High Sierra Now Available

Today, Apple released High Sierra, the latest update to macOS. Most of High Sierra’s enhancements are “under the hood,” so you won’t see many differences in Vellum. High Sierra did, however, introduce some compatibility issues that we’ve addressed with recent updates.

Before you update to High Sierra, then, make sure you first update to the latest version of Vellum (2.0.5).

And if you experience any issues that seem like they’re related to High Sierra, please let us know!

Vellum 2.0.5

Creating a book with photographs or illustrations? With Vellum 2.0.5, your print edition can now include images in color. Use Print Settings to control their appearance.

This update also includes a fix for potential problems with drop caps and short, quoted paragraphs. Paragraphs like these could render incorrectly on Nook and on Kindle with Amazon’s Enhanced Typesetting applied.

Vellum 2.0.5 is a free update, available now.

Vellum 2.0.4

Vellum 2.0.4 is a minor update with several improvements, including:

  • The Navigator is again functional in the latest betas of macOS High Sierra
  • Generic EPUB has been altered to avoid layout issues with Scribd
  • Files imported from a server no longer affect responsiveness of Vellum’s File menu
  • Improvements to Automatic Layout for Print:
    • Fixed issue where a small font size could result in an unbalanced spread
    • Fixed cases where a chapter with images could have a missing last page
    • Altered runt prevention to avoid creating excessive spacing within a line of text
    • In books without indentation, fixed issue where a paragraph could have extra spacing

Vellum 2.0.4 is a free update, available now.

Vellum 2.0.3

Vellum 2.0.3 is a minor update with several small improvements, including:

  • Reimport Word File is back and better than ever: added front and back matter is left in place, and it’s now undoable
  • Subhead size now adjusts when the print font size changes
  • Updated Chroma colors to adhere to accessibility guidelines
  • Added Edit > Substitutions > Smart Links menu item to control automatic link creation
  • Addressed potential problems with automatic layout for print:
    • Fixed rare case where Vellum could cut off the last few lines of a chapter
    • In books without indentation, fixed issue where a paragraph at the bottom of a page could be incorrectly positioned

Vellum 2.0.3 is a free update, available now.

You’ll need a Mac running El Capitan or Sierra to use Vellum 2.0.3.

Vellum 2.0.2

Vellum 2.0.2 is a minor update with several small improvements, including:

  • A new Header and Footer style allows you to create Print editions without headers
  • Page numbers are no longer shown for Uncategorized frontmatter
  • iBooks now displays the correct fonts on your Title Page when viewing Generic EPUB
  • Extremely wide heading images no longer extend beyond the page in print
  • Printing isn’t flipped when using macOS 10.13 Beta (High Sierra)
  • Addressed issue where Amazon’s Enhanced Typesetting would incorrectly align some chapter titles and subtitles

Vellum 2.0.2 is a free update, available now.

You’ll need a Mac running El Capitan or Sierra to use Vellum 2.0.2

Vellum 2.0 is here!

Get ready to create beautiful paperbacks.
Vellum 2.0 is here!

Setup in Seconds

Vellum 2.0 makes creating a print edition of your book as effortless as creating an ebook.

Select your book’s trim size and Vellum automatically numbers the pages of your book, creates page headers, and performs advanced layout like widow prevention and spread balancing.

You’ll have a professional-grade interior with just a few clicks.

Ready to Publish

Early testers used Vellum 2.0 to publish hundreds of paperback and hardcover books, making use of CreateSpace, IngramSpark, NOOK Press, and KDP’s new paperback option. Here’s what just a few of them had to say:

“I love it so much!”
Avery Flynn USA Today bestselling author

Creating a beautiful print book in a few clicks is awesome!”
Zara Keane USA Today bestselling author

So easy!”
Sara Rosett USA Today bestselling author

Get it Now

If you already have Velllum, you can update to 2.0 using Check for Updates in the Vellum menu. Or download and install Vellum from vellum.pub.

Creating print versions of your book is only available with the new Vellum Press package. If you previously purchased an ebook package, you’ll be offered the chance to upgrade to Vellum Press the next time you Generate. You can also open Purchases in the Vellum menu.

You’ll need a Mac running El Capitan or Sierra to use Vellum 2.0.

Coming Soon: Vellum 2.0!

Vellum 2.0

We’re excited to share that Vellum 2.0 will be available on June 1, 2017!

Love creating ebooks in Vellum? Creating books for print will be just as easy. With just a few clicks, you will have a beautiful interior ready for services like CreateSpace and IngramSpark.

Vellum 2.0 will offer these options:

Vellum Press $249.99
Create Unlimited Ebooks + Paperbacks
Vellum Ebooks $199.99
Create Unlimited Ebooks
Upgrade to Vellum Press $99.99
From Vellum Unlimited or Vellum Ebooks

You can also upgrade to Vellum Press from a 10-book package for $179.99, or from a 1-book package for $229.99.

Upgrading to Vellum Press is optional. You can still produce ebooks in Vellum 2.0, and can upgrade to Vellum Press whenever you want to add paperbacks to your library.

Vellum 2.0 will require macOS El Capitan or Sierra.

We’re hard at work putting the final touches on this release, and can’t wait to get it to you!

* If you need to purchase Vellum Unlimited today, or if you purchased very recently, you will have a limited-time option to exchange your purchase for Vellum Press (for the difference in price). Details will be sent on release day to all who purchase Vellum Unlimited between April 1 and June 1, 2017.

Vellum 1.4.2

Vellum 1.4.2 includes changes to work around problems with Amazon’s Enhanced Typesetting feature.

In eBooks with Enhanced Typesetting enabled, some chapter headings were improperly centered, and drop caps beginning with a quote could display blank pages. This update adjusts Vellum’s Kindle-specific output to avoid both of these issues.

Vellum 1.4.2 is a free update, available now.

Vellum 1.4.1

Vellum 1.4.1 is now available and includes the following minor changes:

  • The MacBook Pro TouchBar can now be used to insert autocomplete suggestions in the Text Editor.
  • Improved appearance of About the Author connect section when seen in Amazon’s older mobi7 format.
  • Text of a Verse text feature is never justified. Lists are no longer justified when seen on Kindle.
  • Kindred drop caps are better positioned when a reader changes away from Publisher Font on Paperwhite, Voyage, or Oasis e-readers.
  • Volumes and Parts can no longer be created without chapters inside. Select the chapters you wish to include and use Create Volume from Selection or Create Part from Selection, available from the Chapter menu. Read more in Creating Parts and Volumes.

Vellum 1.4.1 is a free update, available now.

Note: We briefly released 1.4 before discovering an issue with using Bold / Italic / Underline controls. We’ve addressed this with 1.4.1.

Vellum and Sierra

Today Apple released macOS Sierra, the newest version of the Mac operating system.

Should you upgrade to macOS Sierra, you will need to use the latest version of Vellum, which contains crucial changes made for this version of macOS.

In Sierra, you’ll find a new way to manage your open Vellum documents: merge your windows into one and use tabs to seamlessly switch between them.

Merge All Windows and other tab management commands are available in Vellum’s Window menu, only when using macOS Sierra.