November 21, 2012 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Chicago, Illinois - eBook Magic has once again set the bar for apps aimed at creating ePub and PDF books on iPad. The newly released Version 2.01 gives its users the ability to now order professionally printed books directly from the share menu. The recent release offers a host of new features requested by the user base.
eBook Magic, a book and document creation app, can be used to make a variety of different types of books, photo albums, children's books, etc. It offers an easy workflow for adding pages by choosing a page layout, with simple double-tap for adding photos and text to pages.
With a focus on ease-of-use and not limiting a users options with upfront decisions such as forcing choice of book theme and book size, the app has always contained a unique set of features for making uniform books. iPad users can essentially build their own themes using the unique apply all settings to retrofit customized text, photo and page attributes to the rest of the book with intelligent keep/override logic.
Photos can be added to pages directly from the iPad camera, iPad photo albums, the eBook Magic server, Facebook and Flickr accounts. Photos can be placed inside of text or photo boxes, as well as page backgrounds. Photos apply with a best fit technology, and Pinch-to-Zoom can be used. Text and Photo boxes can have border frames with varying color and width. Content can also have color overlay with % opacity.
For flexibility, users can also change the size of their book at any point, and the book content resizes automatically. The app has 12 real book sizes in inches, including A4 portrait and landscape. The app allows users to print anywhere with exports including PDF, ePub for iBooks, and editable eBook Magic document for sharing.
The newest release offers a host of new features aimed at improving workflow and creative control during book creation. eBook Magic offers a balance of semi-automated book making and the ability to completely control page layout. The newest additions compliment this offering while remaining consistent with the praised simplicity of the apps interface design.
Resize & Editing: Users can now edit the page templates, and add or delete text and photo content boxes on the page. An intuitive resize mode has been added so as not to confuse resizing of the content box with the default setting, Pinch-to-Zoom of the photo within the box. This page template editing allows for items to be moved around the page, layer order to be established if overlapped, and can be manipulated by either dragging with fingers or using the Geometry menu to manipulate size and position.
More Export Options: In addition, to book printing accessed directly in the share menu, JPG pages to album, and book printing have now been added. The JPG option automatically sends all of the book pages as individual images to the iPad photo album, so users can quickly export page collages for sharing on Facebook, email, etc.
Book Templates: Version 2.01 introduces the new server hosted book template service. User can now start a book by choosing one of the 20 page templates offered, and can of course completely customize them to their liking.
Auto-Page Creation: In the timeline next to the sign (which chooses a page layout), a new Write icon has been added. Up to 10 photos can be selected at once, and the app will create a page for each photo using the default template of 1 text and 1 photo box. This allows users to quickly add pages to their book.
Custom Color: eBook Magic's unique color palette now has the addition of a custom color button at bottom. Users can make a custom color and the 6 most recent custom colors are stored at the bottom of eBook Magic's color palette for later user.
Some of eBook Magic's Key differentiating features include:
* 5 file outputs such as ePub and PDF, now including ability to order a printed book
* Template driven or Auto-page creation
* Pinch-to-Zoom photos and the ability Resize the Photo frame dimensions
* Apply all features (to retrofit or modify past and future pages)
* Ability to change book size at any point
* Touch-to-Move and Menu controls for advanced page editing and layering
"Other book software tends to either build the whole book for you, or you add blank pages one at a time," says Heidi Hausermann, an eBook Magic user and mother. "Sometimes I just want to choose page templates and simply add photos and text. Other times I want to really customize pages. eBook Magic gives me these types of options."
eBook Magic is recognized as the first book maker for iPad back in 2011. It is widely used by school systems with Apple's education discount, and teachers love the direct in-page use of the iPad camera. It has been used to create a wide variety of book types, including family vacation photo albums, picture books for children, recipe books, and year books. Photographers have used it to make catalogs, portfolios, and coffee table books. eBook Magic ePubs have even been published on the iBookstore.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 11.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
eBook Magic 2.0.1 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Evergreen Ruby LLC, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, focuses on apps aimed at document creation and social media. Copyright (C) 2012 Evergreen Ruby LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.