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Issues with layout pages and templates.

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bett n_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 15, 2012 7:29 AM

So to save time I have started creating my own templates. For instance I want one with mostly black pages so I have created new 'pages' under the 'layout' bar (the one you have to pull down). this works fine for simple pages of 1/2/3 columns and blank pages but I have started making more complex ones - for example I want to have a  text box with text already in a certain font and colour which I can then change from page to page, So I created a text box in a layout page, bt when I use this layout on a page the text box i created cannot be modified in anyway (only the filler text in the linked text boxes seems to be modifiable. I also tried to make a 'layout page' with a gallery, a placeholder with all the attributes I want in it, again when I select that page as an option the gallery cannot be changed, making it pretty useless - is there anyway to enable images/galleries/text boxes as 'placeholders'?


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MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 11:49 AM (in response to bett n_)

    I think any element can serve as a 'placeholder', at least in general terms.


    When working with such items, be sure to always acknowledge how/if they're linked/locked/anchored/layered/grouped and if those are in done in conjunction with other items.


    See: Publishing With iBooks Author



    Note your image isn't working, at least not for me sure to add/insert using the 'camera' icon, thanks.

  • JB_NM Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to bett n_)

    I think I might know how to tell you how to solve the problem you are having with images and text boxes on your layouts.  There is a setting in the Layout panel of the Layout inspector (this is different from the Layout panel of the Widget inspector) which controls whether or not an object will be editable on pages using a layout.  For instance, if you insert a shape on a page layout, and you want to be able to edit the text in that shape, or make other changes, you need to select the checkbox for 'Editable on pages using this layout' (it's below the Columns settings in the Layout inspector).  Otherwise, your shape will appear on the pages using that layout, but will not be accessible (you won't be able to edit it, move it, etc.).


    I am not sure why you are having problems with modifying Galleries on pages using your layout(s).  Galleries placed on layouts are automatically accessible on pages using those layouts.  Would it be possible for you to go into more details with regards to the steps you follow when creating a layout with a gallery widget? 


    Hope this helps!

  • RetroSorteR Calculating status...
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    Apr 13, 2013 3:00 AM (in response to JB_NM)

    Thank you, this has helped me too.


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