|07-27-2009, 07:51 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Device: iPad 2
Best Writing Software?
I'm sure this comes up constantly, but what software do people use to write their books? I was just going to do the writing in MS Word or RTF. Does anyone have suggestions? How do you add photos? I can't find a good way to add photos with a caption and include in the ebook.
|07-27-2009, 08:07 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South of the Border
I've used software on Mac / Linux / Windows (currently on Windows), here's my recommendations:
Distraction free writing, full screen, ouput as plain text:
Linux - Textroom
Windows - q10
OSX - Writeroom (paid)
Plotting/Planning/Outlining and Writing
Linux - never found one
Windows - Roughdraft
OSX - Scrivener (paid)
Straight word-processing (output as RTF/.Doc)
Linux - Abiword
Windows - Atlantis Ocean Mind (paid, best money you'll ever spend)
OSX - Nisus Writer Pro
Because I'm using Feedbooks to publish my work I've pretty much settled on Atlantis and Word 2010 (Atlantis also has ePub output) and I cut and paste the text into the Feedbooks online formatting application. Atlantis also has a nifty keyboard sound when you type, which I love.
Yes I love Atlantis
|07-27-2009, 08:08 PM||#3|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Device: Kindle Fire HD, Kindle 3, Droid Razr Maxx HD
I'm not sure about placing photos in you books. My guess is Book Designer would help with that, but I have very little experience with it. You can probably find a lot more guidance in the Workshop forum
Last edited by carld; 07-27-2009 at 08:58 PM.
|07-27-2009, 08:42 PM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Device: Sony PRS-500
Atlantis is a great program, no question there. For straight text entry I still use a copy of Word 5.5 for DOS under DOS 6.2.2 in a VM machine. Other than that use the Word or Open Office application. Both will suit the need.
Adding pictures and captions to your work is more a function of layout and design. There are many programs that do a superior job to the word processors in layout and design. Write first, worry about design later.
|07-28-2009, 07:42 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: South Alabama
Device: Shocked by how much I've read on an iPod Touch received as a gift!
There is a poll also in this forum that has the very same discussion ongoing:
Poll: What writing software do you use?
My preference is PowerWriter (Win only) and yWriter (Win & Linux):
like PowerWriter because it organizes writing tools closest to the way I think. I like the blank page in the largest part of the window, a tree view of the book, acts, chapters and scenes in the left pane, and multiple tabs for the writer's paraphenalia across the bottom of the window. It has a good number of prep tools (Premise, Synopsis, Characters, Plot Points, and Notes/Research). A useful feature is the ability to embed notes (e.g. "come back to this paragraph and write a long description about what the protagonist was feeling..."). I paid $100 for PowerWriter three years ago and there hasn't been a major upgrade but several small updates. Very stable and the only reason I keep looking elsewhere is that it stores all data in a PowerWriter database. It will auto-backup to another drive which I do, but as nervous as I am about losing my drivel, I still output an RTF file about once a week so that if PowerWriter never works again, I could move my work to about any other program.
You can't beat yWriter for value though since it is Free (Donations recommended since the author of yWriter is a Sci-Fi writer that uses it to write and publish his works, and improves yWriter along the way). Very full-featured and if it displayed the blank page while showing all the tabs for charaters, locations, items, etc., it would be my only creative writing tool. Truthfully, I sent Simon a small donation last year because I used yWriter during NaNoWriMo which was long enough to know it just doesn't fit me as well as PowerWriter does. simon keeps improving it (now version 5 and each was a major upgrade with small updates in between) and I keep downloading the updates and testing what he's changed about once a month. At some point he'll add enough features, or the features that fit me, and it will supplant my old PowerWriter fav. I look forward to this for one big reason: Simon uses RFT files as the individual documents to park data in this program, not a proprietary database. To me that's pretty big and if the Scene editor just acted a little more like a word processor, it would be the perfect tool for me. Many folks, including several puplished authors use it as their primary tool.
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