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How To Update iBooks Author To 1.0.1 On Snow Leopard

Apple has updated iBooks Author to version 1.0.1 with a few bug fixes and incorporating their new terms stating that you own the content of what you create, however you can’t sell an .ibooks file through anyone other than Apple.

I have received many comments on how to update iBooks Author once you have it working on Snow Leopard. It is the same process as installing iBooks Author on Snow Leopard, but here you go!

To Update Your iBooks Author To 1.0.1 On Snow Leopard:

*Digital Tweaker in no way supports this method and is providing this information for educational purposes only. If you plan on publishing on iBooks, you should upgrade to OS X Lion

  1. Open Finder
  2. Click on your hard drive
  3. Double click System
  4. Double click Library
  5. Double click CoreServices
  6. Right click (or Control Click) SystemVersion.plist and select copy
  7. Right click (or Control Click) on your desktop and select paste item
  8. Now open the SystemVersion.plist file from your desktop with your favorite text editor or by double clicking
  9. Now change the two places near the bottom of the file where they say <string>10.6.8</string> to <string>10.7.2</string>. Your version may differ such as 10.6.x
  10. Click File->Save
  11. You will be asked to overwrite, select overwrite
  12. Right click (or Control Click) on the SystemVersion.plist file you just edited and select copy
  13. Open the window that you copied SystemVersion.plist on steps 1-5 and select Edit->Paste Item. (You will be asked to authenticate, select authenticate) and if you would like to replace the file. Select replace. Enter your password if it asks)
  14. Now go to the Mac App Store and select Updates
  15. Beside of iBooks Author, click update and let it update and install
  16. Open the SystemVersion.plist that you edited on your desktop and change what you did previously back to your original version. Example: change both instances of <string>10.7.2</string> to <string>10.6.8</string>
  17. Click File->Save
  18. You will be asked to overwrite, select overwrite
  19. Right click (or Control Click) on the file you just edited and select copy
  20. Open the window that you copied SystemVersion.plist on steps 1-5 and select Edit->Paste Item. (You will be asked to authenticate, select authenticate) and if you would like to replace the file. Select replace. Enter your password if it asks)
  21. Now, Go to your Applications folder under your Snow Leopard Hard drive
  22. Right Click (or Control Click) iBooks Author and click Show Contents
  23. Double click Contents folder
  24. Double click Info.plist or right click (control click) and open with a text editor
  25. Search for 10.7.2 and change to your version of Snow Leopard, in our case 10.6.8
  26. Go to File in the Menu bar and select save
  27. Now open iBooks Author, you should be good to go!
  28. iBooks Author may seem not to work when you open it, but just click File->New to start

How To Update iBooks Author To 1.0.1 on Snow Leopard

7 COMMENTS

  1. hey i installed with the instructions above and even did the drag to trash and back into the applications folder. But my ibooks author crashed upon me opening. is there anything that i can do to solve this problem?

  2. At the end of the procedure, shift iBooks Author from the Program Folder into the trash (you might have to authorize).
    Then just shift it back to the Program Folder (you might have to authorize again).
    This gets the whole thing working at the end + the Application icon will look normal again (no strike/through icon).
    Found this „trick“ somewhere else on the internet – it solves the problem.

  3. I followed the instructions so I could download 1.0.1 which worked. I then followed the rest of the instructions and get the message “You have Mac OS X 10.6.8. The application requires Mac OS X 10.7.2″

    I’ve checked the plists and both have been changed to 10.6.8

    Any ideas what else I can try? Have Apple changed things in 1.0.1?

  4. Thanks for responding. I am at my daughter’s home and she has a newer Mac but still running Snow Leopard so will try it on her iMac. I went thru the process again without success. Just to verify please see the following plist excerpts after completion.

    Info.plist
    LSMinimumSystemVersion
    10.6.8

    SystemVersion.plist

    ProductUserVisibleVerison
    <string10.6.8

    ProductVersion
    10.6.8

  5. Just went through the process. The download went well. Changed the info.plist to 10.6.8, my current OS. However, I received the message “You have Mac OS X 10.6.8. The application requires Mac OS X 10.7.2. This was performed on my MacBook Pro (with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo). Perhaps the processor is detected. The Core Duo is not eligible for Lion.

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