Leading The Development In Interactive Books for the iPad

May 5, 2012 by

At Claxton Creative, we have a long and storied history of being on the cusp of new development and now our full attentions are on the incorporation of HTML 5, XML, CSS 3 and the development of Interactive Books for the iPad.  Yes, we still are a public relations firm and we build great websites, work with authors on promoting their work, do video editing, photography, news release writing, crisis communications and all of the full-service traditions you have come to expect from us.  But we see an explosive growth potential in the future of Interactive Books for the iPad and we have set our focus on heading on leading the way into this new and fascinating field of development.

When Apple released iBooks Author in January, we heralded it as a great day.  Today, after a few months of tinkering under the hood, we see it and other products coming along as the spring board to an entire new field of publishing and any authors, professors, teachers or anyone who ever thought about an instruction manual we are encouraging to talk to us, and talk to us now, about how we can bring you into this field as an early adopter and leader in your space.

We have assembled a team of writers, editors, designers, graphic artists, photographers and HTML 5, CSS 3 and XML specialists from around America to work with us.  If you are on another continent, we want to work with you, too.  This clearly can become a series of global projects for the increased benefit, wisdom and knowledge of people around the world.

Do you almost have your next book ready to send to a publisher?  Do you want to do something extraordinary?  Something incredibly interactive that will be ewed and awed by “kids” of all ages?

Please give us a call today at 972-863-8784.  We are ready to put a team together and get your book’s elements shot, laid out, and designed in as fast a time as possible and get you into this new and wide-open market space.

2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

We fast are nearing completion of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya through our project, The Wonders Expedition.  We will begin to share more of our findings about how to make these cool, interactive books as time goes along.


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Using @Hypeapp from Tumult Adding An HTML5 Kickstart To WordPress Site

Apr 9, 2012 by

WOW!

Deutsch: HTML5 Logo English: HTML5 official lo...

Deutsch: HTML5 Logo English: HTML5 official logo (official since 1 April 2011, see FAQ) Français : Logo HTML5 ‪中文(简体)‬: HTML5标志 ‪中文(繁體)‬: HTML5標識 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I downloaded Tumult’s Hype about 3 p.m. and started playing with it and through a little manipulation and searching through their very generous support forums figured out that through Dropbox, adding an HTML 5 animation into a WordPress blog post is as easy as 1, 2 and 3.

Loading An Animated Logo To The Wonders Expedition Website

I’ve only begun to play with this, but it feels like Christmas Morning! The user interface for Hype is easy to use and straightforward.  The user support, FAQs and forum posts are easy to read, follow and have plenty of visual and text support.

Just playing and keeping things simple, I took the TWE logo and put it into the Hype timeline.  I then rotated Y axis of the logo back -60° and then set a second keyframe two seconds later.  At the second keyframe I set the Y Axis back to O°.  At the beginning keyframe I also set the opacity back to 0 so that as it did the build it brought the logo to 100 percent.

Then I went in and added text, having it fly in on the same Y Axis and percentages.

Then I went to Export.

I tried to use the HTML file upload and was able to do that with Fetch via FTP.  I got the page: http://thewondersexpedition.com/TWELogo2.html to work. But when I took that code as recommended and tried to embed it into an actual HTML setting on a post, I could not get it to work.

Ultimately, I tried the Export > to Dropbox public folder route and then added in the coding:

<iframe src=”http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2269153/TWELogo/TWELogo.html” frameborder=”0″ width=”600px” height=”450px”></iframe> and it works like a charm.

 

You can see an example of this very simple format working in Hanna Pethen’s post about the ancient Egyptian story, The Shipwrecked Sailor.

I’ve only begun to play, I mean, work with Hype, but it’s going to be every bit worth the $49.99 to buy it and then use it, taking all my sites and client sites into HTML5 with honor and glory and a lot of pizzaz.

This product is very much worth a go–if you have a Mac!

Other Uses For Hype

Of course the real reason for learning how to use Hype is to employ it as we continue to rapidly move forward with the development of our Interactive Books for the iPad.  More about that, soon!

 

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