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iBooks Author Essential Training

Understanding the interface


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iBooks Author Essential Training

with Chris Mattia

Video: Understanding the interface

Now let's have a look at the iBooks Author user interface. If you've ever used Keynote or Pages, you're going to feel right at home inside of iBooks Author. It follows a lot of the same general workflows and principles that both of those applications do. On the left-hand side you have a sidebar that has an outline of your entire book. Here you can click on individual pages, such as your book title, the intro media, the table of contents, the glossary, and all of the individual pages of your book.
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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

Understanding the interface

Now let's have a look at the iBooks Author user interface. If you've ever used Keynote or Pages, you're going to feel right at home inside of iBooks Author. It follows a lot of the same general workflows and principles that both of those applications do. On the left-hand side you have a sidebar that has an outline of your entire book. Here you can click on individual pages, such as your book title, the intro media, the table of contents, the glossary, and all of the individual pages of your book.

We already saw on the last movie where we can change the default view of our book to fit within a page. We can also navigate between pages using the arrows at the bottom to navigate forward and back within the pages of a particular chapter. And we saw where we can use the gear icon to preview all of the individual paragraph styles and chapter styles. At the top of your window you'll find the main toolbar. Here you're able to add individual chapters, sections, or pages to your book.

Next, you can control the overall view. The default view is for page thumbnails to be displayed in the sidebar. You can also choose to view your book as an outline. I like being able to get a preview of my different pages, so I'll leave my view set to page thumbnails. Next, you can choose a variety of additional tools to be able to show while you're working in iBooks Author. I really like having the Show Layout Boundaries tool turned on. This way, every single one of my objects onscreen--be it text, images, or any other object that I add--there's bounding boxes that show me where the edges of that object are located. That way I can control my layouts a little bit better.

The next tool here on the toolbar controls the orientation view. By default, many users are probably going to be looking at your book in Landscape view. However, since the iPad supports rotation, it's possible for your users to turn their iPad vertical and have a portrait view of your book. You can change the views by simply clicking on the Orientation link. You'll notice that when you do, that the overall view of your book completely changes. As we're going through building our documents within iBooks Author, we're going to want to make sure that we're constantly checking the various different orientations to make sure that our book looks the way that we think it's going to look in each different view.

Next, we have a series of controls here at the top to add various types of objects to our page. We see the common tools that we've seen in applications such as Keynote, such as the text box, shapes, tables, and charts. A new one that you may not be familiar with is called widgets. Widgets allow our users to be able to interact with media on our pages. The next section of the toolbar allows us to preview our books directly on our iPad--we'll cover that in the later movie--and we'll be able to later publish our book directly to the iBookstore.

On the far right-hand side of our toolbar, we have some additional tools that we're going to be using a lot throughout the training. The first is the Inspector. The Inspector allows us to find all of the specific properties about any particular object that we have selected onscreen. Since we're going to be using the Inspector so often, you may want to remember the keyboard command, which is Command+Opt+I. By pressing this keyboard command you can turn the Inspector on or off. The next Inspector is the Media Inspector. Here, we can access photos from inside of our iPhoto Library, we can access movies that have been placed inside of our user account's Movies folder, and we can also access audio that's been placed inside of our iTunes Library.

We're going to go ahead and leave the Media Window selected to Photos. Next, is the Colors palette. Here, we have a standard color picker where we can choose our colors in a variety of different formats that are standard on the Mac OS operating system. I like leaving the Colors tool set to the colors wheel. Next, we have the Fonts window where we can select and control all of the various different parameters about a particular font that we have displayed onscreen. You can hide any of these windows by simply clicking the Close button or by toggling the window on or off by clicking on the selector up in the toolbar.

One last interface element, and that's the formatting bar. The formatting bar allows us to control additional elements when we have them selected down in our document, so we don't have to pop up one of the heads-up display to access a variety of the different parameters. Now that we have a good overview of the user interface for iBooks Author, let's go ahead and get started building our document, and we'll start by building the title page.

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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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