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iBooks Adding Interactive Widgets

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Published on Jan 31, 2012

I show how to add interactive widgets in iBooks Author that make electronic textbooks more multi media, exciting and interesting. I add a Dashcode widget and an interactive image. I also show off the Keynote presentation I added previously.

In this latest of the Apple iBooks Author set of videos in which I review iBooks author and also show how to use the application, I show how to add an interactive image widget and also the adding of a Dashcode widget. In the later part of the video you will see a demonstration of me using the iBooks application on the iPad. It doesn't go completely smoothly, it takes more than the number of clicks that it should take to get the proof version of the book onto the iPad into iBooks. Then the Dashcode widgets which I had previously tried out and had worked perfectly, kind of broke.

I show the way that you can navigate through an iBook on the iPad in iBooks and also how to view a Keynote presentation if there has been one embedded into the iBook. When you are creating one of these iBooks it really is necessary for you to understand how it works for the reader so that you can make sure that you have the chapters, sections and pages set out properly. Making good use of the styles that are available within the templates that Apple have provided is important although you can actually change some of the settings so that there are extra things in the contents of your iBook. From the table of contents which is shown on a chapter by chapter basis in the iPad you can tap on a section title to go to that place exactly. You can also scroll through the pages at the bottom of the screen and choose to go to a specific page based on the thumbnails of the pages. Often it is quicker to do that especially if you are a visual sort of person and can choose based upon the images you see to get you to the right place.

Creating electronic textbooks using the new Apple iBooks offer application on your Mac is a breeze, as the application works in a similar way to the Pages application. There are just a few additions to the way of working within iBooks author and they are fairly easy to get used to. Like most applications that are fairly intuitive you can use the easy stuff first and work your way up to the more complicated parts of the application.

In the next YouTube video showing how to use iBooks author to create electronic textbooks or Ebooks of whatsoever sort, I will be showing how to add a three-dimensional object onto a page within the iBook. Once you have a 3-D object of the right format type which you can get by using the Google application called Sketch Up, it is just a drag-and-drop type of operation.

If you have any requests for how-to videos for using the iBooks author application, or indeed any other Mac apps please contact me through the YouTube messaging system. If I have the application or can get my hands on the application I will be more than happy to help out.

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