Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2013 4:42 AM (in response to yamabara)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to EyeWonderBooks)
Thank you for the quick response.
I just want my text to show a pop-up text box when touched... very surprised this isn't a default feature.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to yamabara)
Just had a thought... Are there any collections of widgets coded by others but available for download, that I could simply add to ibooks author and be on my way?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 8:15 PM (in response to yamabara)
First, HTML widgets still need an image to be tapped for something to happen, so that wouldn't really solve your question of having text be the trigger for interactivity.
On the complexity question, HTML widgets do require a certain level of understanding of JS, CSS and HTMl to be put together. There is a service that can provide you with a few nice widgets. If you use their widget for free, their logo will appear at the top of the widget. If you choose to pay for the widget, the logo disappears. This is the site
http://bookry.com/ (not an endorsement, just passing this info along)
However, I strongly recommend you at least try to create a widget on your own. You'll need to download Apple's dashcode and may read up on this topic, but you'll have more control over your widgets this way. If you want to go that route, I have a few more resources I can pass along.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to yamabara)
Links that may help widget DIY'ers:
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 8:09 PM (in response to yamabara)
I've produced text in Illustrator, then cut/pasted it into iBA, which recognizes the text as an image. From here, you can use the text-image in a variety of ways with widgets.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2013 1:34 AM (in response to l francisco)
Searching also for a solution. That's a good idea it solved my problem. But if you will use landscape and portrait and the image shall flow with the text it seems that it only works with tunes like "a,b,c,d, e" and not with "g, p, y". Selecting "text flow" - means it will also correct displayed in "portrait" but the image will be moved up, the orientation is the bottom of the image.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2013 12:07 PM (in response to Rawe)
Yes, didn't even consider how the above-described imported image-text flows with with the standard text boxes. I've only used this method of interactive text in simple picture books with landscape only orientation.
I am hoping and suggested through iBooks Author feedback (http://www.apple.com/feedback/ibooks-author.html) for more customization features for text and pop-overs in the next update of iBA.