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Old 2012-07-30, 08:51 PM   #1
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Anyone recommend any? I'm thinking of writing a non-fictional book with a view to putting it on Lulu and wouldn't mind having a few more options to fiddle with in terms of formatting and graphics.
 
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Old 2012-07-30, 09:15 PM   #2
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Word's not bad if you use it more smartly than people who just click around on toolbars until it does what they think they want -- i.e. break the content down into styles, sections, etc. and (2007 onwards) for pre-press output publish directly to PDF rather than introducing third-party virtual printer drivers. Provided images are appropriately masked it can also wrap text around them pretty well.

http://daiya.mvps.org/bookword.htm looks alright [as an intro] from a quick squizz.

Protip; get the content sorted before starting on layouts.

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http://www.serif.com/desktop-publishing-software/ may be worth a look.
 

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Old 2012-07-30, 09:19 PM   #3
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Mmm, I've been using OpenOffice... I've got text for something that's going to be very similar sorted for mucking around with but I'm kind-of reticent to write and format too much before I know whether it's going to actually work; if it doesn't it can be reworked for the site but it'd feel like doing the same work twice what with the different formatting needed. Cheers for the links, will check out tomorrow
 
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Old 2012-07-30, 09:50 PM   #4
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Open source wise, http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus is the OO equivalent for DTP.
 
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Old 2012-08-05, 09:50 PM   #5
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Had a bit of a fiddle with Scribus... Pretty useful for free, ta - think I might stick with OpenOffice for this one, though, now I've worked out how to get images to stretch across multiple columns. It's just tables that are proving a bugger, but I might just separate them onto different pages... Do Text Section 1 then the applicable table as a separate doc and stitch them together in Acrobat - or even just on Lulu now I think about it.

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