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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.
If you are a Premium member of the lynda.com online training library or if you're watching the tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files that are used throughout this title. The exercise files are arranged with one folder for each of the chapters that we'll be covering throughout the title. If you open up a folder, you'll find the starting and finished files for our Explore California Travel Guide that we'll be building throughout that chapter. You'll also find all the additional files that you need to complete all the exercises that we do throughout the chapter.
Now, a feature that's brand-new in Mac OS X Lion is the ability for applications to regularly auto-save directly into your Time Machine backup, and this is a great feature that Apple has added, but it can't create an issue inside of some of the exercise files. Let me show you what I'm talking about. Inside of the chapter 05 exercise files, I'm going to go ahead and open up the EC_05_start file by simply double-clicking it. The file will go ahead and open up properly.
I'll go ahead and click on any page, go ahead and click anywhere inside of the text, and go ahead and type in the spacebar. As soon as I make a change to this document, a sheet may appear asking if you would like to unlock this file, cancel, or duplicate, because this file has not been opened in at least the last two weeks. So, you can either choose to simply unlock the file by clicking the Unlock button or you can prevent this from happening on all of the exercise files by simply clicking the Cancel button, close your iBooks Author document, go up to the Apple menu, and go down to System Preferences.
In System Preferences, go over and find your Time Machine preference and then click on the Options button for your Time Machine disc. When the Options sheet pulls down, you want to uncheck the box that says Lock documents 2 weeks after the last edit. With this item unselected while you're working on the exercise files used throughout this title, uncheck the Lock Documents button and then click the Save button. By unchecking this option, Time Machine will no longer warn you about documents that have not been opened in a recent amount of time.
We'll go ahead and close the System Preferences. I'll re-open my EC_05_start document. I'll click inside of any page. And now when I go ahead and try and make a change to my text, you'll notice that we don't get that pulldown sheet. So, you can handle this either way: either by changing the system preference so your system doesn't ask you at any point or you can just simply choose to unlock each document. Either way will work just fine throughout the training. I'll go ahead and close this document.
In some of the earlier chapters you'll find additional files included, one for each of the movies as we cover it. Now before you begin any chapter, be sure to open up that chapter's folder and look and see if there is a pictures folder included. If you find one, be sure to open up iPhoto on your computer and then drag that chapter's entire pictures folder and drop it into iPhoto to import all the pictures that we're going to be using for that chapter. This way they'll automatically be available to you inside of iBooks Author when we go to use them in the training.
There'll be one more file that's available online for free to all users, and that's the Explore_California.iBooks file. This is the finished book that we'll be building throughout the training title. The best way to view this document is to navigate to this course on the online training library with your iPad and click on the link and open it up in iBooks. That way, you can browse the finished version of our book directly in your iBooks application on your iPad. If you don't have access to the exercise files, you can follow along from scratch or with your own assets.
You can always access the Explore California iBook file for free on the web site. Let's get started.
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