Thursday, August 24, 2017

Creative Book Builder for Mac v1.4

New features:

1. Create fixed layout book with customized page size

2. Navigate whole book while recording audio

3. Bug fix

Friday, August 18, 2017

Smart Merge - increase your productivity

From version 4.2, Creative Book Builder introduces a great new feature called Smart Merge.

Smart Merge is a new way to merge the placeholders of the content with different values so that the book can be used as template. Instead of copying and pasting contents, different books are generated automatically according to the template.

First, you need to define placeholders using {{ and }}, e.g. {{place_holder_name}}.

For example, the content is defined as below:

This book "{{place_holder_title}}" is created by {{place_holder_author}}

The above content can be merged with values:

This book "Creative Book Builder Getting Started" is created by CBB Support

This book "English Lesson" is created by Teacher A

This book "Training Manual" is created by Peter

Placeholders can be defined anywhere, including cover image and book information.

For example, the placeholders, e.g. {{cover_title}}, {{author}} are added to cover image as below:

Those placeholders' values are defined as "Smart Merge" and "CBB Support", after smart merging, the cover image will become:

How to use Smart Merge to generate new book:

1. Tap Publish button to bring the action menu, and then select "Smart Merge".

2. CBB can scan all the pages, cover image, and book information to discover placeholders. Placeholder list is shown after searching.

3. Fill in the values for placeholders.

4. Tap Merge button to start merging.

5. Finally, you can preview the resulted book, upload the result book to cloud services, or add the resulted book as a new book.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fixed Layout Book Enhancement

From version 4.2, we have improved Fixed Layout book creation for better user experience.

1. New interface for adding new book is allowed to choose layout type and customize the size:

2. After selecting layout type, corresponding default size is shown below. Tap the size to change size. The customized size will be saved and you do not need to set again. Moreover, you can tap "Use Default" to use the default size at any time. The Classic books (i.e. reflow-able books) do not have size settings.

3. Next and previous icons are moved to the middle right and middle left edges for navigation. If current page is last page, next icon will be changed to add icon that can be used to add new page.

4. There are icons in the bottom of the page. Text icon is used to add new title, paragraph, etc. Image icon is used to add new image from photo library and cloud services. Microphone icon is used to add new audio recording. Tool icon is used to add other elements. More icon contains other commands, e.g. set as draft, share page, delete page, etc.

5. Glossary and footnotes can be accessed via More icon in the top bar.

Creative Book Builder v4.2

New features:

1. Revamp Fixed Layout Editing Interface

2. Create fixed layout book with customized page size

3. Smart Merge: define place holder and merge with different values

4. Today Widget: show recent books on the today view

5. Navigate whole book while recording audio

6. Bug fix