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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 iBook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging iBook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic iBook, 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 iBook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
In order to create a Review section in our Explore California Travel Guide, we first need to add the Review object to our document. If you're following along, I'm in the Introduction section of our Explore California Travel Guide. Let's go ahead and scroll over to Page 3 where we want to place our Review section here in this left-hand side of the page and fill this entire column. To add a Review section, all we need to do is to go up to the Widgets menu in your Toolbar and come down and select Review. A Review object is created for us. We can change it from an Anchored object to a Floating object, and then simply drag our object into place using our alignment guides, to let us know when we've got to the correct location.
We can fill the entire column by grabbing the bottom handle and dragging it down until our alignment guide lets us know that we've reached the bottom of the page, and then we can make sure that the right-hand column is also filling the column. Now our Review Question object is in place. The other thing that happens when we add a Review Object widget to our document is that our Widget Inspector automatically opens up and a default question has been created for us. When we look at the Widget Inspector, we can see that the first option we have here is for Full-screen only. If we check this, then our Review Object is only going to be a thumbnail inside of our book and our users would have to touch on the image and have it open up into a Full-screen view.
I'd like to have my users to be able to interact directly with my document without having to go to Full-screen mode, so I'm going to uncheck that option. Next, we're able to work with each of the different questions that we have in our Review session. The question text is listed here, and we have a dropdown menu on the right-hand side so that we can select the number of answers that we want to have. So in this case, if we set it to 3, we'll only have three multiple choice answers. We can also change it to a much higher number in order to have a lot more choices. I'm going to go ahead and set mine back down to 4.
At the bottom of the Question section, you can add additional questions from the Question templates by clicking the Plus button and then simply selecting the type of question that you want to add next. Anytime you have one of these questions selected, the bottom of the Widget Inspector has our Accessibility options, and there can be several different options depending on the type of question that you have. They will always be the question and all of the answer options, and there maybe additional options for the image or other objects that are included as part of your question. Now that we have our widget added, let's go ahead and begin adding our questions.
We'll start with the four multiple choice types of questions.
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