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510. Dec 18, 2012 9:22 PM in response to: -Shiloh
Re: What program does everyone use to write their books in?

I'm stil lusing iPages on my iMac. It's a REALLY useful program. The newer version has some cool bits. "Find" will allow you to type in a word or phrase and show you every place you used it. GREAT for overused modifiers and making sure you spelled character names consistantly. The other is a tracking thing. This allows you to edit, but keep the old stuff so you can go back later and see if what you rewrote was better or worse than the original. AND with two clicks, you have a pdf. The spell check is very good, as is the proofreader, but of course, can't tell the difference between your and you're, etc. It also allows you to format your pages as they will appear, insert pix easily, AND allow them to float while wrapping the text. Dump the old Dell and get a MAC! In the long run, it will save you $$ and time!

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511. Jan 12, 2013 1:22 PM in response to: kaukusaki
Re: What program does everyone use to write their books in?

I use WordPerfect X5, very similar to WP8 and WP12. I bought it at a big box store for $50.00 (on sale).

 

I like WordPerfect because (1) Headers and Footers are more manageable and easier to suppress and (2) one can reveal codes  (not just paragraphing and page breaks), such as font codes and other junk codes that tend to crop up. Therefore, it much easier to clean up a WP file before converting it to PDF. What I don't like about WP: Correl doesn't support its older products. WP12 became very unstable for me.

 

For Kindle, I use Word. It seems when you filter the Web page, it removes a lot of the funky codes.

 

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512. Jan 12, 2013 1:51 PM in response to: crosado8
Re: What program does everyone use to write their books in?

To write, I use Notepad++ which is a plain text editor, a free (and better) replacement for the Windows Notepad. I save it as plain text, each chapter in a separate .txt file.

 

To typeset, I use Scribus.

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513. Jan 12, 2013 3:20 PM in response to: RedPrince
Re: What program does everyone use to write their books in?

Interesting. Someone else who saves their chapters as separate entities. I use OpenOffice for writing, typesetting, and PDF creation. Never could get the hang of Scribus even though I have used Pagemaker from 1.1a through 7.x. Go figure.

 

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514. Jan 12, 2013 3:55 PM in response to: RedPrince
Re: What program does everyone use to write their books in?

Say has anyone heard about Adobe CS2 downloads? If they are allowing free downloads?  Interesting idea, if true.  These tools would be very useful for writers.  Here are links to story on it.  First downloads because they changed their authentication servers, then news of a denial, then some saying they relented.  I don't know.  Could be a tool to get people to upgrade later.  Microsoft just made Expression Web free, used to cost $$.  Again, I am not sure of the status of this. But it sure would help some writers budgets.

 

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-57563544-58/why-adobe-and-other-vendors-should-give-away-older-software/

 

 

 

Here is another article on it

 

http://www.itworld.com/consumerization-it/334097/free-download-adobe-creative-suite-cs2-photoshop-or-other-adobe-software-n

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515. Jan 12, 2013 4:22 PM in response to: Seal
Re: What program does everyone use to write their books in?

Maybe I should write a book on Scribus?

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516. Feb 6, 2013 4:11 PM in response to: Lighthouse24
Uploading a book with bleeds in a continuous PDF file

I have become frustrated with saving my pages in  Word, saving in a PDF and uploading them to CS.  The bleed is never right and I have expanded the dimensions, etc. several times.  The last support person I spoke to suggested doing the continuous PDF files and not going through Word.  This sounds like the best solution to a full color children's book.  I don't have Adobe Acrobat on my computer now but which one should I get so that I have a continuous file.  I'm constructing the pages in Photoshop.  Any advice would be helpful.

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517. Feb 6, 2013 4:17 PM in response to: Mort
Re: Uploading a book with bleeds in a continuous PDF file

I have done a couple childrens books for other authors using OpenOffice. My brother has also done half a dozen childrens books using OpenOffice as well. It has a Export to PDF function that creates PDFs that CS will accept with no problem.

 

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518. Feb 6, 2013 4:20 PM in response to: Mort
Re: Uploading a book with bleeds in a continuous PDF file

You can save your pages as PDFs from Photoshop.  Then you need to find a PDF conversion program that permits combining or merging PDFs into one single PDF.  Aside from Acrobat (the best but at a co$t), there are a few free conversion program that have that feature.  I have never used any of them, but do a search on line, you'll find them.

 

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519. Feb 6, 2013 4:21 PM in response to: Seal
Re: Uploading a book with bleeds in a continuous PDF file

As always, a good idea!

 

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520. Feb 7, 2013 4:19 AM in response to: walton
Re: Uploading a book with bleeds in a continuous PDF file

I use "PDF Merger Weeny Free" which is totally free and simple to use and have merged a number of large PDF files using it, and never had a problem.

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