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The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide

In iBooks Author, iPad, Strategy, Teaching on 05/11/2012 at 3:39 pm

David Sparks is an attorney and a leading Mac podcaster, co-hosting the Mac Power Users podcast with Katie Floyd on the 5by5 network. (Yes, that’s a lot of nerdy name-dropping, which is sort of the point of blogs. Work with me.)

David is a good explainer of how to do things with technology. He published two books last year, Mac at Work and iPad at Work. I have Mac at Work and it’s a great resource.

Paperless is unique though, and earns this ALT Blog pointer, because it’s sold only through iTunes and is readable only on the iPad. He produced it with Apple’s iBooks Author. Here’s his own description:

The book is a deep dive on paperless workflows for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It takes full advantage of iBooks Author and includes picture galleries, interactive images, movies, 32 screencasts, and nearly 27,000 words. There is over an hour and a half of video. Not only does this book tell you how to go paperless, it also shows you.

And here’s an excerpt from one of the reviews on the iTunes store:

[T]he book is beautiful. I think it serves as a model of how ebooks should evolve over the next couple of years. And I say this even though I am very much a bibliophile. The integration of text and screencasts and graphics of various kinds is very effective.

I post this link, even though I haven’t even bought it yet, because I believe he’s earned his reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy tech coach, and because I want to see what someone like that can do with iBooks Author, and I thought you’d want to see it as well.

I’m buying my copy this weekend, and I hope to post a review soon.

MacSparky – Blog – My New Book: The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide.


Salt Lake Tribune: Seminar on Accessibility with Apple Devices

In iPad, Mac Desktop, Special Education on 03/26/2012 at 10:14 am

Apple builds in accessibility on so many levels. Image courtesy Apple Inc.

The The Salt Lake Tribune covered a seminar on accessibility on Apple devices. Did you know your Mac or your iDevice can read its screen to you? Zoom in so even very visually impaired people can take and edit photographs? Read on:

At Salt Lake seminar, visually impaired learn how high tech can unleash creativity

In this day and age, creativity — verbal, written and visual — often comes with the aid of computer technology and, once achieved, that creation is shared and spread through social media.

Perez’s presentation focused on accessibility features on computers and iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices from Apple. Perez does not work for Apple, but his efforts to share his knowledge of the accessibility features and associated applications earned him the title of Apple Distinguished Educator.

Via Heng-Cheong Leong’s My Apple Menu.

TidBITS: Hey, iBooks, Where Did All My Books Go?

In iPad on 03/26/2012 at 9:53 am

iBooks on iPad - your books may disappear! Be careful...

Matt Neuberg’s books disappeared when he moved to a new iPad. Matt writes for the fine and venerable TidBITS site, and here explains some troubling and baffling behavior on his new device:

The trouble is, of course, that Apple is wrong. Books are not like songs in the iOS universe: the entire analogy is artificial, and breaks down when confronted with practical reality — as it did in my case…. The upshot is that I lost my books, and if you’re managing books manually, you might lose yours too, unless you’re careful. Plan ahead.

Via Heng-Cheong Leong’s My Apple Menu.