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Briefly: iBooks Author support, Dropbox restyles for iOS 7

updated 02:15 am EST, Fri November 22, 2013

Apple now offering telephone support for iBooks Author to publishers

Apple is now offering telephone support to publishers in a dozen major countries to support its iBooks Author program, that allows the easy creation of e-textbooks and e-books for all types. The move is designed to make iBooks Author more welcome among book publishers and large publishing enterprises that require high-level technical support for core applications and navigating a project from its initial stages through to publishing on the iBookstore.

The service will be available (in English only at present) from 7AM to 5PM Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. The new support line follows a recent update of iBooks to version 3.2 and the launch of iBooks for Mac. The iBooks Author application itself has not yet received a major update, but is currently on version 2.1.1 and is free from the Mac App Store.

Dropbox updated with all-new iOS 7 look, new features

Dropbox, the popular cloud-based file sharing "storage locker," has updated its iOS app to match the iOS 7 style, bringing a new look and a number of feature changes, such as a streamlined iPad experience, AirDrop support, improved sharing and exporting, faster photo and video playback, improved video loading and PDF viewing and the fixing of miscellaneous bugs. The new version 3.0 includes a fix for a problem where HTML was sometimes rendered as plain text, and the entire app has received a speed boost. The update, like the app, is free and available on the iOS App Store, and works with both iPads and iPhones.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Inkling

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    Joined: 07-25-06

    That iBooks Author assistance should be great for high school and college teachers who want to use the app to create attractive course materials. It needs to be followed up, however, by a group distribution scheme within iBooks that allows those classes to set up a group and have that material automatically distributed to a class.

    It might not have to be complicated. Either Dropbox or iCloud could be used to handle the distribution.

    --Michael W. Perry, Inkling Books

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