Apple just released the newest version of its book publishing application iBooks Author, and it’s chock full of new features. We’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know about iBooks Author 2.0 and examples of how you can take advantage of all the new features in your next book!
(Update: you can download it here)
So, what’s new in iBooks Author 2.0?
The pop-over widget allows you to tap an object, for example an image, and have a pop-up window appear with text, images, or shapes inside of it. The advantage of a popover is that you can provide additional information or instructions about how to use an object on the screen. Pop-overs are also easily dismissed simply by tapping outside of the popover view.
Scrolling Sidebar Widget:
This is another very cool new widget in iBooks Author. With the scrolling sidebar, you can insert large portions of text that the reader can scroll through without changing the page. This is great for getting a lot of information in one area while avoiding screen changes.
Tap to View Full Screen
Now you have the ability to let users expand objects, such as an image, to full screen by tapping them. This behavior is controlled in the widget tab of the inspector under the interaction sub-tab.
Another time saver for anyone creating a book involving equations. iBooks Author 2.0 supports three new options for equations; MathType, Latex, or MathML. You can adjust the font size or color of an equation just as you would ordinary text.
Landscape and Portrait Templates
Just like other iWork programs, iBooks Author comes with a variety of different templates you can use as a starting point for your book design. While all templates “worked” in both Landscape and Portrait orientations, they were designed primarily with the Landscape position in mind. In iBooks Author 2.0, you’ve got templates that were designed specifically for Portrait orientation. It looks as though there still might be some issues switching back and forth, but at least you’ve got more options now. Still not satisfied? Check out these templates and let us know what you think!
More Supported Fonts
It was a little surprising when iBooks Author first came out, it only supported a limited number of fonts. Now, iBooks Author 2.o supports all fonts in TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) format. Note: this is brand new so just make sure you preview your work on the iPad before publishing.
Customized Audio Control
This allows you to link audio to objects within your book. For example, let’s say you’re creating a children’s book of farm animals. You want the user to be able to touch the screen on an image of a duck and it results in a “quacking” sound. Now you can, with the new customized audio control.
Copy Graphic Style
This is a time saver for sure. Now you can copy any graphic styles you’ve added to an object and add it to another object with two clicks. For example, let’s say you modified the opacity, border, and color of an image. Now you can copy all of those graphic style changes and add it (again, with just two clicks) to any other image in the book. Your workflow just got a bit easier.
iBooks Author 2.0 now allows you to set the document language to something other than English. If you go to the Document tab in the inspector, you’ll see which languages are supported.
Want even more?
iBooks Author is such a powerful application, but it’s still a relatively new tool. That means it can be a little intimidating to use at first. It also means there aren’t a lot of resources out there to answer your questions. Luckily, we’ve put together an incredibly valuable iBooks Author 2.0 Resource Kit. This kit will help you create a successful, profitable ebook as soon as possible, without spending forever trying to learn “the ropes?” Instead of wasting valuable time googling your questions, we’ve got everything you need in one place. Oh, and it’s FREE. If you’re serious about writing an ebook, you’ll need this. In it you’ll learn:
- How to NOT get rejected from the iBookstore
- An easy strategy to write, publish, and market your ebook
- How to avoid the #1 eBook Killer
- Two months & $30,000 in eBook sales (an author tells all)
- A comprehensive list of the best iBooks Author how-to articles and video tutorials
- BONUS: Get a FREE Template with Golden Ratio Design Guides (a must when designing your ebook from scratch)
Get your FREE iBooks Author 2.0 Resource Kit here.