The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.


As much as I like Scrivener and MS Word for the act of writing my books, I’ve never been too happy with the offering on PC for the typeset and layout of my books.

I’d been looking at Vellum on the IOS platform to help me correct that. Of course at the time I didn’t own a Mac and I will admit, there is a considerable amount of sticker shock associated with buying any Mac computer compared to their PC companions. The nice thing now as opposed to the last time I bought a Mac is that many of the PC (read Microsoft) programs are cross platform now. So I can work with the files across many computers and thanks to Dropbox, everything updates seamlessly.

Of course Vellum is specific to ebooks as far as layout goes, though I’m told they’re working on a print book conversion to work with Createspace et al. Which would just make the program that much more cooler to me.

You see my one issue for the last few years is I’ve wanted to write another motorcycle travel book but have been limited by MS Word’s paucity of data available for embedded pictures and after getting gouged by Adobe’s subscription system (I swore I’d never spend money on another of their programs ever again), there wasn’t a PC based program that fitted my needs. Which were simply put, easy integration of pictures into my written text. Something vellum does vey very well.

In fact it’s so easy I’ll be helping a friend put out his next graphics heavy book after doing a short demo for him of Vellum in action.

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