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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.
Now, let's go ahead and add an interactive keynote presentation directly into our Explore California Travel Guide. If you're following along, I'm on page 26 in the Taste of California section. To add an interactive keynote file to our document, all we need to do is come up to our Toolbar and click on the Widget menu and then select keynote from the dropdown menu. When we do, the Keynote Widget object is created for us on our page. Our Widget Inspector also automatically opens up for us so that we're ready to begin working. Let's go ahead and change this objet to a Floating object and then simply drag the object and drop it into place using our Alignment Guides to let us know when we have the object in the correct location.
Next, we'll need to finish preparing our keynote file. If you have a copy of keynote, I've included in the Chapter 10 exercise files, keynote_media folder, a document called 2Trees_Tour_start. I've also included the finished version of this file. Let's have a look at this file so we can see what's going on. An interactive keynote is simply a keynote slide presentation where there is one slide for each frame of our interaction. You can then create interactive buttons that link the frames together from one frame to another.
This document is nearly finished, but we need to hook up the last couple of buttons. To do this, we'll simply click on the first slide and click on this first image. We'll then go up to our Inspector and go over to the Hyperlink Inspector in the right-hand side. We'll check the box that says Enable as hyperlink, and then we'll let keynote know which slide we want to open up when a user clicks on this button. We'll check the radio button for Slide and then click the dropdown menu and choose the appropriate slide. In this case, the appropriate slide is Slide number 2, which is this one right here.
Next, let's link up this Next button by clicking on button number 2, we'll check the box for Enable as hyperlink, make sure Link To is set to Slide, and then check the radio button for Slide and set the slide to number 3. Now, let's go ahead and preview our document to see how it's going to work. We do that by hitting the Play button in keynote and our document opens up in Full Screen mode. We can then click on the first button, and we're taken to the next slide. Where there are some animations that have been added. We can click on Slide 2 to see the animation that appears there, and we can click the Play button.
By clicking on the screen again, we can get the video to stop and go on to the next scene. Go ahead and spend some time and explore all of the different features of this keynote presentation. Then when you're finished, go ahead and hit the Escape key to jump out of the Preview mode. Now that we've got everything set up, all we need to do is save our document by going up to the File menu and choosing Save a Version, and then we can close the document. Next, we can go ahead and add that document directly into our iBooks Author page. To do this, I'll go ahead and jump over to my Finder.
I'll move my Finder window down, and I've already got the finished version here called 2Trees_Tour_finished or if you just saved your document just go ahead and use the start one that you just edited. Then go ahead and drag that document and drop it right into place. When you do, you'll notice that inside of your widget, you'll get a notice letting you know that the keynote file is currently loading. This may take a short time or it may take up to several minutes depending on the speed of your computer and how large the keynote file that you've dropped into your iBooks Author document is. What's happening is that iBooks Author is going through and parsing the document and making sure that it's got all of the media and tools that it needs in order to completely incorporate your keynote presentation directly into the document.
Now that the document is added in, we'll go ahead and click one time on it and look at some of the options that we have inside of our Widget Inspector on the Interaction tab. Once again, we could choose to have this keynote presentation only work in Full Screen mode, but since our users may want to interact with this directly in the document, we'll leave this option unchecked. Next, we could choose to show transport controls if we want the users to be able to simply go from one slide to another. If we had just a plain keynote presentation that simply had slides that we wanted the user to be able to review, such as a lecture that you may have given in a class, you could go ahead and turn this option on to make it easy for your users to be able to navigate your presentation.
In our case, because we created an interactive keynote file, we do not need to have this option checked, so we'll uncheck it. Finally, for the option for Keynote HTML, we could choose a file that had some additional assets for us. These have already been included as part of dropping in the file. Let's go ahead over to the Layout tab, and let's change to the title labels so that it matches all of the rest of the labels within our Explore California Travel Guide. So we'll change it from Interactive to Figure. We have the options set for Caption, and we can also turn on the Background and adjust the fill color if we want to allow our object to stand off the page just a little bit more.
Finally, let's go ahead and edit the text for our Figure title. We'll click one time on the Figure title to select it and then select the text inside of the title. You can then go ahead and type in a title, Two Trees Olive Oil Farm Tour. We can then go ahead and finish off this object by adding the Caption. To do this, we'll simply click one time on the caption and then triple-click on the caption to select the entire thing. Now, we can simply type over the top of it, Interactive Tour of the Two Trees Olive Oil Farm in Ohio, California.
And that's all there is to adding a keynote presentation directly into iBooks Author. If you make your keynote presentation to be interactive, you can add a lot of interest in interactivity directly into your iBook without having to know any programming whatsoever.
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