In web-based editions of Special Stories, you will be prompted to login by entering your email address and product key the first time you use the app, and you must do so before you will be able to access the activities. If you do not use the app for a long time, you may be required to enter these details again the next time you do use it. Installation instructions for web-based editions can be found in Chapter 2.
When you launch Special Stories, it displays its main view, showing a list of stories. It comes with one story built in, the Quick Start Guide. As you add your own stories, these are displayed as well, as shown in the screenshots below. You can organise your stories into collections: in this case, only the stories in the currently-selected collection are displayed. Chapter 7 explains all about collections.
To read and listen to a story, you tap its title or picture. To update an existing story, you tap its ⓘ or > button on the right. To create a new story, you tap the + button at the top.
Tapping the Edit button allows you to rearrange the order of the stories, and delete any you no longer need. You cannot un-delete a story once you've deleted it.
If you tap the Action button at the top left, you are presented with some Extra Actions, including settings, facilities for managing collections, printing stories and transferring stories and collections from one device to another, plus easy access to documentation on the Special iApps web site. For more details, see Chapter 9.
To rearrange the order of the stories, or to delete any you no longer need, you must first tap the locked padlock button so that it changes to unlocked. You cannot un-delete a story once you've deleted it.
You access other features in the app using using the device's menu button: if it has no physical menu button, there is instead an overflow menu icon at the right hand end of the action bar at the top. These features include facilities for changing settings, managing collections, transferring stories and collections from one device to another, and accessing documentation on the Special iApps web site. Later chapters describe these in detail.
You cannot update the Quick Start Guide. You can delete it, just like any other story, if you decide you no longer need it.
There are a number of settings you can adjust to change the appearance and behaviour of Special Stories. These are all located in the Settings and described in detail in Chapter 8.
There is a Lock to Story padlock button at the top right. When this is open you can stop reading the story and return to the main view at any time, by tapping the Stories button. You can close the padlock, by pressing and holding it for more than 2 seconds. This locks the app in the story, by hiding the Stories button. This can be useful to allow a young child or person with learning difficulties or poor fine motor skills to navigate through the story for themselves, without straying elsewhere. To open the padlock, press and hold it again.