the finished folds.