iBooks Author Essential Training Chris Mattia

iBooks Author Essential Training Chris Mattia
This video tutorial series entitled iBooks Author Essential Training by Chris Mattia has been updated as of December 2015. The sample book that you learn to create in iBooks AuthorR is the same but some of the videos have been updated and new videos have been added for the latest version of iBooks Author.

Mattia discusses the iBook format and the features, such as the thumbnail TOC, portrait and scroll views and interactive widgets.

Mattia begins with an overview of the sample iBook that you will create in this video course. Next he demonstrates how to install the iBooks Author software on your computer and choose a template from the Template Chooser. After discussing the landscape and scroll view options, he demonstrates how to turn off this option for your iBook. This is a great tip for authors creating children's book that won't display well in the scroll view. He points out some of the features you should consider when choosing a template, such as the default styles, and chooses the Contemporary template for the sample project.

Once the template opens, Mattia tours the workspace and various panels, especially the Inspector. He also shares a tip for using the Show Boundaries option when building the pages in your iBook.

Finally, you are ready to work on your iBook and Mattia begins with a demonstration of how to customize the Book Title cover page. He changes the placeholder text as well as the font and style. He also demonstrates two methods for replacing the placeholder background graphic for the cover. You also learn how to add shape elements and work with the Color panel.

In the next section, Mattia walks through the process of adding an Intro Video to the iBook. I found it very helpful when he demonstrates how to convert your video to the .m4v format using the Quicktime app. He also mentions the maximum resolution but did not discuss the maximum duration.

Now it's time to work on the chapters, sections and pages. Mattia demonstrates how to easily copy and paste the title and text for the nine chapter pages, from a text document into iBooks Author. He also demonstrates how to use the Mask and Inspector tools to customize the background images. I was disappointed that he did not discuss the format and dimensions of the background images.

When adding the section pages, Mattia demonstrates how to modify the default page templates by adding text and styles that will appear on each section page, much like Master Pages in InDesignR. He also demonstrates how to use the style tools to add heading and block quote styling.

Chris Mattia is an instructional designer and educator with a broad background in product management, video production and systems administration and ecology.

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