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oldmovieguy Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

Pages and iBook Author.

Has anyone transferred copy from Pages to iBook author. I would like to download some docs to Pages, edit them and then put into iBook Author. Good idea or no?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,655 points)

    I'm sure lots of people in the iBooks Author forum have done it, since it is one of the menu items under Insert, better to ask there.

     

    In any case, iBooks Author is a free app and you can easily experiment for yourself whether it works the particular way you want.

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    As iBooks Author is no more than a revamped Pages, I think that it's more logical to work directly in iBooks Author.

    In fact, I would build the text components in a bare text editor like TextEdit, Bean, Text Edit+, CleanWriter, iText Express…

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 4 février 2012

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  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)

    You can copy and paste, but neither open nor insert a Pages document into iBook Author.

     

    The visual appearance of iBook Author is very similar to Pages but I'm pretty sure it is a totally new application.

     

    It is based on quite a different premise and technology designed for web and iDevices.

     

    The pity is that Apple is fracturing its applications. There is very little interconnectedness between related software such as iWork, KeyNote, iWeb, Bento and now iBook Author.

     

    Peter

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,655 points)

    PeterBreis0807 wrote:

     

    You can ... neither open nor insert a Pages document into iBook Author.

     

     

     

    But Peter, there is a menu item:  Insert > Chapter from Pages or Word Document

     

    Plus there is an article in the Help for iBooks Author explaining it called:  Import a Pages or Word Document

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)

    Mea Culpa! I've only just started playing with it.

     

    I used Menu > Insert > Choose... as in Pages and missed that. Oddly inconsistent and redundant!

     

    I also tried copying and pasting Thumbnails from Pages but only the images come across.

     

    Yvan tells me there is a lot of common code between iBooks Author and Pages as well.

     

    Which makes me wonder how do you take an eBook exported from Pages and polish it in iBook Author?

     

    Peter

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,655 points)

    PeterBreis0807 wrote:

     

    Which makes me wonder how do you take an eBook exported from Pages and polish it in iBook Author?


     

    I don't think you can do that.  You use Pages to produce normal .epubs and iBooks Author to produce Apple's special .ibooks format (only readable on an iPad with iBooks 2).

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)

    Well I'll have a little play and see how useful it is.

     

    Not keen on Apple's lock down with .ibooks though.

     

    There is a huge opening for anyone who can make the equivalent of PageMaker for iDevices. Lets hope somebody gets busy!

     

    Peter

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    I guess that you will be able to find the Engvlish version.

     

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    2012-02-04T22.20.57.jpg

     

    For the app, a document is not an object. This is what makes the difference.

    The Choose… menu item is perfectly consistent with the iWork apps and it does exactly the same job. I use it to insert pictures, text, rtf or rtfd files.

     

    As the code is borrowed from Pages, it can't import a Pages document.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 4 février 2012

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 12 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.2

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  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)

    Yvan where do get the manual for iOS Pages?

     

    I have only found a few books in the iTunes store.

     

    Peter

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,655 points)

    He posted a photo of the Help from inside the app.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (32,795 points)

    Yes I know that but, besides it being in most cases not very detailed (nor accurate), it is also awkward to follow whilst you are working. Particularly as Help floats on top of everything else.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,655 points)

    KOENIG Yvan wrote:

     

    As the code is borrowed from Pages, it can't import a Pages document.

     

     

    But it says that you CAN import a Pages document "sous forme de Chapitre ou de Section."

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    I posted nothing from the manual of iOS Pages.

     

    I posted two screenshots of the iBooks Author Help.

     

    As I already wrote, Keep carefully the iWork apps User Guides in PDF format.

    I guess that the iBooks Author Help is a prototype of what we will get with next iWork release.

    From my point of view it's really boring.

    We can't make a search in the full text so we are back to the indexed resource.

    I will try to build a script extracting all the available pages and build my own PDF with them.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 4 février 2012

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 12 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.2

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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)

    May you open your eyes ?

    The help page saying :  that you CAN import a Pages document "sous forme de Chapitre ou de Section."

    is the one related to the menu item :

    Import a document Word or Pages, (the one which you missed).

     

    My comment was about the menu item Choose… which is described a designed to import objects.

     

    The way you are able to close your eyes when something don't match your preconceived ideas is really astounding ! You make me think to my second grand son but he is less than 8 years old

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 4 février 2012

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 12 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.2

    My Box account  is : http://www.box.com/s/00qnssoyeq2xvc22ra4k

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