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Author Topic: Programs for publishing on DrivThru RPG and others  (Read 726 times)


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Programs for publishing on DrivThru RPG and others
« on: July 14, 2021, 10:31:39 PM »
Has anyone here published either modules or rules systems on DriveThruRPG or another online or smaller publisher?  Which document/book programs did you use or seem to be standard?  Thanks.


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Re: Programs for publishing on DrivThru RPG and others
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2021, 12:55:32 AM »
DTRPG has ebooks on formatting PDFs for compatibility, and they are helpful. :-D

I use InDesign, but people use all kinds of things to write with (Word, Google Docs, LIbre Office, Scrivner...). You just need a way to turn that into a compatible PDF (Foxit Pro seems like a nice option... I use Adobe myself with Creative Suite).

DTRPG tends to be very helpful and quick to respond. They make it pretty easy to sell on the site.

I don't have experience with other platforms.
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Re: Programs for publishing on DrivThru RPG and others
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2021, 09:22:21 PM »
Serif makes Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher are pretty low cost and effective.


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Re: Programs for publishing on DrivThru RPG and others
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2021, 08:38:18 AM »
Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, etc) is the industry standard; however they are not the only viable options. Scribus is an open-source page layout program that is good enough, if a bit frustrating due to inconsistencies in the the UI. GIMP is an open source image editor that is good enough for professional work. Inkscape can be used in place of Illustrator, but my experience of it has not been productive. There are others, as well. I think Quark still makes QuarkXPress, though I haven't used it in 20 years or more.

I'm currently evaluating Scrivener. So far, so good. In the past, I've relied on programmer's text editors, like BBEdit for all text.
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