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Davestro
05-17-2012, 03:37 PM
I am currently working on an iBook Textbook that catalogues all the G.I. Joe "modern era/25th style" figures (much like the Bellomo book) using personal collection pics and pics from various sites (like our beloved Hisstank, YoJoe.com, Generals Joes.com, etc. - all credited for). This is still a work in progress and I am updating it on a daily basis.

I have been wanting to create a book that could serve as a checklist and as a multimedia guide to the modern era of Joe for some time now. It has definitely been a labor of love and I can't wait to share it with my fellow Joe bros.

I am currently using iBooks Author for the Mac. This allows each page to show photo slideshows, interactive photos (like blueprints), video (I have short 5-10 second clips from the Sunbow series and Resolute that show the character), and weblinks. The iBook can only be viewed on an iPad.

I am thinking of making this book available for FREE to everyone at this years's G.I. Joe Con in NOLA, which I will be attending (my second Joe Con besides Dallas). I am thinking of setting up shop in the lobby or other places with my MacBook and downloading it for anyone who wants it. Below is a draft screen shot of one of the figure pages for the A.V.A.C. Once I finalize it, I will publish and make available to other Tankers.

Let me know your thoughts about this - feedback and ideas are highly appreciated!

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/aa1697f8.jpg

The L.O.C.
05-17-2012, 03:41 PM
Picture is not coming up on my iPad

Edit, working now

fireflyguy
05-17-2012, 03:41 PM
I would LOVE a book like this. I have Bellamo's book on my iPad (Nook) and ive been wanting a 25th/ME encyclopedia. This would be awesome!

fireflyguy
05-17-2012, 03:42 PM
Picture is not coming up on my iPad

Nor mine.

Edit: works now.

ChaplainAsst
05-17-2012, 03:43 PM
It would be great to have filecards shown as well!

Edit: saw the image. nevermind.

fireflyguy
05-17-2012, 03:43 PM
Sign me up!

fireflyguy
05-17-2012, 03:44 PM
It would be great to have filecards shown as well!

Yeah, seconded. Fc's blueprints, maybe even some package/box art if available. How far will you go --- from 25th to 30th? Will accessories be shown as well?

Davestro
05-17-2012, 03:52 PM
Image for the AVAC should be up.

For each character, I have tried to include the following:

-large picture of posed figure with gear on stand
-photo slideshows that include pics of 0-ring figure (if done), character filecard, comic pic (if done), carded and any other high res pics I can nab off the net
-blueprint style pic with description of vehicle (if figure is a driver or some sort)
-listing of variants
-short video clip from cartoon (Sunbow, Resolute, Renegades)
-short clip from ROC movie (still debating on doing these...LOL)

fireflyguy
05-17-2012, 03:54 PM
Image for the AVAC should be up.

For each character, I have tried to include the following:

-large picture of posed figure with gear on stand
-photo slideshows that include pics of 0-ring figure (if done), character filecard, comic pic (if done), carded and any other high res pics I can nab off the net
-blueprint style pic with description of vehicle (if figure is a driver or some sort)
-listing of variants
-short video clip from cartoon (Sunbow, Resolute, Renegades)
-short clip from ROC movie (still debating on doing these...LOL)

This sounds great!

Davestro
05-17-2012, 04:00 PM
I want it to be strictly modern era - 2007 up until the 1st wave of Retaliation. I would include pics of the O-ring figures the modern ones are based on, for nostalgia sake and to show just how far Joes have come in over 30 years.

Davestro
05-17-2012, 04:04 PM
The key feature will be the checklist - trying to figure out how to have a checkbox on each figure's page and a list of all figures at the end for reference.

Regarding weapons and accessories, I think I will include a pic of everything the figure comes with and maybe a short description. Could do it as a widget so you can blow it up full screen for the really small stuff.

sbartek1974
05-17-2012, 04:09 PM
Will this be an app that I can download onto my Android? That would be awesome!!!

Jad
05-17-2012, 04:12 PM
What a terrific idea! I'll look forward to your progress.

Davestro
05-17-2012, 04:14 PM
Will this be an app that I can download onto my Android? That would be awesome!!!

I can convert the book to an ePub document or a PDF, but you will miss out on the multimedia features (such as video). iBook Textbook is only viewable on iPad.

fireflyguy
05-17-2012, 04:18 PM
I want it to be strictly modern era - 2007 up until the 1st wave of Retaliation. I would include pics of the O-ring figures the modern ones are based on, for nostalgia sake and to show just how far Joes have come in over 30 years.

This would so cool, sorta like a Past & Present. I'm on board!

sbartek1974
05-17-2012, 04:20 PM
I can convert the book to an ePub document or a PDF, but you will miss out on the multimedia features (such as video). iBook Textbook is only viewable on iPad.

Damn it! Now you're gonna make me have to go out and purchase an iPad! :)

The L.O.C.
05-17-2012, 04:25 PM
I'll be in line for this at con. What do I need to bring, just my iPad? Or my laptop as well?

Starfighter
05-17-2012, 04:25 PM
I can't wait to check it out.

Davestro
05-17-2012, 04:39 PM
Here is what the vehicle widget would like for driver pages - you spread it out full screen with two fingers and highlight the part of the vehicle to get a description. I'm taking info/names from the blueprints and including a few highlights - not all. I am toying with the idea of including scanned blueprints of the vehicles as well.

Page with photo slideshow (swipe left-right, spread with two fingers to go full screen).
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/bee0f734.jpg

Full Screen "Blueprint" page:
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/026d7b59.jpg

Davestro
05-17-2012, 04:47 PM
I'm still trying to find the best avenue to "publish" the iBook. It's much too large to post (right now its hovering around 1.6 GB because of all the media) and am at about 137 pages in length. I have created each figure's page with a large posed image, a slideshow with filecard, card art and alternate pose/image and a few with a short video clip.

I can't publish it to the iTunes Bookstore (copyright), so the best workaround is to have my MacBook available and have everyone bring their iPads (perhaps on an appointment basis) to download it. If someone can think of a better idea, let me know. I can convert the iBook to a PDF file and can post that, but it does not include all the cool interactive features the iBook has on the iPad.

So, yeah...you would basically need to bring your iPad so I can download it there. This is the plan until I can figure another route for distribution.

It is made by a Joe fan...for Joe fans. Not for profit or gain, just sharing the love of the hobby in a new and exciting format outside of the internets.

Money-B
05-17-2012, 04:50 PM
Will this be an app that I can download onto my Android? That would be awesome!!!

THIS for my Kindle.

I can convert the book to an ePub document or a PDF, but you will miss out on the multimedia features (such as video). iBook Textbook is only viewable on iPad.

Sgt. Humpty was able to put his eBook into several formats.
Maybe get in touch with him to see what's possible.

I love the idea and really hope to be able to get one when you are finished.

Davestro
05-18-2012, 10:58 AM
I'm going to post a link to a short video of the iBook in action so everyone can see how it works. I will post it up on Sunday so everyone can see after I work on it a bit more.

Steve T
05-18-2012, 11:19 AM
Do it, do it, do it, do it!! Sounds and looks awesome!

Davestro
05-20-2012, 08:39 PM
Here is a quick video I shot to see it in action!

GI Joe IBook - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa9SLYI-e3s&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

jscand
05-20-2012, 09:20 PM
That is amazing!!! I won't be at the con, but I would love to have a copy of that. The only way to distribute would probably be on a Rapid Share or Torrent type site.

Amazing work.

Davestro
05-20-2012, 09:35 PM
I'm trying to figure out how to distribute it. It's a huge download at 1.6 GB (and more as I add more content).

I thought JoeCon would be a great venue to distribute it since many fans go room to room to trade, or hang out in the hotel lobby.

ergozoom
05-29-2012, 01:02 PM
I don't own an iPad, but this looks like a great reason to get one... Good job.

fireflyguy
05-31-2012, 08:25 PM
I can't go to con, so I hope you find a way to distribute this, because I am stoked for this! You have done an excellent job on this!

lerath666
06-02-2012, 03:11 PM
any reason you can't simply post it to a file share, or put out a torrent for it?

or even do it as an app instead, and have it for free download in the appstore?

Smitty2733
06-03-2012, 11:52 AM
How about that veterinarian? What was his name? Link Talbot?

He was probably so bored that when he finally got a patient, he probably talked his ears off.

"Sure, Mutt. Junkyard needs his annual fecal examine? Sure thing! I"ll go get the rubber gloves! Say, you seen any movies lately? Hey, what's Cover Girl up to? Hubba Hubba!"

AirborneRigger
06-27-2012, 04:35 PM
That's very nice!

Also, iBooks will download to iTunes so it should be viewable through any computer that has iTunes downloaded.

CobraOfficer999
06-27-2012, 05:02 PM
Egads!! That would be an excellent book.

Starfighter
06-27-2012, 05:16 PM
I am bringing my iPad to the Convention.

fireflyguy
06-27-2012, 05:58 PM
Any updates on this? I stated before that Im not gonna be able to go to convention, but I want this book something terrible.

Davestro
06-28-2012, 12:48 AM
I can probably upload the book to a file share site for download. It's still a work in progress, but will have a draft to share while I'm at Joe Con (I arrive tomorrow night). So far it's 293 pages long with only 25th anniversary and exclusives!

I'll keep you posted.

fireflyguy
06-28-2012, 01:48 AM
I can probably upload the book to a file share site for download. It's still a work in progress, but will have a draft to share while I'm at Joe Con (I arrive tomorrow night). So far it's 293 pages long with only 25th anniversary and exclusives!

I'll keep you posted.

Awesome! This is gonna be great!

ilzuccone
06-28-2012, 02:06 AM
I can probably upload the book to a file share site for download. It's still a work in progress, but will have a draft to share while I'm at Joe Con (I arrive tomorrow night). So far it's 293 pages long with only 25th anniversary and exclusives!

I'll keep you posted.

man you're giving it away for free. This is a labor of love. can't wait to get the work in progress. I'll buy the finished product when it's done.

you're a stud.

Davestro
06-03-2013, 02:19 PM
This project is not dead...but ended up being a huge undertaking. I've been working on this for over a year now, accumulating images from all our favorite sites, as well as a few of my own.

The G.I. Joe Modern Era Figure Compendium will be an interactive guide made especially for the iPad, using the iBooks app. Designed with iBooks Author, it will have interactive elements throughout.

This continues to be a labor of love for me, and will be done when I feel I have reached a stopping point. So far, the book is broken down in 3 chapters:

-25th Anniversary
-G.I. Joe Collectors' Club Exclusives
-San Diego Comic Con Exclusives

Each figure will have its full file card bio, card or package art, accessories, ARAH history slideshow, and collection checklist. Figures who came with vehicles will have a "blueprint" interactive image. Some figures will have clips of the Sunbow or Resolute cartoon included for reference.

I will make this book available for FREE to any Joe fan that wants it. There will also be a PDF version, but will not have all the nifty interactive elements that really make this thing come alive.

Here are some of the finished pages for Ace to see the layout (I tried to go with a clean look).

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/915e3e4ae9e5b37e4e325ac757ace9d9.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/858ca89d4d7ed301fd6ca00b91ac7541.jpg

Money-B
06-03-2013, 02:41 PM
No iPad for me.

It's a shame you won't have it for Android.
I wanted to see it on my Kindle.

Looks great so far.
Best of luck finishing it.

Davestro
06-03-2013, 02:45 PM
More pics - Chapter Headers:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/a6513a35bb6d6d068a48bd50d55d9a87.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/cf3b4a6c619b45153646056e4a09c9fa.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/c346398a10ed8be25ec0bffecad145b5.jpg

Davestro
06-03-2013, 02:47 PM
Page Element

Pop-Up Images from Carded/Package:
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/eaf754f29d597a42a2e1f5d02066e7b0.jpg

Davestro
06-03-2013, 02:48 PM
No iPad for me.

It's a shame you won't have it for Android.
I wanted to see it on my Kindle.

Looks great so far.
Best of luck finishing it.

I can export the iBook as an ePub, but it loses all the interactive widgets in the process. The guide will have tons of images I've downloaded from various sites (which are referenced).

Davestro
06-03-2013, 02:59 PM
Page Element

Photo Slideshows - each figure profile will have a "history of" section that has images that influenced the figures design.

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/7c43ddbd1d1aa92a8211d6eeb045f03a.jpg

Davestro
06-03-2013, 03:00 PM
Page Element

Interactive Images (Blueprints) - figures that included vehicles will have a "blueprint" feature that zooms in on aspects of the vehicle, such as armaments.

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg87/g3aredup/390c808f21b29d84732a25cf7d802c77.jpg

fireflyguy
06-03-2013, 03:03 PM
Yay!!!! I've been waiting!!! Tell me when and where and I'll get it!! Looks great!

Slave01
06-03-2013, 03:03 PM
Great job, clean design, well thought out. I would definitely download if available on an ftp site.

Sojuking75
06-03-2013, 04:11 PM
i'd like one as well. looks really good!

Xerofall
06-03-2013, 04:22 PM
Yeah I don't have an iPad, my wife does, but I doubt she'll want that on her pad. PDF or .cbr would be great for a desktop/laptop or Android.