iBooks Author Video, Objects & Graphics

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Rounding Corners and Adding Drop Shadows in iBooks Author

When you are creating a book in iBooks Author, you can insert boxes, charts, and graphs and then use the iBooks Author formatting tools to give them a sophisticated look with rounded corners or drop shadows [more…]

How to Crop Images in iBooks Author

Most programs let you crop an image by choosing its selection handles (sometimes you need to choose a cropping tool first) and move those handles into the image. Whatever appears outside the selection [more…]

Tips for Selecting Objects in iBooks Author

iBooks Author lets you lay out your book and illustrate it with tables, charts, and graphics. Selecting objects can be tricky, however, if you have created multiple layers. After you get your elements [more…]

How to Resize Objects in iBooks Author

The process for resizing objects should be familiar in iBooks. When you select an object, eight selection handles appear, one on each corner and one midway along each side. You drag the handles to resize [more…]

Turning Off Alignment and Size Indicators in iBooks Author

When you drag an object or resize it in iBooks Author, alignment and size indicators appear. When iBooks Author detects that one or more of your boundaries is close to that of another object, it displays [more…]

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 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…]

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…]

How to Add a Video, Audio, or Image Intro to Your eBook

Normally, when a reader on the iPad opens an iBooks Author e-book for the first time, the table of contents appears. But you can have a video or audio file play or an image appear first. [more…]

How to Apply Line Styles to Objects in iBooks Author

A stroke is a line, whether a border around an object, a border around a table cell or chart element, or an actual line. In iBooks Author, the Graphic inspector’s controls for strokes are simple to use [more…]

How to Enhance Bitmapped Images in iBooks Author

When working with bitmapped images in iBooks Author (that is, all supported images except for Adobe Illustrator and PDF files), you can apply a variety of enhancements and effects. To apply image enhancements [more…]

How to Modify Gallery Images in iBooks Author

iBooks Author lets you adjust several aspects of the images in your gallery object: their order in the gallery, their size and position within the gallery’s image frame, and the shape of the image frame’s [more…]

How to Add Interactive Images in iBooks Author

A popular way to help people understand a diagram or elements in a photo on the web is to use rollovers, where a title and description appear when the pointer rolls over a certain spot. The interactive [more…]

How Adjust Image Zoom Settings in iBooks Author

iBooks Author lets you set the zoom level and focus for the overall image in the default view. You can also set the zoom level and focus of the image in each image view to change the image focus so that [more…]

How to Add 3D Images in iBooks Author

A very compelling capability in iBooks Author is its support of 3D objects that your e-book readers can rotate on their iPads. You need to create such a file in the Collada 3D model format [more…]

Add Video or Audio to iBooks Author Files with the Movie Object

Sometimes, the best way to present information is to show it in action or to hear someone talk about it. That’s why the ability to include video and audio files in iBooks Author’s movie object is so powerful [more…]


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