book publishing software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chaoticmuse, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. chaoticmuse macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2005
    Anyone know of some good software, preferably under $100, for formatting and self-publishing books with both text and pictures (digital photos)?


    ETA: I'm using OS 9.2
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Believe it or not, Pages in the iWork package may be just what you are looking for.

    It depends on how complex you want the formatting to be. If you live near an Apple store, you could go try Pages on a computer there and see if you can find a Pages knowledgable sales droid.
  3. chaoticmuse thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2005
    Thanks, bear. I will take a look at that. I don't need anything too fancy - that will only confuse my dumb-ass. :p
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Lyx, a free WYSIWYG latex editor, is also good for formatting books... you'll need teTeX installed, more info here...
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    You could also try Ragtime Solo.

    Free for non-commercial activities.

    Never used it so can't comment further (QuarkXpress user for my sins).
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If you are using MacOS 9.2, there is nothing better than FrameMaker 7. Even though Adobe is scheduled to end support of the Mac version next month, it is still listed for sale on the Adobe website. The the updaters are still available for download. You don't really need support because it just works. OTOH, it is a bit more expensive than your $100 budget.

    Several people have suggested that you use a TeX-based solution. There are a few TeX implementations for MacOS 9. OzTeX is shareware and has been around longer than Joan Collins. You can find it here.

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