iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”


Pixelmator 2 released – Powerful layer-based image editor

Looking for a good, professionaly image editing app or just a way to improve your photos? Then Pixelmator is just the thing for you:

About Pixelmator
Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac’s little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks or even add layer masks to hide some portions of layer.
Download Details below

Download Details
Pixelmator has the price of $ 29.99 / € 32.99 and is available in the Mac App Store.

Download Demo Version: Try Pixelmator free for 30 Days
Visit Developer Site: http://www.pixelmator.com/

QREncoder – Encode QR codes for barcode readers and camera phones

downloads4mac’s Review about QREncoder
QREncoder is a simple application to create a barcode. This include email addresses, websites, phone numbers, SMS messages and a free-formatted text can be made ​​to the barcode.
The created barcodes can then easily be identified with bar code from a scanner and be forwarded (on the phone or e-readers).

System Requirements

QREncoder requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Download Details

Download QREncoder for free at the Mac App Store