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Take Control of iBooks Author

by Michael E Cohen

Apple's Multi-Touch ebooks boast visually impressive, template-driven layouts that can contain many types of interactive media--including interactive images, slideshows, audio and video files, rotating 3D images, and quiz questions. You create them on your Mac in the free iBooks Author application from Apple, and you can sell them to iPad users in the iBookstore or distribute them for free in any way you like. Read this ebook for expert advice on how to: Plan Your Project! Give your content a "spine," and design it to flow comfortably into an iBooks Author template. Determine what special types of media your book will contain--including audio files, video files, slideshows, charts and tables, graphics, interactive graphics, 3D rotating graphics (COLLADA), and study questions. You'll learn what your options are, and what file formats are needed. Decide whether to write your text in iBooks Author or in another program--and, if you decide to write outside of iBooks Author, learn how to import your content efficiently. Produce Your Book! Pick an iBooks Author template and customize it--you'll learn about the dependencies and interactions between the portrait view layout and the landscape view, and find specific advice and steps for customizing both types. Add new chapters, sections, and pages to your book. Make your text flow through your book, and understand how to control the flow. Import and position graphics, videos, and other media items, so that they appear where you want them to--and understand why and how these elements may appear as thumbnails. Make an imported graphic interactive with tappable elements that reveal additional information. Create and configure study questions (and answers). Add an interactive glossary and index, and understand how they interact. Learn how iBooks Author generates a table of contents, and tweak your table of contents. Make internal hyperlinks and external links to the Web. Publish! Export your ebook as a basic PDF or text file (for people who want to read your book, but don't have an iPad). Export your ebook as a Multi-Touch ebook that can be read exclusively in iBooks on the iPad. Get set up to make your ebook available through Apple's iBookstore. Upload your completed project to the iBookstore.

Take Control of Pages

by Michael E Cohen

Work effectively in Pages in OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, and iCloud!Apple's Pages word processor is a big, sprawling app with hundreds of features tucked away in nooks and crannies, making Michael E. Cohen's comprehensive book an essential resources for newbies and experts alike. Those new to Pages, or still getting their sea legs in the transition to Pages 5 will appreciate Michael's guide to finding familiar tools, formatting text, and iCloud Drive quirks. And everyone will benefit from the book's discussion of advanced features like snaking columns (snarky columns are left as an exercise to the reader), list styles, layout options, and collaboration tools.Whether you need quick help with a particular feature or steel-toed documentation with which to kick Pages into shape, this book is for you.Still running 10.9 Mavericks? Mavericks users can still find plenty of Pages help here. To find out what's different, read What about Mavericks?.The book offers plenty of help with word processing:For everyday word processing, you'll find directions for working with fonts, tabs, indents, rulers, search and replace, spell checking, and more.For longer, more complex documents, you'll learn how to control headers, footers, page numbers, footnotes, and section breaks. Plus you'll find oodles of help with character styles, paragraph styles, and even list styles.For projects that go way beyond the norm, you'll learn how to create your own templates, complete with master objects.For collaborative projects, you'll come up to speed with the track changes and commenting features. You can also use the newfangled Share icon to collaborate with others (simultaneously) in an iCloud-based Pages document.Layout and graphics merit attention too, in terms of:Turning off the usual word processing text flow so you can lay out independent objects more easily (perfect for posters!)Inserting text boxes, vector graphics, and all manner of mediaStyling text boxes and vector graphics with whizzy object styles (for example, you can specify a specific color and shadow)Being precise with smart guides and vertical rulersCreating a custom look with fills, shadows, opacity, and moreWorking in tables (which can act as mini spreadsheets) and creating chartsYou'll also find thoughtful directions for managing your documents:What happens with fonts and features when you move Pages documents between Mac, iOS, and iCloudWhether and how to work with Pages documents in iCloud DriveHow to import from Pages 4 (aka Pages '09), Word, text, and RTFHow to export to Pages 4, Word, text, EPUB, and PDFAnd lots more!

Take Control of PDFpen 5

by Michael E Cohen

After a whirlwind history and overview of PDF, you'll take a tour through PDFpen's tools and navigation. With those basics taken care of, you'll learn how to: Scan a document to PDF and make the text editable with OCR Combine pages from multiple files into a single PDF Turn a Web site into a multi-page PDF Add or remove pages from a PDF Add a hand-written signature to a PDF Add page and URL links to a PDF Make a clickable table of contents for a PDF Use professional editing marks on a PDF Edit text within a PDF that was received in email Leave comments on a PDF document Remove sensitive or confidential text from a PDF Enhance the images in a PDF Fill out a PDF-based form Print just form entries on a pre-printed form Create an interactive PDF-based form that can collect data and send it to you via email or the Web An appendix describes the many useful AppleScripts that ship with PDFpen. This ebook was created in collaboration with Smile, with Michael providing feedback during the PDFpen 5 development process and PDFpen's developers tech editing the book for complete accuracy.

Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard

by Michael E Cohen

Is your data stuck on your Mac? Learn how to sync it with another Mac, iPhone, iPod, mobile phone, or PDA! With clear directions and a humorous touch, Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard explains how to sync data from a Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard with a variety of devices from Apple and other companies. Whether you want to sync phone numbers between your Mac and your mobile phone, share calendars and keychains between Macs, or move only new podcast episodes to a small iPod, syncing expert and master punster Michael Cohen has the answers. You'll learn what software and gear you need and the best ways to move data between different devices. The ebook also explains how syncing works under the hood and provides troubleshooting advice in case your sync engine throws a rod. Types of sync data covered include:Calendar items stored in iCal, Entourage, and Google Contacts stored in Address Book, Entourage, Yahoo, and Google Data on Exchange servers Dock items and Dashboard widgets Apple Mail account settings, Safari bookmarks, and application preferences Apple Mail and Entourage notes Keychains (user names and passwords) Items from software that uses Leopard's Sync Services, including NetNewsWire and Yojimbo Audio, video, photos, and associated metadata from iTunes Types of devices covered include:Macs, with details on MobileMe and overviews of popular third-party options iPhone and iPod touch, via MobileMe or iTunes Old and new iPods via iTunes, with details on USB and FireWire connections The Apple TV via iTunes Mobile phones, smartphones, BlackBerries, and Palm OS PDAs

Take Control of Syncing Data in Snow Leopard

by Michael E Cohen

You'll learn about syncing managed data on a Mac running Snow Leopard with:Another Mac Microsoft Exchange The cloud (i.e. MobileMe or Google) An iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV A non-Apple mobile phone A PDA (i.e. a Palm or Blackberry, specifics are brief) Types of sync data covered include:Calendar items stored in iCal, Entourage, Google, and Yahoo Contacts stored in Address Book, Entourage, Google, and Yahoo Data on Exchange servers Data on MobileMe Dock items and Dashboard widgets Apple Mail account settings, Safari bookmarks, and application preferences Apple Mail and Entourage notes Keychains (user names and passwords) Items from software that uses Mac OS X's Sync Services, such as Yojimbo Audio, video, photos, apps, and associated metadata from iTunes Types of devices covered include:Macs, with details on MobileMe and overviews of popular third-party options The iPhone and iPod touch, via Microsoft Exchange, MobileMe, or iTunes Old and new iPods via iTunes, with details on USB and FireWire connections The Apple TV via iTunes Mobile phones, smartphones, BlackBerries, and Palm OS PDAs via iSync and/or third-party utilities Connection technologies and software examined include:Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet MobileMe, iTunes, iSync, IMAP (IMAP discussion is limited to Apple Mail), Exchange Third-party products from BusyMac, Feisar, Mark/Space, Nova Media, PocketMac, and Spanning Sync Sampler of special questions you'll find answers to: What is the truth database? And what should I do if I think it's lying? When a sync occurs, what's going on behind the scenes? What is push syncing and how does it work? What is the difference between syncing and a backup? What does Bluetooth "discovery" mean, and what should I do about it? Can I control exactly which audio and video files sync to my iPod? How do I override automatic syncing when I connect my iPod to iTunes? How does iTunes decide if a video file is a movie, TV show, or music video? How does the Apple TV figure out what to sync if it fills up? How do I sync everything possible to my iPhone--calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, the works? How do I sync a mobile phone that Apple doesn't support? Argh! Snow Leopard's iSync doesn't support the Palm! What third-party software can I use instead? I want to sync directly with an Exchange server... what do I need to know? What's the smartest way to sync keychains between Macs? I have a syncing feeling about my data--what should I do?

Take Control of TextExpander

by Michael E Cohen

Running TextExpander is like embedding a superhero typist in your Mac. Read Take Control of TextExpander to learn how to: Reply faster: If you frequently send similar bits of text--directions, chunks of legal writing, bios, product descriptions, company names, addresses, URLs, and so forth--let TextExpander quickly type all that text for you, making it a snap to respond quickly to customer questions or requests from colleagues, and a breeze to send other routine correspondence ("Dear Mom, I'm still not pregnant. Love, Me"). You can even create fill-in snippets that ask you for details and fill in all the rest of the text automatically. Make typing more exciting: Discover how to grab and insert the URL in your browser's frontmost window into whatever you're writing, to insert HTML or CSS tags in a flash, to automagically add the date to filenames as you save, and more. It's like having another set of fingers. Type more accurately: Find out how to add the auto-correct dictionary groups from Smile and to create your own auto-correction options, so you'll spend less time fixing common typing mistakes or going red-faced when you spot an egregious error too late. Enjoy life more: When you let TextExpander handle your routine typing, your brain will be free to think more creatively about the rest of what you type. And you just might knock off work a little sooner some days. Specific questions answered in this ebook include: How do I register my demo copy of TextExpander and buy a family pack? What are some common uses of TextExpander that I can try as I learn? How do I use TextExpander to timestamp my text automatically? How can I put the clipboard contents into an expanded snippet? How can I make a TextExpander snippet that expands into a fill-in form? How do I work with formatted text and pictures in snippets? How do I handle capitalization and snippet expansions? How can I get to TextExpander quickly, and hide it when I don't need it? What do I do if I can't remember a snippet's expansion abbreviation? How can I edit my snippets quickly? How can I quickly insert special characters like smileys and stars? How do I insert a snippet and move the insertion point into the middle of it? How do I insert a snippet immediately after a quotation mark or bracket? I do a lot of CSS coding. TextExpander sounds great, but how can I leverage someone else's work and not have to create my own set of CSS expansions? How can I invoke an AppleScript from within a TextExpander snippet expansion, and use the result in my snippet?

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Select your format based upon: 1) how you want to read your book, and 2) compatibility with your reading tool. To learn more about using Bookshare with your device, visit the Help Center.

Here is an overview of the specialized formats that Bookshare offers its members with links that go to the Help Center for more information.

  • Bookshare Web Reader - a customized reading tool for Bookshare members offering all the features of DAISY with a single click of the "Read Now" link.
  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) - a digital book file format. DAISY books from Bookshare are DAISY 3.0 text files that work with just about every type of access technology that reads text. Books that contain images will have the download option of ‘DAISY Text with Images’.
  • BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
  • MP3 (Mpeg audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
  • DAISY Audio - Similar to the Daisy 3.0 option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivonas Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.