iBooks Author Issues–Verify your destination disk isn’t full

Nov 25, 2012 by

iBooks Author Issues For Uploading A Book for iPad–Verify Your Destination Disk Isn’t Full

It has been a struggle the past few hours to address several iBooks Author issues while trying to upload a new version of a book made in the pre-Oct. 23, 2012 versions of the software.

The problems began with two reports from customers who bought Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya on the iBookstore. They say they downloaded the book and it won’t open.  Having a copy from the 1.0-series of iBooks Author, knowing it is working fine on my iPad, and knowing how Apple works out the bugs in software before releasing an update, I was puzzled by this and begun to investigate.  As a result, a fresh copy has been uploaded to Apple, but it has been a multi-hour process and since it’s a weekend, iBooks Support is closed.

What I Had To Do

When I opened our book, which I’d not had the .iba file open since Oct. 8, 15 days before the release of version 2.0, it first alerted me that there was a photo on page 156 that was too big. It had worked from in version series 1.0-etc.  Nonetheless, it was now being flagged as a problem, and so I loaded the photo into Photoshop, resized it, saved it and then loaded it into the.iba file, while also extracting the older, bigger conflicting photo.

I also fixed two typos we’ve found and then began to save the book for exporting and reloading to the iBookstore via iTunes Producer. I then saved the file and exported it a couple of times as a .iBooks file.  No problem. I then began the process of “Publishing” the file to send it to Apple.  Here’s where the troubles began.

This Became A Major Drama

First of all, apparently via the iBooks Author autosave function on my Mac, (loaded on a hard drive that has some 300-plus Gig of memory left on it), began to display the following message:

Verify your destination disk isn't full and that you have permission to write to it

“Verify your destination disk isn’t full and that you have permission to write to it” while loading a book for iPad to Apple.

“Verify your destination disk isn’t full and that you have permission to write to it”  kept displaying. I took those exact terms and did a search and there is pretty much NOTHING in Google about this.  NOTHING.  Great. It was 11 p.m. at night on a Saturday and I was stressing to get this done and off to bed.

After a little more digging I learned that if you go to the “Title Bar” of an open file on a Mac, a little triangular box will appear and you can do a drop down.  That produced this box:

Title Bar Dropdown Menu in iBooks Author for Versions and Autosave

This is the Title Bar Dropdown Menu in iBooks Author for Versions and Autosave. After getting the dialogue box above, I then proceeded to “Browse All Versions…”

From there, I chose the “Browse All Versions …” link that then took me to this amazing looking screen. The problem was, none of the earlier versions on my machine were ones that I could open. I don’t know if they’d been purged or if there is still some other issue remaining.

 

Browse All Versions ... Screen on MacBook Pro Using iBooks Author

Browse All Versions … Screen on MacBook Pro Using iBooks Author

 

The next thing I tried, since I couldn’t pull up an earlier version, was the “Move To…” option, which allowed me to move the autosaving and to actually SAVE the .iba file again.

Move To ... Screen in iBooks Author

Move To … Screen in iBooks Author

Now that that hurdle had been overcome, I thought I was ready to load the book once again to the iBookstore. It’s been on sale on the iBookstore since Aug. 23. We’ve had a good run of sales.  It’s an established product.  But when I chose to “Publish” this newer version, Lord have mercy…. Over I went to iTunes Producer 2.8 and that’s another story to tell….

More about that in the next post.

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Books for iPad Now Have Puzzles!

Nov 14, 2012 by

It made me smile when I saw for the first time that books for iPad now can have puzzles.

In Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, we used the iBook-Widgets.com app to build one of Tortuguero Monument 6, one of the most important elements in all of Maya prophecy.  In the book we’re wrapping up, There’s A Zombie In My Treehouse, we’re including one of the book’s cover.  In What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books for iPad, we also included one of the cover.

They’re very easy to make and they’re even more fun to try to solve.

The good thing about them, is that they add interactivity to your book.  They’re also challenging, as you have to figure out the right pattern and movements to make the things all come back together.

And that’s part of what Apple likes most about them. They fit the requirement for what these books are all about–interactivity.

Want to see how one works?  Easy.  Just download What Apple Isn’t Saying About Books For iPad–it’s free here on ClaxtonCreative.com. Also check out the other cool aspects we’ve been featuring and highlighting here on the site.

Do you have a book you’re ready to submit? We invite you to fill out the submission form and let us take a look.

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iBookstore Expansion Means 2012 Book On Sale Now In Central & South America

Nov 1, 2012 by

Just in the nick of time, Apple announced yesterday that it has expanded sales for books available in the iBookstore to 18 new territories and countries, mostly including Central and South America.

This is great news because it means Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya now is available in 50 countries globally, including Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, where much of the book features the history of the ancient Maya in a very scholarly way.

In fact, we’ve been agonizing over the fact that up until yesterday we couldn’t sell the book in such an important area of the world–one that gives honor and attention to this important civilization.  Univision also has an interview they’re about to run with us and Dr. Mark Van Stone that will run throughout the entire Univision Spanish-speaking network.  Now you can sense why this is so big for us.  Had the story run before yesterday, millions would have been exposed to the work with no way to buy it. …  Thanks Apple.

Apple has expanded its sales reach for books available on the iBookstore to include Central and South America.

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Paper Highlights Tech Aspects Of New Book For The iPad, Maya 2012 Predictions

Sep 30, 2012 by

Newspaper’s Descriptions Of iPad Book Made With iBooks Author Helps Showcase 3-D Animations, Interactive Maps, Video Of 15 Maya Scholars In A New Way

PALM COAST, FLThe Palm Coast Observer Saturday published a story about Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya edition for the iPad and it’s “limitless purposes” for getting kids of all ages more interested in learning about history, and what the ancient Maya did and didn’t predict for Dec. 21, 2012, in less than 82 days.

Written by Megan Hoye, the news report from Palm Coast, which is south of Jacksonville and just north of Daytona Beach, describes the unique layout of the book, which was built using Apple’s iBooks Author software as something that can “bring humanity to history.”

“With its small blocks of text on each page and its abundance of interactive features, the e-book is meant to be less daunting than a thick textbook full of dry language and condensed facts,” Hoye wrote. “It’s also meant to provide a more enjoyable way for people—students especially—to learn about Mayan culture.”

Noting the 53 videos of 15 Maya scholars that include almost 130 minutes of HD video and the 200 interactive photos, drawings and graphics, Hoye wrote, “It also features many “scrubbers”—interactive pieces that allow users to manipulate an image.”

Hoye explains the uniqueness of the book by describing how users can learn more about ancient Maya glyphs, or writings.

“In one chapter, a page features a photo of an artifact with glyphs on it. With the swipe of a finger, the artifact dissolves into a computer-generated overlay that allows the glyphs to be clearly examined,” Hoye wrote.

Highlighting a 20-panel interactive map that would take multiple pages to replicate in a traditional book, Hoye featured the “Cities of the Ancient Civilizations of Central America,” map that takes readers from the cities of San Lorenzo and La Venta in 1500 BC to the breadth of Aztec world in 1521 AD.

“Using the same technology … users can slide their hand along the map to watch boundaries, names and cities change,” Hoye wrote.

Hoye says the clear highlight of the book is the 3-D imagery of the Rio Azul Masks from 400 AD, a replica of the Aztec Calendar Stone, which often is confused as the “Mayan Calendar,” and one of the famous Sarcophagus Lid of Lord Pakal, the one Erich Von Däniken and other ancient astronaut theorists say is a representation of a Maya leader in an ancient alien capsule.

“Rather than just showing a photo of an artifact, the book generates a virtual copy of it in three dimensions, which can be spun and enlarged for thorough examination,” Hoye wrote. Quoting Dr. Van Stone she wrote, “’You can’t handle objects, but you can handle virtual objects,’ Van Stone said. ‘My hope is it will make kids more excited to learn this history.’”

Concluding, Hoye quoted Dr. Van Stone saying, “Everyone hates history because it’s dusty and old, right? But when you touch it, when you come in contact with the people who lived somewhere, that’s what humanizes history and makes it worth studying.”

In his book, now available on the iBookstore in a format exclusive to the iPad® at http://www.MVS2012.com, Dr. Van Stone addresses all the actual Maya predictions made for Dec. 21. It is the best tool to counter the exponentially-expanding fantasies of pseudo-scientists, dreamers, hallucinators and snake-oil salesmen looking to capitalize on the “end” of the Maya Calendar on Dec. 21 or 23, 2012.

The original article is located at http://www.palmcoastobserver.com/news/palm-coast/Neighborhood/092920125365/Mayan-conference-entices-scholars-to-Flagler

Claxton Creative, LLC

Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others.

Dr. Mark Van Stone

With degrees in physics and art history, Professor Mark Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, and scholar of world paleography and hieroglyphic writing.  He has worked as a musician, disk jockey, interviewer, laboratory technician, animator, type designer, author, lecturer, and archaeological illustrator. His beautifully-illustrated books on Maya hieroglyphs and culture bridge scholarly and popular genres. This Renaissance man is a gifted and entertaining lecturer, ably explicating arcane subjects for a wide audience. His new interactive book for the iPad, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, sets a new standard for popular cultural and science education.

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How to Talk to Your Children About the 2012 Prophecy

Sep 18, 2012 by

MAYA SCHOLAR: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN & TEENS ABOUT DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ANCIENT MAYA IN THE NEXT 92 DAYS

San Diego’s Dr. Mark Van Stone Says Lots Of Speculative Predictions Have Been Cast Upon The Maya, But They Do Not Include Current World Events, Nor Facts

SAN DIEGO—With 92 days remaining before the oft predicted “end of the world” based on the anticipated “turning over” of the Maya calendar, Southwestern College Professor Dr. Mark Van Stone Tuesday offered suggestions and resources for parents who have children and teens asking questions about the growing tensions in the world based on what they have seen or heard about the Maya and the 2012 prophecy associated with the Maya.

Dr. Van Stone’s new digital book for the iPad®, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, provides colorful, scientific and interactive answers about the Maya for kids of all ages, and it is a resource parents can rely on when children ask, “Is the world really coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012 based on Maya predictions?”

Dr. Van Stone, recognized as one of only four scholars in the world to write a scholarly book on the Maya and their predictions for 2012, says knowledge of the ancient Mesoamerican civilization is limited, “but we know enough to say confidently they didn’t predict an end of the world in December of this year.”

He believes parents, grandparents and teachers have an obligation to assure youngsters that doomsday predictions have long been part of our culture, and as yet, none of them have come true. He also emphasizes that there are no written clues that were left by the Maya of an impending, immediate doom in the year 2012. In fact, according to his exhaustive work, the Maya actually predicted a long and stable future to at least 4772 AD—2,700 years from now.

“While archaeologists have dug up 1 percent of the Maya cities … there’s 99 percent of the information that’s still there available for us to find, and nothing has been found that spells the end for anyone in the next 90 or so days,” Dr. Van Stone says.

For this reason, Dr. Van Stone says there are many reasons to approach popular prophecies of the Maya critically. He also believes that many current world events, including the most recent protests in the Muslim world and last week’s eruption of the volcano in Guatemala are not evidence of fulfillment of Maya prophecy. Rather, these are merely coincidences—the kinds of events that will continue to happen in the 92 days remaining before the “end” of the Maya calendar.

“While junk scientists and new agers have made so many wild predictions about Dec. 21, 2012, that some of them are bound to happen, especially if these ‘predictions’ are non-specific, there is not a shred of evidence to support them,” Van Stone said. “Lots of potentially tragic events are going to happen between now and the end of December. Lots have happened every year and will continue to happen. As for that volcano right smack in the middle of Maya country: its eruption is indeed impressive. But there is a reason they call it ‘Volcano of Fire.’ It is always smoking and sputtering, and it often erupts violently. We don’t have a single Maya inscription about volcanoes. We don’t even have the glyphs for the words volcano, eruption or lava, because they apparently never mentioned them,” Dr. Van Stone said. 

Dr. Van Stone suggests parents with a child who is seeking answers to what they have seen on TV or read on the Internet be open and straightforward with them.

“This is a great teachable moment to talk about the fantastic history of the Maya and there are many scientific resources available, like my book for the iPad, that can help open a new world of learning for children of all ages,” Dr. Van Stone said. “My colleagues and I are celebrating this attention for the Maya because we know once children begin to study them, they only will want to learn more. We very well may have a great new number of Maya scholars in the next decade because of the wild predictions that have been made about this year.”

In his book, now available on the iBookstore in a format exclusive to the iPad®, Dr. Van Stone addresses all the actual Maya predictions made for Dec. 21. It can be used to help educate the public as more, and more shrill, “prophecies” come out of the woodwork as we approach the 5,125-year “end” of the Maya calendar-cycle.

This 179-page book has 3-D animations, interactive maps and drawings, beautiful photographs, and two hours of video illustrations. It is the best tool to counter the exponentially-expanding fantasies of pseudo-scientists, dreamers, hallucinators and snake-oil salesmen looking to capitalize on the “end” of the Maya Calendar on Dec. 21 or 23, 2012. Dr. Van Stone points out that more scholars correlate the 13.0.0.0.0 “end of the Bak’tun” in the Maya Long Count Calendar to Dec. 23 or 24 than to the 21st.

With degrees in physics and art history, Dr. Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, artist, and scholar of ancient writing. The book can be purchased in English on the iBookstore®, in 32 countries, at http://mvs2012.com.

“This book expands the way an individual can learn on their own, at their own pace and to a level not previously possible,” said Dr. Van Stone.  “I am proud and delighted to be part of a team that has set a high standard for this new kind of educational tool.”

Dr. Van Stone also is offering classroom teachers wanting to do guest videoconferences about the Maya to schedule a time when he can join their students. (Interested teachers should call 972-863-8784 in Dallas to check on available times.)

This fascinating book discusses the 2012 “meme,” Maya culture, the workings of their calendar, mathematics, astronomy, world-view, creativity and their hieroglyphs. A section on deciphering their hieroglyphs introduces the reader to how we know what we know about the writings of this ancient and noble culture.

Claxton Creative, LLC

Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others.

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