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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 finish off adding our objects onto our page by creating some titles, labels, captions, and descriptions, and then add them into the correct location. Let's begin by working with the picture of the three condors. Go ahead and click and drag that back up onto the page so we can see it a little bit clearer. And with that object selected, go ahead and go over to the Widget Inspector. Here we can check the box for adding a title, a caption, and a background. We can also see that we can add in some accessibility description, which is the text that would be read by a screen reader when a screen reader would encounter this object.
Let's go ahead and apply a little additional formatting to our title. To do this, next to Label, click the dropdown menu for None and select Figure. Throughout our Explore California Book, we want all of our different objects to be labeled as separate figures. And rather than being called "Figure" with a decimal number, we want it just to have a whole number. So, we'll click the dropdown menu for Figure one more time and come down and select Edit Label Style. Now we can customize the style for our particular label.
Make sure that Figure is already selected over in the Edit Label Style. And then for Label Format click the dropdown menu. Here, we have a variety of different options we can choose from as to how we want our figures to be labeled. I like to have just a single whole number, so I'll select Figure 1. For Character Style, I'm going to leave it set to the Figure Label. So this will pull up any styling information that has already been applied throughout the rest of the book for our figure labels. And then click the Done button and we can see that our figure has been labeled correctly.
Next, let's go ahead and edit the text for the figure title. So, simply click inside of the box, select the text, and we'll go ahead and type in California Condors. When we click down in the bottom of our text, we can see that the title text that we entered has appeared as the Accessibility Description. If we want, we could add additional information here or we can simply leave this as Figure 1 California Condors. The screen reader should automatically pick any captions that we apply next to the image.
To apply a caption to the image, simply triple-click in the bottom to select the entire paragraph, and now let's type in, "The California Condor is considered to be a critically endangered species." We'll go ahead and click away to deselect the text. And now our figure is complete, and it's ready to be moved into the desired location within our layout. To do this, we'll simply grab the figure, by clicking on it one time, and drag it. And we'll drag over to the left-hand side until we can drop it at the top-left of the previous page.
Now to adjust the layout of this page, to clean things up a little bit, we'll go ahead and click inside of the text one time and then up in our Format menu, instead of having a two-column layout, let's go ahead and change this layout to be a four-column layout. We can then click one time on our figure and adjust the size of it so that it fills the top of two columns. Next, let's go ahead and move our callout into place as well. We'll slide our window over just a little bit, then we'll click one time on our object, and since we grouped our object, we've selected the entire object all at one time.
We can then drag the object over and drop it at the top of the right-hand column. This will drop it properly into place so that this callout always appears with the Endangered Species Expedition text. We'll go ahead and convert it from a floating object to an anchored object. And then we'll simply grab the anchor and drag it down and drop it right at the beginning of Endangered Species Expedition. That way if that text gets pushed to another page, this callout will appear on the same page, always in the upper right-hand corner.
Let's go ahead and see how this layout now looks in our portrait orientation. To do this, go up and click on Orientation and select Portrait. When we do, we can see that only the first figure is appearing; our callout is not appearing. And if you remember back to when we talk about objects, we said that in order for an object to appear in the Portrait orientation, we needed to have it to be either an inline object or it needed to have a title or a comment. Let's go ahead and change the orientation back, scrub back over to the next page, and select one time on our callout.
Now we don't necessarily want to add a large title here or a caption to it, because all of that is contained within this object. But we can do a little trick here. With the object selected, we can go ahead and in the Widget Inspector and check the option for Title. That will create a title up there and we can choose to not have a label on it. Then we can click inside of the title itself and select the text that was put there by default. We can then simply type a space on our spacebar. So there's a hidden space right there.
Go ahead and just drag your object down so that it aligns back at the top of our page once again. And now when we go ahead and we preview in the correct orientation, we can see that our California Condors callout has been added to our sidebar in the portrait orientation. It's already picking up all the proper text, but by simply adding a title, we can get it to appear in our other orientation.
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