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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.
To begin our exploration of how to add charts inside of iBooks Author, we're in Chapter 8 of our Explore California Travel Guide, and we're going to build a chart that shows a comparison of the average monthly snowfall over the past 10 years and the past 100 years. To do this, we'll start off by adding our chart. Let's begin by looking at the three ways to add a chart. The first way is to simply come up to the Insert menu, come down to Chart and then come over to the side menu.
Here we can see that all of the available chart types for iBooks Author are listed. All of the 2D charts are listed here on the top portion and then below the line are all of the 3D chart types. Let's go ahead and select the Pie chart. When we select a chart to be created, we get a new chart to appear on our page. We also are given a legend and a new window has appeared that we haven't seen before. This is called the Chart Data Editor. The Chart Data Editor is a tool that we'll use in order to add or edit all of the data that we're going to have displayed inside of our chart.
This looks and works very similar to a spreadsheet where the data is arranged as a series of columns and rows. We can add rows, add columns, we can choose to plot our data via rows or via columns, and we can make changes to our data and they'll be an Update button. The other thing that happens when we add a Chart into iBooks Author is our Chart Inspector automatically opens up for us if it's not already open. Now the options available in the Chart Inspector are going to be different depending on the type of chart that you've added.
For instance, we've added a Pie chart. So have a look in some of the options that are available here. We can control the labels, we can control information about the wedges, and we can control some basic information about the data themselves. Let's go ahead and deselect our chart, then click one time on it and hit the Delete key so we can get rid of it. Now let's go ahead and add another type of chart and have a look to see what's similar and different. This time we'll come up to our Toolbar and simply click on Charts. Now, we're able to choose from any of the 2D charts on the left, or any of the 3D charts on the right.
Let's go ahead and select the Column chart that's here at the top. When we do, once again, a chart is created for us with a legend, our Data Editor window is open with some sample data for us to work with, and our Chart Inspector has appeared. Now notice the options here are quite different. This time we have three separate tabs of information inside of our Chart Inspector for the Chart controls, the Axis controls, and some Series controls. So we'll take some time for you to go through the various different chart types and explore what options are available to you.
Now let's have a look at one more way to be able to create our chart. So once again, deselect your chart, then click one time on it and hit the Delete key. This time hold down the Option key on your keyboard and come back up to the Charts option in the Toolbar and click while still holding down the Option key. Keep holding that Option key down and come down and select the Line chart. Now instead of the chart automatically appearing, our cursor is changed from an arrow into a crosshairs.
Now we can click and drag in order to create a chart that has the correct height and width and is in the correct location for what we want for our document. When we release our mouse, the chart is created. Now all of the standard things are available. Our chart is here. We have a legend that's appeared for us. Our Chart Data Editor has once again appeared with the sample data in it. And our Chart Inspector is shown up. For this type of chart, we once again have three tabs of options available to us.
Now that you know the three basic ways of creating a chart, in the next movie we will look at working with the Data Editor to add and edit the data that we're going to display as part of our chart.
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