[Etoys] Re: BookMorph tutorial

Yoshiki Ohshima yoshiki at squeakland.org
Sun Jan 21 16:57:44 EST 2007

  Hi, Richard,

> >   ... I was going to write how you would do step by step, but I guess
> > it is not what you would like, but just check the "Demon Castle"
> > tutorial which is currently bundled with the Etoys on the laptop.
> > Demon Castle uses BookMorph (or Book), which is surely accessible to
> > any user.  (And it has reasonably high production value.)
> Begging your pardon, kind sir, but a step by step procedure would be
> very welcome. My hope would be that if someone provides a sufficient
> tutorial for using Book and BookMorph to create a narrated slide show,
> then someone (else?) can put that tutorial into that very mechanism so
> that others may use it as an example and a tutorial.

  Sure.  I just couldn't tell that was what you wanted in the first

  * Press the golden "Navigation" tab near bottom left to open it.

  * In the Navigation bar, click on the "New" button to create a new
    project."  Press the thumbnail created.  You'll dive into a new
    clean project.

  * In the new project, click on the red "Supplies" tab near bottom
    right to open it.

  * Drag out "Book" icon from the opened "Supplies bin" to "world" or
    the desktop area.

  * Move and resize the opened Book with the yellow handle to cover
    most of the screen.  (Later, you can make the book "full screen",
    but at first, it would not be convenient.)

  * Press the golden "Navigation" tab near bottom left to open it.
    Hold "Find" button for a second to get a menu.  From the menu,
    choose "find any file".  You get a kind of a file browser.

  * Navigate to a photo file you would like to import, select it, and
    press "Open" in the file browser.  You can import the photo in the
    Etoys environment.  (BTW, this way of importing *will* change
    eventually.  Right now, Sugar doesn't have copy and paste of
    graphics between applications.)

  * You drop the photo onto a "page" of Book.  To add a page to the
    Book, press the triangle button in the Book's title bar and get
    more buttons.  "+" button creates a new page.

  * Repeat the above to get as many photos/graphics as you want.

  * Now, time to add some sound track.  First, probably you would like
    to kill the default page turn sound effect.  From the Book's
    extended menu, which is displayed only when more buttons are shown
    in the title bar, choose "visual and sound effects...", and "set
    sound effect for all pages".  Then, choose "silence".

  * From Supplies bin, drag-out "Sound" onto world.

  * Connect a (physical) microphone, press Record, and speak whatever
    you like that covers a page.  When you are done, press "Stop".  To
    listen to the recorded sound, press "Play".

  * If you are happy with the sound, press the "Tile" button.  You
    type the name of sound (something like "SoundForPage1", or
    something that describe what it is.)  Leave the created sound on
    the world for now.

  * Get the Viewer for a page of the Book.  To do this, you probably
    need to right click twice (or more) on the large part of the Book.
    If the name shown turns to "page", click on the light blue eye
    icon on the left edge.

  * The first very item in the Viewer is the "make sound" command.  If
    you drag-out it to the world, you get a "scriptor" with the
    command.  Click on the name of the sound, and choose the new sound
    you created in the two steps above.  To test the scriptor, click
    on the yellow exclamation mark button in the scriptor to execute
    the script.

  * If it is good, hold the mouse button on the button that reads
    "normal".  Choose "opening" from the manu.

  * Cycle through pages now. If you get to the page, the sound is
    played automatically.

  * You repeat the recording and adding script to each pages, and you
    are almost done.

  * Some beautification can be done.  Make the page size of all pages
    are the same, hide most of the buttons in the title bar of the

  * Finally, you publish your project with the book by Pressing the
    "Publish" button in the Navigator bar.  You supply the name of
    project, and press "OK".  Choose where (in which directory in the
    file system) you would like to save the file, and press "Save".

  * You are done.  Quit Etoys, re-launch it, and press "Find" button
    (momentarily) in the Navigation bar.  You should see the project
    where you saved it.

-- Yoshiki

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