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Previewing your work on an iPad

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Video: Previewing your work on an iPad

We've done a lot of work on our Explore California book already. Now, let's go ahead and preview our work on the iPad itself. To begin, make sure your iPad is plugged into your computer's USB port via the dock connector cable. Then touch on the iBooks icon to launch the iBooks application on your iPad. Now, back in iBooks Author, go ahead and click the Preview button up in your toolbar. The entire iBook that you've created will need to be compiled and then loaded onto your iPad so you're able to test it.

Previewing your work on an iPad

We've done a lot of work on our Explore California book already. Now, let's go ahead and preview our work on the iPad itself. To begin, make sure your iPad is plugged into your computer's USB port via the dock connector cable. Then touch on the iBooks icon to launch the iBooks application on your iPad. Now, back in iBooks Author, go ahead and click the Preview button up in your toolbar. The entire iBook that you've created will need to be compiled and then loaded onto your iPad so you're able to test it.

(music playing) After your iBook opens for the first time, it should play your intro video and then take you to the Introduction chapter. You'll notice that we're in a title slide view of this chapter. We can swipe over to the next chapter by simply dragging our finger over to the right. You can see all of the content that's associated with this chapter underneath it.

By touching on the bottom page, you can now swipe from page to page throughout our book. Here we have our tree image that we added in an earlier movie, and you can see as we swipe over from one page to the next, we get a seamless integration. Our text is nicely laid out. We can swipe over to the next page. Here's our image at the bottom with our other layout. On these pages we haven't changed the header template layout. We can swipe over to some of these next pages, and then we're able to swipe through the various chapters that we've come to.

If we look at the Cycle California page, you'll notice that I've got a small white bar above and below my image. That indicates that I need to stretch the image out a little bit more to fully fill that screen. It's hard to tell this from the iBooks Author application. You really need to preview your book on the iPad so you can notice small things like this. Let's go over to the next page. Desert to Sea, that one is looking pretty good. Taste of California, also looking pretty good. Nature Watch. This one looks good in this view, but if we pinch on this page, then it will drop us down to the Table of Contents view for this particular chapter.

You'll notice that the bird is not showing up in the same alignment. In an earlier movie, we moved the placement of the bird on the chapter page, but we didn't move the placement of the bird on the Table of Contents page for that chapter. If we scrub over to the next, we can see our Snowboard California, and if we look at the title page for this one, we see our snowboarder in the correct orientation. But again, when we pinch out, the snowboarder is not in the correct orientation here. If we turn the iPad up into a vertical orientation and we go back to Snowboard California, you'll notice that the title page for this image is also not in the correct orientation.

If we turn our iPad up to the Portrait view and then pinch in, we're taken to our Table of Contents page. The Table of Contents is looking pretty good. All that hard work on our header is really paying off. We can click the small dropdown menu next to Backpack California and we not only see the listings of all the different sections, but you notice those items that we made heading 1s, those became their own listings inside of the Table of Contents, so users are able to very quickly jump directly to that section of our book. It's a very helpful tool.

As we're still looking in the Portrait view, we'll notice there are some other alignment issues that we'll need to deal with. You need to make sure that when you're testing your apps on the iPad, you look at every single page, in both the portrait and the landscape perspective, and you pinch out to look at the table of contents for each of the individual pages.

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iBooks Author Essential Training

89 video lessons · 20109 viewers

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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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