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Adding a 3D object

Adding a 3D object provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Chris Mattia as part of … Show More

iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Adding a 3D object

Adding a 3D object provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Chris Mattia as part of the iBooks Author Essential Training
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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 23s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 26s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 14s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 7s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 46s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 55s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 13s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 25s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 52s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 52s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Adding a 3D object
Video Duration: 4m 24s 6h 3m Appropriate for all Updated Feb 18, 2013


Adding a 3D object provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Chris Mattia as part of the iBooks Author Essential Training

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In this course, author and educator Chris Mattia demonstrates how to use the Apple iBooks Author application to create and publish your own ebook, without extensive design or publishing experience.

Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging ebook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic ebook, including engaging text, images, audio, video, 3D models, and dynamic web content. It also shows how to customize the iBooks Author interface and leverage built-in templates to produce a beautifully designed and polished ebook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.

Topics include:
  • Installing iBooks Author
  • Creating a book cover
  • Creating pages, chapters, and sections
  • Adding visual interest
  • Creating a table of contents and a glossary
  • Working with templates and placeholders
  • Importing text from Pages or Microsoft Word
  • Formatting text
  • Adding objects such as titles, labels, and captions
  • Inserting images
  • Adding tables and charts
  • Working with widgets such as movies, 3D objects, and interactive images
  • Creating review sections with multiple choice and matching questions
  • Exporting a book as an iBook, PDF, or text document
  • Publishing to the iBookstore
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Adding a 3D object

Now let's create a 3D Widget and add it into our Explore California Travel Guide. If you're following along, I'm on page 27 in the Taste of California section. To create a 3D Widget object, all you need to do is to go up to your Toolbar and click on widgets and then select the 3D option from the dropdown menu. A 3D Widget object is created for us and our Widget Inspector is automatically opened up. We can then change the type of object from an Anchored object to a Floating object and move the object into position using our alignment guides.

We can then grab the handle at the bottom of the object and drag it down into place so that it snaps the full height of the column. Now, we're ready to add our 3D object. To add a 3D object, all you need to do is drag any Collada File which has a .dae file extension just directly onto here. I'm going to go over to my Finder, and in the Chapter 10 folder, there's a folder called 3d files. And in here, there's two documents, Bottle.dae and bottle.tif. Now I'd like to give a shout out to Adam Crespi who is another author here at, and he happened to be in recording a title and he created this 3D object for me in 3D Studio MAX.

We then exported the document out of 3D Studio MAX, and we also exported it out of Maya, just to test and make sure that both applications would work properly. You could also create a document directly in the free 3D program, Google SketchUp. All you need to do is make sure when you export the document, you export it as a .dae file. Let's go ahead and preview the document to see what it looks like. Click one time on the file and then press the spacebar on your keyboard to open up the file in Quick Look. You can then grab the bottle and drag around with your mouse to look at all the different points of view of the bottle.

The label that's been added to the bottle is what's in the second file that's called bottle.tif. I'll go ahead and preview that document as well. If you'd like an interesting challenge, go ahead and open up this document in your favorite image editor, such as Photoshop and then go ahead and edit the TIFF file. Just don't change the dimensions or the name of the file and make sure that the TIFF file remains in the same location as the Bottle file. Then when you preview the Bottle file, it will have your custom label wrapped around the bottle. Let's go ahead and add the Bottle.dae file directly into our iBooks Author document.

We'll do this by grabbing the Bottle.dae file and simply dragging and dropping it right inside of the 3D Widget. We can then click inside of iBooks Author and click one time on the widget to make sure it's selected. Next, let's look at the Widget options that we have for a 3D object. The 3D object file has been added in the Interaction tab for us. If you wanted to choose a different file, you could click the Choose button and navigate and grab another file. Next, we have the ability to set Object Rotation. Currently, it's set to Free Rotation, meaning, the user can grab the object and they can spin it in any direction they choose.

You can also choose to allow the user to only rotate in the horizontal or in a horizontal and vertical direction. I like Free Rotate because it gives the user the most freedom to explore the object that we've added on to the book for them. We can choose to Auto-rotate the object when the object is appearing on the iPad but the user is not necessarily interacting with it. This is a nice effect, and it lets the user know that there's something there that they can grab and interact with. Let's go ahead and go to the Layout tab and change our Title Label from Interactive to Figure. So it matches all the other labels throughout our book.

We want to make sure we have our Caption and check our Background for this particular object. We can then go ahead up to the title of the object by clicking on it one time, selecting the text and then typing in our title. In this case, I'll go ahead and type in Two Trees Premium Olive Oil. Finally, we can go ahead and set the Caption of our object by clicking down at the bottom and then triple-clicking on the Description and typing in our own description. I'll go ahead and type in 3D Interactive Bottle of Two Trees Premium Olive Oil. Our 3D object is now completed inside of our iBooks Author document.

Remember, you can create your own objects in free programs such as Google SketchUp, or you can also download free objects directly off of the web from a variety of different locations. If you happen to be skilled in creating 3D tools, and there's a lot of great training titles here at on how to do this, go ahead and feel free to create your own objects. Just make sure you export them in the COLLADA.dae file format and they should go directly in to your iBooks Author document.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about iBooks Author Essential Training .

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Q: This course was updated on 02/18/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers changes included with iBooks 2.0. We added movies to address portrait-only book templates, embedded equations, scrolling sidebar and popover widgets, and updated movies on publishing to the iBookstore.





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