This has to be one of the best uses for the iPad touch interface, adding 3-D objects to iBooks. I love the way that you can take an object on the page of your book and spin it around in all directions. If you know how to use one of the 3-D object creation applications such as the Google 3-D Sketch up, is quite simple to create your own 3-D objects. On the other hand, if you don’t have those skills for creating 3-D things that you can put into your iBooks, then you might find it easy to search and get something that has been already made. There are a number of libraries that allow you to look for these 3-D objects, the only thing that you have to look out for is the size of the file. I did find that choosing something that was really complicated was too much for my iPad version 1. I haven’t yet tried the same thing in my latest iPad, which is the generation three iPad, but I suspect that it would work without any problem at all.
How to add 3-D objects in iBooks Author
In the video I show you in detail how to get the right type of 3-D object. I seem to remember that it is also possible to take objects that have been created in other applications and change the file type in Google sketch up so that they will work in Apple iBooks author application. If it is applicable to your text, having a 3-D object in there to illustrate something, it is without a doubt quite impressive. The reader can tap on the objects in the book and immediately be able to move the object in whatever 3-D axis they choose to. The only thing that you can’t do is to turn it inside out.
When I tried this out I put a 3-D which it into an iBook, I have to say I was genuinely impressed with the final result and the fact that I’ll is able to zoom in and spin around the three-dimensional object. I only used an image of a chair, so it wasn’t terribly exciting, but it gave me the idea of what is possible and how iBooks Author can be used to make really interesting textbooks.