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Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions


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iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions

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.
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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 22s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
      50s
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 25s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 13s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 6s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 45s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 54s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 12s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 24s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 57s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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iBooks Author Essential Training
6h 3m Appropriate for all Jul 03, 2012 Updated Feb 18, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing iBooks Author
  • Creating a book cover
  • Creating pages, chapters, and sections
  • Adding visual interest
  • Creating a table of contents and a glossary
  • Working with templates and placeholders
  • Importing text from Pages or Microsoft Word
  • Formatting text
  • Adding objects such as titles, labels, and captions
  • Inserting images
  • Adding tables and charts
  • Working with widgets such as movies, 3D objects, and interactive images
  • Creating review sections with multiple choice and matching questions
  • Exporting a book as an iBook, PDF, or text document
  • Publishing to the iBookstore
Subjects:
Elearning Design Digital Publishing Ebooks Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education
Software:
iBooks Author
Author:
Chris Mattia

Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions

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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Q: This course was updated on 02/18/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers changes included with iBooks 2.0. We added movies to address portrait-only book templates, embedded equations, scrolling sidebar and popover widgets, and updated movies on publishing to the iBookstore.
 
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