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nysus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jan 20, 2012 3:50 AM

So how do you do footnotes with iBooks Author? 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 2.8 GHz Four-core i7, 16GB RAM
  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,875 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 5:21 AM (in response to nysus)

    It does not appear that automatic footnoting is supported as far as I can tell. It is, however, possible to add hyperlinks to different parts of the book, so if you put a link in the text that goes to your footnote explanation that would do what you want, right?

     

    Best of luck.

  • Jolly Rogerson Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2012 7:09 AM (in response to nysus)

    Nysus, can you tell mw how you managed to make a bookmark?

     

    the + button (for add bookmark) is greyed out no matter what text I select

  • Farmhouse1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2012 8:57 AM (in response to nysus)

    I think we need to keep raising this issue.  In almost every regard this new tool is a very attractive one for me to use for writing a text book for an undergraduate readership - much more so than using the normal publishers who are incapable of handling colour, let alone interactivity. . But the inability to do easy footnotes or endnotes, or compile an automatic bibliography, makes me think this is not designed for the academic market at all. Pity.

  • Varenius Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2012 9:11 AM (in response to Farmhouse1)

    And yet if you open "Paragraph Styles" one of the possibilities is "footnote text" -- weird.  One temporary work-around is to use endnotes, copy those to the end of your document from the original, make sure each note is separated by a para break, and then select all and apply "Numbered List" from List Styles -- but this is clunky and inelegant, and looks it....

  • Farmhouse1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 9:15 AM (in response to Varenius)

    I agree. I pushed it hard last night with a smaple chapter from my latest book; all worked fine until I searched for the footnotes. The links were completely dead.  My 11 year old is already being asked to list sources for his essays, so I would expect to be able to give proper references.

  • Farmhouse1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 9:16 AM (in response to Farmhouse1)

    Sorry 'sample'. I need a copy editor to look good, too...

  • John Michlig Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to nysus)

    No importing of footnotes - even those created in Pages?

     

    That is really, really incredible. Having used Pages to write a 100+ page manuscript complete with footnotes, I'm now unable to simple import this work into another Apple software product that is supposed to have acedemic value?

     

    Wow.

  • Inkling Books Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to nysus)

    I fully agree. The lack of footnotes/endnotes is a serious flaw, redeemed (maybe) by the fact that Apple's current focus is on K-12 education. And given that books with footnotes/endnotes tend to have hundreds of them, this feature needs to be automated, importing already existing notes from Pages, Word or (best of all) Scrivener.

     

    Has anyone seen if the glossary function could be kludged into a clumsy sort of endnoting? It wouldn't be perfect and it'd kill the use of the glossary as a glossay, but it'd least put the notes somewhere else but still easily accessible. You might have as glossary terms something like Endnote-001, Endnote-002 and so forth. Not good, but probably still better than anything you could do for a Kindle.

     

    It'd also be great if the iBooks Author team discovered Markup text and the app knew how to convert Markup text to the basic paragraph and text styles of a book. # Chapter Title would become the title of a chapter and *italics* would be italicized. That'd remove the need to write in something like big and bloated like Word. It'd make it easy to do the writing on an iPad, where there are some excellent Markup apps.

     

    --Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien

  • aeio Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2012 10:56 AM (in response to nysus)

    I just tried importing a Word 2011 document with footnotes. It kept the superscripts but appears to have deleted the footnotes themselves. Has anyone tried a Pages document with footnotes. Do we know that doesn't work?

  • Varenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:12 AM (in response to aeio)

    No, that doesn't work either - the superscripts remain but th enotes themselves disappear....

  • Walterpm Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to nysus)

    I'm bypassing the problem of lack of footnotes using the tool "Glossary" (my "iBookAuthor" is in Portuguese, I do not know if this is the correct name).

    I create a glossary term in which the definition is the footnote.

    Select the word or phrase that will be the indicator of the footnote and, with the toolbar glossary open, select the 'definition' in the menu "Index Link to:" and then I click "add link"(all in the same toolbar).

    Hovering the cursor over the selected location, it will switch to a white hand. Clicking this, the window will change to the definition (footnote). To return to the text, just click the button "<<", located at the far right of the toolbar glossary.


    I hope I have helped a little.

  • aeio Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 11:44 AM (in response to Walterpm)

    Of course that will also make flash cards of your footnotes and mix them with the user notes. Not ideal.

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