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Morte D'Arthur Collaborative Project Group Log 7

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Our group met for the last time today before the Showcase on December 6th. Both the epub and ibook versions of our books are completed. Over the last couple of days, Will has finished linking (both ways) the references to the additional TOCs giving us 3 completely linked TOCs. Will is also uploading the final versions into the correct folders for the Showcase tomorrow. I have also added citations for all of our in-text images and a list of chapter illustrations that was added to the beginning of the book.

Morte Darthur Project Log 6

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Our group is finishing up the iBook version to our book. Our epub was finished this morning when we had to fix some spaces on the copyright page and add the final metadata in Sigil.

We are each inputting the text (from an HTML file) into our assigned chapters as well as adding an image for the chapter title and any other images we might have found. Once Emily finishes the last chapters, Will plans on going through and bookmarking all of the extra TOC references and making them links. This is an additional feature that will be completed if we have enough time.

Project Log Week 15: Final Touches

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I only need to add one last feature to my iBook. After showing my iBook to Dr. Blakesley, he suggested that I add some sections (which has turned out to be impossible due to the inability to add sections breaks), add a flow chart at the end (which I did as a 2nd chapter), and an intro video that describes the features of the book. This video is the last thing I need to add. I plan to add a less than a minute video describing the main features (scroll bar at the bottom, choice pages, listening on images, and cave pages) and the purpose of the book.

Morte d'Arthur Group Project Log 5

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Our group is making great progress on finishing the epub version of our book. We have styled the table of contents, added page breaks as needed, adjusted the marginialia box size, removed excess/blank pages, and added the cover image. At the moment, the only things left for us to do in our ebooks is to adjust where the margin boxes lie within the text. Each of us is taking our 30 chapters and moving the references to the older version to the beginning of the appropriate sentences.

Buy One Get One Free

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O’Reilly seems to take the same standpoint as Craig Mod. And like Mod, I think that O’Reilly will benefit from this. People like free things. Why else are we constantly bombarded with “buy one, get one free?” (especially as holiday season intrudes upon us) By giving this book to readers for free, O’Reilly is possibly placing their name in people’s heads. When you want to buy a book, instructive or otherwise, why not check O’Reilly first? It might be free and if not, well, still buy it from them because you like that the company is willing to give things to their readers.

Project Log Week 13: Making Changes

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I think over the next week I will finish placing all of my text and initial assets into my iBook. I need to spend some time refining the layout and color scheme. Since I use a lot of bookmarks, I will also need to spend a fair amount of time checking all of my links throughout the book. I have also yet to choose an image for my cover, table of contents, or chapter pages. Once I finish placing the text and assets into the iBook, I hope to send it to a few people in order for them to "test" out and check for mistakes (with either links, spelling, or grammatical issues).

Project Log Week 11: Continuing with iBooks Author

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I'm still working with iBooks author with my book. I have about a quarter of my text in it with corresponding images, sounds, and videos. I've also set up a lot of my bookmarks and the bar at the bottom that will keep track of where the reader is in the story. I've had to go back and find more images as I notice large gaps in my story but this hasn't proven to be a large difficulty. I still need to make a few things in Illustrator, like the cave where you can listen to the different choices.

Project Log Week 10: Starting iBook Author

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I’ve started to put my story into iBooks Author. The first couple of times I sat down with the program, I was quickly frustrated but now I’m getting the hang of it. The one feature I am using the most is the bookmark option. This is how I am creating choices in my story that can link to different areas in the book. It is also allowing me to create a bar at the bottom to keep track of which choices the reader has made so they can return to any part of the story if they would like.

iBooks Author: Boring Layouts

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Dave Girard’s article spoke about the frustrations I have been having with iBooks Author as I start playing around with it. One of the first things he notices about the program is that it is really geared towards textbooks with its templates. There is no blank template and it takes a lot of work to change the original templates into something that doesn’t scream “boring school books.” I also don’t like how you have to have a table of contents. Girard makes this observation and I had already noticed it. I’m doing a choose your own adventure book so I can’t have a table of contents.

Morte D'Arthur Collaborative Project Group Log 3

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Laura, Will and Emily emailed each other and decided to meet on Monday, October 22nd at 10:30am. For the meeting, each had decided to start collecting images and to read/skim their selected chapters.The group met and discussed their images and how to create thumbnails for each of their chapters. We reported the problems that had we had run into during the collection of assets for this project. We also started to assign images that we had found for each of the chapters.

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