What’s New in iBooks Author 2.2 Update

 

what's new in ibooks author 2.2 update

Apple released it’s new operating system OS X Yosemite and added a few exciting upgrades for iBooks Author in the process. Here’s what’s new in the iBooks Author 2.2 release:

What’s New in Version 2.2

• Import ePub files
• Import Adobe InDesign IDML files
• Create customized books with new Blank templates
• New hyperlink options: link to a location in another book, link from an image, and more
• Improved transition support in Keynote widget
• Enable auto-play for media widget, Keynote widget, and HTML widget
• Readers can now interact with the HTML widget right on a book page

You can download the new iBooks Author Application for free on the Mac App Store.

The video below shows a demo book we created with the new features:

How to Import an ePub File:

  1. Choose File > New from ePub File, choose the file to import, and click Open.

  2. Choose a template, and specify the following import options:

    • Import the paragraph styles in the file: Select the “Preserve paragraph styles” checkbox.

    • Import the media and graphics in the file: Select the “Include media and graphics” checkbox.

    Note: You can also create your own template, and import an ePub file into it.

  3. Click Choose.

    In iBooks Author, the first two levels of the imported ePub file’s table of contents are preserved, and subsequent content levels are flattened.

    Tip: To replace a font after you import an ePub file, choose Format > Font > Replace a Font.

How to Import an InDesign File:

  1. With the book open, do one of the following:

    • Choose Insert Chapter From > InDesign File (IDML), choose the file to import, and click Import.

    • Drag an IDML file to the Book pane.

    Note: You can also create your own template, and import an IDML file into it.

  2. Specify the following import options:

    • Import the text in the file: Select the “Text from the IDML file” checkbox.

    • Import the paragraph and character styles in the file: Select the “Paragraph and character styles” checkbox, and choose a styles option from the pop-up menu.

      To remove unused styles in the file after importing it into iBooks Author, select the “Discard unused styles after import” checkbox.

    • Import the media and graphics in the file: Select the “Media and graphics” checkbox.

  3. Select a layout, and click Import.

    The imported file is added after a selected chapter or section in the Book pane. If no chapter or section is selected, the imported file is added at the end of the book.

    Tip: To replace a font after you import an IDML file, choose Format > Font > Replace a Font.

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