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I have a  problem with the gallery widget.. it keeps changing its position ON THE PAGE, ie. it 'falls' past the bottom of the page or if positioned with a text box underneath it, it will often 'fall' down with the caption on the pictures covering text in the text box.  


It seems to be arbitrary.. it happens sometimes but not all the time on all the gallery widget images.  And it does not appear to matter if there is only ONE picture in the gallery widget or multiple images.


My book is very image heavy and my reliance on images to remain in place, in relation to the text is mandatory


Any ideas on why this is happening and if so.. what to do to correct it all? 


Is it a bug in the app, or... what?  If it is a bug, when can we expect an update to iBooks Author?


I am working in landscape mode and do not bother with the portrait  mode.

Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 1:58 PM (in response to tcol)

    Is it anchored?

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to tcol)

    Look in the toolbar - anchoring requires two objects. Anchoring doesn't mean to the page, it means to something else, another object on the page.


    Use iBA's Help on: anchor ...pick 'objects overview' from the hits.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 2:24 PM (in response to tcol)

    That object is linked to text on that page.....iBA Help has this to say about that


    On a book page, an object is either inline, anchored, or floating. Objects you add in iBooks Author are either anchored or floating by default. You can follow the steps below to add an object as an inline object, or to change an object from one type to another after you add it.

    You can place an anchored or inline object anywhere on a page with text on it. Each anchored or inline object has a marker (Anchored object marker or Inline object marker) that indicates the text the object is associated with.

    Add an object as inline

    Change an object from one kind to another

    1. Select the object.
    2. Do one of the following:
      • In the format bar: Click Inline, Floating, or Anchored.If the format bar isn’t visible, choose View > Show Format Bar.
      • In the Wrap inspector: Click one of the Object Placement buttons.If the Wrap inspector isn’t open, click Inspector in the toolbar and click the Wrap Inspector button.

    If the controls for changing the object type are dimmed, it might be because you’re in portrait orientation. Try switching to landscape. Or try adding a title, label, or caption to the object and then converting it.


    Reposition an anchored or inline object

    You can place an anchored or inline object anywhere on a page with text on it.


    • To reposition an anchored object: Drag the object or its marker Anchored object marker to the text you want to associate the object with.When the object’s associated text moves to another page (because of changing content), the object moves to the same position on the new page.
      Important:  You can move an anchored object (or its marker) only in landscape orientation.Anchored object being dragged to another part of page
    • To reposition an inline object: Drag the object, or cut and paste the object’s marker Inline object marker to a new location.
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,220 points)
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    Apr 16, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to tcol)

    Works for me on one way on the next - smells like a bug....

  • hollowaymcc Calculating status...
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    May 30, 2012 6:15 AM (in response to tcol)

    I'm having this problem repeatedly but somewhat randomly with (uncaptioned) video widgets. Sometime after I preview them to the iPad they resize themselves and slip down the page, covering the separate text box beneath.


    (I'm working on a landscape-only children's picture book with large images and video widgets that are "captioned" by text boxes. The static image-and-text-boxes pages keep their size and position, but the 6 widget-and-text-boxes pages go rogue.)


    I've been trying to anchor the widgets to their text box captions but haven't been able to access the Object Achoring menu with the widget selected.


    I can re-fix the six pages before I submit the ebook file to Apple, but I'm worried that they will slip during the review process, or worse yet, eventually slip on the consumer.


    Any news or help appreciated. I want the ebook to be enhanced, with video widgets, and read-aloud audio widgets.

  • hollowaymcc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 30, 2012 6:18 AM (in response to hollowaymcc)

    PS I forgot to mention that the video widgets are positioned so that about 10% of the lower inside margin of the object is below the page area and "invisible."

  • hollowaymcc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 30, 2012 6:24 AM (in response to hollowaymcc)

    It just occured to me that if I group all the objects on the page--ie group the video widget with its supporting separate text box(es)--that might perma-fix the widget size and position on the page. Anyone else tried this?

  • hollowaymcc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 30, 2012 6:47 AM (in response to tcol)

    Oh, how much worse this is for you with 400 widgets!


    Thanks very much for the info that you've spoken with them and that it's a bug (and the grouping approach didn't work, obv), so I'll stop wasting time on re-fixing and re-testing my previews.


    My book is only a 32-page picture book with 6 video widgets, but the six videos are important to the plot, and it wouldn't be much of an "enhanced ebook" without them.


    I was also planning to use subcutaneous audio widgets hidden under small image-object "buttons" for the read-aloud function. If these audio widgets slip down then their overlayed "Read to Me" buttons won't work. Yikes--I expect they're vulnerable as we now have confirmed Gallery and Video widget slippage.


    Hoping they fix it soon! I will keep getting emails to this thread for any good news.


    Thanks again for filling me in on the status.

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