Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to bafriesen)
Are you using versions? Are you opening any of them as part of this process? Do you have a backup?
Check the similar links suggested on the right to see if they match your issue/situation...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to bafriesen)
Try closing down IBA. ERstart it, start a new project and paste the content of the original one into the new one. This might help.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2012 3:24 PM (in response to K T)
@K T I tried to backup the file I was working on in 2 different spots (my external HD and Dropbox). Each of those results in the same error message telling me the file cannot be opened because the index.xml file is missing.
@Michi When I first was working with the file I'd save and close and reopen with no problem. Once I closed the application and tried opening the file again a few days later I get the error that I cannot open due to index.xml file missing. So I cannot copy and paste my content because I cannot access it anymore.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 4:56 PM (in response to bafriesen)
Just had this happen, here is how I fixed it:
Duplicate the .iba file (the iBooks Author project) to your desktop or wherever you'd like.
Next, delete the .iba extension and make it .zip and click "Use .zip" when the dialog box pops up.
Then, double-click your newly created ZIP file. It will extract to a folder in the same directory.
Now, add the .iba extension to this folder. It will pop up another dialog box asking if you want to do this, click "Use .iba".
Your file should work now.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 10:02 PM (in response to j0shb3ck3r)
Ah! the same problem I had.... really this iBook Author is becoming pain in neck for me
but j0shb3ck3r your suggestion was very Helpful, now I can open my file
Thanks you guys are so supportive
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 5:25 AM (in response to j0shb3ck3r)
I just used this .zip approach to fix the same issue with a Pages '09 file
- very grateful,
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 1:52 AM (in response to j0shb3ck3r)
Hey, I just started using iBooks Author and had this problem. Thanks j0shb3ck3r, your technique worked great to fix it.
However, is this is a common occurence? Anything I can do to avoid having to repeat this every time I close the program?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to j0shb3ck3r)
I understood this and it didn't work for me.
Why does Ibooks Author not save a backup like pages when I hit "save a version" I lost 4 days work over this issue.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to brer fox)
A 'version' isn't a backup. Pages doesn't do backups. OS X and some Apple branded apps do versions....those are simply snapshots in time.
Unless you have a tested and reliable 'backup' in place, you can't use that word, sorry.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 6:35 PM (in response to K T)
Thanks for the clarification KT. I have pages files all over the place that say Backup of such and such file.
Tha is why I thought of them as backups.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 11:05 PM (in response to brer fox)
I think you may find it helpful to take your computer to the nearest Apple Store and ask for help making sure the OS is healthy and to understand the files you are looking at and working with.
And while you're there, ask them to help you come up with a backup plan to help protect your work. The Apple product named 'Time Machine' is a good choice for backing up important files, I think.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 11:15 PM (in response to K T)
The nearest Apple store is 120 miles away. I like the time machine idea. for now I am duplicating periodically. Will that do it?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 11:19 PM (in response to brer fox)
Duplicating to another drive will do as a minimum....be careful
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2012 9:28 PM (in response to K T)
I think the index.xml is a hidden file but I am thinking that I sould copy it to a flash drive every time I save the file.
There is far too much work involved to take any chances with losing it again. Any thoughts on this?