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Understanding widgets

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Video: Understanding widgets

Perhaps the most exciting thing about iBooks Author is the ability to add interactive widgets into our iBooks. Now, interactive widgets allow us to add all kinds of exciting interactivity into our book. In this movie, I want to take a few minutes and walk through all of the major types of widgets. Now adding a widget into your book is as easy as coming up to the Widget menu, choosing the type of widget that you want to add, and then editing the content in the widget.

Understanding widgets

Perhaps the most exciting thing about iBooks Author is the ability to add interactive widgets into our iBooks. Now, interactive widgets allow us to add all kinds of exciting interactivity into our book. In this movie, I want to take a few minutes and walk through all of the major types of widgets. Now adding a widget into your book is as easy as coming up to the Widget menu, choosing the type of widget that you want to add, and then editing the content in the widget.

Let's go ahead and preview the Widgets file from the Chapter 10 folder and look at it on our iPad, because then we'll get a better feeling for exactly what we can do with widgets. The first widget we want to take a look at is the Image Gallery Widget. Now the Image Gallery Widget is a great widget for very quickly and easily building a gallery of images. You can grab any widget and pinch to zoom it out to the maximum view. You can swipe from side to side to look at all of the individual images.

You can even have custom descriptions to go along with each image. When you're finished looking at the widget, you can click the Close button at the top left of the widget, and then you can go to the next page. The next which we're looking at is the Media Widget, and this widget is used for including audio or video directly into our book. Now, we can certainly play a video directly from the page by simply touching the button. (male speaker: I'm Ron Asquith, and I'm standing on our family farm--) We've got all the controls to be able to pause our video, we can even grab the video, pinch it, and move it out to full screen, and the video continues playing in full screen mode on our iBook. That looks really great.

When we're finished, we can either click the Done button or we can pinch in together to zoom it back out to our page. Let's go ahead and go to the next page, and let's look at the Keynote Widget. Now the Keynote Widget allows you to incorporate interactive keynote presentations directly into your book. For this Keynote presentation, I'll go ahead and pinch to zoom it out to full screen. Then we can click on each of the buttons to go to each of the different areas. You can even include video directly in your Keynote presentation.

(music playing) You can include touch controls, you can even create animations that run inside of your Keynote presentation and have user interaction with those animations. When you're finished, you can go ahead and either pinch to zoom back out or hit the Close button in the upper-left corner of your page. Let's go ahead and swipe over to the next interactive widget, and this is the Interactive Image Widget. With this widget you're able to add an image that you want to then add some highlight points that when the user touches on the point on the image it will give them additional information about the specific area of the image that you want to highlight, and it allows for easy navigation at the same time.

Let's go ahead and swipe over to the next image. The next image is the 3D Widget image, and this allows us to include COLLADA.dae 3D image files directly inside of our iBooks. We can grab the image and pinch it out and then move it around in three dimensions to get a full 360-degree view of the object that we've included inside of our iBook. When we're finished, again, we'll just pinch to zoom back out to the page and swipe over to the next page. This last widget type is the HTML Widget.

This widget has an almost unlimited amount of possibilities for us to be able to use. There is a variety of different tools that you can use to create HTML widgets. In this case, we've gone ahead and created a custom Google Map that we're able to drag around and interact with directly inside of our book. We're going to use classwidgets.com's free online tool to be able to create a Dashboard Widget and drop it right into our iBook. There's one more type of widget called the Review Widget, and we're going to dedicate the entire next chapter to that.

But for the rest of this chapter, I want to spend some time going through each of these different widgets and teach you how to build these assets.

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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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