What Product Creation Software Do You Use?

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What software (free or paid), is everyone using to create Ebooks or promo Videos.

I need software for my Ebooks at the moment.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Peters Benn
    Hey James

    I use iWorks, Office, Creative Suite and as of February Final Cut Pro. There are lots of free equivalents but I prefer to focus on productivity than cost saving. For uploading I use Filezilla though, which is free.


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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      I use Word and then turn it into a pdf. I've been using Jing for videos but might go a bit more professional soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author ppbiz
    Hi James,

    For ebooks, I simply create a PDF- you can get a free PDF creator from cute PDF or there is an inbuilt PDF creator in openoffice which is also free from openoffice(dot)org

    As for videos- I use Corel Video Studio. This is paid but is really good and often have good discounts so you can pick it up for $50-$60


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  • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
    There is word 2003. Obviously it's the best available right now.

    And then I convert it into PDF format using Primo PDF.

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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Open Office
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  • Profile picture of the author apocrypha
    Videos capturing and Basic Editing with Camtasia Studio.
    Advance Video Effects with Vegas Movie Studio.
    PDF Creation with PrimoPDF and MSOffice 2007
    For all Graphics Work,PhotoShop.

    If you are looking for free stuffs.
    Alternative to Camtasia Studio(www.osalt.com/camtasia)
    Alternative to MSOFFICE : OpenOffice
    Alternative to Photoshop : GIMP, but can be difficult to get hold of things when you start but so very powerful
    PRIMO PDF is also free.And there is a tool for warriors that can be found here.
    Audacity if you are dealing with audio stuffs.

    I dont think there is a good tool for Windows Users to add advance effects and filter to your videos.But,you can try some Advance Video editors for Linux OS which will work on your PC.

    Good Luck Buddy

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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficMystic
    I use office for pdf's and convert them using pdfzilla.. for promo videos you cannot beat camtasia..
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    • Profile picture of the author Bruce Eades
      If you have Vista or Windows 7 it has a picture snipping tool and screen capture for your ebook and you can save them as as html,png, jpg, bmp files. Good thing this tool does it can compresses your pictures. In Word 2010 go to files-options-advanced-to image size and quality and you can compress set the picture size to 220ppi, 150ppi, 96ppi. Older Word programs in the draw settings it has the canvas which compresses the picture size.

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      • Profile picture of the author Bryan Toder
        I'm on a Mac.

        • Pages (Ebook Creation)
        • Camtasia (On-screen video)
        • iMovie
        • iDVD (If needed.)
        • Amadeus Pro (Audio recording)
        • Garageband (Audio creation)

        And, with a Mac, I "print" to a PDF and it's created!

        ~ Bryan

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        • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
          I make all of my ebooks in Word, and then just convert them to PDFs. I had no idea there were all these other options out there until I read this post.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    For ebooks, I find that Microsoft Office 2007 works quite nicely. It exports your documents to PDF pretty well, and I've found that it actually runs quite a bit faster than OpenOffice. (Office 2007 and up has been thoroughly revised and improved.)

    Camtasia works just fine for longer videos, and Jing is fast and efficient for shorter videos that are 5 minutes or less in length.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
    For the writing of eBooks I use Word...purely down to long familiarity with it.

    For the laying out of eBooks though I use Adobe InDesign. If you have ever used Photoshop IN-Design is easy. And the flexibility you get in your layouts is well worth it.

    I use Photoshop for images - and I bought Cover Action Pro years ago (the first version) as an Add-On to Photoshop and use that to generate images of covers, CDs, journals etc.

    For Videos I use a combination of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Keynote, Screenflow and SonicFire Pro to help with audio. I'll also use Garageband for music as well.

    On my wish list for Videos is to learn After Effects...that will have to wait until later in the year though, too busy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bingo123
    Microsoft Word 2007 has a great add-on which let's you convert it into a .pdf for free. I forget what's it's called but I'm sure if you Google it you will find it.
    So all I do then is create my e-book in word, then go to 'Save As' and you will see an option for .pdf.

    Works amazingly well!
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  • Profile picture of the author Franck Silvestre
    I use open office to create ebook. Works wonder.

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  • Profile picture of the author AdamLCasey
    Apple's Keynote and Screenflow for the mac is enough most of the time for my marketing videos. See example in my sig

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    • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
      Originally Posted by AdamLCasey View Post

      Apple's Keynote and Screenflow for the mac is enough most of the time for my marketing videos. See example in my sig

      Couldn't get that video to play.....using Firefox. Any thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author abhi1
    I mostly use MS Word and convert PDF's using DoPDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I use either OpenOffice or Word 2010 depending on whether I want to use templates. Next I format it with Adobe Acrobat Pro which is the best for the job, in my opinion.

    I also found that you can make a brilliant PowerPoint presentation just by formating your ebook in the correct shape. Set it to open as full-screen, then press down to scroll through the pages. Record the whole thing using Camtasia while you talk and then add effects on at the end. Works a treat, and it means I never had to learn PowerPoint which wrecks my head.

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  • Profile picture of the author MayfairNoble
    I'm creating eBooks with Apple Pages at the moment, if you have a Mac it is an excellent investment.
    I create graphics with Photoshop CS5.

    Mayfair Noble

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  • Profile picture of the author nvs74191
    Have you considered posting the ebook content into a blog, and then converting it into a pdf from your blog, and selling it right from your wordpress blog?

    The WSO in my signature shows you exactly how to build your info product business using nothing but wordpress and a few free plugins. Maybe you would like to see if it is right for you.


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  • Profile picture of the author MarceMontane
    XnView, Photoshop, PhotoScape and
    I use Open Office to write and save it in pdf
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  • Profile picture of the author vok
    MS Word and then MS paint for some graphics, then like someone else some free software to convert the word doc into PDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author JHC81
    For Ebooks I use Open Office then convert it to PDF just by clicking a button.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shazia Mirza
    Microsoft Office 2007 Has a free Publish to PDF add-on that you can get from their website.

    Works like a charm!
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  • Profile picture of the author rcritchett
    Great question. I didn't see anyone post this.. and I just recently found this GEM of a product for creating covers called TBS COVER EDITOR -

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    I use Open Office to type and convert into PDF

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  • Profile picture of the author HiAbby
    Word to PDF

    Screenflow is the best tool ever
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  • Profile picture of the author Elkinton
    Originally Posted by James401 View Post


    What software (free or paid), is everyone using to create Ebooks or promo Videos.

    I need software for my Ebooks at the moment.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Fladlien
      I loved word 2007 - bought a new computer and ended up upgrading to 2010 which I hate because the native PDF exporter makes my PDFs look junky!

      It's amazing when you think how many tools you can use (and how expensive they are!) to create products. For example I use all of the following...

      Microsoft Office (don't know what edition I have but I paid about $80)
      Adobe Photoshop ($1000 plus I think $500 for the upgrades I've done)
      Camtasia ($300 right?)
      Dreamweaver ($300 -- which I now know longer use because...)
      Editplus ($30 - where I write all my html/css/php/etc. in...)
      Instant Teleseminar for audios ($50 a month initially, I pay more because of usage)
      gotowebinar ($97 a month and I got lucky to be grandfathered in)
      freemind mind mapping software (the only FREE tool I seem to use! lol)
      Snagit (this is like what $30 or something?)

      And probably more I can't recall righ tnow.

      However, don't let that discourage you. When I started I was broke as a joke. What did I use? Openoffice, camstudio, kompozer, freemind, gimp, free conference call, and mxsnap. All free.

      However I think it's a wise investment once you start making money to go with paid tools. Camtasia is much quicker and reliable than camstudio. Open office takes waaaay too long to do what I can do in seconds in word. Instant telseminar is much preferable than a free conference call line for my coaching clients. Photoshop does things gimp can't. Etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM

    It's simple for eBooks, you just make a PDF using an app from openoffice which I believe is Built-in. As for Videos, you could use several tools. I recommend Corel Video Studio although it is paid, it is really effective, easy to use and very handy. It's suitable for any workspace. You can have one for $50-$60.

    Best of Luck!
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