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Re: [OCLUG-Tech] Scribus

Hi Scott,
I am using it for <grin>:
- the first time
- for a document that will be printed on 2 letter size pages, then folded and stuffed together
- that document is the brochure to be handed out at User Group Connect on Feb 9.
((Sorry about that - after the interruption, sending the email later obviously did not work right!))

I am going to present my "what I got so far" to the OCLUG meeting Jan 3.
Would you like to participate?
You could do a follow up presentation or just add to mine by offering fixes, and then be in the Q and A.


Rob Echlin, B. Eng.
613-266-8311 -  Ottawa, ON
http://talksoftware.wordpress.com  - http://picasaweb.google.com/coderoller

> From: Scott McClare <mcclare [ at ] ncf [ dot ] ca>
>To: linux [ at ] lists [ dot ] oclug [ dot ] on [ dot ] ca 
>Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 4:40:55 PM
>Subject: Re: [OCLUG-Tech] Scribus
>On 12/29/12 4:15 PM, Rob Echlin wrote:
>> Hi
>> Does anyone here use Scribus?
>> - It's GPL-licensed Page Layout software.
>Hi Rob. A few years ago, one of the coordinators of linux.com.au was a 
>guest speaker at one of OCLUG's meetings, and he had done the conference 
>literature in Scribus - a full-colour calendar/program, and as I recall, 
>possibly some pamphlets as well. It all looked very well done.
>I've used Scribus myself to layout 2- to 6-letter handouts in a 
>newsletter format (multiple columns, a few graphics) for Sunday-school 
>classes at church, as well as to design my own daybook-style calendar (a 
>work still in progress).
>My feeling is that Scribus is well suited for shorter, layout-intensive 
>documents such as newsletters, brochures, calendars, magazine articles, 
>and the like. However, it lacks essential features such as the ability 
>to generate tables of contents or indexes, so it is likely not suitable 
>for long documents, such as multi-chapter technical manuals. In other 
>words, it's more like PageMaker or InDesign than FrameMaker. (In fact, I 
>also use InDesign at work, and it's relatively easy to switch between it 
>and Scribus without much grief.)
>While it's been around for a pretty long time as large open-source 
>projects go, only a few years ago it still seemed a work in progress, 
>lacking features that I would have thought pretty fundamental, such as 
>the ability to set a right indent without a workaround. I think it's 
>matured quite well recently. Amongst the annoyances still around: it 
>treats every typeface as an individual entity rather than one face in a 
>larger font family (bold, italic, etc.), which means there's no B or I 
>button to quickly make boldface or italic type. Also, the developers 
>made the deliberate choice to have the PostScript output explicitly 
>locate each glyph individually on the page (instead of, by contrast, 
>line by line), so the PS or PDF output of even a short document can be 
>pretty large - several megabytes, as opposed to the 100-200 kilobytes 
>that you'd get out of a typical word processor.
>> I am trying it out and using it for the
>> Thanks,
>> Rob
>This is all we got. Using it for the . . . first time? For the annual 
>family newsletter? :)  I'd be interested to know what you're planning to 
>do. I found Scribus' learning curve pretty steep, and if I didn't have a 
>project in mind that needed its particular abilities, it's likely I 
>never would have learned it at all.
>Take care,
>Linux mailing list
>Linux [ at ] lists [ dot ] oclug [ dot ] on [ dot ] ca



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