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How to Work with Multiple Objects in iBooks Author

iBooks Author lets you control the appearance of objects by adjusting their stacking order. When objects overlap each other, their stacking order determines how they overlap and thus what parts are visible [more…]

Adding Video, Screencast, and Audio Files in iBooks Author

You can add iPad-compatible MPEG-4 video (.m4v) files to your iBooks Author text — including movies and screencasts — and AAC audio (.m4a or .m4v) files. But you can’t use the usual import or drag-and-drop [more…]

How to Group and Lock Objects in iBooks Author

Often, when you have multiple related objects in an iBooks Author text, you want to group them together so that you can move them as one object and prevent an individual element from being accidentally [more…]

How to Edit Shapes and Paths in iBooks Author

iBooks Author provides 15 predefined shapes that you can edit any time you want. Adding a shape is simple: Choose one from the Shapes icon menu in the toolbar, or choose Insert→Shape and choose one from [more…]

How to Make Text Flow around Objects in iBooks Author

When you have objects intruding into text, you usually want the text to flow around those objects, which is called text wrap. iBooks Author makes it easy to set text to wrap around an object; you use the [more…]

How to Set Default Styles for Objects in iBooks Author

iBooks Author lets you insert all sorts of objects, such as charts and tables, into your text. After you format all those objects, you might wonder whether you have to re-create the same formatting for [more…]

How to Add Captions and Titles in iBooks Author

A fundamental aspect of objects in iBooks Author is the caption and its associated title. A caption is the text that describes an object, to give readers context for its content. Because the reference [more…]

How to Paste Excel Data into an iBooks Author Chart

iBooks Author lets you create charts based on data, in much the same way that Microsoft Excel and Apple Numbers do. But if you already have an Excel chart holding your data, you don’t need to retype all [more…]

How to Format Bar Charts in iBooks Author

iBooks Author provides a set of common chart options at the top of the Chart inspector. The Chart inspector has three panes — Chart, Axis, and Series. To create a chart, use the Charts icon menu in the [more…]

How to Format Line Charts in iBooks Author

To create a chart in iBooks Author, use the Charts icon menu in the toolbar to choose the desired chart type (there are 19 types). Or you can choose Insert→Chart and then choose the desired chart type [more…]

How to Format Scatterplot Charts in iBooks Author

A popular way of showing information visually is by using a chart, which converts series of data (such as sales over multiple financial quarters) into bars, lines, and other graphical presentations. Scatterplot [more…]

How to Format Pie Charts in iBooks Author

Pie charts are great at presenting data that represents parts of a whole. If you’re working with a pie chart, the iBooks Chart inspector has no panes, just the common options that are always available, [more…]

How to Format 3D Charts in iBooks Author

If you’re working with 3D charts, iBooks Author offers an additional section called 3D Scene in the Chart inspector for pie charts and in the Chart inspector’s Chart pane for bar, line, and bar-and-line [more…]

How to Format Tables in iBooks Author

The tables you create in iBooks Author are very much like those you might create in a word processor or desktop publishing program, and most of the controls will be familiar, even if they reside in different [more…]

Editing Table Columns and Rows in iBooks Author

In the iBooks Author Table inspector’s Table pane, you can format and edit columns and rows. In the formatting process, you can add borders and backgrounds and reorder and resize your table’s columns and [more…]

Formatting and Editing Table Cells in iBooks Author

Once you have your table inserted into your iBooks Author pages, double-click the cell to edit its contents. Press Tab to move from left to right from cell to cell [more…]

How to Use Conditional Formatting in iBooks Author Tables

Unlike most other layout programs, iBooks Author allows you to set rules for conditional formatting of table cells' contents. (Numbers does have this capability, and Excel has a similar capability.) You [more…]

How to Add Formulas to iBooks Author Tables

You can let iBooks Author do the math for you within tables, just like you can in Excel or Numbers. But the e-book’s readers can’t adjust the calculations to experiment with values; instead, the calculations [more…]

How to Use Predefined Shapes in iBooks Author

In iBooks Author, you can add shapes, such as lines, circles, squares, and speech bubbles, for traditional (static) infographics. iBooks Author provides 15 predefined shapes, plus the Pen tool that you [more…]

How to Draw Shapes with the iBooks Author Pen Tool

iBooks Author provides many predefined shapes that you can use in your ebook, but if those shapes don’t suit you, you can draw your own with the Pen tool. Although Bézier-style pen tools are common in [more…]

How to Adjust Callouts for Interactive Images in iBooks Author

The interactive image widget object in iBooks Author enables you to use rollovers, where a title and description appear when the pointer rolls over a certain spot, though it works a bit differently. In [more…]

How to Set a Default Template in iBooks Author

To create a new iBooks Author project, you start by selecting a template, which you do by choosing File→New or pressing Command+N to open the Template Chooser. If you use the same template over and over [more…]

Creating a Fit Page View Shortcut in iBooks Author

Managing views and layouts is easy in iBooks Author. Unfortunately, each time you switch to a different layout, iBooks Author resets the view to Actual Size instead of remembering your last setting, so [more…]

Adding Chapters, Sections, and Pages in iBooks Author

If you're creating an e-book in iBooks Author, chances are you’ll want to include chapters, sections, and pages. You use many of the same techniques when it comes to adding chapters, sections, and pages [more…]

Adding Images, Shapes, and Other Objects in iBooks Author

When you create an e-book with iBooks Author, you can dress up the pages of your work with a wide variety of objects. Whether you want to add plain text boxes or complex images and graphics, iBooks Author [more…]

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