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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 add data to your table, all you need to do is simply click one time on the table to select it and then double-click on a cell. You can then begin typing something, such as Big Sur Retreat, right into the cell and then hit the Tab key on your keyboard to go to the next cell to type in the next piece of data such as Moderate. Continue to hit the Tab key to jump to the next cell. At the very bottom of your Table Inspector, you'll see there is an option here that says Return key moves to the next cell.
If you check that box and then continue typing such as 3, and then hit the Return key, the next selected cell will jump down to the next row to the first location where you were typing in the previous row. So for instance, I could then go ahead and add Channel-Islands-Excursion, hit the Tab key to jump over to the next cell and type in Easy, hit the Tab key again to type in 1, hit the Return key, and it will take me down to the next line.
If you have this Table Options unchecked, and you type in some text such as In-the-Steps-of-John-Muir, and you hit Return now, you'll just get a new line return inside of the same cell. It will not jump down to the next line. Let's go ahead and click on the first cell, Big Sur, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and click on the bottom right-hand cell to select all of the cells and then press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete all of the text.
Next, we'll go ahead and import some text from a text document. I'm going to jump over to my Backpack California Tours.txt file, which you can find inside of the Chapter 08 exercise files. This document is simply a Tab Delimited Text file that contains the basic text that we're going to need to get started building our table. To add it into our table, all we need to do is press Command+A on our keyboard to select the text, then Command+C on our keyboard to copy the text. We can then go over to our Explore California file, click on the table to select it, then click once on the first cell so that that cell is selected.
You can then press Command+V on your keyboard to paste in all of the data out of the text file. You can then deselect by clicking away from the table, then click one time on the table, drag the table into place, grab the lower right-hand corner, and drag it over to stretch out your cells to your desired width. When I'm working with tables, I oftentimes like to move my Table Inspector over here to the right-hand side. That way I can see all of my page while I'm working on it and have my Table Inspector still available for me to work with all of my text.
Now that we have some text in our table to work with, in the next movie we'll look at applying some additional formatting to our table and to the data inside of those cells.
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