This morning I have been reading lots of articles on the new Apple iBooks 2 app and the iBooks Author software, that enables anyone to easily create interactive eBooks. It seems that a lot of people are excited about the news (including me), but there’s also an unhappy camp of people who are not at all content with Apple’s EULA and walled garden approach that Apple is once again taking on authoring and publishing these interactive textbooks.
Having said that, whether you are excited about what Apple announced yesterday, or you are not, there’s one little feature in there that we all should be very excited about as we move closer to developing for ‘mobile first,’ namely the way in which Apple iBooks Author approaches ‘previewing’ what you create on the Mac directly on your iPad.
Most prototypes I have seen thus far are cumbersome and require you to compile an App on your desktop, add it to iTunes and then sync up your iPad in order to see your work. Too much work. In Apple iBooks Author, you simply click the Preview button and voila, your Interactive book is sent to your iPad. Wow.
Here’s what I tweeted about it this morning as it pertains to eLearning development tools, but it really applies to anyone developing mobile content:
Hope Rapid #eLearning Vendors (i.e. Articulate, Adobe, Camtasia, Lectora) implement the way iBooks Author ‘Previews’ content on iPad. awsm
— RJ Jacquez (@rjacquez) January 20, 2012
Just imagine how cool would it be to be working in Articulate Presenter or Adobe Captivate and with a simple click you could test that interactive widget or a quiz, or the animation you just added to a slide. Right there in real-time? I sure hope these companies are paying attention.
What do you think?