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Controlling tabs


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iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Controlling tabs

Now let's explore using tabs and tab stops inside of an iBooks Author document. I'm inside of the Big Sur Retreat section of our Explore California Travel Guide, and for this example, let's go ahead and select all of the text inside of the right-hand side of the page. Then make sure your Inspector is open to the Text tab and then select the Tabs section of that tab. The top three parameters are for the basic paragraph indents, and we can change these parameters by using the up and down arrows or by typing in a value, as we've seen in other movies.
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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

Controlling tabs

Now let's explore using tabs and tab stops inside of an iBooks Author document. I'm inside of the Big Sur Retreat section of our Explore California Travel Guide, and for this example, let's go ahead and select all of the text inside of the right-hand side of the page. Then make sure your Inspector is open to the Text tab and then select the Tabs section of that tab. The top three parameters are for the basic paragraph indents, and we can change these parameters by using the up and down arrows or by typing in a value, as we've seen in other movies.

Let's go ahead and start with the first line. Click and hold the up arrow and you'll see that the first line of each paragraph becomes indented. You'll also notice that up here in the Rulers that this small horizontal line, which indicates the first line tab stop, is moving along with these parameters. You can also change the first-line indent by simply clicking and dragging this slider and adjusting the first-line indent to the location that you want. I'll go ahead and drag it back to the left-hand side, which resets the value over here back to 0.

Next, let's look at the Left Indent. Again, I'll use the up arrow to increase the value of the Left Indent. As I do, you'll notice that the effect that's created is what's called a hanging indent, where the first line of the text is still parked out here on the left-hand edge of the text box, but each additional line past the first line of the paragraph is indented according to the value that's set here. In the Rulers, we can see that this small downwards-pointing triangle is what's indicating the left-hand tab stop.

We can once again, click and drag this and it will drag the entire block of paragraph text, and it will keep a relative adjustment compared to the first-line indent. Let's go ahead and move this back into place and then reset the value of this back to 0. We'll hit Enter or Return on our keyboard to accept that new value. The final option for tab stops here in the Inspector is the right-hand tab stop, and once again if we increase the value for that one, it's a little hard to see initially, but the right-hand side is moving.

We can see this effect a little bit more dramatically if we fully justify our text. Now, as before, if we move this triangle at the top, we can see that the right-hand edge is adjusting along with the values in that area. I'll go ahead and drag it back over to the right-hand side, which resets the value back to 0. If we add an additional line of text to the bottom here, by simply clicking in the bottom and hitting Return, and then hit the Tab key, the default spacing for that first tab stop is indicated right here by the default tab stop.

If we want to control where our default tab stop is located, we can simply come up here to our ruler and we can click anywhere in between the first and the ending tab stop and that will automatically create an initial tab stop. We can adjust where that tab stop aligns by moving it, and we'll see a vertical line, which indicates where the tab stop is going to apply that tab to our text down in the bottom. If we want to get rid of a particular tab stop, we can simply grab it and drag it off of our ruler and when we let go, the tab stop disappears in a puff of smoke and the tab stop returns back to the default setting.

I'll go ahead and deleted that tab line. The next option here is for Decimal Tab Character, and that's used to align special characters after a tab has been created. Let's have a look at how to use this. In our Sidebar Details section, we have some specific values in here for our tour price, our bonus night, and our gift pack. And it will be nice if all of these values align so that the decimal places all aligned up. I'll go ahead and click inside that sidebar one time to select it, then click a second time to enter into the sidebar, and then click and make a selection of all three of those lines of text.

Now we'll come over to my Tab Stops section and I'll click the Plus sign at the bottom to create a brand-new tab stop, and I'm going to click Decimal as the type of tab stop that I would like to use. If we look up inside of our ruler now, we can see that there is a new type of tab stop which is this decimal point. We can take and drag that tab stop over to the right-hand side. We'll move it over to approximately 200 pixels. Now nothing is yet changed because we don't have tabs indicated inside of our text. But if we click in between of our Tour Price and the Dollar sign and then simply hit the Tab key, the decimal point is going to a line directly with the decimal point here in our ruler.

We'll repeat that process by inserting a tab in front of the dollar sign for each of these items and now our decimal points all line up. If we want to adjust that, we can simply select all three paragraphs of text, then come up to the top and we grab our decimal point and we can move the text to any location that we would like, and then when we're finished making our move, we can release to make that change to take place. Now something to note: if I move my Inspector over to the side and I notice that my Sidebar Details has a Paragraph Style applied to it and there is a paragraph mismatch, if I were to change these paragraphs settings here to apply the new settings, we would end up removing some of our character styles that we've applied separately.

So we don't want to use paragraphs styles to replicate this. Unfortunately, you'll need to go down to each of the additional pages, click inside of the text box and select it, and apply these custom tab stops to each individual item. We'll go ahead and do one here so you can see how we're doing it. We'll move our decimal place over and then we'll insert our tab stops. Go ahead and repeat that process for the additional sections. In the next movie, we'll finish up with a little more text formatting.

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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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