Ibooks Author - a great vehicle for Camtasia content

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Today Apple released a new textbook platform for authors - Ibooks Author for Ibooks that provides great opportunities for Camtasia and Snagit users to monetize their content. Below is a link to what this new app can do:

http://youtu.be/pr076C_ty_M

My idea for Camtasia developers is to make forthcoming versions of Camtasia and Snagit as Ibooks-ready as possible.
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Read comments about the EULA on ZD net here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/apples...
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I was very enthused by the video. I was already intent on moving away from the current proprietary format of the Definitive Guide. I was considering InDesign as my top contender. This led me to reconsider.

Then I read about the EULA. It is the very embodiment of a dealbreaker.

Ownership of my content is finally back in my hands. I refuse to hand it off to somebody else.

cheers, Daniel
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I would have preferred that Apple sold the Ibooks author app, and allowed the epub output to be sold wherever the author wants.

Indesign 5.5 on the Windows platform has the capability to export to multiple file formats and lynda.com has a set of tutorials on that:

http://snipurl.com/21t2krq
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And one other thing - Apple does not assume rights to the content of your Ibook, just the output to Ibooks. Anyone is free to use their own book resources to port into Indesign.
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"Apple does not assume rights to the content of your Ibook, just the output to Ibooks"

The EULA also appears to apply to PDFs created by the application. This means that if I want to sell a PDF version to those who don't own iPads from my site, nope, I can't do it.
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I misspoke when I said "Ownership of my content..." This is obviously not accurate. "Control..." is a more accurate word.
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I've been playing around the application, and another thing I'm disliking that is that video media has to be local. My book has about an hour of screencast material, making up over 500mb. It's a tough sell for a lot of folks to put something that large on their iPads, esp for those who only have 16gb.
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Why not include the media as embedded in an html page?
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I looked at their HTML widget. It appears to be some kind of mechanism for including custom-coded web apps in your ibook, and not a simple means of linking to an HTML page. I couldn't make head nor tail of how it's supposed to work.

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