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Thanks, Dick. That's quite a portfolio of tools! :)
From: Richard L Hamilton [mailto:dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 12:17 PM
To: Janoff, Steve; 'Techwr-l'
Subject: RE: what's the going price
- emacs (nxml mode) to edit xml (I also sometimes use oXygen,
a commercial product, so I'm not 100% pure:). Incidentally,
for what I normally do, emacs is fine, but if you're not an
expert with some of the other XML/XSL tools, oXygen does a
really nice job of integrating them, and it makes editing
XML really easy.
- saxon and xsltproc to process xsl stylesheets.
- The DocBook xsl stylesheets to process DocBook instances and
generate HTML, fo (input to fop), ePub, and various help formats.
- fop to generate pdf. Here's another case where I also use a
commercial product, RenderX. fop is useful, and getting better
all the time, but RenderX gives me some features that are a
must for book publication (esp. extensions, without which I
could not do an acceptable index). If you're not doing books,
or your indexes are simple, you may be able to get away with fop.
- Open Office for everything I used to use Microsoft Office for.
- Inkscape for tasks you might use Illustrator for.
- Gimp for tasks you might use Photoshop for.
Neither one of the last two is as fully capable as its Adobe
counterpart, but then I'm not as capable, nor do I have the
same needs, as the artists who use those tools. To touch up
graphics, create flyers, etc., they work very well. When I
need professional artwork, I go to pros.
- Calibre to work with eBooks. I use it to convert ePub to mobi,
but it will do all sorts of eBook conversions.
While I still use Windows for some things, I also use Linux, Evolution
(mailer), Audacity (for audio), and gnucash (quicken/ quickbooks).
Not all of these are as capable or as well-documented as their
commercial counterparts, but they are all functional and help me keep my
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