Time Magazine called iBooks Author “The Most Interesting Apple Software You Aren’t Using” –and for good reason!
But you might be wondering: What is it? How hard is it to learn? What is the application really capable of doing? Can I see some examples?
In this post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about this incredible new authoring application from Apple and how it can help you create beautiful, fully interactive content–everything from interactive cookbooks to sales brochures – in minutes.
iBooks Author Overview
The first thing you should probably know is it’s free. Yep, that’s right, Apple is offering this software to you for free and you can download it here.
Another great feature? Since the application is created by Apple, you know it was designed to be as approachable as a word processor–giving anyone with the desire to create interactive content who might not have the technical skills to match the same tools and capabilities used by major publishers and technical experts–without the steep learning curve.
How easy? Really easy. The drag and drop interface makes adding video, interactive diagrams, galleries, 3D objects, and more a snap and you can literally cut and paste entire documents of text, which will format itself to the templates style.
What You'll Need To Get Started
Here’s everything you need to get started using the iBooks Author application:
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop computer
- Your computer needs to be running OSX 10.10 or later.
- If you’d like to be able to view your book as you create it, you’ll need an iPad with iBooks 3.0 installed (free).
- Download and install the free iBooks Author Application on your desktop or laptop computer from the App Store here.
What Will You Create?
With iBooks Author, Apple is offering a free and incredibly powerful piece of authoring software, plus a way to get the things you create with it in front of vast numbers of people through their one button publishing process within the application. The next time you think you might have an idea or a project, you might want to consider making it interactive with iBooks Author.
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