Legend Maker
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Legend Maker ... Are you looking for an easy way to create ePub books for your iPad? Are you trying to make your books available for the Kindle? Are you spending too much time trying to properly format your books instead of focusing on writing? Legend Maker for Mac OS X takes all the hassle, confusion, and mystery out of creating perfectly formed ePub and Kindle books so you can do what you do best, write!

Creating books for iBooks? With Legend Maker you can create books that look great on the iPad and iPhone. You can even create multimedia books with embedded audio and video
What's New
Version 1.5.2:

New Features

  • Plays well with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion's enhanced security.
  • Much improved handling of endnotes, including support for multiple paragraphs in an endnote!
  • Detects, and provides warnings for, media files with names that will be rejected under validation (names that include &, <, > or ?).
  • Bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Legend Maker User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Dolphinboy2u commented on 06 Dec 2012
Price is now:
$23 direct from ZappTek
$24 on the Mac App Store

Note: According to the publisher, the MAS version does not include MOBI (Kindle) output.
[Version 1.5.2]


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+2

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JCH2 reviewed on 26 May 2012
Not an editor but a converter. The price has dropped considerable, but it still isn't worth it. If you can figure out how to import your manuscript in HTML, RTF, ODT format into any program, you are better off with the free (true) ePub editor and compiler called Sigil. Or if you're up to more power with some notable automation that'll get in the way if an old webcoder, try Jutoh instead (shareware). As to Legend Maker, walk away now.

Take if from a full time author and ex webhead, you can do better than this thing. Even the free Calibre (free) can make the ebook formats this thing can and do a heck of a lot more.
[Version 1.5.1]


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+5
Wayne-Welsh commented on 31 Oct 2010
Version 1.3 now requires KindleGen per the author. Amazon's website has this to say about KindleGen: "This tool is best for publishers and individuals who are familiar with HTML and want to convert their HTML, XHTML, XML (OPF/IDPF format), or ePub source into a Kindle Book." Doesn't sound like it's for the faint of heart.
[Version 1.3]


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+4

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Chering reviewed on 08 Oct 2010
Legend Maker works well, good documentation. I bought it and cannot complain, but I regret not having informed myself a bit about epub files and Apple programs, before I paid 50 Dollars. If you have Pages which I do and export your rtf doc as epub file you can do 90 % of what legend maker can. At least, this is how it seems to me. The epub file can be imported into iTunes/books and synced without problems to iPod, iPhone and I guess to iPad (which I do not have). So, Legend Maker seems totally overpriced and might use just what Apple has already prepared and adds a few details. As I said, the program is ok, but there is obviously a big discrepancy between the developers contributions and what is already available and works perfectly from inside Apple software. (Would be interesting to hear how the developer justifies the steep price of his product. Perhaps I have missed out on very important features and if this is so I am very happy to revise my assessment.) The program as such could be rated with 4 or 5 stars, depending on what one expects. But considering what I said above I think one has to warn potential buyers that they are invited to buy something for extra money what they might already have with iWorks and iLife.
[Version 1.2.3]


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+9

+9
Mr. Crackpot Head, Sir commented on 28 Apr 2010
100 Bucks! Are you kidding? Do the same thing for free with Calibre.
[Version 1.0]

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+14
Hamishmacdonald replied on 29 Apr 2010
...Or with Sigil, though admittedly, as an indie publisher, I found both of these programs a bit of a nuisance to use. They got the job done, but they're pretty rough around the edges, and the line-breaks mentioned above have been a recurring problem.

If someone's in the business of making e-books for commercial publication, they would quickly save $99 worth of time by using a polished e-book editor/compiler rather than the clankety open-source options.

I haven't tried this program yet, and as a micropress publisher, I'd have a hard time justifying the $99 price to myself when e-books are a once-in-a-while thing and given away as a loss-leader.
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+9

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Hamishmacdonald replied on 29 Apr 2010
Addendum to my previous comment: I've now tried the demo and discovered that this isn't really an editor, it's an RTF-to-ePub converter. It comes with excellent documentation, but not having an actual editing space places this *below* Sigil and Calibre for my purposes.
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+7

JohnKHeath rated on 05 Oct 2011

[Version 1.4.2]


Downloads:3,813
Version Downloads:404
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Demo
Date:23 Jun 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $49.99
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Legend Maker ... Are you looking for an easy way to create ePub books for your iPad? Are you trying to make your books available for the Kindle? Are you spending too much time trying to properly format your books instead of focusing on writing? Legend Maker for Mac OS X takes all the hassle, confusion, and mystery out of creating perfectly formed ePub and Kindle books so you can do what you do best, write!

Creating books for iBooks? With Legend Maker you can create books that look great on the iPad and iPhone. You can even create multimedia books with embedded audio and video - creating interactive texts has never been easier.

With some simple additions to any Word or RTF manuscript (no HTML required!) you can create books that look great on the Kindle, iPad, Sony Reader, ibis reader, bookworm, and any other reader that supports the ePub standard.


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