GUIDELINES FOR PRODUCING A FAMILY HISTORY BOOK

USING 100% FREE SOFTWARE

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Click here to download the Guideline in PDF Format

Click here to download the Guide for setting up dual monitors

Click here to download the Guide for printing and publishing your book

Click here to download a book to use as an example, and to see  how these guidelines and software were used to create an actual published book.
It is 101 pages long, in PDF format, and was published November 2012 at very low cost.

"The Ancestry and Family History of:  Jerome Edward Larsen and John Britton Larsen"
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Here are links to the software described in the guidelines:

LIBRE OFFICE http://www.libre-office.theappcenter.com/

This is an entire suite of programs that virtually replaces Microsoft Office. Two applications in this suite will be used: the word processor (as the basic document) and the presentation application (for captioning pictures.)


JING http://www.techsmith.com/jing

This strangely-named program allows the capture of portions of the current screen, and the captured image may be saved or copied for further processing. It's an ideal way to capture specific images from websites that include pictures that you may want to include.


IRFANVIEW http://www.irfanview.com/

Another oddly-named program (“Irfan” is the name of the author) which provides simple, but powerful image processing, such as cropping, converting to gray scale, and balancing brightness and contrast.


FAST IMAGE RESIZER http://fast-image-resizer.en.softonic.com/

Provides the means to quickly and simply reduce the size of large images to manageable proportions for inserting in the book. With a simple drag and drop, it will re-size multiple images in seconds.

PDF FILL TOOLS  http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html

This program allows you to merge several pdf files into one assembled file, as well as many other tools you may use to manipulate pdf files.


SUMATRA   http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html

Although you may already have Adobe Acroreader for .pdf files, I much prefer Sumatra – it's extremely fast, and I use it as my default .pdf file reader.

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