iPhone novel help...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by unmadeup, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. unmadeup macrumors newbie

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    I'm one of a group of writers that includes Susanna Jones, Alison MacLeod and Jeff Noon who are creating a work of collaborative online fiction called 217 Babel Street.

    Having seen the iPhone screen, I love it and think it's the ideal eBook reading format, and so I'm trying to design Babel Street specifically for the iPhone.

    The only drawback is I don't have one myself, and the emulator iPhoney requires 10.4 and I'm back in the 10.3.9 doldrums.

    I think I'm 99% of the way there. I'm pretty sure the front page and the main book pages work fine. I'm a little concerned that the "doorbell" page doesn't work properly, but I haven't seen it on an iPhone since I made my changes.

    I'd really appreciate it if any iPhone people can check it out for me and give me some feedback.
     
  2. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Margins

    ... also, do the margins work OK in both portrait and landscape?

    Thanks...
     
  3. gutterflowerjc macrumors member

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    I will check...

    When I get home, however, I just checked the link with my computer, and I am a bit confused with the navigation... Is it supposed to work as one of those "Choose your own adventure" books, or just as a book where you go to the different places and read about it there?

    -Jordan
     
  4. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That'd be great. Thanks.

    It's not a linear novel - in the same way that the web isn't linear - so it's more of a book that takes you go to the different places and lets you gradually discover a single story.
     
  5. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    A nice read on the iPhone...

    but why the conversational barriers between Damien and the Elderly ladies? Too much cliche' stuff that covers just surface stuff about these inquisitive ladies. Are these inaccurate assumptions by Damien or is he leading up to accusations of diminished memory, especially sensory and short-term memory like so many people ASS-U-ME exist with the Elderly? Damien seems to adjust his conversation style when interacting with the Elderly; using simpler words; maybe a slower speech rate; once again under the guise that older adults can't comprehend normal speech. Maybe Damien can start up a conversation regarding "AARP" or "Social Security" at least it would be a two-way conversation. The Penthouse is still not working, and Heston is my favorite character. Beyond this, it's a good read. Love the format for my iPhone!!! ;)
     
  6. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the crit... I should say these are all successful authors in their own rights.

    Did the formatting work ok for your iPhone? Did you have to resize any pages? I'm hoping they'll appear full size. Many thanks.
     
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I love the format...

    no resizing, full pages worked like a charm. KMA (Keep Me Advised), this is one of the best formatted for my iPhone novels I've witnessed. I wish you could work on some of those legal briefs that I am forced to read on a daily basis via Lexis Nexis Academic & JSTOR. Keep up the good work! :cool:
     
  8. memesmith macrumors regular

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    Rather than offer literary criticism, I'll address your questions. Yes you are right. The doorbell page isn't working quite right. It comes up pretty small, and I have to double-click on it to resize it. The bell-pushes work fine. The title page takes a little longer than I might expect to load. Main body text layout works fine both landscape and portrait. But you could make the margins a little narrower. I think. I'm just getting my head around what thebright reading aesthetics for the iPhone might be, but there seems a modicum too much white space here, more noticaeable in portrait mode.

    I've just finished reading my first novel on the iPhone (a peice of Firefly fanfic from Manybooks - you could usefully see how Manybooks formats HTML for iPhone) and its the first time I've ever managed to read a whole web-distributed story, which means the iPhone is a winner as avreading device, as far as I'm concerned.

    Give my regards to Jeff. He won't remember me, he'd just had Vurt published and was still hanging around Waterstones a lot when I was a student in Manchester.
     
  9. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks...

    Many thanks memesmith... very useful indeed. I'll pass on your best to Mr Noon.

    Does anyone have any idea how to code jpgs so they appear full screen on an iphone?

    I've tried setting width as a percentage (<width=100%>) but Safari for iPhone still re-sizes it, frustratingly.
     
  10. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! :D
     
  11. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ? Might have cracked it... ?

    I might have got it. If anyone can point an iphone here and tell me what size the doorbells appear, I'd be hugely grateful.
     
  12. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Sorry for the delay...

    but I had to be in class for a bit. Looks fine in both portrait and landscape views. The Bells measure about 1/4" in portrait view, and 3/8" in landscape view "fully outward pinched." I like it.:cool:
     
  13. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Dang

    Drat. I thought I'd fixed it to appear full-screen without having to be resized.

    Many many thanks for your help... it's very useful. I'll keep working at it.
     
  14. memesmith macrumors regular

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    Weird! The bell board is loading somewhat flakily now. Works finentge first time, filled the screen nicely. But then I noticed the address bar was'nt retreating off the top of the screen as it dies when other pages are fuller loaded so the bottom ofbthe bell board is cut off.

    So anyway I'm testing it again to see if I can work out why, and suddenlybthe board is far too big for portrait mode!
     
  15. unmadeup thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oddness

    That may have been my fault. I was fiddling with that page at what I guess was the time you were logged on. I've found the code I need which specifies sizing of windows for the iPhone, but frankly I don't understand precisely what it does, so I've been fiddling with the parameters to see what effect they have. Which is difficult when you can't see what's going on. I really should get my own iPhone, shouldn't I? Anyway, all the help, as I said before, is very much appreciated.
     
  16. memesmith macrumors regular

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    Looking at it (the bell-board) again now, I can confirm it's nicely sized for the screen (well perhaps a modicum too big - the right had edge disapears off the side) but because the address bar stays in view its actually significantly too big, the lowest bell-push is invisible off of the bottom of the screen until you push it up, pushing the address bar off the top. The easiest work around would be to play with the size until it appears about 9mm shorter. Then it should fit nicely.
     
  17. theronster macrumors newbie

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    This is all rather intriguing.

    I look forward to a wider implementation of these ideas.
     
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