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iBooks Author Essential Training

Creating a new document


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iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Creating a new document

When you open up the iBooks Author application, you're first presented with the Template Chooser, to select from one of the pre-defined templates that Apple ships with iBooks Author. To select a template, simply double- click on any of the templates on the screen. This will open up a brand-new document, and it shows you all of the different configurations that Apple has pre-defined for us. If we look over on the left-hand column, we can see a sample of what some of the pages will end up looking like. Simply click on the individual pages to jump down between the various different views.
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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

Creating a new document

When you open up the iBooks Author application, you're first presented with the Template Chooser, to select from one of the pre-defined templates that Apple ships with iBooks Author. To select a template, simply double- click on any of the templates on the screen. This will open up a brand-new document, and it shows you all of the different configurations that Apple has pre-defined for us. If we look over on the left-hand column, we can see a sample of what some of the pages will end up looking like. Simply click on the individual pages to jump down between the various different views.

Oftentimes, depending on your screen resolution, you may not be able to see all of the document on the main screen. To adjust this, simply go down to the bottom and click the little dropdown menu where you see 100%, and scroll down to the bottom until you find the Fit Page link. This will display the entire page within your screen. Now when you go to the next page, you can still see all of the layouts there. Another thing to check when you're evaluating the various different templates is to look and see the various different styles that ship with that particular template.

To look at the styles, you can click the small gear icon down in the bottom and then select from the Paragraph Style or Character Style links on the bottom. Here you can see a WYSIWYG, or What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get, view of what the different styles that are used throughout this template look like. Let's go ahead and close this document and look at another template. Simply click the red close ball in the upper left-hand corner and then click the File menu and you can either choose New or New from Template Chooser; either one will do the same thing.

Next, let's go ahead and look at the Classic view. I'll double-click on Classic and that opens up this template. Here you can see there's a slightly different view. I'll go ahead and adjust my page size so we can see the entire page again. As we click down through the various sections and pages, we can see the basic layout differences between this and the basic template. Again, let's go ahead and click on the gear and look at the Paragraph styles to see the basic styles of the text that's used throughout this template.

Let's go ahead and close this document and let's choose File, and this time I'll select New from Template Chooser. And we can see that it takes us back to the same place. For this training title, we're going to go ahead and use the Contemporary template. So I'll click one time on it and this time instead of double-clicking on a Contemporary template, I'll go ahead and click the Choose button in the lower right-hand corner. This does the exact same thing as double-clicking. Once more, we'll reset our page view so that it fits within the page and then we'll go ahead and look at the various different pages.

It's a pretty simple layout, but I like the starting fonts and the basics of this template, so we're going to go ahead and use this one for the training. To save the document, simply go up to the File menu and choose Save. And you can save the document wherever you'd like. I'm going to go ahead and save mine into my Documents folder and I'm going to call the document EC for Explore California, EC_01_ start. I'll go ahead and click the Save button, and now we can see that my document name is appearing up here in the top of my document and I'm ready to proceed on with the next task.

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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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