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Customizing the table of contents


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iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Customizing the table of contents

Let's take a few minutes and clean up our table of contents. We're in chapter 8, Backpack California, and if we scroll down, we can see that the sections that we created, the one at the bottom, section 5, if it were alphabetically ordered, it should be up here as section 2. So simply click on the icon for section 5 and drag it up into the correct location and drop it down. You'll notice the section automatically renumbers to be section 2 instead of section 5. Next, go ahead and scroll all the way up to the top of your sidebar and click on Table of Contents, and then change the Orientation view to Portrait view.
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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

Customizing the table of contents

Let's take a few minutes and clean up our table of contents. We're in chapter 8, Backpack California, and if we scroll down, we can see that the sections that we created, the one at the bottom, section 5, if it were alphabetically ordered, it should be up here as section 2. So simply click on the icon for section 5 and drag it up into the correct location and drop it down. You'll notice the section automatically renumbers to be section 2 instead of section 5. Next, go ahead and scroll all the way up to the top of your sidebar and click on Table of Contents, and then change the Orientation view to Portrait view.

Here, we can see that some of our chapters are not quite in alphabetical order. It would be nice to have that set up. So we'll simply scroll down in our sidebar, grab chapter 8 Backpack California, and drag it up until the blue line shows just above chapter 2. When we drop it in place, chapter 8 now becomes the new chapter 2, and all of the other chapters are renumbered as well. We can do the same thing with California Calm, changing it to be chapter 3, and Cycle California, making it chapter 4.

Go ahead and scroll back up to the top of your sidebar and click again on Table of Contents. Next, let's turn our attention to the header graphic here. The first thing we want to do is adjust the text EXPLORE California. We'll go ahead and double-click California, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and click just to the left of the E in EXPLORE in order to select the entire line of text. We'll change the font so that it matches the font on our cover page to Palatino. We'll change it from bold to regular, and then we'll change the size down to 64 points.

Next, let's change the color of EXPLORE by double-clicking on EXPLORE, click the Inspector button, click on the Text tab, and then on the color chip, and we'll select the same gold color that we chose earlier out of our Explore California logo. Click off of the text to deselect it. Next, let's go ahead and replace the placeholder image. To do that, bring up your Media window and find the cover image and drag that and drop it into the placeholder image.

Next, click one time on the cover image and drag it over to the left-hand side so you can leave a small area of white space over here to the right-hand side. That's just enough space for us to add our logo and drop it into place. And then drag it around until you get the grid lines so that it snaps in place. Then click one time on our cover image and drag it back over to the right-hand side, until it snaps back into alignment. If you double-click on this cover image and drag it up and down, you can find just the right portion of the image that's going to add the right amount of visual interest.

Next, let's zoom in our page so it's a little bit easier to work with. Let's zoom up to 100%, and now let's add a gold transparent bar down at the bottom by clicking on Shapes and the Box tool. Then move the box so that it aligns with the bottom of the image, grab the top of the box, change the height of the box down, and stretch the box out so that it fills the space underneath of EXPLORE California. The top of the box should align at approximately the same height as the top of this portion of our logo.

Then if we go back to our Inspector and we go to the Graphic tab, change the Fill Pattern to Color Fill, click the color chip, and select the same bright yellow color that we chose in an earlier movie. We can then change the Opacity down to 50% and hit Enter or Return to accept that change. Things are looking a lot better. Let's go ahead and add a text box and then select the text inside of the text box and type in "2012 Travel Guide." Select the text and change the font size to 18 points, and the color to white.

Then deselect the text box and click once on the text to make a selection of the text box. Drag the text box so that it's appropriately sized, but make sure you drag the right-hand side of the text box out a little extra to leave a little bit of extra room over here to the right-hand side. Next, grab the text box and drag it and place it above the Explore California logo. With the text box still selected, go ahead and check the link for Shadow to add a drop shadow to that text. Then press Command+C on your keyboard to copy it, Command+V to paste it, and then move that new copied text down so that it's centered inside of the gold transparent bar.

We can then select this text and type in our web address: www.explorecalifornia.com. Deselect the text and you'll notice that the text becomes a hyperlink again. Since we stretched out the text box a little bit further, if we double-click in that text box, then it will automatically select the text inside of the text box. We can then come back over to our Link tool in our Inspector and uncheck the box for Enable hyperlink.

One more text treatment. Let's go ahead and click on the text box for EXPLORE California, go back to the Graphics pane, and turn on the shadow for EXPLORE California. We can deselect and now we have a nice cleaned-up header that's nicely laid out for our table of contents.

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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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