Category Archives: Tutorials

Adding a transparent logo to Foliobook

In Foliobook 2.3 its possible to add a transparent png logo and have it overlaid on your home screen. This is particularly useful if you have a video background. However the process of using it isn’t as well documented in the app as it should be. So here is some additional information.

To add a transparent logo to Foliobook’s home view you first need to prepare two PNG files with the following names

logo.png
logo-p.png

While you can make these any size you like, they should probably be around 200-600 pixels depending on your design, but that’s up to you. Just remember that the iPad is a memory constrained device so don’t make any images or resources you add any bigger than you really need them.

The logo.png file will be overlaid on top of your background image or video in landscape format, while the logo-p.png file is used when the app is rotated into portrait format.

Having different images means you can alter the size and layout of the overlaid logos to fit the different formats for a better design.

To add these files to the iPad you need to use iTunes filesharing. At the moment the only way Foliobook can use this is to access these logo files, don’t go adding your images this way as they won’t be accessible when you come to populate your galleries.

1. Open iTunes and connect your iPad. Then select your iPad in the devices menu on the left of iTunes

 

2. On the right hand pane, select the apps tab for your iPad

 

3. Now scroll down the apps panel, at the bottom you will find the Filesharing panes. Drag your logo.png files to the document area or use the ‘Add’ button.

4. The logo files are immediately available to Foliobook, you should find that so long as you have the logo image switched on in the style->logos and titles menu that its now visible.  If the logo isn’t visible immediately then double tap your home view, then select the ‘i’ toolbar button and have a look at the help information, this shows you how to find the menu to turn on the logo.

Adding images to Foliobook

A number of people ask us how to add pictures to Foliobook, and its not obvious how this is done for someone who has just bought an iPad. In this article we describe how to do this and in addition show what we recommend as the best workflow for getting high quality results.

Step 1 – Create a folder for your iPad photos

On your main computer, create a folder that will only hold your iPad images, this folder will be used to transfer images to the iPad. I like to create mine on my home drive so I can find it really fast, but it can be any folder. I also call mine something obvious… iPadPhotos

Step 2 – Create folders inside the iPadPhotos folder

Depending on your wishes you can either put fairly disorganised sets of images in these sub-folders, or you can be more systematic, creating folders of images which are already pre-edited and in the correct order to become galleries in Foliobook. The latter approach can save time. Or you can mix and match as you need with some well organised collections, and some more loose sets that you organise later within Foliobook.

Step 3 – Sync the iPadPhotos folder to the iPad

To get the images onto the iPad you need to use iTunes. Fire up iTunes and select your iPad on the left menu.

Then select the ‘photos’ tab on the right.

You will then see the sync view.

To sync to the iPadPhotos folder its necessary to click on the list next to the ‘Sync Photos From’ label and select your folder with the ‘Choose Folder’ option. Note that if you choose to sync with iPhoto the quality of images may suffer when looked at on the iPad

Finally sync the iPad using the bottom on the lower right of iTunes

Step 4 – Load images into Foliobook.

Fire up Foliobook and tap on one of the galleries. Then double tap and select the icon on the toolbar for adding images. You can choose to either add a whole folder in one operation, or pick individual images. Currently (Foliobook 1.112) we recommend adding about a maximum of 20 images in one go. This restriction will go with the next update. So if one of your sync-d folders has more than about 20 images in it, choose the option to select individual images and restrict your picking to up to about 20 images. If you find adding images crashes, try rebooting your iPad and try again, the iPad may just be a bit short of memory.