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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.
Now let's begin editing our data for our chart inside of our Chart Data Editor. You want to make sure that your chart is selected, so if it's not, go ahead and click one time on the chart. And then to give ourselves a little more room, let's go ahead and close our Chart Inspector, then we'll take our Chart Data Editor window and move it up on your screen. And go ahead and open up it up a little bit so that it's a little bit easier for us to work with. Next, let's begin labeling the data that we're going to have. We can start here with Region 1. Simply double-click on the word Region 1, and we'll enter in what the name of the data set is for the first series, and the first series is going to be 1910 - 2010 Average.
And this is going to be for the Average Monthly Snowfall for that period of time. The Region 2, we can go ahead and double- click on that, and we'll go ahead and add in 2000 - 2010 Average. So as we've done this--we will go ahead and move our window down a little bit-- we can see that our legend has automatically updated for us to show the correct data sets. Next, let's go ahead and add the correct number of columns of data that we're going to need.
Since we're going to have a data set for each month of the year, we'll need 12 columns. And currently, we only have four. So then we'll go ahead and click the Add Column button eight times. So we'll go one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. So now we should have 12 columns, one for each month of the year. And we're going to start labeling our years for July, so we'll simply double-click on the column heading for the first column, and we'll type in July, and then go ahead at the Tab key on your keyboard to jump over to the column heading for the next month.
Now, rather than typing out the whole month, let's just go ahead and type in A-U-G for August, S-E-P-T for September, and just keep hitting Tab in between each one and go ahead and label all the months all the way across. All right, now that we have all of our months labeled, we could simply go in and begin entering the data into each of these individual cells. And we could just simply select the cell and type in the value, but that could be a bit tedious, and I don't think you guys want to sit and watch me do all this typing, and I don't think you want to do all that typing either.
So I've gone ahead and I've included in the exercise files a file called snowfall data.txt, and this is just simply a Tab Delimited text file. I created this in Microsoft Excel and then just did a Save As as a Tab Delimited file. So we can go ahead and press Command+A on your keyboard to select all and then copy it using Command+C on your keyboard. Now, let's go ahead and go back into iBooks Author. And you may need to make sure that your chart is still selected, and so the Chart Data Editor appears with all the data in it, then simply click in the first cell and press Command+V on your keyboard, and that will paste in all of the data.
Now, we go ahead and shrink up the Chart Data Editor window and move it back down into place, we can see that all of our data has magically appeared inside of our chart. And we have our two series of data that are listed out here. If we needed to go in and change a particular data point--so for July, if we said that they had a snowfall average of maybe 10--if we just go ahead and type that in and then hit Tab, we can see that the data is live updating in our chart. Let's go ahead and reset that month back to zero and hit the Tab key, and that data returns back to where it should be.
There's no way to import data other than copying and pasting the data in from a Tab Delimited file or selecting it in something like Excel or Numbers and copying and pasting it into your Chart Data Editor. Next, we'll go ahead and start formatting our chart with a little more detailed information.
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