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countdown or timer widget in iBooks Author ?

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SullyChiefs Calculating status...
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Jul 22, 2012 12:24 PM

Is there any kind of a "countdown" or "timer" widget or device within iBooks Author?


(I'm creating an iBook for an exercise routine, and I need a timer to remind when it's time to move on from that particular exercise; eg: when the user has done enough pushups).

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  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Jul 22, 2012 12:44 PM (in response to SullyChiefs)

    See this iBA UT:iBA Tips and Tricks 01and the notes on DashCode HTML Widgets.

  • tk0us Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
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    Jul 22, 2012 3:27 PM (in response to SullyChiefs)

    make your own widget


    you can have random images appear and disappear


    you can have a timer up or down or both (uses internal clock)


    I personally do not use DashCode


    if you need help getting started let me know

  • VTEdDev Calculating status...
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    Nov 8, 2012 6:40 PM (in response to K T)



    I have built the Dashcode countdown widget, following the instructions in the tutorial.


    It works perfectly in Dashboard.


    It does not work perfectly in an iBook made with iBooks Author using the latest versions.


    The problem is that the placeholder text below the timer ("Event Label") shows up, rather than the text that I replaced it with when modifying the widget in Dashcode. (n.b.: the text that I replaced it with shows correctly when I export the widget to Dashboard). I tried several different fonts - no change.


    It also will only show Default.png on the iBooks page (that is - it requires a tap to take it full-screen to view, even if you do not choose that option).


    So, it would seem that either there's a bug in iBooks Author or iBooks that prevents the replacement text from showing or iBooks Author/iBooks have some different widget requirements than Dashboard - in which case, it would be really great it Apple would explain what they are. But since I cannot find that they have done that yet (and neither could the person I spoke to at tech support), any tips about the particular requirements of dashcode widget display in iBooks made with iBooks author in general, and any assistance for my particular problem with the countdown widget would be greatly appreciated.



  • tk0us Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
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    Nov 9, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to VTEdDev)

    An iBuild Opportunity Part 6 has timing widgets and much more


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