iBooks Author Turned Up To 11

Already figured out how to add videos, pictures, and quizzes to your iBooks? Are you ready to kick it up a notch?  We’ll pick up where all the tutorial videos on the net leave off. The bundled widgets are great, but they only take you so far. In this session we’ll focus on some free and cheap tools that can be used to create your own custom widgets for use in iBooks. 

If you're new, start here. This will give you all the links and information from my morning session

Keynote Stuff:

  • Great Tutorial: Note, great as in content. It is very slow and repetitive, but it is a good place to start if you want to create a cool interactive using Keynote.
  • Animation of parts - Motion Map - Moving Man
    • Use Magic Move to create simple animations. When placing objects on subsequent slides, only move them with your mouse. When you precisely place them using the Inspector Keynote looses track of which objects were copied from the previous page and which are new.
  • Set Presentation as Hyperlinks Only. Found in the first tab of the Inspector window

Tumult Hype

  • Educational Discount Contact them for details. For a Single license it's a 32% discount bringing the price to $34 (may have changed).
  • Can do the same stuff we just did in Keynote. However, none of the random weirdness. Once you get the hang of it, animations are far easier in Hype than in Keynote.
  • One downside. Keynotes will play in the body of the text. HTML5 widgets are full screen only.
  • If you know what you're doing you have the ability to add JavaScript as well as embed content using an iFrame.
  • You can create your own YouTube viewer. Insert “HTML Widget”, size the iFrame box as needed. Double click the iFrame box and paste your embed code into the text box that opens. (for an automated way check out ClassWidgets.com)
  • Adobe Edge Beta - Alternative to Hype, currently a free preview. Does not offer a way to export directly to iBooks Author, but you can probably get there.


  • "Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions." It was originally created for artists and designers with no programming experience.
  • I have put together a Processing site which includes some simple tutorials, instructions on how to create programs for embedding into iBooks and even a way of exporting programs as Android Apps.
  • Show a couple of my Widgets