Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to manyhelicopters)
Did you provide feedback? What part of the help or the tech notes would you like to see changed?
It's new...new concepts and new tools are always tricky, especially when they are complicated.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2012 12:30 PM (in response to K T)
So where is the way to provide feedback shown? I can't find it on the Help menu. Where are the 'tech notes' referenced?
It's not like I'm a newbie to software or user interface, but this is just a bit too slick and requires far too much insider knowledge.
I don't see any tutorials...
Apple can do a lot better than this.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to manyhelicopters)
Click on the "iBooks Author" menu in the upper left corner of the screen. Then select the "Provide iBooks Author Feedback" menu item. I too have some issues, but I recognize there is a huge amount of potential with iBooks Author, and if we provide constructive feedback to Apple, we can help them quickly evolve this tool into something that is a real game changer. Let's not start throwing babies out with the bathwater...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2012 1:37 PM (in response to manyhelicopters)
Thanks for the link for feedback. (unfortunately, this is another counter-intuitive place for this to be - shouldn't it be under the 'help' menu?)
It's not my nature to just rant, but there were so many things about the interface was so counter-intuitive that I had to say something. I will contribute as this has the potential to be a great piece of software.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 27, 2012 1:59 PM (in response to manyhelicopters)
unfortunately, this is another counter-intuitive place for this to be - shouldn't it be under the 'help' menu?
It's at exactly the same place for iBooks Author as it is for every other Apple app. But of course you can recommend Apple change that too if you want...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2012 2:47 AM (in response to manyhelicopters)
It's not counter intuitive, as someone else said it's where they put it for all their apps. For someone who says "It's not like I'm a newbie to software or user interface," I'm surprised you couldn't hunt it down
But that aside, this is v1.0 and it will have quirks and bugs. If you've used Pages or Keynote it will be easy to transition. I had an 8 page book with galleries, videos and TOC within 20 minutes of downloading.
Its a bit late for this thread... but.. being new to iMacs and iBooks Author... I can share the frustration of trying to make sense of iBooks Author. It seems a clone of Pages rather than a new application concept to capitalise on the lates eBook fad. I have delivered books to iBooks.. 2 weeks later.. problems.. I repair that problem and re-deliver.. more than 2 weeks later.. back again for "format" problems. now it will be another two weeks to get either a book last of Xmillion others in iBooks store IF I am lucky.. or another knock back that needs a re-work. WHY.. when the original delivery was scrutanised.. did my poor workmanship not get a mention and then all issues could be dealt with .. meaning less work and problems all round!
I cannot open the ticket now..it wont open so I have to report that back now and wait again. Then there is the farce of "Contact US" . Its a select this or that option.. not able to add a cooment or question.. and again. now its another wait to be told.. I did it wrong and contact ?????
Having found this forum,, I think I have the answer ( at least for this ticket) which I think is blocking the portrait mode when viewing pictures in a photo book.
I purchased Book Creator for a few $ - it offered three basic book formats and it auto displays portrait or landscape ( albeit in reduced size) why cannot this be default in iBA??
I think the fact is that iBA was created for the written word not photo pictorials.... BUT an addition to the coding could create a portrait and landscape template. Which I feel sure APPLE's software enginneers could knock out during a coffee break!
Maybe feedback and a few updates will address these issues...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to trilogy1000)
For a version 1.0 release, iBooks Author is remarkably polished, remarkably functional, remarkably easy to use, and remarkably bug free. In more than 25 years as a software engineer, I cannot recall many first-release products of this level of quality.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 8:31 PM (in response to manyhelicopters)
My problem is that the examples / templates were pretty skimpy and didn't go beyond one additional page. None of the features such as figure numbering or cross referencing were shown.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to MichiHenning)
I agree it's decent for a 1.0 but IMO it's not as stable as you suggest. While it doesn't crash IME, it does leave room for a fair amount of UI consistency and polish, but then Apple was never one to follow its own guidelines.