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Apple8217;s much-hyped iBooks Author came out a while back, and Cupertino hopes the free app can become the iTunes for the self-publishing textbook world. Available solely through the Mac App Store at a healthy 320MB, I8217;ve been putting iBooks Author through its paces in the hopes that the interactive iBook will bring me some added sales of a recently self-published e-book. I wanted to get this review out sooner, but you can8217;t really know how well this program works unless you actually have something to publish. A bird8217;s-eye view of a publishing tool doesn8217;t do it justice—you have to use it in production to really see its strengths and weaknesses.
With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo…
Fill in the fields and click the GG button to create your grid.
Negative margin values will place the guides outside your selection.
Hold the clear guides button to clear all input fields.
Clicking the icon next to a margin field will apply its value to all margins.
Clicking the + button will let you save the current values as a preset.
Double click a guide set to edit it.
Hold the clear guides button to delete the selected set.
Holding the GG button with a set selected will switch to the grid tab and populate its form
All prints at Slade have to be paid for, as below.
Colour inkjet for photographic or exhibition quality prints
70 pence per A4 page excluding paper
140 pence per A3 page excluding paper
or use our online calculator to work it all out We do not provide paper as there are so many types which depend entirely on the results you need. We can give recommendations.
LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS Ink is charged per unit used and paper by length from a roll. We use these calculators for the total costs
Epson 9800 online calculator
There are a range of Photoshop plugins to assist with enlarging image files.
Attached Mac User article article discussing the most recent versions of these plugins. The conclusion to draw is the type of enlargement software used, really depends on the file you start with. The plugins mentioned make a noticeable difference to enlargement of web-graphics.
The only way to recycle EPSON inkjet cartridges is to return them to EPSON. None of the reuse schemes accept EPSON.
Slade Digital Print are part of the EPSON Recycling Scheme and have a large blue box in the Digital Print are to collect them in. All students and staff are welcome to take advantage of this box for EPSON inkjet cartridge recycling.
(But, please do not use the Epson box for any other manufacturer or compatible cartridges as these will end up in landfill.)
The Document Foundation, which coordinates development of LibreOffice, a new, free and open office suite, has reached an important development milestone significantly ahead of schedule. LibreOffice 3.3 shipped this week; it8217;s the first, stable, road-ready version of the suite. A large, 100+ community of developers has been attracted to the project, and while it8217;s still clearly under construction, it8217;s an impressive showing in a short time.
Noble Desktop has been teaching courses in web development and digital publishing since 1991. They offer comprehensive day and evening classes and certificate programs in web design, web development, digital publishing, print design and photo retouching.
A smooth bright white 100% rag based paper specifically designed to meet the need of photographers or artists using digital photographic output. The heavier 308 gsm paper provides the weight of an art paper with a smooth calendered surface, which picks up every detail captured in the photograph.
I started off reading eBooks from the Amazon Kindle store. As time has progressed, I’ve found myself using my physical Kindle less and less. Partly because I forget to charge it, and partly because I can never get the lighting in my favorite reading locations quite right. And at night? Forget about it.
So I’ve converted all of my Kindle purchases to ePubs for use in iBooks. I could use the Kindle app for iOS but I’ve found iBooks to be faster at syncing read position, and it feels a lot more natural to use.
Since I went through the effort of converting all of my Kindle documents, I figured I’d write a mini guide to getting it done. I’m specifically focusing on the Mac since that’s all I know; other users will have to venture elsewhere.
Setting up Calibre
Calibre is a Java application which is an eBook management suite. It’s a bit ugly but it does what it says and works well. Since the Kindle’s eBooks are encrypted, we need to install a decryption plugin to do the heavy lifting there.
Choose the K4MobileDeDRM plugin’s zip file (zip within the main zip; don’t extract).
The encryption used on Kindle books is fairly basic. The decryption key is a product of the serial number for your device, so it’s not difficult to determine.
The DeDRM scripts work by understanding Kindle for Mac’s settings files, so to get the eBooks we need use the application. There are scripts to do conversions directly from Kindle hardware’s eBooks, but it’s more effort.
Download all of your eBooks (open them from the “Archived Items”).
Kindle eBooks are in the MobiPocket format. However, iBooks requires ePub, so we need to both decrypt and convert the files. At this point, we’ve got all we need, so we can use Calibre to do the conversion.
Navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content/
Drag all of the .azw files into the Calibre window.
Select the books in the Calibre window which you wish to export.
Click the “Convert books” toolbar item.
Choose “ePub” as the output format in the top-right of the convert window.
Go to the “Page Setup” item in the left list, and configure the conversion as so:
Select “Kindle” as the input profile.
Select “iPad” as the output profile.
Hit the “OK” button to begin the conversion. It may take a while.
If you have any issues at the decryption step, you should delete your~/Library/Application Support/Kindle folder and start again.
You can now “Save to disk” from the toolbar item to save the books which you’ve converted, and import them into iTunes for use in iBooks. Calibre is powerful enough to do many other formats if you want to use other devices as well.
Remember, don’t post any of the unencrypted documents anywhere. Just because the DRM is gone doesn’t mean you’re legally authorized to do so. They’re for your personal use only.
A book about code that doesn8217;t read like a 19808242;s VCR manual8230; It8217;s not just for programmers, it8217;s written and presented to make it easy for designers, artists, bloggers, content and e-commerce managers, marketers to learn about the code used to write web pages8230;
Learn how to:
Read and write HTML5 and CSS3
Structure and design web pages and sites
Prepare images, audio and video for the web
Control typography and layout
You will also find lots of helpful hints and practical advice alongside the code
Many of the etexts are from the November, 2003 Project Gutenberg DVD, which contains the entire Project Gutenberg archives except for the Human Genome Project and audio eBooks, due to size limitations, and the Project Gutenberg of Australia eBooks, due to copyright. As of July 2004 most current PG texts are available here, usually within the week of release. There are also public domain and creative commons works from many other sources.
Photo Rag Baryta combines the virtues of a luxury cotton paper and a traditional baryta board. The very fine surface texture with the baryta gloss endows portraits with a particularly expressive character.
Easily create ebooks for any device, webbooks for accessibility and promotion, and PDFs for printbooks and print-on-demand. Use our distribution services to get your books into Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook and other retailers — or do it yourself. PressBooks is built on WordPress, so it8217;s as easy as blogging.
We all need to use them but hardly any of us know how to type them. Here is a brief guide of how to type smart quotes and accented characters (and dashes) on a Mac. If you have the latest OS you probably discovered that you can also find accented characters by holding down a letter to reveal its spicier cousins (I discovered this myself many times when attempting to type “heeeeeyyyyy” in an iChat window.). If you’re on a Windows computer or some nerdy space machine, I’d recommend googling “keyboard commands for accented characters”. If you use a non-English keyboard, you probably already know how to find all the accented characters you need. Made by Jessica Hische for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
These are dumb quotes: 8217; 8220;
Don’t use dumb quotes for quotations or apostrophes—the nerds will revolt. Do use them as shorthand for feet / inches.
These are smart quotes: “ ” ‘ ’
They are also known by the cuter term “curly quotes”.
This is how you type smart quotes:
Left double quote:
option + [
Right double quote:
option + shift + [
Left single quote:
option + ]
Right single quote:
option + shift + ]
This is how you type accented characters:
Any letter with ˆ above it:
option + i then release and type the letter you want accented
Any letter with ´ above it:
option + e then release and type the letter you want accented
Any letter with ` above it:
option + ` then release and type the letter you want accented
Any letter with ¨ above it:
option + u then release and type the letter you want accented
Any letter with ˜ above it:
option + n then release and type the letter you want accented
To type an å:
option + a for lowercase
shift + option + a for uppercase
To type a ç:
option + c for lowercase
shift + option + c for uppercase
This is how you type (and when you use) different sorts of dashes:
Here is a really long wikipedia article of how to use various dashes and below is my own shorthand version adapted from that information. There are more kinds of dashes than those mentioned here but these are the ones you’re most likely to use and confuse.
A hyphen: -
You know how to make this.
Used to break single words into parts (like when lines of type break within a word) or to join separate words into single words.
I love me some hand-lettering.
An en dash: –
option + -
Used in dates to replace “to” or “and”. It can also be used to illustrate the relationship between two different words.
I was in jail from 1976–1978.
Mother–daughter beauty pageants make me uncomfortable.
I have a love–hate relationship with stretchy denim.
An em dash: —
option + shift + -
For a break of thought similar to but stronger than a thought contained within parentheses. An em dash can also be used where a period (or full-stop) seems too strong but a comma seems too weak. At times it can have a similar vibe to a colon. Some non-Americans use en dashes in place of em dashes and add a space before and after them.
I once had to use the bus station bathroom—horrifying.
I tried a durian fruit once—tasted like hamburger pudding.
Scribus is a free and open-source alternative to InDesign. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux, and does most of what InDesign can, but it’s not quite as polished. If you can’t stretch to InDesign this might work well for you.
The cover of the printed book. There may further be paperback p-covers, hardback p-covers, trade paper p-covers, etc.
“Anybody can do p-covers. They’re not even interactive. BTW, what’s “ink coverage” mean?”
The big splashy first page of an ebook; its primary visual identity.
“I accidentally applied the “cover” semantic to the acknowledgments page instead of the e-cover page in Sigil, so now I get to learn TextWrangler! Yay!”
The graphic displayed on the e-cover. (eg, e-cover_graphic.jpg is displayed on e-cover.xhtml.)
“Wow, lots of colors in your e-cover graphic! Yeah! That’s really…oo…Hey, I meant to ask. How long have you owned Photoshop?”
The primary graphic displayed on various store webpages. (eg, when Amazon asks you to upload a cover image and turns it into an Amazon-branded graphic).
“I’m done with his e-cover graphic, but I still have to make twelve webstore covers and change my fee from flat to hourly.”
The graphic displayed on on the device itself, used to select which book will be read.
“I side-loaded this damn thing so many times, trying to work around WebKit, that now my whole library is nothing but twenty-three instances of the same library image.”
Resized e-cover graphics used by the author or publisher in online publicity.
“I already made her three different sizes of publicity covers, and now she says she needs one that’s smaller than 4K. Considering sending her a pixel and telling her to run it really big.”
A page containing the name and title, possibly some graphic elements or other variations. Generally much less flashy than the cover and occurring soon after it. “E-title page” and “P-title page” are self-explanatory.
The graphic displayed on the title page. (eg, title_graphic.jpg is displayed on title.xhtml.)
“I did the title graphic, but then they changed the cover, so first I have to do it all over, and then I have to change my fee from flat to hourly.”
Remember never to use flash drives as storgae for the only copy of a file. Flash drives are easily damaged (physically, or by magnetic fields or electrical peaks) or easy to lose. Use them only to keep copies of files to hand or for transferring files about.