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I’ve spent most of today doing what I have been putting off for a while, probably about 4 months actually.

Scanning.

I try and scan all of our paperwork and then shred the originals so that we have much less paper hanging around. A great policy but I’m not entirely convinced that it works as we still have piles of paper in various places.

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It normally starts off in the kitchen and gradually works it’s way up stairs to where my office now is.

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Unfortunately I can always find better things to do than scan the paper work, so invariably it stacks up until it’s piled high and it then takes an age to sort out and scan. If only I did it as it arrived then it wouldn’t be a such a chore!

Still I do have the excuse that up until we went to Norway at the start of the month I had been working very long hours on a web development for a client. Since coming back from the holiday however there’s been no real excuse. So yesterday I started, and today I continued, well some of today anyway.

I did start playing with iBooks Author to see if I could create a half decent iBook about our Norwegian adventure. I got the first couple of chapters completed last night and this morning I thought I would just spend half an hour on it before restarting the scanning. That was a bit of a mistake of course as half an hour turned into half a day!

I decided that I would change the template that I was using so that I had an image place holder on certain pages. Easy, five minute job. I read the help which told me exactly what to do, only that didn’t work, what a surprise. The instructions were very simple:

1) Choose Show Layouts from the View menu

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2) Select the layout to be changed

3) Add an image or shape object where you want it

4) From the Format menu select Advanced>Define as Media Placeholder

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This all worked as described until I then tried to use the layout in question because no matter what I tried I could not select the placeholder. But it should work as the layouts already have a number of placeholders and they work. I searched the help, I searched the internet but all to no avail. There is currently not much technical info on iBooks Author unfortunately. Eventually I stumbled across a post that was able to point me in the right direction. It would appear that there is just one more step that needs to be followed and that is this:

5) Open the Inspector and select the Layout tab and place a tick in the ‘Editable on pages using this layout’

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Obvious, isn’t it.

Now to get back to the diminishing piles of papers on the floor that still need scanning…………

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………and then of course there’ll be the shredding!

 

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