The exercise files for this course are arranged into a folders for each chapter. Inside of each chapter you'll find starting and ending states for most files used in this course.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the exercise files, then I encourage you to download them to your desktop and follow along with me throughout this course. The exercise files are arranged with one folder for each chapter in the course. When you open a chapter, you'll find all of the iBooks Author or .iba files that we'll be using in each movie. An overlay that looks like this one will appear to let you know exactly which file I'm going to be using in that lesson. To check your work, I've also included a second file that has an _END suffix added to it, letting you know that that's the ending or finished state for each lesson.
There are a few other files here that you may find helpful, including all of the long-form text that you'll see me copy and paste throughout this course, and an interactive Keynote presentation that we'll be adding to our book. You will need the latest copy of Keynote to work with this file. I've also included a Pictures folder and a Movies folder in the top level of the Exercise folder. These files will be used throughout this course. After you install iBooks Author, select any of the templates and click the Choose button.
Then resize your window so you can see the exercise files on your desktop. Then click the Media tool and select the Photos panel. Then drag your Exercise Files folder into the top portion of this window. If you need to, click the small disclosure triangle to open up the exercise files and then select on Pictures. This will make all of the images in the Pictures folder automatically available to you in the same way that I'll be accessing them on screen. Then repeat this process for the Movies panel, dragging the exercise files folder into the top portion of the panel, then navigating down to the Exercise Files, Movies folder.
You'll only need to do this step once for the entire course. You can now close the temporary book file that you created to establish this link. It would also be helpful for you to have an iOS device running iOS 8 or later with the iBooks.app installed. You can download the free iBooks app from the App Store on your device. If you don't have access to the Exercise Files, then watch through each movie once and then use your own files as you watch the movie again to lock each lesson into your mind.
If you plan to use your own files, you'll need some basic text documents, images, and a simple Keynote slide deck to follow along with.
- Installing iBooks Author
- Choosing a template
- Creating a book cover
- Inserting chapters, sections, and pages
- Adding interactive content
- Previewing, publishing, and sharing your book