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Tue 22 Mar 2011
Category : Technology
Here's the other tech update I have. I've finished a first, usable version of something I'm calling Narra - a tool for creating and editing iBooks. My friend, Hai Hwee, is already using it to create notes that her tuition kids can review on their iPhones or iPads.
This is how it looks like :
You can use it to create a new .epub iBook, drag and drop images into it, design the cover layout, and add and re-arrange pages. Right now, it only supports the placement of images (I haven't yet added tables or support for the other HTML elements), but it has support for drag and drop and unlimited undos. That should be enough to create a basic, yet good-looking .epub iBook.
To get the epub into the iPad or iPhone, just look for the saved .epub file, drag it into the Books section in iTunes and then sync the iPhone or iPad. The epub will appear in the iBooks app. It's that simple.
I haven't yet created a web page for Narra, but you can download Narra.zip from here. (I've only built it for Snow Leopard). Just use it and send me feedback. It was fun building this and there are even more things that I'm planning to do with it.