Authoring tools for Ipad?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by ericc22, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. ericc22 macrumors newbie

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    Greetings,

    Hope this is the right place for this post!

    I want to develop a book for the ipad. The book is for use in middle school science class. I want to of course include the text and illustrations, but mostly want to incorporate some basic simulations that illustrate the text.

    For example, if the story is dealing with gravity I want to include a mini-gravity simulator next to that part of the story.

    I am assuming there are no good authoring tools for this at this stage? I understand that Adobe has a product (InDesign) that will author text and illustration books, but not the interactivity.

    Any suggestions for the best tools for developing this kind of book?

    All guidance is most appreciated. I am not technical - I am an educator - but want to be able to offer some guidance to my team.

    Thanks!

    Eric
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Are you planning to self-publish or go through a traditional textbook publisher? Something tells me they have authoring tools ;)

    http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2010/09/houghton_miffli_18.html?comments=all#readerComm

    Their target audience seems to overlap yours. HMH is calling their engine "Fuse".

    B
     
  3. ericc22 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I do want to self publish. So I want to author this myself.

    Let me know if anyone has any suggestions for tools. Thanks!

    Eric
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Gravity is physics. So you could probably use a physics engine.

    A web view can contain JavaScript, so I don't see why a book page shouldn't be allowed the same thing.

    So maybe look for a JavaScript physics engine. It might be overkill, since you're probably animating only a few things.

    Just a random thought.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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