9 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2013 9:00 PM by Iowashorts
Scott Grabinger Level 1 (0 points)

Thank you for your help.


I have a section page (iii) at the begginning of a book with a gallery of 12 photos. I have titled it and written a caption for each photo. Yet, when I switch to portrait mode the widget disappears. There is no image on the side. I have a title on the page in a text field, but I have no text in the main body text field (I'm using the the "Foreward" section template).


What's happening? I've downloaded two books about iBooks Author today but have yet to find a clue as to what I am doing wrong.


Thanks again.





iBooks Author 1.1

OS 10.7.4

iMac Intel, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iMac G4, iBook, Mac SE, Apple II+
  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    You should layout in landscape and edit content in portrait....checking via preview in both.


    Is this your process?



  • Scott Grabinger Level 1 (0 points)

    K T,


    I create in landscape and edit in portrait. The problem is that I'm at a loss as to how to edit in portrait in this case since the widget I placed on the section page in landscape doesn't show up in portrait.


    I've been experimenting. On another section page (dedication) I put in a picture of the dedicatee, it, too, does not appear in the portrait orientation.


    I've also tried previewing it on the iPad to see if it might actually work there, but no -- grasping at straws.


    Thanks for your reply.



  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    Confirm the choice to 'disable in portrait orientation' isn't √'d.

  • Scott Grabinger Level 1 (0 points)

    Now you are really going to put your hand on your forehead.


    I can't find an option for "disable" in the menus or inspector.

    Here's what I've tried since my last reply: I've moved in new photos in case there was something wrong with the jpg files. That didn't make a difference. I added text to the pages -- no diff. I've tried created new pages using "Page Break" and still the photo and widget did not show up. I also tried defining the photo as a "placeholder", still not visible in portrait mode.






  • Scott Grabinger Level 1 (0 points)

    Problem solved.


    Graphic files disappear from section pages in portrait mode. That's the way the program works. I got this from Apple Support. I called, paid my $49.00 and found that having a graphic appear on a section page in portrait isn't possible. Apple was kind enough to stop payment on the case so I'm not out $49.00. I'm not looking for InDesign here, but it seems like a good idea to make graphics visible on section pages in portrait.


    Thanks K T for your help.



  • gabrielpowell Level 1 (10 points)

    To view your Widgets in Portrait mode, open the Inspector, click the Layout Inspector button and select Show Thumbnail Track option at the bottom of the panel. This shows the sidebar area to the left side of the text frame and the Widgets will appear. You can drag them up and down to reposition them as needed.

  • Métis Level 1 (15 points)

    Where exactly is this "Show Thumbnail Track" option? Is it supposed to be in the Widget inspector, Layout option, because I don't see it.


    Thanks for your clarification!

  • gabrielpowell Level 1 (10 points)

    The 'Show Thumbnail Track' option is only available in Portrait Orientation mode. In Horizontal Orientation, it's not available because it's not necessary. There is no Thumbnail track in that view.

  • Iowashorts Level 1 (0 points)

    Just an extra tip: Make sure when you insert a widget in LANDSCAPE mode that you find the little Blue Bullseye circle and place it's cursor where you want to anchor it in the text, that way, it will be in the correct place when you go to PORTRAIT.


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