11 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2012 6:22 AM by bojinggai
Jake_Russel Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

I have seen some ibooks (childrens books) with read aloud abilities. I know you have to do some programming but what program do you use to edit the code, can you preview it in ibooks (on ipad) if you modify the code, and is there a non-programming way to add audio/speech to your ibooks through ibooks author? Does anyone know the process or what steps and programs needed to add the read aloud feature to an ibook? (I know there are many others out their who would like to know the answers to these questions). Thanks.

 

 

Also, I have HD images (2000x1462) for my ibook in ibooks author and when I preview it on an ipad 2, it downsizes it to regular quality (like 1400x1200 ish). Since I don't yet own an iPad 3, do the images stay HD quality when an ibook (from ibooks author) is viewed on an iPad 3?


iPad, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Read aloud -- Can you reach this video in the store? View in iTunes57:07

     

    As for your HD/new iPad images, what is the resolution? Try 264 dpi - and see Optimizing performance in your iBooks Author books

  • 2. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    Jake_Russel Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    The first link asks me to register as an apple developer. Not sure what this means or if I should continue.

     

    Second link is good but not exactly what I am needing. It says that the image can't be wider than 2048 pixels. So my images are under that. Does that mean it will be okay for iPad 3? I am currently trying to save up money to buy an iPad 3 just so I can know if my HD images will truly be HD (and also promote my book as an "HD" book in itunes).

     

    Third, is there any info out their that takes you step by step on how to make a fixed layout book with read aloud? Or a book? Most sites only tell you bits and pieces. Even apples own document on how to add read aloud assumes you know what to do. So if you or any other people out there who know or have already added read aloud to their book, let me know what the steps are, difficultly level, programs needed, how to test them, and how to submit it to itunes. Thanks a lot.

  • 3. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)


    is there any info out their that takes you step by step on how to make a fixed layout book with read aloud?

    That link that requires being a registered dev. Cost is USD $99 - which buys you tons of additional resources, and in your case seems like a bargain - jump on it!

  • 4. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    K T wrote:

     

    That link that requires being a registered dev. Cost is USD $99 - which buys you tons of additional resources, and in your case seems like a bargain - jump on it!

    Correction: Registering as an Apple developer is free: https://developer.apple.com/programs/register/

     

    Michi.

  • 5. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    Registering to gain full access is not.

     

    Pay attention...the link supplied is behind a logon.

  • 6. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    MichiHenning Level 4 Level 4 (1,350 points)

    K T wrote:

     

    Registering to gain full access is not.

     

    Pay attention...the link supplied is behind a logon.

    Hmmm.. I've never paid my $99 and could download the video you linked to just fine.

     

    Michi.

  • 7. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    bojinggai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is not difficult, but not easy. It is tedious! You need audacity - a free software you can download in audacity.com. Then word by word you need to get the timeline(using control B). After getting all the timeline for every word, you export the labels. Then you use the labels to fill out the .smil template. Feel free to ask more questions. I am glad to be of help.

     

    Thanks,

    Jessica

    www.virtualmango.com

    iBooks Design

  • 8. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    Jake_Russel Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Okay, I just finished building my Ibook in Ibooks Author. I tested one of the free ibooks (Peter Rabit) and liked how it reads to you. I have read many articles and other posts here on Apple.com and everyone seems to want to add this read aloud feature. I have the Fixed Layout EPUBs Miniguide and iBookstore Asse Guide 4_8 and even though the miniguide explains things step by step, its like reading Greek. I am new to programming. Since I assume you are an expert, what I need is help getting started. I'm pretty good at figuring things out, I just need to get a jumpstart as fast as possible. (I don't want to spend a whole month trying to add this read aloud feature).

     

    1. I have a finished book but its not looking like the fixed layout kids books I see on ibooks. Is there a simple way to just tell ibooks its a fixed layout and get rid of the textbook features without using programming? (I know there are people out there who agree with me)

     

    2. I know that I need a XML SMIL compatable text editor (BBedit is the only one I heard is free and good). But where do I begin? Is there some kind of template of code where I just add in the code to get the book to read from audio files? If I edit the epub file, will this book still be able to be sent to the iPad through ibooks Author for a preview?

     

    3. I am familiar with Audacity so the audio part is doable. But the coding is scaring me. To add a word by word reading for the ibook requires more programming.

     

    4. Tell me a short list of what I need to do in order. I have all this information but its overwhelming because I hate programming. (I tried making an iphone app and gave up because it required Xcode, which is way out of my league). I don't know where to start from my finished iBook so what is the next thing I need to do?

     

    Thanks Jessica

  • 9. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    tk0us Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)

    In the Inspector, select Document and then click Disable Portrait View

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  • 10. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    Jake_Russel Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks tk0us, that helped. Now it doesn't switch when I rotate the ipad. One problem down, 2 more to go.

  • 11. Re: How do you add read aloud to a fixed layout book?
    bojinggai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Jake -

     

    If your book is done with iBooks Author, then, I don't think you can add read aloud feature there, as far as I know. You can only add read aloud in iBooks, not iBooks Author! All you can do in iBooks author is add an audio to every page...not as cool as auto read with word highlighting in iBooks.

     

    Now, you have to reformat from iBooks author to iBooks, which requires some programming, but not as complicated as app. Do you have some web design or dreamweaver background?

     

    Once you are done with the ibooks format, you can proceed with the read aloud code. It is just a simple code. It won't take a month to do so. And yes, there is a template.

     

    You can email me - jesfandiary@gmail.com

     

    Jessica

    virtualmango.com