WebShelf lets you collect information into your own personal Library. Libraries can have one or more Shelves, which are shown in the Bookcase. When you select a shelf by touching it the shelf's current Books are displayed in the Bookshelf. As you select books the first Page of each Book is displayed in the Page Display area.
The first time you run WebShelf it creates a new library for you entitled MyLibrary. Note: The Shelf Tools section below describes how you can change the name of this new library to a name you prefer. The initial library consists of one shelf and one book. You can use the tools described below to add shelves and books as you desire. The following sections walk you through how each of these tools work.
Context Sensitive Help
The WebShelf main screen consists of several areas: on the left side is the Bookcase, which holds Shelves in your current Library. At the top is a Bookshelf which displays all of the books for the selected bookcase shelf. The title of the current library is displayed at the top of the bookcase. To the right of the bookcase is the Page Display area which shows the current page from the currently open book. Each of these items are described in the sections that follow.
Adding a new shelf
Removing a shelf
Editing/Renaming a shelf
Open last library on launch
Animate page turns
Default to offline pages
Clear browser data
Moving a book to a different shelf
You can use the Toggle button to contract or expand the bookcase area. When contracted the Page Display expands to take full advantage of the extra screen space, allowing for improved readability.
Table Of Contents
Arranging page order
Moving a page to to a different book
Searching a page
Adding a page
Removing a page
Editing a page
Trimming a page
Sharing a page
Moving the current page to a different book
Add Page Screen
Add Page Screen
Tips on saving offline web pages
Trim Page Screen
Trim Page Screen
The sections for removal consist of a series of equal-sized sections and may or may not align exactly with the content you wish to remove. Use your best judgement to remove as much of the blank/unneeded content around the sections of the page you wish to retain. If you remove more than you wish you can always use Cancel (as described below) to start over.
The screen consists of three sections: the Tool area (top), Thumbnail area (left) and Page display (center). The tool area allows you to Save or Cancel the page trimming. The Scissors are used to cut the currently selected section in the thumbnail view. As you navigate the thumbnail view the page display shows the currently selected page.
Please note Cancel closes the Trim Page screen and returns you to the main screen, restoring the current page back to its original state, regardless of how many sections you've removed. This is a good option when you've removed more content than you desire and wish to start over. Keep in mind once you choose Save your trimming of the page becomes permanent and cannot be undone, though you can continue to trim the page to remove additional sections if you desire.
Tip: If you wish to remove a series of pages, such as blank pages, or comments following the content you wish to keep, the easiest approach is to select the thumbnail which represents the end of the area to remove, then cut backwards through the sections until you've reached the content you wish to keep.
For example, suppose you have a recipe followed by ten pages of comments which you don't wish to keep. Let's assume the comments start on page 5 and continue through page 14. The easiest way to remove the ten pages is to select the thumbnail for page 14, press the Scissor tool, then continue to use the scissor tool until all ten pages are removed.
Manage Libraries Screen
Manage Libraries Screen
The Manage Libraries screen contains various options which all you to control how you use your libraries. Each of these options is described in the section that follows, in the order the buttons appear on the right-hand side of the screen.
Sharing libraries between devices
Although sharing of WebShelf libraries between multiple iPads isn't built in, it is fairly easy to do, since each library is self-contained. You'll simply need to use the Files app on your iPad to select the library you wish to copy, then select where you wish to copy it. Refer to the following link from Apple for details on how to use the Files app (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206481).
Copying a library to the cloud
To copy a WebShelf library open the Files app then choose the option On my iPad. Once selected choose the WebShelf folder and locate the library you wish to copy. For example, the default library MyLibrary is shown as MyLibrary.db in the list of files. Click the library you wish to copy and choose the Share icon (in the upper right corner). Then chose Save to Files, which gives you multiple options, depending on how your iPad is connected. For example, if you're signed in with iCloud or Google Drive you'll see an option to save your library to either of those locations. Once you've decided where you wish to save it select Save to save a copy of your library.
Copying a library from the cloud to a different iPad
Retrieving a copy of your library is essentially the opposite of what we've just walked though to save it to the cloud. First you'll want to make sure you've installed WebShelf on the new device. Then you'll want to open the Files app, select the location for your saved library file, for example your iCloud drive. Choose the Select option at the upper right, then select the library you wish to copy. Next chose the Move option in the lower portion of the screen. Choose the On My IPad option and select WebShelf, then finally select the Copy option at the upper right. That's it. Now you should see your library listed among the available libraries in the Manage Libraries screen.
Please note attempting to copy an already existing library from the cloud to your iPad will prompt you with an option to replace or keep both copies. If you choose to replace the file you will lose any library data you currently have in your iPad's version of the library, since the file is essentially overwritten. So it's usually best to always keep both copies of the file. For example, if you're saving a file from the cloud named MyLibrary and you tell the Files app to keep both copies you'll end up with MyLibrary 2, which represents the library you've just downloaded from the cloud. (You can always rename this new library using the Manage Libraries screen's Edit option to any name you desire). Also, remember you'll need to use the Manage Libraries screen's Open button to open your downloaded library and make it active.
A note about sharing password-locked libraries
When you copy a library to a new device, keep in mind the library will retain any password locking you've enabled. Also, if you share the library with a friend (https://support.apple.com/guide/ipad/share-files-and-folders-in-icloud-drive-ipade248577c/ipados), your friend will need the password to open the library. Optionally, you can use the Library Management screen's unlock option to remove the password before you copy the library to the cloud, then add the password back after you've copied the library to the cloud.
External keyboard support
WebShelf supports external bluetooth keyboards for both entering text and by providing shortcuts to save you time when adding shelves, books, pages and so forth. The following list of shortcuts are supported. Please note that some are only available when the current book/page support such an action. For example, the PageDown and PageUp shortcuts are only available if there are additional pages to which you can navigate. Press and hold the Command button on your keyboard to see the complete list of supported shortcuts at any given time.