8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2012 4:56 AM by Daryl Hawes
Wordfruit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm creating a picture book for kids, using iBooks Author.

 

 

I need to decide whether to use my preferred font, which isn't supported by iOS -- in which case I'll need to make the text part of an image.

 

 

Or whether to use a font supported by iOS.

 

 

Since it's a picture book, most of each page will be one single image. If I use text not image as text, I should be able to make part of each page not image -- maybe that will reduce the file size, so the book is better for users…?

 

 

But if it doesn't make it better for users using text, then I'll use text-as-image, so I can use my preferred font.

 

 

Are there disadvantages in making each page one single image over the full screen, and using text as image, rather than actual text?

 

 

(I will have a voiceover for the book recorded by a voiceover artist, so I won't need the iBooks voiceover.)

 

 

Here's a sample illustration showing typical amount of text on a page: https://img.skitch.com/20120225-gim7e9cje5pnf1jh969xu4791a.jpg

 

 

 

 

Thanks.

  • 1. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    I need to decide whether to use my preferred font, which isn't supported by iOS -- in which case I'll need to make the text part of an image.

     

    I see no problem wih integrating image and text.

     

    Screen Shot 2012-02-25 at 4.15.38 PM.png

     

    Cute!  - Fabe

  • 2. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Other than the examples you gave, there should be no other general liabilities. Do remember, tho that books over 20mb need to be downloaded via a docked or Wi-Fi connection. I don't think that is a deal breaker, but it is another data point in the topic at hand.

     

    As always, run tests that allow you to judge the results as pertains to your content in particular and then decide. If you find bloating (max size is 2GB in any case), or performance issues, then you may have something more to consider.

  • 3. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    sunshiner Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    "Are there disadvantages in making each page one single image over the full screen, and using text as image, rather than actual text?"

     

    There are three disadvantages. Firstly, full page images will bloat your file size over the alternative, half-page image. Secondly, editing your text becomes a pain. Thirdly you won't be able to use the Glossary facility, although this is unlikely to be a big problem with that sort of book.

  • 4. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    Firstly, full page images will bloat your file size over the alternative, half-page image.

     

    Secondly, editing your text becomes a pain.

     

    Thirdly you won't be able to use the Glossary facility.

     

    1. Not true if designed and saved properly in a graphics program.

    2. All text editing should be done in the graphics program, not iAuthor.

    3. Not important.

     

    Construct your pages in a program like Photoshop. - Fabe

  • 5. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    adamk011 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have been creating my work outside of iBooks Author, using a non iOS typeface and exporting as a png image file. They've worked fine and each png is about 20-40KB in size so its all good.

     

    I also imagine this method may make it easier to upscale for when/if the next ipad comes out with double the resolution. Just a thought...

  • 6. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    Fabe Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)

    Would you post a pic of a page please? Sounds like you are on the right track.  - Fabe

  • 7. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    adamk011 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Sorry mate, cant really post anything here - i mainly use iBA to create presentations and so cant really show any information on a public board.

  • 8. Re: Should I use text or text as image?
    Daryl Hawes Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    If you use image-as-text you should try to make some efforts to ensure that users with disabilities have some form of access to your content and test the experience yourself.

     

    Be sure to set an Accessibility Description for each image with the missing text for user with screen readers. Also be sure to provide the same for any trigger you're using to provide the actor's voiceover if it can be interacted with.

     

    You can test with VoiceOver on your iPad and should really try your book with VoiceOver Screen Curtain enabled.

    http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/ iPhoneAccessibility/Testing_Accessibility/Testing_Accessibility.html

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3577