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    Offline anniejocoby

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 10:36:16 am »
    Oh, yeah. Love it, love it, love it. What I really love is that it's so easy to use. It's idiot proof. I originally only bought it because I needed something to make epubs easier create, but I love it for so many other reasons.

    And, fwiw, I've hit upon a way to make things even easier. Originally, when I saved the Vellum file, I thought that I could only save it in one incarnation - say "Google." So, the Vellum file would have all the Google links, but none of the others. I've fixed that problem, and now I duplicate each Vellum file and name them "Amazon," "Kobo," etc. That will save a ton of time when I have to update the links for each of my books in the future.

    Another tip - if you upload to iTunes, then they won't accept a file that has untitled chapters. That becomes an issue if you have some chapters which are named and some which aren't. Which I had, because I my books tend to be in alternating POVs, so some chapters had the name of the POV, others had no name at all. iTunes kicked it out for that reason. So, I had to manually put in "chapter 2, chapter 3, etc." That was a bit of a pain, and the one thing that I wish they would work on, but it's an easy enough fix for me. But, if you don't label any chapter, then Vellum automatically populates the list for you, so no problem.

    But, yeah, best.investment.of.my.life. Well, second best, after my Mac. Once you go Mac, you never go back. :)

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #2 on: February 23, 2015, 01:10:44 pm »
    I just used it for my new release and am completely in love. I think it would be nice to be able to customise things a little more, but it's a quick and easy solution to import my final word doc, select the styles and add in the scene separators.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 01:25:04 pm »
    I looked it up and it was going on my Christmas list, so to speak, until I saw that it was Mac only. ;.; Heart broken. Torn asunder. Is there a Windows version anywhere?
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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #4 on: February 23, 2015, 01:28:50 pm »
    How does the page count work for their ePub edition? Is it set in stone as Amazon always seem to underestimate mine by about 20%

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #5 on: February 23, 2015, 02:25:27 pm »
    You people are totally going to talk me into getting Vellum. I mean, I don't mind doing the ebooks by hand...

    ...but there's a difference between "don't mind" and "Well, that was easy!"

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 02:45:04 pm »
    Sadly, no. :( And I think I remember reading somewhere that the creators had no plans to release a Windows version.

    Apple ruins everything I love. D:
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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #7 on: February 23, 2015, 02:45:18 pm »
    How does the page count work for their ePub edition? Is it set in stone as Amazon always seem to underestimate mine by about 20%

    I think Amazon underestimate everything! Mine are never right until I put the paperback up and they're linked.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #8 on: February 23, 2015, 02:46:47 pm »
    It was this board that got me into Vellum. I've said it before but I love it to bits. Can't imagine how or why I lived without it. And last I checked it's price was $100 less than I paid. I highly recommend it.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #9 on: February 23, 2015, 03:42:38 pm »
    I'd buy a Mac FOR Vellum. It's that good.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #10 on: February 23, 2015, 04:30:32 pm »
    I'd buy a Mac FOR Vellum. It's that good.

    I just bought a MacBook and Vellum may have been a large factor in that (That and being able to upload directly to iBooks)

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #11 on: February 23, 2015, 04:59:58 pm »
    My new iMac just arrived...

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #12 on: February 23, 2015, 05:56:35 pm »
    I'd buy a Mac FOR Vellum. It's that good.

    Totally understandable. I bought my first Mac just for Scrivener (before they came out with the Windows version).

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #13 on: February 23, 2015, 07:13:38 pm »

    Totally understandable. I bought my first Mac just for Scrivener (before they came out with the Windows version).

    That was me, too. I adore Scrivener.
             

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #14 on: February 23, 2015, 07:55:03 pm »
    What exactly can you do with Vellum? There's just not a lot of info on the site describing what all you can do. Do you just purchase the $199.99 unlimited version?
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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #15 on: February 23, 2015, 08:59:37 pm »
    Oooo this looks sexy. I would love to get a MacBook Pro, this could be a fabulous inclusion.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #16 on: February 23, 2015, 10:09:23 pm »
    It makes formatting ebooks super easy. And they look really nice.
             

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #17 on: February 24, 2015, 12:21:54 am »
    Is it worth it if I already use Scrivener? Will it give me anything more? Will it even work with books I've written using Scrivener?

    It looks good, but it's a LOT of money to spend. Convince me ;)

    There's an official Vellum thread around here somewhere. Ask on there, and the Vellum team will answer. :)

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #18 on: February 24, 2015, 04:52:47 am »
    What exactly can you do with Vellum? There's just not a lot of info on the site describing what all you can do. Do you just purchase the $199.99 unlimited version?

    I wondered that as well.  I haven't bought it but I did download it and they have a sample book you can play around with to see what it can do. I think it was, "The Invisible Man". I agree they should make it clear that you CAN see what it does before you buy it.
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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #19 on: February 24, 2015, 05:09:12 am »
    That was me, too. I adore Scrivener.

    It turns out I hardly ever use Scrivener...but I love my Macs!

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #20 on: February 24, 2015, 05:21:08 am »
    I'd love to try Vellum but it's Mac only. I'm heavily invested in Windows computers and software and not about to change, so... poo.

    I wish someone would come out with a comparable product for the rest of us.

    Edit: I just did a little more reading about Vellum and learned that -- apparently -- you have to pay to export your books. If that's true it makes the software a lot less appealing to me.

    I have Scrivener for Windows but never quite warmed to it. Maybe that's because I like to write with a my computer screen in the portrait position (so I can see an entire page at once), and Scrivener doesn't like that. If they could make the panes into "tear offs" that I could reposition, that would be great.
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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #21 on: February 24, 2015, 06:36:31 am »
    Vellum has an option where you can pay by the book or you can pay a one time fee. Think of it as paying someone to format your book and that makes the sales model a little more understandable. (Having said that, I bought the unlimited version.)

    The main thing it does that Scrivener or Calibre don't is to add some significant graphic design elements. There are decorative section breaks instead of the centered ***. You can do small caps or a different font as the first line in a new scene/chapter. There are decorative chapter heads with graphics. And the graphics work when someone is reading on a device and has it set to amber or reversed.

    What it doesn't do is allow you unfettered ability to adjust the book every which way and that drives some tinkerers crazy, but IMHO there's a lot of ugly books out there that are ugly by intent because the authors don't really know typography. Vellum's pre-made options pretty much guarantee that you can't screw it up and they look great.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #22 on: February 24, 2015, 06:39:46 am »
    Is there no Windows equivalent?

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #23 on: February 24, 2015, 06:44:13 am »
    Nope, it's mac only.

    Yes, but I mean has another company tried to copy it.  Something equally good, but for Windows. Still a ton of Windows users out there, I would be surprised if there wasn't something.

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    Re: In praise of Vellum
    « Reply #24 on: February 24, 2015, 06:54:15 am »
    You can pay per book (and make unlimited changes to that book once you've created it once, if that makes sense) or buy the unlimited version.

    To play with it, you don't have to pay anything.

    I started out paying per book, and then quickly realised I'd be better off getting the unlimited version because of future publishing plans.

    Also, I recently exported my vellum doc to rtf and used that to format for a Createspace paperback. So easy! No more double spaces, no more missing page breaks. Awesome!

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