InkIT Publishing Tools and Resources
During the course of our writing, publishing and training careers, we have had a focus on using technology to increase efficiency, and more importantly, effectiveness. We are constantly improving our work flows and the technology set we use to create outputs of the highest quality. Along the way, we have defined and used a set of ‘must-have’ tools. We often have been asked for recommendations and reviews and have a number of posts over the last several years providing insights to many of them.
We have also invested a great deal in training and up-skilling and want to provide you with a list of the very best courses we from which we have learned the most, and similarly the books that both educated us and support us ongoing. Due to numerous questions on what tools we use and how we learned to use them, we have created this page so you can quickly review, understand and see if the tools we use, and the resources from which we learned them, are suitable to you and the way you work.
We consider this tool set and the learning resources to be the best-of-the-best, delivered at a great price points.
We have personally used these tools and resources and highly recommend them. As stated previously, they represent our ‘must-have’ tool set and set of learning resources. For some of these, we have an affiliate relationship and may earn a small commission from the vendor if you happen to like and buy one of them through our website. See our Affiliate Policy at the bottom of this page if you wish to understand that better. Note that in every case, you still receive the product, course or book at the best possible price.
We have segmented the tools and resources into the following tables:
|Audio Recording (Screencasting)||Adobe Audition||Record screencast and Podcasts|
|Audio Recording (Filming)||FiLMiC Pro||Record audio on iPad/iPhone (best accessed through iOS App Store)|
|Filming||FiLMiC Pro||Record hi-res video on iPad/iPhone (best accessed through iOS App Store)|
|Audio Post-Editing||Adobe Audition||Optimize audio output via various post-editing options|
|Screencast (Windows)||Camtasia 9||Screencast Windows sessions|
|Screencast (Mac)||Camtasia 3||Screencast Mac sessions|
|Screencasting IOS (if using Mac)||Camtasia 3||Screencast iPhone and iPad sessions|
|Screencasting IOS (for both Mac and Windows)||Reflector 2||Screencast iPhone and iPad sessions on either Mac or Windows|
|Whiteboard Animation||Videoscribe||Create animations to make your video stories come alive for both Mac and Windows|
|Book Layout and Formatting||Adobe InDesign||Top-end page layout and formatting application|
|Book and Course Cover Design||Canva||Intuitive, easy to use app for designing professional-looking book covers and course images|
|Telepromptor (iPad)||PromptSmart Pro||iOS teleprompter (best accessed through iOS App Store)|
|Video Post-Editing||Camtasia 9 for Windows / Camtasia 3 for Mac||Intuitive, easy to use post-editing great for training courses, promos and trailers|
|Screen Clipping||Snagit||Screen clipping and post-editing|
|Feature Film Video Editing||Adobe Premiere Pro||Top-end video post-editing for every purpose|
|Special Effects Enhancement||Adobe After Effects||Adds special effects to enhance video|
|Explosive Video Logos and Images||ViddyOze||Add flare creating professional-looking videos with logos and course images|
|Mind Mapping||iThoughts||Brainstroming and outlining book and course materials in structured manner (best accessed through iOS App Store)|
|Content Creation||Scrivener (Mac or Windows)||Mac or Windows desktop version for book and course outlining and writing; used for end-to-end book and course publishing|
|Content Creation||Scrivener for iOS||iPad and iPhone version for book and course outlining and writing; used for end-to-end book and course publishing (best accessed through iOS App Store)|
|Image Post Editing||Adobe Photoshop||Top-end photo editing app, the gold standard|
|Illustration Creation and Post Editing||Adobe Illustrator||Creating and converting images, icons, .png and SVG files|
|Image Post Editing||ON1 Photo RAW 2017||Great tool for quick post-editing using presets and doing easy masking an clipping of images. Can be used stand-alone or integrated with Light Room and Photoshop|
|Scrivener||Full course covering both Windows and Mac versions of Scrivener by Karen Prince||Complete course covering both Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener by Karen Prince|
|Scrivener (Mac)||Scrivener 1: The Basics and Beyond (Mac)||Complete course covering Scrivener for Mac by Gwen Hernandez|
|Scrivener (Windows)||Scrivener 1: The Basics and Beyond (Windows)||Complete course covering Scrivener for Windows by Gwen Hernandez|
|Scrivener (iOS)||Scrivener for iOS||Complete course covering Scrivener for iOS by Steve Shipley|
|Canva||eBook and Paperback Book Cover Design Using Canva and Gimp||Complete course on how to use Canva and Gimp for book cover design by Karen Prince|
|Audio Editing||3 Simple Steps to Recording Great Sounding Voice Over Audio||Great introduction to removing noise from your audio recordings by Tony Ross|
|Camtasia||Camtasia Mastery for Camtasia 9 – Create Your Best Videos||Complete Camtasia 9 (Windows) and Camtasia (3) Master course by Ron Hogue|
|Writing / Editing||Writing with Impact: Writing that Persuades||Writing and communications course by Dr. Clare Lynch, University of Cambridge|
|Project Management||Microsoft Project Training||A masters course on project management for those who seriously want to manage their book and course development by Igor Ovchinnikov|
|Scrivener||Scrivener for Dummies - Kindle||The classic Scrivener ‘how to’ book by Gwen Hernandez covering both Mac and Windows - as a Kindle eBook|
|Scrivener||Scrivener for Dummies - paperback||The classic Scrivener ‘how to’ book by Gwen Hernandez covering both Mac and Windows - paperback|
|Scrivener||Scrivener Essentials: A Quick Visual Guide for Windows Users||Comprehensive beginners’s guide to learning Scrivener on Windows by Karen Prince|
|Scrivener||Scrivener Essentials: A Quick Visual Guide for Mac Users||Comprehensive beginners’s guide to learning Scrivener on Mac by Karen Prince|
|Editing||The Chicago Manual of Style: 16th Edition||If you need it now. Will be replaced by the 17th edition on September 5, 2017|
|Editing||The Chicago Manual of Style: 17th Edition||Can be pre-ordered now|
|Editing||Editing: The RedPen Way||Easy to understand book for self-editing by Anne Rainbow|
Over the course of our careers, we have developed a strong affinity to several apps and services that we know help writers and trainers do their job better. We have proudly been sharing our experiences with those applications. Recently, to help support keeping this site going, we have entered into a few affiliation relationships with writing and training applications and products. Most are speciality companies we have been using and promoting for years. That means that in some cases, we may earn a small commission if you have found and decided to purchase an application, product or training course, having learned about it through our site.
Be assured we only recommend products, regardless if we earn a commission or not, that we use ourselves and rate highly.