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Creating lists

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Video: Creating lists

Now let's turn our attention to the sidebar and apply some formatting to the features for our specific tour. These features that are listed here are currently listed as separate paragraphs, but it would look much nicer if they were formatted as a list. To do this, click one time on the sidebar to select it. Then click once at the beginning or at the end of those list of items and then click and drag to select all of the paragraphs of text. To convert all of these separate paragraphs into one single list, simply come up to the Formatting menu, click the dropdown menu, and select from one of the different types of lists.

Creating lists

Now let's turn our attention to the sidebar and apply some formatting to the features for our specific tour. These features that are listed here are currently listed as separate paragraphs, but it would look much nicer if they were formatted as a list. To do this, click one time on the sidebar to select it. Then click once at the beginning or at the end of those list of items and then click and drag to select all of the paragraphs of text. To convert all of these separate paragraphs into one single list, simply come up to the Formatting menu, click the dropdown menu, and select from one of the different types of lists.

I am going to go ahead and choose Bullet. The bulleted list applies a text bullet out in front to the beginning of each of the different paragraphs of texts. It also then adds a little bit of space between the bullet and all of the lines of text. We could also choose an ordered list if we wanted, by clicking the dropdown menu and selecting something such as Legal. When you select something like Legal, if you select the second item and then press the Tab key, you can see that you can have ordered lists then have additional sublists underneath of them, so in this case 1 and then 1.1.

If I click at the end of that second paragraph and simply hit Return, a new bulleted item is automatically created for me with the second item as 1.2 and I could type in some text directly in there. Let's go ahead and hit Command+Z on our keyboard a couple times in order to get back to our ordered list. Then we'll simply click and drag to select our whole list again and change it back to a bulleted list. To apply additional formatting to our list, we can make sure we have our Inspector open and go over to the Text tab and then select the List tab underneath of there.

The first item here is for Indent Level, and when we have our bulleted list where everything is just a single item, then those are all Indent Level 1. If we, for instance, click on the second item and press the right-hand arrow, that converts it to an Indent Level 2, which is the same as hitting the Tab key. I'll convert this back to an Indent Level 1 and reselect my bulleted list to continue adding formatting. The next set of options allow us to control exactly how our bullets and our list appears.

The default here is set for Text Bullets, but if we click the dropdown menu, we have a variety of other different options to choose from. Let's go ahead and select Image Bullets. iBooks Author ships with a variety of different images that can be used as bullets. Here is a 3D Bullet, and you can see a small slider here on the right-hand side of the image that if you click down below the small dot, it will allow you to scroll down through the various different options and then you can choose a different bullet by simply clicking on it. Here we can see a box with the check mark.

If you want to apply some formatting to these bullets, you can adjust the alignment of the bullet, meaning where the bullet itself aligns with the text. To see what this does, we'll simply click the up arrow a few times next to Alignment, and we can see that the bullet itself is moving up vertically in front of the first line of text. If we use the down arrow then we can move the bullets down below the first line of text. I'm going to go ahead and reset this value back to 0 and then hit Enter or Return on my keyboard.

The next parameter is Size, and here we can adjust the scaling of the bullet, which is defaulted to 100%, and we can shrink it down by typing in a percentage. I'll go ahead and type in 80% and then hit Enter or Return and we can see that the bullets shrink down to a much nicer size. If you have the next option checked of Scale with Text, as you change the size of the text here, the bullets will automatically have the correct scaling applied so everything stays in correct proportion. Let's go ahead and change our image bullets to a custom image by selecting the dropdown menu and choosing Custom Image.

Now we're asked to choose which image that we want to apply as our bullet. In the chapter 04 exercise files I've included a star_bullet.png file, which is a 16 x 16 pixel PNG file that has a transparent background and a simple red star in the middle. I'll go ahead and select that item and Click Open, and we can see a custom bullet has been applied using our desired image. And you can see that the size and scaling has automatically been retained. The next set of options here controls the bullet indent, or how far from the edge of the text box the bullets begin appearing.

The default is set to 0, which puts the bullet out pretty tight to the outside edge. I'd like to have my bulleted list show up indented a little bit further, so I'll go ahead and change my Bullet Indent by clicking the up arrow a few times until I get to 16. That moves my entire bulleted list in from the outside edge, creating a nice text effect. The Text Indent then shows how much spacing is between the bullet itself and the text that is appearing tied to that bullet.

The default right now is set to 12 points, but I'll go ahead and increase that up to 16 as well to add a little bit of extra spacing in here. That cleans things up even better. Our bulleted list is coming along quite nicely, but we have other several sections that would be nice to have these formats applied, and for that, we'll use some custom styles and we'll create those in the next movie.

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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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