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Add a Link to an Image in iBooks Author

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One of the most glaring omissions in the first version of iBooks Author is the lack of a way to add a link to an image.

There is a workaround though that means you can achieve that very thing with some clever use of carefully placed text.

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Add a Link to an Image in iBooks Author

  1. 1. Add a Link to an Image in iBooks AuthorOne of the most glaring omissions in the first version of iBooks Author is the lack of a way to add a link to an image.There is a workaround though that means you can achieve that very thing with some clever use of carefully placed text.iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 1 of 8
  2. 2. Add an Image Add the graphic you want to add a link to. Here Ill be using the NWMUG logo on page 85 of the MacBites iBook - download this iBook free from http:// egiles.me/mb64ibookiBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. Add the Link Text Use the text tool to add a text box over the graphic and add some text to it. The exact text doesnt matter as it wont be displayed in the finished iBook.iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. Add the Link Select the text added in the previous step and use the Inspector to add the required link to it.iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. Format the Link Text Again with the text selected (1) click the color well in the Text Palette (2) and use the Colors palette to format it and set the opacity of the text to 0% (3).iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. Preview the Link on iPad Transfer the Proof of the iBook to an iPad and preview the page. You should see the graphic but not the text. Tapping on the graphic will open Safari and load the link specified previously.iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. One Gotcha! While there is no text displayed over the link in page view on the iPad the eagle-eyed may notice that the text can be seen in the page thumbnail but you do really have to look for it to notice! Hopefully Apple will add the ability to have links on graphics natively in future versions of iBooks Author.iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. iBooks Author Training is your one stop shop for learning iBooks Author. We have webinars, webinar recordings, videos,tip sheets and How Tos to help you get up to speed with iBooks Author and create stunning iBooks on time and onbudget.Our expert consultants are also available to deliver 1:1 consultancy sessions and group training either face-to-face orvia the Internet.For more information visit iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk iBooks Author is a free Mac app from Apple for creating eBooks that can be read by using the free iBooks app on an iPad. Books created in iBooks Author can contain text, audio, video, photographs, interactive quizzes and much much more. IBooks Author is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.iBooksAuthorTraining.co.uk Page 8 of 8

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